Photo tribute to a passing legend, the S&W M65


November 15, 2004, 06:02 AM
I've had Smith & Wesson revolvers for more decades than I'd like to count. Started with a 28 when I was 21 years old. Then added a 60 in 2", 66 in 2.5" and 686 in 6" in the mid-eighties, then a 642 in 2" a few years ago. And all these years I've wanted a 65.

Finally, this week, I got my yearned for 65. And guess what... I haven't had it more than a day and it's become my favorite revolver, period. That would including my other smiths and my new Ruger GP100 4" and SP101 3" revolvers. These are all great revolvers, but the 65 3" just hits the middle ground sweet spot dead on.

S&W got this one so right... with the medium frame size, 3" barrel, fixed sight, round butt, and full-length ejector rod this is the .357 defense revolver par excellance. The action feels like a Rolls Royce gliding down the road. Very sweet indeed. Though it's not the best for hunting or long term heavy use of really hot .357 ammo, it's perfect for defense and will happily shoot "lite" .357 loads and .38spl +P loads to your heart's content. My intention is to shoot primarily 135 gr. Gold Dot JHP bullets at about 1000 fps. This is a great load for defense, very comfortable in this size/weight of revolver, and easy on the gun.

Anyway, I'm really loving this classic little blaster. And I'm really ticked at S&W for ending the production of K-frame .357's. Oh well, here she is as she laid on my desk tonight:

Smith & Wesson Model 65-5 .357 Magnum 3" barrel

Serious as a heart attack:

This is one very HOT pistol! I love it.

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November 15, 2004, 11:18 PM
I'm glad I waited for your photographs to drip through my dial-up.
Lovely weapon. The simple lines of the sight cut into the frame make the adjustables look like add-ons .

November 15, 2004, 11:21 PM
Are the Pachmayr's Compact Pro's?

November 15, 2004, 11:47 PM
very nice!

November 16, 2004, 12:26 AM
Gorgeous gun, but seeing it loaded and cocked makes me nervous just looking at it.

November 16, 2004, 12:35 AM
Gorgeous gun, but seeing it loaded and cocked makes me nervous just looking at it.

It should!!! :evil:

Nice gun.

November 16, 2004, 01:47 AM
Yes... I think the adjustable sight on my 2 1/2" model 66 looks like a tack on compared to this sleek 65... I much prefer the 3" 65 for defense use... it's perfection in my opinion!

I decided to use the loaded and cocked look because I am really bored with the passive look most weapons have in pics. I wanted to create some images with real impact, images which convey the intensity and power which the gun is capable of. I agree... some of these pics look intensely hot, knowing how light that single action pull is and how much power is at the end of the dropped firing pin. I wanted to create an intense viewer response, not yawns. I think I nailed it! ;) Imagine having to stare down this gun loaded and cocked and in your face! Yikes!!! :eek:

November 16, 2004, 02:25 AM
Nice gun, and great photographs! I have one of those, as well as one of the blued equivalent (Model 13). I sent both up to WildAlaska to have the moonclip conversion done to them. With moonclips, I think the 3" fixed-sight .357 K-frames are just about the finest CCW revolver available.

November 16, 2004, 04:04 AM
Marshall... The grips are Pachmayr Compac SK/C (not Professional Compac SK/CP). The Professional Compac is thinner, less hand filling, and has an open backstrap. The regular Compac SK/C (my favorite revolver grip) is rounder, fills the hand more "fully" and the backstrap is not revealed.

Preacherman... I envy you having a model 13... I would so love to have the 3" blue steel equivalent of my 3" 65. What marvels these are! :D

November 16, 2004, 05:15 AM
Wow... that baby is so sweet. Mine is a 4inch barrel and I'm currently looking for some nice hardwood grips for CCW. I love my model 65. It's not as nice as yours but I understand the feeling :D

November 16, 2004, 05:40 AM
Right on S.O. Hey, when you decide on wood grips, be sure to let us know what you found. I'll be wanting some for this baby as well! Man do I love this pistol... it just feels and points so right!

November 16, 2004, 10:41 AM
of a beautiful gun! Thanks for sharing!!
I snatched one of those photos for my wallpapar!
I don't (as of yet anyway) have any stainless S&W's...but I do have
a pretty close cousin of your Model 65...

I bought this 13-3 last winter and threw some nice walnut grips
on to dress her up a bit.

Hey S. O.'s it goin? We've taken 18 deer off the farm so far!


November 16, 2004, 12:37 PM
That is just lovely. I had one once, and didn't know what I had at the time. Now that I love revolvers I wish I had it back. :banghead:
(Preacherman) ;)

November 16, 2004, 05:30 PM
DHart & VonFatman:

Great pics. Thanks for sharing.


November 16, 2004, 05:46 PM
VonFatMan... oh how I love that 13 of yours! Absolutely gorgeous. Of the six Smiths I've had, only the first one was blued (model 28) and that's the only one I don't have any more. I LOVE blued guns and my next mission is to find a 13 like yours. Just gorgeous. Great grips too. Thanks for sharing. :D

November 17, 2004, 12:11 AM
only 18....Wow :D Glad to hear it. I'm sure you helped make some dreams come true out there. BTW very nice pic of your model 13.

DHart,Hardwood grips: Haven't decided what I want just yet... would really like to feel them before I buy, thus it will wait until I get to the next show. I see many that look good on line but hesitate to spend my hard earned dollars until I'm sure about how they feel.

November 17, 2004, 10:40 AM
I had to contribute. I will miss the K frames. Randyhttp:// (

November 17, 2004, 02:49 PM
xring... what a beautiful pair! I really need a 13 to go with my 65.

November 17, 2004, 10:24 PM
You will find one...just keep looking. I got lucky, caught Cabela's "Gun Library" manager in a good mood...picked this one up unfired w/the box for $250 out-the-door. I honestly didn't walk in looking to buy a 13...but what's a guy to do??

Good luck with your quest.

We managed to get 4 new hunters their first deer so far! That's what it's all about.


November 18, 2004, 01:27 AM
Bob... what a smokin' deal you got! You are very fortunate indeed!

November 18, 2004, 09:04 AM
And those dumbs want to discontinue them all.

November 18, 2004, 09:51 AM

That looks great. It's one of my favorites, as well.

I always enjoy your pictures - they're superb.


November 18, 2004, 11:29 AM
Thanks again for the kind compliments guys... I'll work on some pics of my other S&W models.

December 3, 2004, 06:36 AM
Hmm.....yeah I need to get me a Smith revolver.

I'm so impressionable!

December 3, 2004, 06:48 AM
Being a lover of dark guns, once having tasted the fruit of a 3" 65 I just had to add a blue steel 3" 13. I found one on Gunbroker for $301 last week and got her home yesterday. Here's a first picture of it from last night. Has an action job, bobbed hammer, and sculpted trigger by Brad Lewis and runs like a fine, smooth Rolls Royce! ;)

My recently acquired 65 was my favorite wheelgun for a short while, but now this one's taken the top spot. I do love them all, though. But the feel, balance, weight, and shootability of the 3" fixed sighted K-frame makes the 13/65 about the best fighting wheelgun man's ever devised. (IMHO anyway!)

Smith & Wesson Model 13-3 .357 Magnum 3" barrel

December 3, 2004, 06:54 AM
My 2 65-3s along with my old off duty Colt D/S.

December 3, 2004, 10:28 AM
I like stainless. Especially the high polish variety, like the Ruger Bisley Vaquero I have.

But there is just something meaningful and elegant about that deep, stately look of masterfully polished and blued steel. Two finishes come to mind. One is the Colt Royal Blue of old. The other is the old polished blue of a Smith and Wesson revolver.

Have any of you ever taken one of those beauties in your hands after cleaning, applied a light oil, wiped it down and then lightly polished with a soft cloth? The mirrored shine of that blue steel just seems right.

It may sound a bit strange, but there is something calming about looking at a fine revolver--especially blued steel. I can sit for hours admiring them. They're quite simply drop-dead gorgeous!

Thanks for sharing these great photographs of the gunmaker's art.

December 3, 2004, 03:02 PM
Dinosaur... that's a really fine trio you've got there. I've always admired that particular version of the DS, but never bought one. That's just a remarkable revolver.

Powderman... I feel exactly as you do... stainless is so easy and trouble free, but the look of a dark blue steel Smith & Wesson or Colt is amazing and unmatched for beauty. Glad you enjoy the pics...

December 3, 2004, 03:20 PM
Thanks DHart. I don't want to hijack the thread but that was the only pic I had of the 2 65s. I did have a Model 10-3 3" that I carried in my later career rather than the Colt. The recoil of 158 gr. +Ps got to be annoying. I sold that gun :banghead: and now I'm looking for a 3" 13. Tough to find.

December 3, 2004, 03:24 PM
Dhart and the rest, I couldn't agree more. I registered just so I could reply to this thread. Here is my 65-3, it is a tack driver. I ground off the hammer spur. I've had it for several years and have carried it often in a Kramer owb holster. I feel it is the perfect combat revolver. Nice to find out I'm not the only dinosaur out here!

Sorry my photography doesn't match some of yours!

December 3, 2004, 03:37 PM
ArmedCitizen... welcome to the forum! I'm glad this thread got you to participate... I think you'll really like it around here. That's a mighty fine wheeler you got there! Now that I have one, I realize how slick that bobbed hammer comes out from underneath clothing... verrrry nice and smooth!

December 3, 2004, 03:45 PM
DHart - oh my - oh my - what a treasure indeed. Handsome is hardly the word and I sure wish I could get my hands on that beauty! <envy - covet> !!

As a fellow S&W addict all I can say is, if I ever come across one or a 13 - it'll be bought even if I am on my last dime ... somehow!! I cannot post anything to match that as a parallel but seeing as I'll take any excuse to post one of my Smiths, let me show off again my own fave, which is the beloved 5" M27-2 .. I happen to be an ''N'' frame fan and find this almost the perfect balance of proportions.

Thank you for your highly excellent and atmospheric pics ... seeing size of those images however, I was glad am now on satellite ... they could actually be downsized a bit and compressed much heavier and lose very little quality.

Here is the M27 .... very downsized and compressed I admit ....

December 3, 2004, 04:33 PM
P95.. thanks so much for the post. That's a gorgeous 27 you have there! Yes, sorry about the size of the pics. I have hi-speed cable modem and forget that many do not and the big pics can really bog down. On this topic, I recently heard that in China and Korea, broadband internet access is widely offered wireless! They're way ahead of us on that, we're too busy running cables all around. Here in the USA we're woefully behind on that, But wireless broadband is the way the rest of the world is going. There are some firms now beginning to offer wireless broadband internet in the USA. It sounds like you've already got that! Very cool. Now even those living in remote areas of the USA can have broadband internet without the drudgery of cables.

December 3, 2004, 05:29 PM
Off topic DHart but the one downside of the satellite link is the disparity between up and down ... down is 500 nom ... tho often better at times, but up is only around 50 .. so could be better but - heck, after my old dial-up I have to be thankful - except for the cost!

Seeing as I'll mortgage my soul for Smiths ... here is the last one's ''extended'' twin - again M27-2 but 8 3/8 tube. :)

December 3, 2004, 06:36 PM
P95.. great gun, great photo!

December 3, 2004, 10:16 PM
Agggh! I gotta get to my dealer and pick up that 3" M-65 I got from the same place DH got his. It's been waiting there over a week and I've been too busy to make the hour trip down to get it.

In the meantime, I'll just have to satisfy myself with my current police trade-in 65 3" and nice 13 3." I'll put some pics up later. The 13 is really nice, but the 65 is very well used. Looks like heck, but shoots good though.

December 4, 2004, 06:34 AM
Beautiful guns guys.

DHart, great pistures, I like the more aggressive look of the cocked hammer and loaded cylinder. Don't know if you did this or not, but a way to get that same look with less potential damage to the photographer would be to make sure the chamber under the hammer is empty, you're not goint to see down it anyway, unless the picture is taken straight down the barrel.

December 4, 2004, 07:04 AM
Thanks Magnum... I like the agressive look of the firing pin and the glowing Gold Dots in the cylinder! And yes, that is the smart way to be safe!

December 4, 2004, 07:56 AM
Another one on my "must have" list to go along with my 3 1/2"!

December 4, 2004, 05:58 PM
That 3.5" is a beauty! Argh!!!!!

December 6, 2004, 01:09 PM
I just picked up a 13-2 this weekend. Sweetest trigger I've ever felt. The Performance Center would have a hard time toping it. Handles very well with hot .38 Specials and is tolerable with .357's. Shooting it yesterday, I had a very hard time understanding why LEO's ditched such awesome works of art for vile wondernine bottom-feeders.

Oh well, their loss is my gain :D

December 6, 2004, 02:17 PM
Cosmoline...congrats on your Model 13 find! The somewhat older Smiths really do tend to have fantastic triggers. And I agree that those who overlook the 13/65 models are really missing out on something special. But that saves them for those of us who appreciate them! Post some pics for us of your new blaster, if you can.

December 6, 2004, 03:00 PM
Here's a LNIB 66-6 PC I found last week in a local shop. Seems the Performance Center only made this model for one year (2003). The fellow who owned it barely shot it and put it up for consignment. His loss, my gain.

It is the newer model Smith, with the lock and new style hammer. But it has the best trigger of any new Smith I've pulled so far. It's only been to the range once, but is fast becoming a favorite.


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