My Daughter’s First!


July 29, 2008, 09:32 AM
My Daughter’s First!

I wrote a piece on My Son’s First! ( which detailed a beautiful Star Modelo B Super that Sam Damewood of Wildcat Traders LLC ( customized for Matt.

Well now, my middle one, Jennifer, was in dire need of a trusty gat herself and lo and behold, Sam came through with advice and a pistol yet once again. After several phone calls and E-mails between Jenny, Sam, and I it was determined that, a S&W M65 would fill the bill perfectly, and Jenny and I left the project is Sam’s trusted hands.

Here is what the maestro built for my little girl… ( (

It started life as a stock 4-inch, square butt, M65-5. Sam, knowing that this would be a self-defense pistol, completed the following customization:

- Shortened the barrel to a 3-inch tube.
- Added a gold bead front sight, dovetailed into place.
- Converted the butt to the rounded configuration.
- Semi-bobbed and dehorned the hammer.
- Fitted a .400” wide trigger, smooth face, for solid DA work.
- Polished the entire action (it is smooth as silk yet 100% reliable).
- Chamfered the chambers and cylinder leading edge.
- Finished the revolver using a fine bead blast (the results are obvious).
- Added Uncle Mike’s finger groove stocks.

Owning and adoring a 3-inch RB M65-5 myself, I can state honestly, that I am jealous of my daughter and actually considered switching them, except she would clobber me. You do not know “The Jenn-inator”…she would!

Here are more views of the finished product: ( ( ( (

Shooting the “Sam Special” was, to say the least, a true pleasure. We assembled over 350 rounds of assorted .38 Special, +P, and .357 magnum, ammunition. For the record, Jenny will be using Remington 158 grain LSWCHP+P’s as her self-defense load of choice.

Since Jen needed the training and it is her gun, she fired approximately 90% of the shots to include the magnum rounds. The pistol functioned flawlessly and definitely liked the heavy magnum loads. I would like to quote group sizes, which I am sure would be tight and such, except we are not setup for formal shooting here, yet. Perhaps Sam can state what his groups were as he tested the pistol extensively prior to shipping. Sam cares about people and it shows in his artisanship.

The targets ranged from “assault paper-plates” to “terrorist 2-liter pop bottles” with the odd “suicide beer can” thrown in for good measure. All her shots were fired two-handed, sighted, and with a “modified” isosceles. In other words, just like FSA two-handed sighted fire dictates.

Jenny, after a few warm up shots, was able to dance the cans with 5 out of 6 rounds and easily fired COM bursts of two and three with her revolver (I feel Sam’s choice of stocks helped her greatly). Distances varied from three to nine yards, keeping it close for her combat training work.

Matt and I slaughtered the suicide beer cans, using CCI .357’s, starting at twelve yards, and ending at roughly twenty. Note please that all distances were paced measured but close enough. This was at the end of the session and we had twelve magnums left.
Gina, my oldest and Jen’s big sister, fell in love with the “Sam Special”. So much so that she made me go and e-mail Sam to order one for her…and I hadn’t even fired the thing yet!

Overall, one cannot go wrong with a Smith and Wesson K-frame…especially if Sam Damewood has checked it out and slicked it up. We cannot recommend his work enough and he is a hell of a man to know and do business with; Sam, thank you from a concerned and now happy father.

BTW, Gina’s M65-4 just arrived and, except or the stocks, is a clone to her sisters. We are waiting to shoot it until Gina can come up however I have no doubts as to the results. Now my son is thinking hard about an M65 for himself…and if I know him, I’ll be calling Sam soon.

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July 29, 2008, 09:35 AM
Dang you were on a shopping spree huh? My daughter is 10 and has a .22 .410 and .243 as well as a bow. When she is older I will let her carry a side arm while hunting but that is still a few years out. Congrats again.

July 29, 2008, 10:09 AM
Thank you and LOL…well over the last few months or so…yeah, THEY went on the spree. You know how kids are, one gets something and then poof, they all want one. In this case, it was a good thing though.

My kids are grown, Gina is 25, Jenny 23 (who is also Mom to our little Granddaughter 1½ ), and Matt (our baby LOL) just turned 22. They all were shooting at a young age and, as children, could “safe” just about any handgun type. That was the biggest thing I stressed, safety and it stuck with them. They’ll never hand you a firearm with a closed action and if you give them one the first thing they’ll do is clear it.

Actually, the girls needed their own pistols as they live alone. As soon as our G/Daughter get bigger there is a Chipmunk .22 out there for her…then Uncle Matt and G/Pa can “fetch her a shootin’ with us”. We cannot wait…

I’ll bet your little one just lights up when its time to shoot a few rounds aye? Kids, a good ole dog, and an even older .22…it don’t get much better than that.

July 29, 2008, 10:30 AM

I thought I was generous giving my daughter a bone stock model 19, blue for her 15th birthday. (she put Hogue Monogrips on it)

And I thought I had "father of the year" wrapped up but now the best I can hope for is second place.

Very nice revolver. Surely she will enjoy it for many years

July 29, 2008, 11:08 AM

No sweat man, you are still father of the year. We only helped Jen buy the pistol, split the cost and paid the transfer and such. Well, I did scrounge up about 350 rounds of assorted .38 and .357’s as well. I would have loved to go the whole nine yards but alas, funds are tight for us now…

I figure we are even with all three kids as I gave my oldest, Gina, my like new Ruger MKII SS Standard, with a Triple-K holster, mag pouch, and gun belt and we gave Matt a (used) Mossberg 500 12-guage with a rifled slug barrel and an 18½-inch cylinder bore barrel for Christmas about three years ago.

Your daughter is quite lucky and looks very happy and proud. Those K-frames are great revolvers and the choice of the Hogue Monogrips was excellent. That will be something she’ll treasure and hand down to her children some day.

July 29, 2008, 11:16 AM
Even with the kids? Yeah right! That'll never happen! :p

Beautiful 65. My dad gave me a PPK/S a while back... gotta say that it meant a lot coming from the old man.

July 29, 2008, 11:28 AM
you are still father of the year

Let's wait until the votes are in. Heck, I am going to switch my vote to you.

That is a beautiful piece. I would be a little envious myself were it not made specifically for a young lady who is obviously very loved by her dad. One day she might give that revolver to her daughter.

July 29, 2008, 11:32 AM
Looks awesome.

July 29, 2008, 12:15 PM

any chance you could pm me with sam's contact info I have a S&W 66 that I wouldn't mind seeing the barrel shrink on.

Thanks Smithiac

July 29, 2008, 12:29 PM

Phone 505-491-1889

Evyl Robot
July 29, 2008, 04:41 PM
If you don't mind the question, roughly what does such a custom job cost? Thanks!


July 29, 2008, 06:00 PM
I have to ask...
Why roundbutt the gun, then put (what looks like to me) Square Butt grips on it?

Don't get me wrong, the gun looks great. Just curious.

July 30, 2008, 02:59 AM
Thanks again for the kind words and here is Sam’s current contact info…

Samuel R. Damewood
55 Wildcat Lane
Almagordo, NM 88310

This is his latest website


In all honesty, it varies and for that reason, I would rather let Sam discuss prices. E-mail him and see what he’s got and such and what you want done he will give you a firm price. I will say that it is not as much as you might think and you will get a lot for a little…and Sam is not a “Dremel jockey” he has a machine shop and knows how to use the equipment.


That is an understandable question sir. Sam and Jen swapped several e-mails and, based on her request and Sam’s suggestion, she went with shoot-ability over concealability for now. I have several, more concealable, round butt grips she can try when she feels ready.

Evyl Robot
July 30, 2008, 10:21 AM
Fair enough. I may just have to give him a shout. Thanks!


July 30, 2008, 06:51 PM
Nice work.

I gotta ask: Why'd you have all the barrel and butt work done with all the round butt 3" M-65 cop guns all over the market right now?

CSA 357
July 30, 2008, 08:38 PM
Thats One She Will Be Proud Of For Years To Come! :d

July 31, 2008, 03:54 AM
Thanks again folks and she and I are both very please and proud.

I wasn't aware on any 3-inch RB M65's for sale. The one's available are the 4-inch SB's and are usually DOC trade in guns.

Factory 3-inch RB M10's, M13's, M64's, and M65's are (probably) the most sought after revolvers out there right now. If you have a source for them please share... :)

August 14, 2008, 12:16 PM
Well lilkilogulf’s (Gina’s) M65 arrived and the girls finally made it up for a shoot fest. It is a real clone to Jenny’s (shown above) with the exception of the stocks. Gina’s are made by Precision Gun Specialties and are their “Hide Out” model. Smooth nylon with an exposed back strap, they are a nice balance between control and concealment. (

They managed to fire several hundred rounds, mostly .38’s and as we have come to expect from Sam’s work, the pistol functioned great. It was very accurate, in the “minute of pop can” range and those gold bead sights really grab the sunlight.

Another “well done” there Sam…thanks from a grateful father…you’ve armed all my children.

Here’s what Gina had to say…………..
Another "well done" indeed!!! I'm in love!

I've already mentioned to Sam that I've wanted this one for about 8 years now. Not only does it look great (the female in me has to come out somewhere- ;)), it's easy to shoot. The smaller grip really fit my hand quite well. I'm just extraordinarily comfortable with it.

I want to thank you again Sam for doing such a fantastic job. You have yet another very satisfied current/future customer here.

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