Technical help needed, S&W 65-1


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slicksleeve
July 6, 2010, 01:41 PM
First of all, a shout out to my aweome wife for suprising me on my birthday with this Smith and Wesson 65-1. This is my first pinned and recessed revolver, and I love it! And her! Now, the questions:
1. The serial number starts with1017***. What is ballpark year of production?
2. As shown in the picture, (if you can tell) the ejector rod only goes in about 2/3 of the way, making shell extraction a little difficult. It will only go all the way in on one certain spot that the cylinder rotates to.
3. The cylinder about half of the time is very difficult to open, needing 2 or 3 pushes on the release and some jiggling to open.
3. The hammer and trigger do not appear to be case hardend as on my 10-5. Rather they resemble the hammer and trigger on my 657 and 629. Are these factory parts, or something aftermarket?
4. The action screws do show to have been removed, and the ejector rod would not even think about coming loose(following instruction on the sticky at the top of this page by Sylvan Forge).
I recieved this pistol in very clean condition, it locks up tight, timing is great, both double and single action trigger pull and break are very nice. I just 1 box of .38 Spec. handloads, and it grouped very tight, about 1" to the right. I want to carry this gun daily, and I'm mostly asking these questions because my 10-5 does not exibit any of these issues. Any help appreciated.

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mack7.62
July 6, 2010, 05:30 PM
Trigger and hammer are hard chrome and are factory on the early S&W stainless guns. For the year we need the 3 letter code in front of the SN. Problems #2 and 3 sound like a bent ejector rod, when you rotate does the end appear to wobble? If it is bent it is not a difficult or expensive repair.

m.

Brian Williams
July 9, 2010, 05:44 AM
That 65 is early production with flash chromed trigger and hammer. I am guessing early 70s.

slicksleeve
July 9, 2010, 05:21 PM
Thanks to both of you, Brian and mack7.62 for the info.

Jim K
July 9, 2010, 05:44 PM
I think that revolver needs checking over for a bent ejector rod and also possibly a bent crane. If it was bought at a gun store, they should take it back and be responsible for sending it to S&W. Otherwise, you can call S&W and they will usually send a shippiing ticket, picking up the shipping cost both ways.

The real problem is when you say, "Honey, that gun you bought me, well, errr, it doesn't work...."

Jim

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