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Old 05-17-2013, 06:55 AM   #21
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The early S&W Mdl. 66s often had FTF due to the poor machining of stainless steel back in the day. The most failures by police departments was firing in double action. The stainless steel often became "chaved" causing the cylinder to bind and lock up the firearm. The S&W Mdl. 66 caused many PDs to choose semi auto handguns. I would buy the Mdl. 19-2 a carbon steel product with a good record.
Interesting. Thanks for the info.
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Interesting. Thanks for the info.
Another problem they had in early production 66's was the firing pin bushing being forced forward by the uneven heating. FHP had a bunch of them when they replaced their Colts. It was fixed in the no dash series and nonexistent by the time the dash 2 was built.
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The Model 19-2 walked out the door with a cop today. The owner of the shots said he'd told me he would hold it foe ne until today, and he did. He sold it today.

He's holding the model 66-2 for me until Monday. What do you guys think? Should I bite? He's asking $475. Maybe I can talk him down a little?
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The Model 19-2 walked out the door with a cop today. The owner of the shots said he'd told me he would hold it foe ne until today, and he did. He sold it today.

He's holding the model 66-2 for me until Monday. What do you guys think? Should I bite? He's asking $475. Maybe I can talk him down a little?
It's a good gun. Heck, it's a stainless 19. I have 19's and my 66, and the 66 gets a lot more use than all the 19's put together. I don't have to worry about the beautiful blue finish of the 19's.
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I'd say he owes you $50.00 for selling it out from under you. Ask for $50 off, settle for $25.00. He might not do it, but it doesn't hurt to ask, especially if you are a regular customer. The model 19 would have been nice, and might have been my first choice, but I have owned a couple of 66's and have enjoyed them; besides, if they will be hard use guns the stainless might be a better choice. I don't carry my 19 in woods or bad weather, I have a stainless Ruger Security Six for that, so I can pamper my "nicer" guns. Or if it will be a carry gun the stainless will hold up against the salt in body sweat better than blue. That's why I bought my ugly Starvel finish Firestar.
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The "Cop" knew his guns. He chose the Mdle. 19. The Mdl. 66 was plagued by problems for ever.
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The "Cop" knew his guns. He chose the Mdle. 19. The Mdl. 66 was plagued by problems for ever.
Can you be more specific? I carry a 66 and need to know what to look out for.
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The early S&W Mdl. 66s often had FTF due to the poor machining of stainless steel back in the day. The most failures by police departments was firing in double action. The stainless steel often became "chaved" causing the cylinder to bind and lock up the firearm. The S&W Mdl. 66 caused many PDs to choose semi auto handguns. I would buy the Mdl. 19-2 a carbon steel product with a good record.
Interesting. I knew early SS semi-autos had galling issues. First I've heard of problems with revolvers.
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When buying the Model 19, bring along a magnifying glass to check the forcing cone for cracks, I hear replacement barrels are really scarce to nonexistant. I didn't hear about this issue until after I bought a 19-5 at a gun show. Lucked out, a terrific revolver.
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It was back in the 1970s. A Wyoming HP Officer was shot during a road block. His Mdl. 66 S&W had a galled action. The gun locked up and the BG shot the officer with a suicide special.
I never knew this to happen with a Mdl. 19.
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