Smith & Wesson S&W Model 66 No Dash .357 Combat Magnum 4” Revolver

SOLD FOR: $860

WOA#: WY240224CC074

Make: Smith & Wesson

Model: 66, The .357 Combat Magnum Stainless

Serial Number: 9K4125

Year of Manufacture: 1975-1976

Caliber: .357 Magnum & .38 Special

Action Type: 6-Shot Double-Action Revolver with Swing-Out Fluted Cylinder

Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”. The right side of the barrel is marked “S.&W. 357 MAGNUM”. The crane cut is marked with the serial number above “MOD. 66”. The left side of the frame has the S&W monogram logo. The right side of the frame, below the cylinder, is marked with the four-line Marcas Registradas address. The rear of the cylinder is stamped with a “V”. The sides of the grip frame and yoke have inspection marks. The rear face of the ejector star is marked with the serial number. The butt of the grip frame is marked with the serial number. There is no date stamp on the inside of the grips but the grips are correct for the model. The sides of the grip frame are marked with inspection marks.

Barrel Length: 4” Pinned

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramped blade with a red insert set on a serrated elevated base that is integral to the rib, which is serrated for glare reduction. The rear sight is a white-outlined square notched sight that is adjustable for windage and elevation.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece Goncalo Alves checkered Target Stocks with a speedloader cut and S&W medallions. There are a few light compressions. There are a few little dings through the finish, most noticeable on the bottom face and on the top of the right grip. There are a few little marks into the edges that border the checkering. The checkering is sharp. Overall, the grips are in Fine condition.

Type of Finish: Stainless Steel

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 10/10.

Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. There are some swirl marks and draglines from use and storage. There is a small scuff on the bottom of the trigger guard and in front.  The barrel rib at the left of the ramp has a small nick as well as two small marks on the front of the front sight. The cylinder has a crisp turn line. The screw heads are sharp to lightly worn. The markings are crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The lockup produces minimal side-to-side movement. The double-action is smooth and the single action is crisp. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.

Our Assessment: The Smith & Wesson Model 66 is an iconic revolver that has played a significant role in the history of American firearms. It is essentially a stainless steel version of the highly popular Smith & Wesson Model 19, which itself was a result of collaboration between S&W and Bill Jordan, a former U.S. Border Patrolman and firearms enthusiast. First introduced in 1970, the Model 66 is part of the K-frame (medium frame) family and is chambered in the powerful .357 Magnum cartridge, although it can also fire the less powerful .38 Special rounds.

The Model 66 features a stainless steel construction, which not only gives it a striking appearance but also provides enhanced resistance to corrosion and wear, making it a favorite among law enforcement officers and those who spend a lot of time outdoors. It typically comes with a 4-inch barrel, but other variations include barrels as short as 2.5 inches and as long as 6 inches, catering to different needs and preferences. The revolver’s design includes a full top strap and barrel serration, which help reduce glare and improve sighting accuracy.

One of the distinctive aspects of the Model 66 is its adjustable rear sight and red ramp front sight, which together provide excellent accuracy for both recreational shooting and self-defense scenarios. The revolver also features a smooth, single-action and double-action trigger pull, making it versatile in various shooting conditions.

Overall, the Smith & Wesson Model 66 is revered for its robust construction, reliability, and versatility. It continues to be a popular choice among shooting enthusiasts, collectors, and professionals who require a powerful and dependable revolver in their arsenal.  This one has seen light use, has an excellent bore and mechanics, and comes with nice Goncalo Alves target stocks…it ought to make for a fine recreational or defensive wheel gun for one lucky winner. Please see our photos and good luck! – L.S.

Smith & Wesson S&W Model 66 No Dash .357 Combat Magnum 4” Revolver
Smith & Wesson S&W Model 66 No Dash .357 Combat Magnum 4” Revolver