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Old 02-08-2020, 10:03 PM
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Iím retired from the U S Marshals Service. I began that journey I late 1984. In January of 1985 I was issued a 2 1/2 ď round butt 66 SN AER8323. Before retiring I turned i the 66 and per agency policy it was destroyed as we were issued Glock 22ís.

In my tenure I fired several distinguished expert scores with that revolver. Was sad to see it go but itís the government way.

Last week I found one as close to it as I could ever have. Model 66-2 SN AER8366. Those two guns were more than likely built on the same day put together by the same fitters with parts from the same lot.

Needless to say it now sits in my vault. A search of over thirty years has come to a happy ending.
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Old 02-09-2020, 12:01 AM
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Congratulations of finding the model 66 close to your original serial number. I've been searching for my old CS1 (BAC0456) for 27 years.
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Old 02-09-2020, 04:27 AM
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Congrats. I love happy endings.
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Old 02-09-2020, 08:12 AM
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Thats a great story, and that one would work for me .
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Old 02-09-2020, 09:51 AM
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Thank God the first 66 was destroyed. The world is now much safer because of it. I mean, the 2 1/2 66 is the preferred weapon of gang bangers on the street. I can't even begin to tell you how many I have seen seized over the years.

On a side note, there is now a movement afoot (that I expect to fail) that will allow 1811's to purchase their weapons. The original, government-wide order for destruction was ordered by Clinton. It could be technically reversed. Of course, I am sure many agencies would have internal policies that would negate that. I am not holding my breath.

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Well if anyone was issued ACV57xx, I might be willing to arrange a reunion.
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Old 02-12-2020, 12:33 AM
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I had something similar happen to me with a department issued 686 4". I didn't get mine 35 years ago but a couple of years ago I found one of the old department issues just a few numbers away from mine and for a very good price also. It is a good feeling. Enjoy your find.
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Congratulations on your kinda reunion! I picked up a 66-2, 2.5" at a local gun show. Just had to have it. Not too far from yours. AEK8327. Regardless, it is a fun gun to shoot! Enjoy your find! Bob
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I bought my 66-2 in 1983 from J&G Sales in AZ., as a young border patrol agent I didn't care for the .38 air weights we had for plain clothes carry. It still resides in my safe with the El Paso Saddlery Tortilla holster I bought to carry it in, and yes it wears pacs, altho I have the original grips tucked away in the box with everything else. Mine isn't going anywhere as long as I'm alive. Glad to hear you were able to reacquire one, they're great guns.
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Congratulations

It is amazing that you could come across a Model 66 whose number is so close
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Old 02-13-2020, 12:09 AM
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Only remnants I still have of the original 66 are my copies of my course of fire qualification forms. They contain the make, model and serial number
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Outstanding stories here guys!

Back in 1982 in the Academy, I was issued a 4" M64-3. Upon assignment to our Firearms Section, I traded the 64 for a M67, thinking the adjustable sights would serve me better in that assignment.
Thereafter the department transitioned to GLOCK and I regretted getting rid of my original 64 (which I had taken personally to the factory for a red ramp insert and action tune...)
Thanks to ladder13 (Mike), a few years ago, I was able to obtain a duplicate 64-3 with a S/N not only in the very same 30D series, BUT actually around 20 or 30 numbers away. That 64-3 is a cherished keeper.
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