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We all tell "back in the day" stories, here's mine.

Back in the 80's when the police traded revolvers for semi-autos, Kieslers Police Supply in Jeffersonville Indiana had Mod 66's for around $200 apiece.
I bought them and traded them off thinking they'll never run out.


Wrong.

I've always kept a Mod 66 or two, but never really cared if I sold one or not.
Then, awhile back I had a chance to buy a coupla' more.

I did and a GB "completed auction" price check and it amazed me.

Over 500 + for a short bbl Mod 66?
I didn't pay near that, but it makes me wonder what happend to all those police trade ins.

66-1


And with a 4 inch 66 no dash.
 

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Unlike everything else that has gotten expensive, these aren't a surprise, they're shooting dreams! My wife and daughter both have Model 66's, they both love them and I must admit these guns shoot. If I had the luxury of deciding in the face of running toward a serious situation with a weapon and bracing in my mind the best surety of a hit to a mark; it would be with my wife's 66, hands down.
 

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I just paid $550 for a 3" 66 knowing it would be good trade bait and was quick in reaching for my wallet. I know a 3" 66 is worth a good bit more than I paid.

As for yours, that 4" is gorgeous! I love the wood on that one. :cool:
 

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The M-66 2 1/2" revolver is a helluvagun! It is one of the better Smiths out there. Both of my M-10's, (2" and 4") in 98% and 90% colndition, cost me less then $200 each a few years back. These are basic Police revolvers, but the prices that I see now are about twice that , for very nice condition (85%)! :eek: People are crazy to pay that price.......but they do. :roll: Bob
 

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The wood, yes! I have a 66 no dash myself, with the stainless rear sight and the same wood. What is it? I am not sure, I often look it over carefully, with that reddish color, and wonder. I had even sometimes wondered if someone had refinished them until I saw your picture, same grips, same yellowish tinge of color over the medallions.
Who here knows what this wood is?
 

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Geoff, All of the S&W Target & PC wood grips that I have on my "Queens" are rosewood......and have that beautiful reddish color. I have read that rosewoold is actually a variation of Goncalo Alves wood. This reddish color happens because of soil conditions, where it was grown. I think that the yellowish color is just overspray of the varnish that S&W uses on it's grips. It has a slight tint to it. ;) Bob
 

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It would seem that all bargains do not last. In the 1960s most gun shops had 1917 .45 s and M&P victory models in both .38 S&W and .38 specials. at very reasonable prices. We can all see what has happened to these prices now. hvapa;p;
 
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