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Old 12-17-2012, 08:39 PM
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Default Model 66-5, 3" Lew Horton?

Guys, hoping you can lay some good news on me with this one...

Just left a new local shop a couple hours ago, for which I went to get a new Glock 26 Gen 4 that I'd been wanting. While there I happened to look over and saw what appeared to be a 3" model 66 with faux ivory grips. Now I've been trying to locate a nice 66 for my mother, yes my mom...78 years old and cannot be talked out of a .357, mainly a 66 she wants. Long story shorter, I basically impulse-bought this gun and now that I'm home fear I may have paid too much for it, and want your guy's take on it. As stated, it's a 66-5, 3", in excellent condition, and he told me it was a Lew Horton Special. It has the faux-ivory grips, original box and all papers and receipts. It says on the original shop ticket that it is "1 of 293"....before I say what I gave, I would greatly appreciate hearing what you guys think would've been a fair price to pay for this...and any other info you would be good enough to share with me on this gun.

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This one is a lew horton 66-3 one of three hundred. It is also ported. Is your 66-5 similar?



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It's listed in the SCSW, called the "Super K", product code 102719, produced in 1997 (no number made mentioned). Has the two-part Magna-Porting.

Someone here has one, but...I think anything less than $700 would be a pretty good deal, and the current market would be $2-300 higher.
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Default I dont think it's either of those....

Thanks for the feedback, but it's not the F-Comp you have pictured, and don't think its a Super K either as it doesn't have any porting. I will get a pic of it posted tomorrow evening when I get home from work. It appears to be a pretty basic 66-5 with 3" barrel, the grips are the only thing that really appear different...but I'm not the aficionado yet like you guys.

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Since you have the box, post the product code off the end label
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Since you have the box, post the product code off the end label

The product code is 102719, and the "Spec. Ord." on the box is 9013.

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The product code is 102719, and the "Spec. Ord." on the box is 9013.
102719 is simply listed as 3" 66-5 RR WO RB service style faux ivory grips with no medallion

The SCSW does not show this as a Distributor Exclusive.

The Spec Ord number is just a date code. It indicates the revolver was manufactured on January 13th 1999
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Don't worry about what you paid for it. Bottom line is that it is a nice gun and you now own it. I usually stop by the local gun store two or three times a week while on lunch to browse. The shelves are BARE!! Zero used guns and the owner is even having a hard time getting new pieces in. It has been like this for the last month or two. Be glad that you had the opportunity to make the purchase.
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102719 is simply listed as 3" 66-5 RR WO RB service style faux ivory grips with no medallion

The SCSW does not show this as a Distributor Exclusive.

The Spec Ord number is just a date code. It indicates the revolver was manufactured on January 13th 1999
Thanks for the info on this...I started to worry that this might be the case after I got home with it. Though the original shop tag from the original sale said "Lew Horton Special" and "1 of 293", and on the box it says "Special", I began to feel like it might not be worth quite as much as I paid for it. I have, as probably many of you have, passed on several weapons for one reason or another (mostly figured I could beat the price elsewhere) that I later regretted not buying, and didn't want this to be one of those times.

I gave $1000 for it, and maybe it was some too much, but I mostly feel Klyde is right in that I should probably be glad that I was able to acquire it more than worry about the fact I may have give a couple hundred too much for it at current values. Just would've made it nicer knowing I didn't overspend for it.

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That 66-3 that I showed, I paid around $650s for back around the 1990s. Its still about the very most I ever paid for a handgun and thats saying something as I also own several colt single actions I bought new plus a couple pythons. Seems that 66 wasnt quite new at the time but I wanted the ultimate. If I hadnt bought it, I doubt there would be a dime more in my check book today, or I would have one more item in the house or garage.
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Any 3" model 66, even used without a box, is pushing $1K currently...so I don't think you need to be too upset about paying that for yours (your mom's ).
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Guys, very much appreciate your input. I feel good about the purchase at this point. Here is the pic of it...
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The average going price for an excellent no box 3" 66 of most vintages is in the $850.00. I just saw one sell on GunBroker with box and paperwork for almost $1100. Since yours also has a documented factory simulated ivory grip you didn't get a bargain at a grande but you won't loose anything when you sell it either.

This is the first one I have ever seen that has those grips on it and product code documents such...

GREAT FIND!...now go find a gun for mom....Bob
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Thanks very much for the input Superman, I do feel very good about the purchase at this point. I felt like, even at the time that while I wasn't "stealing" it at $1000, that I wasn't really paying too much either. Your guy's generous input has confirmed that for me.

And I know on the "now find one for Mom" comment...giving it to her tonight with a giant bow on it, gonna make sure she's aware of just how nice of a gift that is..lol. Would defiinitely love to have it myself, but between a 66 and 28, I'm a little partial to a nice 28. That'll be the one I get.



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The average going price for an excellent no box 3" 66 of most vintages is in the $850.00. I just saw one sell on GunBroker with box and paperwork for almost $1100. Since yours also has a documented factory simulated ivory grip you didn't get a bargain at a grande but you won't loose anything when you sell it either.

This is the first one I have ever seen that has those grips on it and product code documents such...

GREAT FIND!...now go find a gun for mom....Bob
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I think your Mom has good taste in guns. Congrats on finding her what she wanted.

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As others have said, any 3" 66 is selling for more than average prices these days. As a Christmas gift for your mom, you did just fine. Marry Christmas to her and to you.

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Newldr, look at it this way, at a grand you did not overpay, you just bought a little bit ahead of the curve.
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Newldr, look at it this way, at a grand you did not overpay, you just bought a little bit ahead of the curve.
I recently paid $850 for a 3" Model 66-4. No box, no papers, traditional wood grips (not combats). I think you did just fine for that revolver with box and paperwork supporting the unusual grips.

Now all you need is a Tyler T-Grip substitute (forgot the name) so it's easier to shoot well.

Great present BTW! I gave the 3" Model 66-4 bought back in 1994 to my daughter and missed it so much I had to find another one.
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I would go an easy $1,000 without blinking (if in good shape), this revolver combined with a good leather "tom threepersons" holster makes for good carry.....give mom the glock, keep the steel!
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no matter what, you have a great mom!!!!!!!!!!
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Thanks Jeremy, I'm going to print that out and give it to her to go in the box. She was so happy to get that on Xmas Eve, she wouldn't put it back the box for an hour, just held it in her lap. I realized at that point, the thousand I gave for it was nothing.

Thanks to everyone for your knowledgable and supporting comments, much appreciated.

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a better version...

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Yes, that is a better one. Thanks Jeremy
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