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S&W 66-3 as EDC?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Decker, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. Decker

    Decker My house Active Member

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    I love my 66-3. Shoots well. Balanced well. Heavy on the hip.

    Suggestions on a good way to carry this bad boy?

    -d
     
  2. soberups

    soberups Newberg Well-Known Member

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    I have one. I dont use it for CCW, it is simply too big and heavy unless I felt like investing in a shoulder holster and then wearing a jacket all the time to cover it. I do use it for open carry on my hip when I am camping or out in the woods, but for concealed carry my Glock 26 or Ruger LCR carried IWB makes more sense.
     
  3. Decker

    Decker My house Active Member

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    Thanks guys. Been thinking of picking up a shoulder rig for it, which would also make it a bit easier to deal with out hiking as well. I usually carry a 709 Slim IWB but thought I'd give the 66-3 a try and it definitely let me know that I needed a better belt!

    I've not heard of it before but I'll check out the Kramer stuff.

    -d
     
  4. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Gladstone, OR Member

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    I carry my 66 2.5" in a Ted Blocker DA 2 and it concealed pretty nicely. Very high ride on this holster and I've had this one for over 15 yrs. Blocker has the belts to go with it also. Just a sugestion as it's carried my 66 very wel for quite some time.
     
  5. Decker

    Decker My house Active Member

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    So would a single-thick work or would a double be best?

    Good to know, I'll check out the stuff the Ted offers as well. When you carry are you doing it at 3' or have you shifted it forward/back a bit?

    -d
     
  6. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Gladstone, OR Member

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    I carry at 830 to 900 as I'm a Lefty. Really do like that holster and he put a tension screw on it for me after about 8 yrs of use to increase retention. Single layer lined belt is fine for this gun, or most all IMO ... Take care.. The 66 is my favorite revolver..
    Mine sports CT bantam sized grips.. Love the carry setup for a 6 shot revolver with some bang...
     
  7. spengo

    spengo GLORIOUS CASCADIA Active Member

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    2nding this. It also helps to have a great holster. I've been using an ares ranger belt and crossbreed supertuck to carry a sig p229 (also a pretty large handgun) comfortably.

    As stiff and thick as possible imo. If I wanted to get a Kramer, I'd get the double-thick horsehide personally.

    lol @ the sharkskin one.
     
  8. Decker

    Decker My house Active Member

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    Wow, fantastic advice and suggestions, thank you. I went over the post Christmas budget and a new setup is out for now so I'll have to stick with my 709 for my EDC for a while. Hopefully this thread will help out some others as well, thanks folks.

    -d