Reviewed By: Marc Charles C on 09/10/2019
Well made as any S&W I've ever had and the new improvements make the design better,everything solid and tight,shoots great,just needed a squirt of oil out of the box worth every penny.
Reviewed By: Dan C on 10/24/2017
Super fast shipping from Buds. Gun is absolutely amazing. In fantatsic condition. Looking forward doing business with Buds again real soon..thank you
Reviewed By: Joseph M on 06/07/2017
I really like this revolver. I own a few S&W magnums and have never regretted buying any of them as they are all great revolvers but I have always enjoyed shooting the K frame .357s the most. I am glad S&W brought this model back. Have put a couple hundred rounds of .357 through it so far. It is very accurate and pleasant to shoot with full power loads. Will try some .38 Special the next time I go to the range. Bud's was great as always. I put this gun on lay away while I was deployed. I got extended on my deployment and Bud's worked with me by holding the gun for me until I got back home and could pick it up. Thanks Bud's.
Reviewed By: Sean H on 05/19/2017
I hate to be the one to write the buyer beware review but here it goes. I bought a S&W 66-8 6 months ago, after having a huge internal battle between this and a 686. my final decision was the 66 and here is where the bad news comes in. I went to the range today and started shooting standard federal american eagle 158gr .357 mag. after 25 rounds i ran into the age old 66 problem. the frame around the forcing cone has stared to fracture. this is after i have about 300 to 400 rounds through the thing. now the pistol is no longer what i would consider safe to shoot. will be contacting S&W tomorrow to open a warranty claim. it has a lifetime warranty as long as i own the pistol. will update later when i learn more.
Reviewed By: Phil T on 03/21/2017
As always, Buds delivers again. Very happy with my purchase of my S&W Model 66. Great price and fast delivery! I am very satisfied with this purchase. Will always do business with Buds and will recommend others do so also.
Reviewed By: Perry B on 02/14/2017
I already owned a model 66-2 circa 1970 and absolutely adore the revolver.
It was my first handgun and was a gift from my Father in Law. I decided to
order the current model 66 to see what the difference was. NO DIFFERENCE
EXCEPT FOR APPEARANCE. The sights were right on out of the box and
I enjoy shooting this revolver just as much as my original model 66-2.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND PURCHASING THIS REVOLVER.
Reviewed By: Derrick B on 02/10/2017
This is my absolute favorite 357 the K frame feels great and the heavy barrel handles magnum loads with no trouble at all. I wouldn't trade this gun for the world a solid and reliable combat magnum. If you need a good woods pistol or an old faithful in the dresser this is it.
Reviewed By: Theodore E on 03/29/2016
Pleased with what I see so far. It is well made and accurate, and about as easy to shoot as my L Frames with 357 loads. Time will tell if the engineering corrections applied to this generation of 66's will cure past issues with forcing cone failures, but the fact that the issue has finally been directly addressed by S&W is what drove my purchase.
Reviewed By: David K on 02/18/2016
Thanks Buds! Great gun, smooth and easy transaction. I will use Buds again!
Reviewed By: Nicholas E on 02/09/2016
*Combat Magnum*; this pistol is perfectly summed up in the two words stamped on the barrel. The K-Frame is an example of full power capabilities in a package that is 'just the right size' for anything that you need it to do. Picking it up a newer shooter will understand why the K-Frame was standard for protecting it civilians for decades, veterans will feel like they are shaking hands with an old friend.
*Initial Feeling/Dry Firing:*
My particular pistol shipped a little gritty feeling on the action so I removed the side plate and thoroughly cleaned it and applied a coat of dry lubricant and that spiffed it right up. Buttery smooth trigger after cleaning, better than I remember my last new Smith was not too long ago. If you are use to an L or N frame the trigger is much lighter in this more compact form. The new two piece rubber grip is solid and much more natural feeling than the Hogue Monogrips that are standard on most Smiths. It is so nice I may not install a set of VZ Grips like I do on most of my pistols.
*Fit and Finish:*
The bead blast finish is superb and uniformly velvety feeling. Stamping on the gun a nice and has a good even depth. The only unexpected thing is that there is a ball detent on the crane and not on the ejector rod like other Smiths. And boy is it a tight lock up. It takes some force to crack her open so if you are a fan of the FBI reload you may struggle. It is a minor concern and this new run of 66-8s is much more beefy than the old 66s especially with the new crane lock up system. It definitely can be happy shooting full house .357 Magnums with this improvement and a thicker forcing cone. The front red ramp was also a little mis-shapen inside the rest of the steel front sight. I plan on upgrading to the C&S Extreme Duty sights so this was no issue to me but QC seems to be lacking on the sights and might bug some. Those are my only concerns with this pistol. Yes it has a two piece barrel and yes it is properly torqued and delivers fantastic results, please do not bash the new two piece design. It may reduce cost but Smith and Wesson knows what they are doing and this gun is more accurate than you or I will ever be.
All-in-all the pistol is a quality piece firing both light .38 Specials, .38 +P and .357 Magnums at the range and deserves my 5/5 rating. There is a slew of accessories for this gun since it has lead a deserve-ed reputation so if you are looking for a good first revolver or want to try something different than a L-Frame I urge you to try it out. Bud's service is stellar and I will be doing business again.