Here is the final form of the immensely popular classic Smith & Wesson .357 Combat Magnum Stainless, the Model 66-7. This one’s serial number prefix is CHK, manufactured in early 2004. The Model 66, of course, was discontinued in 2005, much to our disappointment. This 66-7 is the final variant after the K frame was strengthened and lengthened some time around 1998 with several of the 66-5s, and MIM case colored .312 smooth combat trigger and .375 semi-target cleat serrated hammer. This was one of the few made with the new two-piece barrel and recessed muzzle. Its internal lock has been disabled by its domiciled Department armorers, so it may or may not be legal for transfer to eligible California and Massachusetts residents. We rate this specimen as Very Good, close to Excellent, finishwise. Its chief detractions are buffed areas on the sides of the barrel, and some buffing on the edges of the matte area atop the frame next to the rear sight. Stress on the yoke screw is negligible where the revolver was serviced by the Department armorer. We rate this 66-7 as a strong Very Good, perhaps even Excellent, specimen, since we estimate that 85 to 90 percent of its original finish is intact. Photos, however, should suffice for interested parties to judge finish grade for themselves. Grips are new replacement Hogue Conversion Monogrips, the best-handling combat grips on the market. This 66-7 in Excellent Mechanically. Bore and cylinder chambers are bright, clean, and excellent. Blast effect to the under side of the frame top strap is negligible and only amounts to etchy carbon deposit. There is no cutting whatsoever. Lateral play to the cylinder is minimal, both with the trigger pulled and with it relaxed. Double action trigger pull is smooth and consistent, and the hammer travels 5 degrees after the cylinder times into place in all six positions. On single action, the hammer travels an additional 30 to 35 degrees after the cylinder times, and the single action trigger pull is a stiff but crisp original 4 5/8 pounds. Cylinder face to forcing cone gap is a tight .005. Other specs are Red Ramp front sight and windage adjustable flat black rear sight, with .312 smooth combat trigger and .375 semi-target cleat serrated hammer. We have had positive experience with the later floating firing pin variant Smith & Wessons like this one, and very positive reports from our Arizona marksmen who really put them through their paces. This revolver comes in a new Smith & Wesson plastic case. Own one of the last specimens of a classic, the Model 66 Smith & Wesson Combat Magnum Stainless, for only $ 469.95 Not transferable to civilians in California, Chicago, D.C., Massachusetts, or NYC.
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