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Old 09-11-2017, 09:47 AM
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I recently acquired this Smith and Wesson 66-1. I am not a big revolver guy and was wandering if it's worth keeping or selling. Also was wandering the year. I tried to look up the value and it seemed to vary. Any info is much appreciated. Thanks
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Old 09-11-2017, 10:14 AM
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Nice example of a 4 inch stainless Combat Magnum. It's definitely worth keeping. It should also have a recessed cylinder along with the pinned barrel unless it's a transition gun. If you chose not to keep it, you won't have any trouble saleing it. Some till be along shortly with the date. Nice revolver
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Old 09-11-2017, 10:20 AM
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Thanks for a quick reply. Seems to be in great condition. Any idea the going rate for this gun.
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Old 09-11-2017, 10:33 AM
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Price really depends on condition and your location. Box and tools add to the value. Here where I'm located give or take $500 to $650.
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Old 09-11-2017, 10:38 AM
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Thanks for the info. I don't have a box of tools. It did come with 3 different grips.
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Old 09-11-2017, 10:45 AM
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I'd keep it, but I really like it. Those guns are increasing in value fairly quickly. I'd hold it for a few more years, even if you wanted to sell to maximize dollars. Up to you though, only you can decide.
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Old 09-11-2017, 10:59 AM
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I actually took it in on a trade for labor to help a customer that has been coming to me for years.. So I don't have much in it. Just a little labor time. I have just never got into the revolver side of guns.
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Old 09-11-2017, 11:38 AM
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I actually took it in on a trade for labor to help a customer that has been coming to me for years.. So I don't have much in it. Just a little labor time. I have just never got into the revolver side of guns.
That 66-1 will spoil you. There is no time like the present to learn about wheelies
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Old 09-11-2017, 01:42 PM
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Old 09-11-2017, 01:59 PM
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Once you start putting a few rounds down range, open the cylinder and repeat, you will be hooked. Plus for a reloader there is no bending over to pick up brass. A 66-1 4" .357 magnum shooting 158 grain bullets is the pinnacle of the shooting sports.
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The Model 66 is a great handgun that's fun to shoot and easy to care for.

The 2 1/2" and 3"are the most sought after with the 4" close behind.

The Model 66 up to and including the dash 4 has a design flaw at 6 o'clock on the forcing cone that can crack using high speed light bullets.

If you stick with 158gr bullets your odds of cracking the forcing cone are greatly reduced.

I load 357 magnum cases with a 148gr HBWC or 158gr SWC for target practice and a 158gr LSWC personal protection.

I don't appraise firearms I'm not interested in buying.

A 66's value is determined by what someone is willing to pay for that particular example.

There's a lot of Model 66 that are law enforcement turn ins.

Enjoy it and shoot it often.
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Old 09-11-2017, 02:35 PM
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I love these Model 66's and 19's. I have what some would say..."too many(as in my wife)" But others would say..."cool collection"

"Jackcpat" is on the correct value for many parts of the country. But for NCal. might add15-20%. I would pay 650.00 easily.
Yours is recessed and pinned which is desirable to many, including myself. Of course, box and papers are very valuable too.

Yours is a 1980 version. Have fun with it.
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Just my 2 worth... the Model 66 is an iconic S&W that rode in massive numbers on the hips of LEOs across the country and around the world. They were one of the last great wheel guns before the current move to 9mm semis. The -1 indicates that it was from the first manufacturing upgrade, arguably the only one that really improved the original design without eliminating any desirable features. It is a gun that you can keep as long as you wish, shoot all you want, and unless you mistreat it drastically it will still appreciate in value. How many other investments can you say that about?

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Old 09-12-2017, 08:21 AM
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Personally I would keep it, especially since it seems to be in such good condition. As stated earlier many LEOs sought out the 66 to carry on duty if allowed by their agency. It is nearly as popular as the Colt Python. I had a 2 1/2" version when I was a private security supervisor and Private Investigator that my wife took for her gun after she decided she needed a gun for home defense. If you do decide to sell it won't be difficult to find someone who would buy it. Even though the law enforcement and security communities have gone to semi-autos the 66 is still highly respected for its quality and utility. It seems to be a near perfect revolver with the right ammunition.
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Old 09-12-2017, 09:02 AM
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I realize that it is a nice example of an iconic weapon . But , if you're just not a wheel gun guy , why not sell it and use that money for something that you really want , now or later ?
I love wheel guns so I would keep it . On the other hand if someone gave me a semi auto for a labor bill , I would get rid of the semi auto . I have no desire for semi auto's .

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Old 09-12-2017, 09:36 AM
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I recently acquired this Smith and Wesson 66-1. I am not a big revolver guy and was wandering if it's worth keeping or selling. Also was wandering the year.
If the year produced was ever posted, I missed it. 1980
And yes, IMO it's worth keeping or selling...
Congrats on the acquisition.
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oops, just noticed sturtyboy already posted.

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Old 09-12-2017, 12:18 PM
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If you want to get more into revolvers, I would keep it since you have little invested. As the odds of getting another one that cheap is slim. However, if you don't want to get into revolvers and would like a small profit, then sell it.

There is a 4" 66 listed locally for $550. It is the early one with P&R, and in excellent condition. For the most part, I avoid S&Ws because I have a very specific taste when it comes to action designs. However, that 4" model 66 still P&R is definitely a looker and I bet shoots great. A beautiful looking gun for sure. People can argue newer is better all they want, but they keep forgetting the highly subjective nature of the gun hobby. Some people just love that pride and quality found in the older models.
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If you decide to sell it, please give me first refusal. Thanks LLB
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