RG 66 Buntline?

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RG 66 Buntline?

Postby LCPfraTN » Mon May 29, 2017 9:08 pm

I recently had the opportunity to buy an RG 66 with what appeared to be almost a buntline length barrel. I didn't measure it, but I'm guessing at least an 8 inch barrel. The asking price was $175 plus tax and $10 background check fee, so approximately $200 all in. It seemed to be in pretty good condition and lock up was pretty good, but the hammer locked up in half cock a couple times while I was going through a lockup check of the complete cylinder a few times. I was able to get it unlocked each time, and it functioned well as long as I didn't rush each hammer cock and release, but it bothered me enough to pass on it at the asking price. I'm thinking I may tell them I might be willing to buy it for $150, but would really be more comfortable at $125. Anybody have any experience with an RG model 66? Thoughts on price?
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Re: RG 66 Buntline?

Postby Papa G » Mon May 29, 2017 9:44 pm

I had one that I bought in 1970 in Arizona. Functioning was great on it. Fairly accurate I think, I always was a terrible handgun shooter! :oops:
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Re: RG 66 Buntline?

Postby adam01364 » Tue May 30, 2017 6:11 am

No experience with it, but the hammer locking up on it would definitely give me pause at the price.
But if you got the price down to $125... heh, heh, heh - I'd probably go for it.
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Re: RG 66 Buntline?

Postby Papa G » Tue May 30, 2017 11:31 am

Yeah price is a bit high. Don't know what the problem could be, but if you do buy it I will hope that the hammer issue would be an easy fix for you! :D
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Re: RG 66 Buntline?

Postby FordMan59 » Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:57 pm

I've got a model 66 with a 4 3/4" barrel that I bought new in the early eighties. I've heard lots of people say the 66 was as good as it gets when it comes to RG's. It's the only RG I've ever owned. It was my first handgun and at the time I bought it I could have probably bought a much better quality gun for not much more money.
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Re: RG 66 Buntline?

Postby jeffchance » Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:49 pm

Probably something minor.
Numrich has some stuff for the 66 but not for one at that price.
I would be ok at $125 but no more.
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Re: RG 66 Buntline?

Postby adam01364 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:18 am

James Zachary wrote up a piece on an RG66 in .22 mag that sports a nine inch barrel: https://jamesazacharyjr.blogspot.com/20 ... agnum.html

Here's a pic of Zachary's RG66:

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Re: RG 66 Buntline?

Postby Papa G » Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:44 am

When I was stationed at Fort Huachuca AZ. in 1970 I bought a 4 inch Model 66...packed it in my bag and flew back to NJ to visit my parents. I left it there, after my service was done I came back to my parents. I would shoot it, it was fine. Easy working, reliable. I am so sorry I sold it years ago. :( :( :oops:
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Re: RG 66 Buntline?

Postby FergusonTO35 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:45 am

Does anyone know if the Heritage revolvers are descended from the RG 66? I keep thinking I read somewhere that they were.
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Re: RG 66 Buntline?

Postby adam01364 » Sat Jun 09, 2018 4:51 am

We know that Heritage Manufacturing, Inc. bought out Quality Firearms, Inc. (QFI) plus we know there's a link between QFI and FIE
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We know RG Industries was an Importer/manufacturer. Revolver models RG30, RG30S, RG63, RG66, RG38T, and RG2S were manufactured in Germany and imported by RG prior to the passage of the GCA in 1968. Post GCA, RG manufactured in the U.S.
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We know both RG and Heritage are out of Florida.

BUT... I've found no documented link between the two.

Look at the position of the frame screws and the strap; man they look darn near identical.

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