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What revolvers have two piece barrels or barrel liners?
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I know the current production Model 19 and Model 66 Classic and Model 69 have two piece barrels.
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Old 10-16-2020, 08:31 AM
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My Model 66-6 which came with blue plastic case, docs, & fired case dated May 28, 2002 has the 4" Heavy Barrel, product code 162706. Uncle Mikes grips were factory standard, at least on mine.

It is my understanding that this series was the last made with one piece barrels. The Model 66's made after mid 2002 came with 2 piece barrels until end of production in 2005.

When I got mine, there was an identical gun right next to this one, however didn't look as pristine and didn't have any case or docs, and it was with a 2 piece barrel, which just didn't tickle my fancy. I was also trying to reconcile my brain to accepting the infamous Hillary Hole, with the 2 keys, and the gigantic factory sealed Master padlock....talk about retention level 95!

Anyway.....the gun is terrific. Eats anything (brand and weight wise) in 38 Spl or 357 Magnum that we feed it. I say we because when my daughter (LEO) is home we like to compete with our Glock 21, Gen 4 in 45acp (her State issue, mine bought to keep up with her), AND the Model 66. Her state has numerous Mod 66's left over in the armory that the troops love to shoot and play with after qual sessions and she is really competent so I get beat usually with both guns....but hey...fun range time with family is plain fun so I don't care who wins, cause we both do!

PS: Hundreds, if not thousands now, rounds downrange and never a problem with the Hillary Hole, so if any of you are in need of 2 untouched keys, plus a massive Gorilla proof Master padlock in sealed sleeve...just let me know.
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I have a 3” 64-8 that has the 2 piece barrel
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You guys left out LOTS of the Smith & Wessons with multi piece barrels.

2 piece barrel assemblies
19
64
65
66
67
69
242Ti
296Ti
310NG
315NGG
317
325NG
325PD
325SC
327NG
327PD
329NG
329PD
329Hunter
331TI
337
340PD
M&P 340
342
351
360
386PD
386Hunter
396
430
431
437
460 (most variations)
500 (most variations)
520
619
620

3 piece barrel assemblies
66
327 2"
327 TRR8
327 JM
327 M&P R8
500 John Ross

I am sure I missed a few
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You guys left out LOTS of the Smith & Wessons with multi piece barrels.

2 piece barrel assemblies
19
64
65
66
67
69
242Ti
296Ti
310NG
315NGG
317
325NG
325PD
325SC
327NG
327PD
329NG
329PD
329Hunter
331TI
337
340PD
M&P 340
342
351
360
386PD
386Hunter
396
430
431
437
460 (most variations)
500 (most variations)
520
619
620

3 piece barrel assemblies
66
327 2"
327 TRR8
327 JM
327 M&P R8
500 John Ross

I am sure I missed a few
Now that’s what I call an informative post .
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You guys left out LOTS of the Smith & Wessons with multi piece barrels.



2 piece barrel assemblies

19

64

65

66

67

69

242Ti

296Ti

310NG

315NGG

317

325NG

325PD

325SC

327NG

327PD

329NG

329PD

329Hunter

331TI

337

340PD

M&P 340

342

351

360

386PD

386Hunter

396

430

431

437

460 (most variations)

500 (most variations)

520

619

620



3 piece barrel assemblies

66

327 2"

327 TRR8

327 JM

327 M&P R8

500 John Ross



I am sure I missed a few
I think the 629 PC Hunter also has a 3 piece. The one with the Comp. ..
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For someone whose forum name is "Colt", you sure seem to know a whole lot about S&W's! Great list.
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About 7 or 8 years ago I bought a 66-7 with a 2.5" two piece barrel. I was a little leery because it was something I'd never encountered before. Still the price was right and the gun looked almost new (and has a pinned front sight which is important to me) so I bought it. The bottom line is that it has turned out to be one of the most accurate and fastest on target pistols I've ever owned. At least out to 20 meters. It would certainly be one of the last of my pistols I would ever sell.
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As colt_saa's list shows, all Sc/Al alloy frame models have (2) or (3) piece barrels, AFAIK.

If we're expanding the list to include (3) piece barrel revolvers you can add the PC 325TR & the PC 460XVR snubby to it.

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I understand the two piece barrel but what is a three piece barrel?

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I guess it is a formal barrel, with pants, jacket, and a vest.
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A two piece barrel assemble consists of a barrel shroud and a threaded barrel that has a flange on the muzzle end.

The flange is tightened against the shroud which tensions the barrel inside the shroud. This is very similar to the method used on the Ruger Redhawk revovlers.



A three piece barrel assembly consists of a barrel shroud, a barrel threaded on both ends and a nut/comp/cap for the muzzle end



The barrel nut/comp/cap is tightened against the barrel shroud which tensions the barrel inside the shroud. This three piece configuration is closer to the original decades old Dan Wesson design
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Just wanted to add a picture of a 3 piece taken apart. But Colt saa beat me to it, while I was drive thru-ing my coffee!
Barrel. Shroud. Locking nut. 3 piece.
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Thank you for all the answers, wiseacres and serious. The DW style was supposed to have consistent, repeatable accuracy. Does the S&W live up to that promise?

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Yes, the Smith & Wesson implementation of the tensioned multi piece barrel assemblies has indeed created revolvers rivaling the Legendary Dan Wesson accuracy

The design works as well today as it did 40+ years ago

Both of my 5" 327s are astonishingly more accurate than other 357 Magnum N-frames. My 327 TRR8 has become one of my favorites

Smith & Wessons 460s and 500s are just amazing

Though I do still shoot my Dan Wesson SuperMags

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Given the same barrel length on a 327 and on a 627, 5" and shooting them back to back for years, I can say with certainty, that the 327's multi piece barrel was always more accurate than the 627.

Hands down the 327 is my favourite, being the most accurate, easier to hold and being able to handle magnums better than it's all steel counterpart.

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Correct Lou. I think you're talking about the 629-7 Magnum Hunters. The comp is also a 'nut'.



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Correct Lou. I think you're talking about the 629-7 Magnum Hunters. The comp is also a 'nut'.







I remembered when you told me about them. If the comp is the locking nut, that makes em 3-piece barrels. Too.

Nice!Two piece barrels?

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Correct Lou. I think you're talking about the 629-7 Magnum Hunters. The comp is also a 'nut'.



I had that mixed up in my memory as a 329 Hunter.

I should have remembered, I like that two tone finish it has
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