model 65


February 22, 2012, 03:41 PM
I had butted in on another thread, but here is my own. I have looked a few times at this S+W. Model 65 S.S. It has a stamp of 65-2, on the crane. The gun is not pinned or recessed. The other numbers, also on the crane, are obviously re-stamped with a totally different number. Is this common? It's a Frankengun I guess

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February 22, 2012, 03:50 PM
nope,inspection marks

February 22, 2012, 04:12 PM
The actual serial number is stamped on the butt.

The odd numbers & stamps inside the crane cut are assembly numbers and fitters marks used during manufacturing to keep the crane, cylinder, sideplate and frame together during final fitting and polishing after they had been fitted to each other.

It's not a Frankengun.


February 22, 2012, 04:14 PM
Maybe I was not clear. I know the inspection mark, isn't going to match the model number. The inspection mark is re-stamped completely different from original inspection mark. I was told by a very smart poster that a 65-2 should be pinned and recessed.

February 22, 2012, 04:16 PM
Are you sore it says 65-2? I just checked my wife's 65-2 and it is, indeed, pinned and recessed.

February 22, 2012, 04:19 PM
That is correct.
A 65-2 should be P&R.
The 65-3 change in 1982 eliminated the pinned & recessed.


February 22, 2012, 04:25 PM
The gun is not pinned or recessed and is stamped 65-2 no question.

February 22, 2012, 04:35 PM
Probably just an early 65-3 that got stamped wrong.

Stranger things have happened.


February 22, 2012, 07:47 PM
I have a M-65-5 and it has the spring loaded yoke srew and plunger.

Curious if your revolver has this?

February 22, 2012, 11:46 PM
A wrong model stamp and a new set of codes stamped over an existing set of codes?

February 23, 2012, 12:24 AM
I have a 65-2 3" from 1982 that is recessed, NOT pinned, and with a large side-plate logo. You may very well have something similar, curious to know the date of manufacture.

February 23, 2012, 01:24 AM
The steel K-framed .357 S&W is perfect example of form following function or is it the other way around? A kinda revolverfection if you will.....
February 23, 2012, 04:37 PM
Got a 65-2. It is indeed P & R.

PabloJ said:
A kinda revolverfection if you will.....

I agree:D

February 25, 2012, 02:58 PM
I would love to get my hands on a good 3in model 65.

February 25, 2012, 03:28 PM
tin,keep checking gunbroker,they show up there.the 3 inch is sweet.had one of those ss 64's bobtailed for the tampa sheriff's office way back in the 80's.shoulda never was part of a custum order.if you do find one,you can have a slot milled where the front sight goes so you can put a tritium sight in it

February 25, 2012, 10:09 PM
Don't worry that it's not P&R. at the time of the change its possible to find pinned gun w/o recessed cylinders and guns with recessed cylinders that don't have pinned barrels.

February 26, 2012, 10:54 AM
It was probably at he end of the -2 run. It is not uncomon.

March 15, 2012, 05:06 PM
As an aside, are any/all Model 65 LadySmiths pinned and/or recessed?

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