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

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Dave Markowitz, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. Dave Markowitz

    Dave Markowitz Well-Known Member

    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.
  2. Litlman

    Litlman Well-Known Member

    NICE find. Can't find any 3 inch revolvers around here. How about a Tyler T. Enjoy!
  3. Black Knight

    Black Knight Well-Known Member

    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.
  4. critter

    critter Well-Known Member

    That's a sweet handgun! I like it a LOT!
  5. wrs840

    wrs840 Well-Known Member

    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?


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  6. 19&41

    19&41 Well-Known Member

    Excellent rebound! Hang onto it. It's a well balanced pistol.
  7. 1 old 0311-1

    1 old 0311-1 member

    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.

  8. wlewisiii

    wlewisiii Well-Known Member

    That, I would have to say, is probably my grail gun. Good for you!
  9. scaatylobo

    scaatylobo Well-Known Member

    Tyler 'T' grip so far

    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.
  10. Dave Markowitz

    Dave Markowitz Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. Scuba_Steve

    Scuba_Steve Well-Known Member

    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.
  12. tomrkba

    tomrkba Well-Known Member


    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!
  13. Deaf Smith

    Deaf Smith Well-Known Member

  14. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    I would also highly recommend Kim Ahrends grips. High quality, ergonomic designs, and very affordable prices.
  15. sixgunner455

    sixgunner455 Well-Known Member

    Beautiful! Enjoy it, sir.
  16. Hondo 60

    Hondo 60 Well-Known Member

    tomrkba - obamanation can take my guns from my cold dead fingers!
    and not a second before. :cuss:
  17. RON in PA

    RON in PA Well-Known Member

    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.
  18. 340PD

    340PD Well-Known Member

  19. SwampWolf

    SwampWolf Well-Known Member

    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. :(
  20. wundudnee

    wundudnee Well-Known Member

    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.:)


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