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Old 10-02-2019, 01:01 PM   #1
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Another Smith & Wesson Followed Me Home

First gun buy of the year happened on a whim this morning. I knew I shouldn't have gone into my favorite LGS. I could have easily left with three .357's if I had the money. There was a big Dan Wesson, a Smith 640-1 concealed hammer J frame, and this 66-3. Made in the early 90's, so doesn't have the pinned barrel and recessed cylinders, but it is pre-lock and pre-MIM. I don't care that much about pre-MIM, but pre lock is nice. Made right before they started factory drilling and tapping for sight mounts, so I won't be adding to my red dot revolvers any time soon. This gun really won't fill any niche my Mdl 14-3 won't do. It's basically the same gun except stainless and .357 instead of 38 spl. They don't really encourage a steady diet of .357's for K frames anyway. A big plus is that it's got period correct target grips, vs the skinny Magnas that came with my Mdl 14. Some of the shorter barrelled Mdl 66's have been going for $ 1000 to $ 2000 or more on gunbroker, but they don't go crazy for the 6". They go around the $ 495 I coughed up for this one. They had $ 495 on it. I asked what their best price was and he said $ 495 out the door, i.e. they'd cover the $ 40 or so in tax. I didn't try to beat them up beyond that, since I thought it was a fair price. It's not mint, shows a little scuffing, but good mechanically. Pretty tight lock-up, tight BC gap, minimal endshake, etc. Range is closed tomorrow, might go try it out Friday.

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Old 10-02-2019, 04:56 PM   #2
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That's a nice one !

It needed a good home.
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Old 10-03-2019, 02:13 AM   #3
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Sweet! Happy shooting let us know how it goes.
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Old 10-03-2019, 08:17 AM   #4
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An oldie but a goodie. Like most guns these days, the older models are the best!
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Old 10-03-2019, 11:51 AM   #5
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That is a nice gun, and the M66 is one of the better guns that S&W makes or made.
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Old 10-03-2019, 04:46 PM   #6
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Good for you. I do like that pre lock, pre MIM vintage in a Smith as a shooter, even if they aren't collectible as the pinned and recessed stuff, since I buy vintage Smiths to shoot, not collect. I have had a vintage 66, but since all I wanted to shooters 38s, anyway, I sold and went hunting fora vintage Model 14, 38 Special. Found a 1970 vintage 14-3 and it shoots 38s like a dream, so doubt I'll grab another 66. Great K frame gun, though. Congrats.
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That is a nice gun, and the M66 is one of the better guns that S&W makes or made.
Thanks all. The first S&W revolver I bought (only a few years ago but seems like forever) was a 4" Mdl 19, which as I'm sure you know is basically a blued 66. I think that's still my best shooting older Smith, even more so than my 6" Mdl 27.
I cleaned up the 66 and hope to get to the range tomorrow. They sure didn't waste any time cleaning it at the shop.
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Found a 1970 vintage 14-3 and it shoots 38s like a dream.
You might remember I bought that beautiful 14-3 just over a year ago. I don't know why, but I've never been able to get it to shoot that great. It has those Magna grips, but I put a Tyler T-grip on it, which hasn't helped much. I've tried bench resting it a couple of times and I get 3" and 4" groups at 25 yd. Not horrible, but not very impressive for a "target revolver." I do better than than that offhand (sometimes) with my other S&W .357's. No idea what it is. The bore looks fine, no out of time chambers, the trigger is great. I don't do the technical stuff like checking the size of all the throats, so I dunno. Maybe I'll try the target grips from this gun on it a time or two.
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Shaky, don't get hung up on that target revolver monicker. The 14 is a light K frame revolver, not a full blown target revolver. It's basically a Model 10 with adjustable sights and no one ever accused a Model 10 of being a target revolver. 14s were used in some lower level target competitions, but mostly because everyone was carrying those light Smith 38s, back in the day. 14s could not compete, though, with custom full lug, heavy barrel revolvers that were being used in the higher levels of competition.

Mine was a disappointment, too, the first few outings. Didn't take me long to forget about the target revolver thing. Even with standard 38s, my 14 with a 6" barrel has a bit of a snap to it. I worked with it, though, experimenting with different holds and, especially, working on my follow through.

Here's a recent target, shot at 50 yards. The sitting offhand thing is me having to shoot at the rifle range to get a 50 yard target and because our rifle range has a low overhanging roof, no way to shoot from a standing position. So, okay, I just sit at the bench and shoot the 14 unsupported, no rest. Again, treat the 14 as the light K frame carry revolver it is, work with it as such, and I think you'll be happier.
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Shaky, don't get hung up on that target revolver monicker. The 14 is a light K frame revolver, not a full blown target revolver. It's basically a Model 10 with adjustable sights and no one ever accused a Model 10 of being a target revolver. 14s were used in some lower level target competitions, but mostly because everyone was carrying those light Smith 38s, back in the day. 14s could not compete, though, with custom full lug, heavy barrel revolvers that were being used in the higher levels of competition.

Mine was a disappointment, too, the first few outings. Didn't take me long to forget about the target revolver thing. Even with standard 38s, my 14 with a 6" barrel has a bit of a snap to it. I worked with it, though, experimenting with different holds and, especially, working on my follow through.

Here's a recent target, shot at 50 yards. The sitting offhand thing is me having to shoot at the rifle range to get a 50 yard target and because our rifle range has a low overhanging roof, no way to shoot from a standing position. So, okay, I just sit at the bench and shoot the 14 unsupported, no rest. Again, treat the 14 as the light K frame carry revolver it is, work with it as such, and I think you'll be happier.
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Shaky, don't get hung up on that target revolver monicker. The 14 is a light K frame revolver, not a full blown target revolver. It's basically a Model 10 with adjustable sights and no one ever accused a Model 10 of being a target revolver. 14s were used in some lower level target competitions, but mostly because everyone was carrying those light Smith 38s, back in the day. 14s could not compete, though, with custom full lug, heavy barrel revolvers that were being used in the higher levels of competition.
Well, that might help explain it. Still doesn't quite explain how I can shoot so much better at 25 yd slow fire with my 4" model 19. I'll hopefully get to try out the 66 today. Chances of rain though. It just now rained pretty hard for about 5 minutes. Hopefully I won't drive all the way to the range and come back without firing a shot, like I've done a couple of times. That's a 45 mile round trip.
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A very nice shooter, love the older Smiths! Happy shooting today!
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Old 10-05-2019, 12:43 PM   #13
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Made it to the range yesterday and the weather turned surprisingly nice. I shot 70 rd of .38 spl and 30 rd of .357. I intended to shoot a little .22, but they were calling pretty short hot ranges, so it was all I could do to shoot my revolver ammo in two hot rounds, so I called it a day after that. Did okay, not too different from the Mdl 14. Most of my 5 shot slow fire strings tended to be 2 or 3 good shots and a couple of floaters. The grips are a lot better on the 66, the sights (patridge) are better on the 14. That red ramp front sight on the 66 is pretty much the size of the whole 25 yd slow fire bull. I've gotten too used to doing mostly red dot shooting. Having a rough time with the open sights in the sunlight. I'm getting a new pair of glasses in 10 days or so, so that might help. The trigger was pretty nice in both DA and SA. I thought from dry firing that the DA trigger was going to be pretty hard, but it's amazing what a few drops of oil did.

This was about the best I did at slow fire. 3" group--not terrible for 25 yd offhand with iron sights. Of course the 2 right in the middle were the first 2 shots, and it went downhill from there.



This was pretty fast DA shooting at 10 yd with .357 ammo. Man, that stainless heats up fast shooting .357. I shot 20 rd DA in a short period of time and that gun was HOT. It puts a little smack on you even with the 6" barrel, put pretty tolerable. So, do I like it better than the Mdl 14? Too early to tell. All I know is that if I HAD to put together a good target these days, I'd want a red dot.
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Thanks for the report. Was wondering how that 66 would do and looks like it did fine for you.

I hear you about the red dot thing. I run red dots on some of our new production revolvers, but, of course, won't do any mods to add one to our vintage stuff. I bought the vintage stuff to specifically shoot iron sights. I can still shoot iron sights pretty good when the light is right and/or on days when my allergies aren't puffing up my eyes (this time of year is bad), but red dots I can shoot, anytime, and my scores are better with red dots, especially on the distance work. The targets don't lie.
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Excellent shooting I have the same issue with first couple of shots being exactly where I want them. Then I think too much and start spreading them out.
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