Today's Score: 3" S&W Model 65-5


Dave Markowitz
November 23, 2012, 04:01 PM
Last night I sold a MAK-90 which had been gathering dust for several years, and with the proceeds burning a hole in my pocket, today I found this beauty:

It's a S&W Model 65-5 .357 Magnum with 3" barrel. If it's had more than a box of ammo through it since it left the factory I'd be surprised. It was bone dry inside, virtually no fouling in the chambers or bore, and the cylinder face has no carbon rings. I'm gonna fix that. :D

I'm still deciding what grips I'll get for it. The service stocks are pretty but don't lend themselves to comfortable shooting. Pachmayrs would no doubt be comfy, but wood is nice to look at. Decisions, decisions.

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November 23, 2012, 05:08 PM
NICE find. Can't find any 3 inch revolvers around here. How about a Tyler T. Enjoy!

Black Knight
November 23, 2012, 05:38 PM
I have Pachmayrs on the 3" 65-3 I carry most. You have a nice looking example of S&W quality there. Several law enforcement agencies used the 65 back in the day of revolvers so you may want to check its history. Who knows, you may have a law enforcement gun that was carried more than shot.

November 23, 2012, 05:49 PM
That's a sweet handgun! I like it a LOT!

November 23, 2012, 06:08 PM
Very nice. I'm a fan of 3" S&W revolvers in a big way. M36-1. M64-8 (has been on my hip all day), and one M65-5, so far...

My 3" 65-5 has a hammer that's a material-match to the trigger.

I'd sure be interested in hearing one of the board's S&W revolver experts weigh in on the color-case-hardened hammer on yours. Is it transitional?


November 23, 2012, 06:45 PM
Excellent rebound! Hang onto it. It's a well balanced pistol.

1 old 0311-1
November 23, 2012, 07:32 PM
NICE find. Can't find any 3 inch revolvers around here. How about a Tyler T. Enjoy!

Well they are out there it just takes MANY years to find them.

November 23, 2012, 07:49 PM
That, I would have to say, is probably my grail gun. Good for you!

November 23, 2012, 09:27 PM
I got my 'grail gun' a few weeks back and have not had a chance to get to the range [ mom passed ] but I did add a Tyler T to it and its SO nice in the hand now.

I got a model 13 3" and she is just as purty as the day she was born.

Kudo's to you for getting the stainless version,I like the fact that there is less a chance for rust.

But I am sure I will clean mine every time I handle her,or shoot her.

Dave Markowitz
November 23, 2012, 09:52 PM
Thanks, all.

Tonight I was looking at different grip options and saw that S&W is selling Uncle Mike's combat grips on closeout for $14. + S&H. I've handled S&W revolvers fitted with them before and they fit my hand very well, so I ordered a set for this Model 65, and also for my Model 640. They are ugly, but comfortable.

November 23, 2012, 10:11 PM
Congrats, I too picked a new (used) one today. A 629 performance center 2 and 5/8" .44 magnum. Didn't need it, likely won't shoot it a lot, but I wanted it and it's now mine. Gotta love the freedom to do so.

November 23, 2012, 10:14 PM

Y'all are the reason why I cannot find this gun!! Some guy posts his 47 examples. Where's Barack's "gun redistribution" plan? He said he was going to save us and I need saving!

Deaf Smith
November 23, 2012, 11:11 PM
I'd give Ahrends a try.

Excellent grips just as Eagle Secret Service stocks are to.


November 24, 2012, 12:17 AM
I would also highly recommend Kim Ahrends grips. High quality, ergonomic designs, and very affordable prices.

November 24, 2012, 03:18 AM
Beautiful! Enjoy it, sir.

Hondo 60
November 24, 2012, 04:56 PM
tomrkba - obamanation can take my guns from my cold dead fingers!
and not a second before. :cuss:

November 25, 2012, 05:19 AM
I'm Dave's old man and we went shooting last night and I had a chance to see his new toy. Regarding the hammer, I don't think it is case hardened, but rather suffering from some sort of corrosion. At least that's my opinion. Put a cylinder of 38s through it, shoots to point of aim as most Smiths do.

November 25, 2012, 09:55 AM
My 586L Comp with factory Altamounts.

November 30, 2012, 07:09 PM
After my agency transitioned from revolvers to semi-autos, I gave my Model 65 to my oldest daughter as a Christmas present many years ago. She and her husband still have it but I'd like to get it back. :(

November 30, 2012, 07:38 PM
Here is my 4" model 65 with a set of Hogues. I really like your 3". I was looking for a 3", but I found this one for $300.00 with a full box of .357s. I think it probably was a law enforcement revolver. I used Mother's mag polish on it and added the grips. It'll do for the people I run with.:)

November 30, 2012, 08:16 PM
Love those 3" k-frames.

Here's a M64 I sold a little while ago, sporting some Ahrends cocobolo RBs:

To be honest, though, for serious shooting, I do much better with Uncle Mike's, shown on these 686s:

As far as a 3" M65, I love mine. About the best all-arounder there is, IMO. And it's smoooth ( :)

November 30, 2012, 08:57 PM
Congratulations! There is something "just right" about a 3" heavy-barrel .357 K-frame, though I made the mistake of not acquring one when they were more commonly available.

November 30, 2012, 11:59 PM
I have a M64-3 with factory cherry wood grips, looks and shoots great, see if I can find some pics.

Lucky Derby
December 1, 2012, 07:10 AM
Very nice. Congrats.

December 1, 2012, 04:22 PM
nice score
get an aluminum tyler t if you intend to keep those grips.

i have its big sister, the 3 inch 65LS with underlugged barrel and evil twin, a 3 inch 13.

now if i could just find a 3 inch 19....

December 1, 2012, 04:54 PM
Great score. I have the same model.

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