Pistols for bad shooters. Part 3. Smith & Wesson M66 Combat Magnum
Smith & Wesson M66 Combat Magnum
These two revolvers have a lot of merit. The unconditional advantages of weapons include high reliability, safety, accuracy of shooting, ease of handling, as well as constant combat readiness and a powerful cartridge .357 Magnum (9x32 mm). In addition, in comparison with other samples of modern revolvers, they are smaller in size, which can also be of great importance.
Smith & Wesson is well known primarily for its revolvers. Many of her products are already considered classics and are highly loved by collectors around the world. Unfortunately, with the advent of modern self-loading pistols on the market, many revolvers have lost ground. Some classic models have been discontinued. One example is the Smith & Wesson M66 revolver, which along with the M19 was popular with the American police. However, over time, production of the revolver was discontinued, only to be revived again in 2014 when the M66 Combat Magnum returned to the Smith & Wesson catalog.
This revolver is designed on a "K" frame (middle frame) with a square grip. It was first introduced back in 1999 on a .38 caliber revolver, which was designed to arm the army and police. The "K" -frame is used today in the design of revolvers of various calibers from .22 LR (5,6x15,6 mm) to .357 Magnum (9x32 mm). For the first time, the Smith & Wesson M66 revolver model was introduced back in 1970. The revolver was originally designed for the powerful .357 Magnum cartridge. It was very similar in appearance to the popular M19 model, with the main difference being the use of a stainless steel frame instead of the previously used carbon steel.
The M66 revolver belongs to the M&P (Military and Police) series of revolvers, which has a very long history. Technically, all revolvers in this series are a double-action firing mechanism with an open hammer and a hammer located on the trigger. Revolvers are equipped with drums for 6 rounds, the drum tilts to the left and in the closed position is fixed at two points - in the back of the extractor with a lock, which is controlled by a movable (back and forth) key located on the left side of the frame behind the drum, and in the front of the rod extractor (under the barrel) - spring-loaded latch. The M66 Combat Magnum features a stainless steel barrel and frame, adjustable sights, a front sight and rear sight. The front sight has a bright contrasting insert in red, which facilitates the aiming process.
Stainless steel gives the revolver a nice matte finish. At the same time, unlike the old versions, the new rubber revolver uses modern rubberized materials instead of linings on the handle made of wood. Thanks to the rubber lining, the revolver is better placed in the hand of the shooter, it does not slip, providing a strong fixation in the hand even when using such powerful cartridges as the .357 Magnum.
The performance characteristics of the Smith & Wesson M66 Combat Magnum:
Caliber - .357 Magnum (mm 9x32)
Overall length - 246 mm.
Barrel length - 108 mm.
Weight - 1,037 kg.
Drum capacity - 6 cartridges.
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