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I stumbled upon this revolver on another forum. I had no idea this even existed.



It's apparently a S&W Model 66 sold overseas as a Walther R99. Since S&W and Walther have a distribution contract here in the States, I guess it makes sense for them to do this type of thing in Europe. I am a Walther fan and there is just something really neat about this revolver. I like the interchangable grip backstrap too. I want one just to be different!

Heck, I just want a set of the grips...they should fit any K-Frame.

-Steve
 

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I really like those grips too...alos like the slanted underlug....very cool!
 

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I not only know of it's existance, I own the S&W version of it, 3" 66-4. IMHO the best carry revolvers out there.

Those R99's were made by S&W for Walther in the late 90's, through early 2000's. In blue, the R99 is simply a 3" 19-8. The blue is not glossy, rather a bead blast blue. In stainless, the R99 is a 3" 66-5. Both have nicer grips than what is available from S&W or aftermarket manufacturers.

Since I've yet to get my hands on a R99, I'm not sure who makes the grips for it. They are very nice though. Each R99 comes with an extra back insert, to fit the grip to your hand.

There are R99 prototypes and pre production examples floating around in the states. Not too many, and they bring $900 + when they appear. IIRC a 3" blue R99 recently brought $1700 on Gunbroker. About what a genuine 3" model 19 would probably bring.

In Europe they bring 700-900 Euros. I don't know what that translates to in dollars.

Too bad S&W cannot be bothered to make these fine revolvers available here in the states. Regards 18DAI.

Edited to add: These Walther/SW R99 La Chasse revolvers were debuted at the 1999 SHOT show.
 
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