Gun Report

Smith & Wesson Model 66 Combat Magnum 38 Special +P/357 Magnum

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This Combat Magnum has the advantage of stainless steel construction, a very smooth action, and a round-butt configuration very seldom seen on the 4-inch-barrel Combat Magnum. The round-butt revolver handles well, and the whole package is attractive.

Smith & Wesson Model 66 Combat Magnum 38 Special +P/357 Magnum

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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A compact and accurate revolver, the Model 66 is a great all-round handgun for the money. Much of the satisfaction a shooter can gain from the M66 comes from the grips he or she decides to install. Here we fitted the Combat Magnum with HideOut grips from Brownells to make the pistol "smaller" and more concealable.
The difference between round and square-butt performance on the range and in the hand was noticeable. The round butt had an advantage in fast handling.
Various grips were tried for fit and handling. In the end, the Hogue MonoGrip (shown installed) works best, our shooters said.

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