Pistols for bad shooters. Part 3. Smith & Wesson M66 Combat Magnum

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The third place in the ranking of the Top 5 pistols designed for bad shooters, according to experts from the American weapons portal gunsamerica.com, is occupied by the Smith & Wesson M66 Combat Magnum revolver. Journalists of the American edition consider the M66 model to be the optimal balance between “lethality” and shooting comfort. The bullets of caliber .357 Magnum (9x32 mm) used with it are significantly more powerful than the 9x19 mm "Parabellum" ammunition, while good balancing weapons and a bright insert on the gun of a revolver allow even novice shooters to successfully conduct accurate shooting. The price for this revolver in the US is 849 dollars.


Smith & Wesson M66 Combat Magnum



The Smith & Wesson M66 Combat Magnum revolver is the direct successor to the M19 revolver of the same company. Revolver Smith & Wesson Model 19 became the first in stories a revolver using the new .357 Magnum cartridge. The cartridge was created jointly by Smith and Wesson and Winchester in 1935 on the basis of the .38 Special cartridge. At the same time, the length of the liner was increased, which in turn made it possible to place significantly more powder in it. As a result, the muzzle energy increased almost twice, and the initial velocity of the bullet reached about 440 m / s. All this in a logical way led to an increase in penetration. The M19 revolver was produced in the USA from 1957 to 1999. An updated version of the stainless steel revolver is released today under the designation 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.


Pistols for bad shooters. Part 3. Smith & Wesson M66 Combat Magnum









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http://sec4all.net/modules/blank-page/voc4.php?dic_tid=202
http://www.tactical-life.com/firearms/smith-wesson-model-66-gbg/#sw66-gbg-range
http://www.armoury-online.ru/articles/revolvers/usa/sw19
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  1. +7
    August 23 2016
    Revolver .357 caliber clearly does not fit bad shooters. You must either accurately shoot with self-cocking, or be able to quickly cock the trigger. And it’s better to train with something less powerful, at least use revolvers with a 9 mm cartridge.
    1. +2
      August 23 2016
      It is not clear at all what niche of users to devote to this revolver.

      On the one hand, it is quite suitable for protecting a house.

      Athletes arrows, lovers, well, too. Although they are unlikely to want to train on it, since this revolver does not meet the requirements of a portable weapon. But these athletes still train their practical shooting skills.

      Well, collectors. They value weapons more for their exterior quality. Moderate practicality. The average price.

      This revolver is neither army nor police. As a civilian, for an amateur. Housewives also want this.
      1. +3
        August 23 2016
        I would argue about the price. S&W and Ruger are not so cheap compared to pistols. And other manufacturers are not quoted. In order for the revolver to be popular and admirers need to do it efficiently, with attention to details, and this increases the cost. The same S&W and Ruger adore, but, for example, they are already cool towards Taurus. Revolver lovers love revolvers, because they have no advantages other than a powerful cartridge (in most cases) compared to pistols.
        1. +2
          August 24 2016
          Dear the47th

          Which means not cheap. My 637 cost $ 320. I bought it for my wife because it’s hard for her to equip shops (strong springs). And the skill of the S&W Sigma 9 mm cost $ 350 a copy of GLOCK. In Massachusetts, you cannot buy GLOK unless you are a policeman or a security guard.
          1. 0
            August 24 2016
            A revolver can be bought cheaper, especially in the USA. But, in general, the price of revolvers is higher than for pistols:
            http://www.hyattgunstore.com/M-P-Smith/?sort=price
            http://www.hyattgunstore.com/S-W/?sort=price
        2. 0
          August 26 2016
          For Americans, the price is not a question. There are 300, that 1300 do not do weather. Wanted for 300, well, get the product exactly 300 shots. And even at 100. And then threw it and went bought a new one.
    2. +2
      August 23 2016
      Here you are slightly wrong. Firstly, the 357 caliber is also 9 mm, only with an elongated sleeve compared to the 9-pair. But, most importantly, any .357 magnum revolver without any alteration allows you to shoot much weaker cartridges .38sp ...
      1. +2
        August 23 2016
        When they say "9 mm cartridge" the vast majority of people mean 9x19 mm Parabellum, and no other. Other ammunition of 9 mm caliber is indicated specifically, for example: 9x18 mm PM or 9x21 mm IMI.
  2. +2
    August 23 2016
    Quote: gladcu2
    It is not clear at all what niche of users to devote to this revolver.

    On the one hand, it is quite suitable for protecting a house.

    Athletes arrows, lovers, well, too. Although they are unlikely to want to train on it, since this revolver does not meet the requirements of a portable weapon. But these athletes still train their practical shooting skills.

    Well, collectors. They value weapons more for their exterior quality. Moderate practicality. The average price.

    This revolver is neither army nor police. As a civilian, for an amateur. Housewives also want this.

    In a housewife, the head will fly off after a shot from such a weapon. Yes For practical shooting, the cartridge is powerful, intense shooting is clearly uncomfortable. Home defense weapons are visible. what
    1. +4
      August 23 2016
      Deer, North American like Siberian roe deer, 357 from 20-40 meters is not bad fells.
      A good barrel for self-defense, quick use of the case with one hand, and storage when equipped, a revolver is preferable to semiautomatic devices, but the springs in stores eventually precipitate, and if at all then in general. In the air defense, stores for AK are filled with 25.
      The trunk is beautiful.
      So for fun, previously six-shot revolvers without a fuse, equipped with five rounds. For safety.
      And, during the development of the Wild West, a greater number of people were killed from double-barreled guns. smile
    2. 0
      August 26 2016
      Housewives do not shoot from revolvers. They only buy them. And for a single woman, size matters.
  3. +1
    August 23 2016
    Some kind of dull article cycle is an advertisement for a good short-barrel, which is prohibited for circulation in our country under federal laws. In conditions of its (short-barrel) effective use, a large-caliber sawn-off shotgun or hand grenade is even more effective.
    My dream is that the authors of such cycles should clearly express their attitude to the practice of using a short-barreled gun in the country, rather than writing down the advantages of fairly mediocre (by the criterion of price-quality) weapons.
  4. +3
    August 23 2016
    in general, to offer a 9 mm pistol to a person who does not know how to shoot, well, I don’t know, can he immediately be brought to a machine gun? any beginner shooter must first master the 22nd and 25th calibers, and the 25th Caliber Outpost is enough for training. 200 euro price. there are revolvers under 22 long riefl. it will suit any beginner. and 9 mm even more so by 32 mm ... you are perverts simply. even I’m afraid to take this gun into my hands, under the magnum cartridge ..., you drive, what beginners? he will jump up and break his forehead into the blood, it’s good if the nose does not break or the eye doesn’t knock out ... people, come to yourself a little ...
    1. 0
      August 23 2016
      Well, you bent !!! My Dad, an officer of the SA, for the first time gave his son-me a shot from a "Makarov" at the range at the age of ... 5-6 grade !!!
      He is still alive and healthy !!!
      1. +2
        August 23 2016
        I do not dream of Soviet weaponry either in sleep or in spirit. It is the most reliable of all shooters that compete with it. There are no emergency incidents on the Internet, no breaks, no shutter flights, which cannot be said about imported samples.
      2. +3
        August 24 2016
        kmv.km can be given PM, it is not so dangerous, if only because it contains half the powder from what is poured into 9 * 19 mm, exactly half. PM is a very good, and reliable gun, but Magnum 357 Christmas tree logs ... why did I bend? I myself have been shooting since I was 9 years old, and my father’s weapons went home at shooting, but I was born in the Caucasus. The house was the grandfather trophy Walter P-38, my father also had a PM and a signal pistol, but at first he held my hand while I I didn’t learn how to control it myself, for half a year I was forced to bachelor with shot sleeves, taught me how to stand, how to hold a gun, how to pull the trigger, exactly where to put your finger on the trigger. how to aim and fix the target, first with one eye. then two. and only then could I pick up Walther or PM. and so if I didn’t know anything. he would still press on my neck and touch only the weapons ... although the guns were in his bedroom, but he hid the cartridges so that he could not find it later. and until I signed up for the shooting section, I had no access to weapons. I could certainly climb, but I would get a hundred% in the face, and would not get sickly. but there’s almost no shooting skills, and immediately the 357 Magnum revolver ... I don’t think it seems to me. I didn’t go through at all.
        1. +2
          August 24 2016
          At PM (9x18)
          Bullet weight, g 5,95 ... 6,10
          Muzzle velocity (PM pistol), m/s 298...315
          Muzzle energy of a bullet (PM pistol), J 270,9 ... 305,2
          At Couple (9x19)
          Bullet weight, g 7,35 ... 7,50
          Muzzle velocity, m/s 346...352
          Muzzle energy of a bullet, J 445,9 ... 464,6
          The question is, how can a gunpowder contain 50% more powder in a millimeter longer? The composition of gunpowder may be more aggressive, I admit. The bullet of the luger is more lively, while in the PM it is spherical, which affects the slaughter. And yet, idle interest, the presence of iron in the house voiced in the internet is tantamount to a scream in the square during the days of celebrations and misfortunes of the people. Not fraught? Believe me, more than a dozen thousand had to be burned for firing from PMs in the Army, and I can say with confidence that the old PM is a great weapon and it’s only soooo cold in the internet. The only question is in what cases to use it. Just do not say that for suicide, Bodrovsky arson is quite enough here.
          1. +2
            August 24 2016
            Sorry, Alexey!
            In this branch of PM no one has haha.
            The machine is adequate for TK, absolutely reliable, simple as a door and fully performing its tasks.
            We are talking about unprepared shooters and 357 magnum, like a cartridge.
            Save the arrow unprepared housewife can mass revolver and rubber on the handle.
            Punish the one in which she will be able to shoot an accident.
            PM for her would be better.
            My personal opinion.
            And thanks for the article anyway.
            With respect to colleagues.
            Shl thanks for returning the title, which is on the avatar.
            hi
            Return more cons, pzhlst ..
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          2. 0
            August 26 2016
            alexey garbuz
            So PM is the best representative of the subcompact. And the weakened cartridge just underlines its correct and superbly thought out concept.

            But the presence in the US market of a huge number of models is the result of the need for sales, as many units as possible. No need to compare PM with other pistols in his class, he has no rivals at all. Well maybe Walter PP. True, Walter does not have a Makovsky cartridge.
          3. 0
            December 3 2016
            Let me disagree with you! Once upon a time (1987-1988), at the military training camp, the leader of our group was an officer - a captain with the Order of the Red Star. Naturally, we, then young guys, were interested in him - his feedback about OUR weapons and EVERYTHING went almost as expected, until we started talking about PERSONAL weapons - the PM pistol! According to the reviews of this officer - "Only ONE thing can be done well from the PM - SHOOTING, all the officers of his unit, in addition to the regular PM, got themselves some other personal weapon!"
        2. 0
          August 26 2016
          Well, that you take everything so seriously and close.

          In the USA they know how to handle weapons. Not without fools of course, but the population of 300 million allows you to learn from the mistakes of others.

          Learn early or when it's too late.
  5. +1
    August 23 2016
    yeah, you are gathered here ... you are discussing something ... and
  6. 0
    August 23 2016
    This revolver is designed on a frame of frame size “K” (middle frame) with a square handle shape. It was first introduced back in 1999 year on a .38 caliber revolver, which was designed to arm the army and police.

    Probably a typo - the first K frame appeared on Model 10 in 1899. S&W was preparing the model for the war with Spain, but the war ended too quickly, and the revolver did not get there.
  7. +3
    August 23 2016
    And what good is this revolver? Gas breakthrough with a loss of 20% of power and the possibility of injury from hot gases and particles of cladding or lead? Well, let the charge be increased by the same 20%, but the breakthrough will increase. Again, with frequent and intense shooting, the stopper will settle when the hammer is cocked, and the coaxiality of the bullet entrance of the barrel and the drum chamber will inevitably be disrupted, which will lead to the drum breaking. This situation is modestly shown on the internet under the slogan "emergency situations of small arms." There, the tears of the advertised "Glock", revolvers of various designs - Smith, Ruger, Colt are kindly shown. Unfortunately, there are no examples of revolvers and pistols from the Soviet Union. They are hiding, I suppose. By the way, if sand, earth, a pine needle gets under the star of the extractor in the smith and the like, then the extractor will not close and what will happen, only God knows, and that shooter who tries to shoot from an uncovered revolver.
    1. 0
      August 23 2016
      Figase! Have I become a letter from a polkan?
  8. +1
    August 23 2016
    What can I say ... Stylish thing, quite simple and SUFFICIENT for a "bad" shooter, that is, for an ordinary Citizen to protect himself and his family from one or more scum, for whom the life and health of People is worth nothing ...
    Plus, I’d be happy to deliver the article, but I can’t, because it causes nothing but regret. For an ordinary law-abiding citizen in the post-Soviet space, this revolver is the same dream as flying into space ...
  9. +4
    August 24 2016
    Allow the practicing shooter to insert his five kopecks. I have been shooting a rifle since I was 14 and off we go ..... Mountain climate, clean morning air and an eye at the sight. Those who are fond of shooting sports and hunting and firearms in general will understand me. What is the title of the article "Pistols for Bad Shooters" about? Like a Ferrari for Beginners? Well, okay, God bless him. The described pistol has a very big minus in my opinion .... It has a very strong recoil. Not a single novice shooter simply will not hold him, and even more so will not hit. Although revolvers, with all their shortcomings, such as the loss of power when the bullet passes from the drum to the barrel, the extremely hard trigger on self-cocking, excluding an aimed shot, still has a very significant advantage - accuracy. The first sighting shot can be made very accurately. A constant readiness to fire today is not an advantage of leash revolvers. Considered the first of this series of articles, Smith & Wesson M&P is a prime example of Stryker-type trigger pistols. It differs from other classic pistol systems of double and single action in that the firing pin is always cocked when the cartridge is chambered. But the shot cannot be fired, since it is in an "underexposed state". Carrying a cartridge in the chamber becomes safe and the pistol is always ready to fire as there is simply no fuse. Revolving "indisputable pluses" are in the past. They are unlikely to return to "service" in any country in the world. But collectors will have something to collect, I think, for more than one century.
  10. +2
    August 24 2016
    Quote: tracer
    The described gun has a very large minus in my opinion .... It has a very strong return. Not a single novice shooter will just hold him, much less hit.

    It's not about a gun, but about a much more universal design. .357 Magnum is just the designation of a cartridge that can be fired from this revolver. Those. maximum structural strength and dimensions of the drum chambers. You can use cartridges of any power and any type within the specified boundaries. Including with plastic / rubber bullets, gas, light noise, marker, etc. if you can find one. You can even equip cartridges yourself.
    Quote: tracer
    What is the title of the article "Pistols for Bad Shooters" about?

    A weapon just in case for people who are not going to bother with shooting training. At the same time, the revolver is especially suitable for an emergency case - if the character has no idea about any cartridges, calibers, assembly-disassembly-cleaning, equipment of magazines, drums, etc. Such a man bought a revolver, in the same place in the store they charged him with everything. Lies in the nightstand, in the drawer of the table, the glove compartment of the car or in the safe. Maybe a year to roll, 5 years, ten years. And at the same time it will be possible to take and release the entire drum at any time. In the case of magnum - very loud and with special effects, it would never occur to anyone that this is some kind of trauma.
  11. 0
    December 3 2016
    A good "machine", but, alas, to have one in our kingdom-state is not a real thing - there are too many obstacles!

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