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Old 06-28-2020, 10:48 AM
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Just browsing the net I see them going for more than $1000!! Is this true?


I say that because I guy I know wants to trade his 2 1/2 66 (no dash) .357 for my Colt Combat Commander, series 80. Now I am a real fan of the snub .357 66, but past $1000???
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Yes, some of the P&R guns are going for over a grand. I have an early no-dash 66 snub and I wouldn't sell it for $1500.

You can find later versions for a bit less. A 66-3 just sold here yesterday for over $800, no box , no papers, just a nice gun.
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I have a "dash 1" and $1000 won't touch it. It was fired very little and I have original grips and box.

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Well folks I have 4 of 'em. -1, -1 1/2 (long story there), -2, and a -3. So... I am trading for a no-dash 66. All of mine are 2 1/2 snubs.

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Yes, some of the P&R guns are going for over a grand. I have an early no-dash 66 snub and I wouldn't sell it for $1500.

You can find later versions for a bit less. A 66-3 just sold here yesterday for over $800, no box , no papers, just a nice gun.
He shoulda asked more, but has another


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I have a like-new -4 that I wouldn't sell for $800 - they are appreciating too fast not to hold out a while longer if, of course, I was in a mood to sell. How fast are they appreciating, you ask? Five years ago, I paid $416 for it.

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I sold the two that I had to two police officers back in Virginia last year for $950 each -- that's with the LEO discount.

These are highly prized for whatever reason. Interestingly enough, I have found Model 19-4s in the same configuration and condition, for $200 less. Go figure.

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These are highly prized for whatever reason.

One reason is that it is one of the best carry pieces Smith ever built. Great balance between size and power.
I have a -1 snub that the metal is in pretty good condition and the stocks are beat up. Would not sell it for $1,000.00. By the time I found a replacement, with the rate of price increase it would cost me $1,300 - $1,500.00 I aint the only who is thinking that so supply is drying up fast.
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I carried this one as a Deputy US Marshal in the 1970s. it's pinned and recessed. Due to a family emergency, I sold it to a Kentucky LEO.

A little bit back, I was looking thru Gunbroker and it was for auction thru a Kentucky dealer. I recognized it by a piece of checkering that was broken off in a scuffle with a wanted felon and the old scratched up Tyler Tgrip. I paid way too much (over $1150) in a bid war to get it back but it is the right one. The serial number matches what is on my old qualification records. With that kind of luck, I should have gone to Vegas that week. I'll post a picture of the other side of the 66 showing the chipped grip when I get one taken.
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Honestly, I would not pay a grand for a 2 1/2" 66. That being said, I wouldn't sell either of these for less than that because of sentimental value.
The 66-2 on top is my first S&W revolver. The 66-1 is 1 of 5 that were issued to the local Sheriff's Office in March of 1980.

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The only thing better than a 2 1/2 inch 66 for a concealed carry revolver ..

is a 3 inch 66!!

Why S&W only made 5500 of the 3 inch guns is a mystery to me

jughed did you make those wood grips????????? Back in the 80s I made a couple of sets of "Boot grips" from Banana/Target grips....... before I discovered Craig Spegel's Boot Grips.

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Those are Ahrends conversion grips that I shortened and reshaped. I don't care for those sharp edges on the Ahrends. Sanded those down as well. Done a few sets like that.
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When I first got back into the shooting sports my first purchase was a 66 no dash 2 1/2 in. for $420. Didn't realize what a gem I had until joining this forum.
The only gun I shoot better is its big brother a 4" 66 no dash.
None of them would be for sale.
My son had never owned a revolver until he shot the 66s. He now has his own 4".
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I believe I paid a fair price for this one, however, the shipping (direct to my door) seemed a bit much.
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2.5” 66/19s are definitely hot items, especially the P&R variants. About 6 years ago I picked up this 66-1 for $750. I walked into a gun shop in NorCal, looked around but didn’t see what I wanted. As I was leaving, the owner asked me what I was looking for. Told him I was searching for a 2.5” 66. He lifted his shirt, pulled a holstered 66-1 and said, “like this one? It’s yours for $750.” After a brief inspection I lifted my shirt and quickly pulled my holstered cash. No box or goodies, but I wouldn’t sell it for less than $1100.
Out west P&R 2.5” 66s are bringing $850 to $1500, where dash 2s and later are bringing $650 to $1000. P&R 2.5” 19s are bringing similar, but slightly higher prices.

It’s hard for me to walk away from a fairly priced 2.5” 66/19.

However, like Easter eggs, there are still great deals waiting to be found. I recently picked up another 19-4 at a local pawn shop for $568 + tax. In the past 2 years I’ve picked up several 66-2s for $500 to $650.
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Seven years ago I had the opportunity to purchase the 19-3 with 6" barrel from a co-worker for $400 with original box and target grips (which are now on the 4" 19). Once I had it I concluded I would need to get both the 2.5" and 4" to round out my collection. The 2.5" is a 19-4 and I paid $675 back in 2014. The same shop currently has another 19-4 snubbie for sale with a sticker price of $950. Glad I bought mine when I did. At the time $675 seemed pretty steep, but now not so much.
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I wouldn't part with mine for $1000. But then I carried this one during myy time as Detective and it saved my bacon more than a couple of times. Mine is a-1.

Grips are no longer available Coco Bolo from Eagle, replacement for factory stocks that were rode hard during my duty years.
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While I understand the round butt concealability argument, round butts just don't fit my hand right. I need a square butt. So, I bought this 2-1/2" Model 19-4 with a square butt from another member. Yeah, I know, at first I thought I had a real unicorn, but little research by Roy demonstrated that it had the original 4" barrel replaced after it left the factory.

I added the MOPs because they are cool, and anyway, I've always thought Patton was wrong on that score. Life is too short to pack ugly guns.

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