Originally Posted by JWSchramm
Well sure, these things happen. I'm sure that cop had put a lot of rounds in training through his gun. Probably more than this particular one has had. Sometimes guns fail. It's even been known to happen to Glocks and M&Ps. I carry an M&P. just because sometimes someone's gun failed doesn't mean I will write off the gun/model entirely. It's probably not the norm.
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not disregarding your story. I'm just not willing to write off the gun just yet because of one story of a copy's gun failing. I'll definitely take into consideration everything that's been said here.
Plus, the model 19 isn't available to me anymore.
There was a problem with the early Mod 66 production runs dealing with uneven heating and cooling rates between the stainless frame and the hammer nose bushing. When the frame got hot the bushing was pushed out against the ammo effectively locked the cylinder until the gun cooled off.
From what I understood at the time it took several police departments shelving the unit to convince S&W that it was the gun, and not the ammo. Once the firearm was cooled down and unloaded there was no obvious evidence of any kind of failure.
Other than that one obvious glitch I have not heard of any other problems specific to the 66, or any other stainless S&W. I did have a problem with mine during rapid fire drills, but I would call it more of a hard use problem than I would a 66 problem. The cylinder stop spring got weak so I replaced it.