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Old 05-16-2012, 17:28   #1
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S&W 66 2 1/2 with fixed sights

Guys,

I understand some state police force used 2 1/2 Combat Magnums, special ordered for S&W, with FIXED SIGHTS. Delaware?

Does anyone know if this is true? I understand it was a special order item just for that state police.

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Old 05-16-2012, 17:43   #2
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That would be a model 65
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Old 05-16-2012, 17:54   #3
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I just went through the Standard Catalog of S&W. I can't find anything, and, it doesn't ring a bell to me.

There is the 19-P, 2 1/2" RB and 4" SB with fixed sights for export to Peru. Thats all I can find....

I'm a lightweight though, maybe the S&W Forum?
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That would be a model 65
Close, and, one of my favorite guns, but, never made in 2 1/2" and, no lug. Except the Ladysmith 65 had a lug
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Old 05-16-2012, 18:11   #5
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Close, and, one of my favorite guns, but, never made in 2 1/2" and, no lug. Except the Ladysmith 65 had a lug
OK this may be one of those like the model 520 ( I think that was it) the NYSP ordered. Fixed sight 27. On my 'Kick myself in the tail for not getting" list.
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There should be no difference in strength between the 66 and 65, since they have the same frame, cylinder and the part of the barrel that goes into the frame. It depends mostly on whether you prefer adjustable or fixed sights. The 65 can also be had with a three-inch barrel, while the 66's barrel length choices were 2.5, four and six inches. (A very few three-inch 66s have been made -- snag one if the price is right.) An advantage of the three-inch vs. the 2.5-inch will be readily apparent when you go to reload the gun -- the full length ejector rod makes it much easier to dump your cases, while the long magnum cases will often not clear with the snubby's shortened rod and you have to flick them the rest of the way out.

The "underlug" on the 66's barrel is really an ejector rod shroud, although it does add a little weight. Its primary purpose is to protect the rod (upon which the cylinder rotates and locks up) from being bent if the revolver is dropped or thrown on the ground, or used as a bludgeon (not uncommon with old-time cops; it was an old-time Border Patrol cop who proposed the original design
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There should be no difference in strength between the 66 and 65, since they have the same frame, cylinder and the part of the barrel that goes into the frame. It depends mostly on whether you prefer adjustable or fixed sights. The 65 can also be had with a three-inch barrel, while the 66's barrel length choices were 2.5, four and six inches. (A very few three-inch 66s have been made -- snag one if the price is right.) An advantage of the three-inch vs. the 2.5-inch will be readily apparent when you go to reload the gun -- the full length ejector rod makes it much easier to dump your cases, while the long magnum cases will often not clear with the snubby's shortened rod and you have to flick them the rest of the way out.

The "underlug" on the 66's barrel is really an ejector rod shroud, although it does add a little weight. Its primary purpose is to protect the rod (upon which the cylinder rotates and locks up) from being bent if the revolver is dropped or thrown on the ground, or used as a bludgeon (not uncommon with old-time cops; it was an old-time Border Patrol cop who proposed the original design

the unshrouded rod could get bent if someone bumped their head on it.
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Old 05-16-2012, 18:25   #8
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I can't find anything on it either. Anything is possible with S&W. If such a gun was made it was probably a 65 fixed sight frame mated with a 19 barrel.
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OK this may be one of those like the model 520 ( I think that was it) the NYSP ordered. Fixed sight 27. On my 'Kick myself in the tail for not getting" list.
Yeah. I remember when those were pretty easy to find, and reasonable....

On the bright side, you can find them in mint condition all the time, I think everybody knew they were rare and kept them NIB.
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I remember back in the 80's when S&W was the gun of the week club with all sorts of variations coming out.

Anything is possible in their revolver line.

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And don't forget the possibility that a gun was not stamped properly or over -stamped.
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