Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Photo tribute to a passing legend, the S&W M65

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by DHart, Nov 15, 2004.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. DHart

    DHart Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2004
    Messages:
    1,742
    Location:
    Sonoran Desert, Arizona
    I've had Smith & Wesson revolvers for more decades than I'd like to count. Started with a 28 when I was 21 years old. Then added a 60 in 2", 66 in 2.5" and 686 in 6" in the mid-eighties, then a 642 in 2" a few years ago. And all these years I've wanted a 65.

    Finally, this week, I got my yearned for 65. And guess what... I haven't had it more than a day and it's become my favorite revolver, period. That would including my other smiths and my new Ruger GP100 4" and SP101 3" revolvers. These are all great revolvers, but the 65 3" just hits the middle ground sweet spot dead on.

    S&W got this one so right... with the medium frame size, 3" barrel, fixed sight, round butt, and full-length ejector rod this is the .357 defense revolver par excellance. The action feels like a Rolls Royce gliding down the road. Very sweet indeed. Though it's not the best for hunting or long term heavy use of really hot .357 ammo, it's perfect for defense and will happily shoot "lite" .357 loads and .38spl +P loads to your heart's content. My intention is to shoot primarily 135 gr. Gold Dot JHP bullets at about 1000 fps. This is a great load for defense, very comfortable in this size/weight of revolver, and easy on the gun.

    Anyway, I'm really loving this classic little blaster. And I'm really ticked at S&W for ending the production of K-frame .357's. Oh well, here she is as she laid on my desk tonight:

    Smith & Wesson Model 65-5 .357 Magnum 3" barrel
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Serious as a heart attack:

    [​IMG]

    This is one very HOT pistol! I love it.
     
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2004
  2. MartinS

    MartinS Member

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2004
    Messages:
    815
    I'm glad I waited for your photographs to drip through my dial-up.
    Lovely weapon. The simple lines of the sight cut into the frame make the adjustables look like add-ons .
     
  3. Marshall

    Marshall Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2002
    Messages:
    5,569
    Location:
    Oklahoma, Green Country
    Are the Pachmayr's Compact Pro's?
     
  4. Justin

    Justin Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2002
    Messages:
    19,285
    Location:
    THE CHAIR IS AGAINST THE WALL
    very nice!
     
  5. DDGator

    DDGator Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2002
    Messages:
    460
    Location:
    Tampa Bay Area, Florida
    Gorgeous gun, but seeing it loaded and cocked makes me nervous just looking at it.
     
  6. denfoote

    denfoote Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2002
    Messages:
    4,622
    Location:
    Near the border of occupied Azlan and Mexico.
    It should!!! :evil:

    Nice gun.
     
  7. DHart

    DHart Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2004
    Messages:
    1,742
    Location:
    Sonoran Desert, Arizona
    Yes... I think the adjustable sight on my 2 1/2" model 66 looks like a tack on compared to this sleek 65... I much prefer the 3" 65 for defense use... it's perfection in my opinion!

    I decided to use the loaded and cocked look because I am really bored with the passive look most weapons have in pics. I wanted to create some images with real impact, images which convey the intensity and power which the gun is capable of. I agree... some of these pics look intensely hot, knowing how light that single action pull is and how much power is at the end of the dropped firing pin. I wanted to create an intense viewer response, not yawns. I think I nailed it! ;) Imagine having to stare down this gun loaded and cocked and in your face! Yikes!!! :eek:
     
  8. Preacherman

    Preacherman Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2002
    Messages:
    13,309
    Location:
    Louisiana, USA
    Nice gun, and great photographs! I have one of those, as well as one of the blued equivalent (Model 13). I sent both up to WildAlaska to have the moonclip conversion done to them. With moonclips, I think the 3" fixed-sight .357 K-frames are just about the finest CCW revolver available.
     
  9. DHart

    DHart Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2004
    Messages:
    1,742
    Location:
    Sonoran Desert, Arizona
    Marshall... The grips are Pachmayr Compac SK/C (not Professional Compac SK/CP). The Professional Compac is thinner, less hand filling, and has an open backstrap. The regular Compac SK/C (my favorite revolver grip) is rounder, fills the hand more "fully" and the backstrap is not revealed.

    Preacherman... I envy you having a model 13... I would so love to have the 3" blue steel equivalent of my 3" 65. What marvels these are! :D
     
  10. S_O_Laban

    S_O_Laban Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2003
    Messages:
    858
    Location:
    near Independence MO
    Wow... that baby is so sweet. Mine is a 4inch barrel and I'm currently looking for some nice hardwood grips for CCW. I love my model 65. It's not as nice as yours but I understand the feeling :D
     
  11. DHart

    DHart Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2004
    Messages:
    1,742
    Location:
    Sonoran Desert, Arizona
    Right on S.O. Hey, when you decide on wood grips, be sure to let us know what you found. I'll be wanting some for this baby as well! Man do I love this pistol... it just feels and points so right!
     
  12. VonFatman

    VonFatman Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2004
    Messages:
    397
    Location:
    Just a Smidge outside of Kansas City
    Beautiful photos!!

    of a beautiful gun! Thanks for sharing!!
    I snatched one of those photos for my wallpapar!
    I don't (as of yet anyway) have any stainless S&W's...but I do have
    a pretty close cousin of your Model 65...

    I bought this 13-3 last winter and threw some nice walnut grips
    on to dress her up a bit.

    Hey S. O. ..how's it goin? We've taken 18 deer off the farm so far!

    Bob

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2004
  13. sturgeon

    sturgeon Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2003
    Messages:
    124
    Location:
    CT
    That is just lovely. I had one once, and didn't know what I had at the time. Now that I love revolvers I wish I had it back. :banghead:
    (Preacherman) ;)
     
  14. fiVe

    fiVe Member

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2003
    Messages:
    1,265
    Location:
    West Florida Panhandle
    DHart & VonFatman:

    Great pics. Thanks for sharing.


    R/fiVe
     
  15. DHart

    DHart Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2004
    Messages:
    1,742
    Location:
    Sonoran Desert, Arizona
    VonFatMan... oh how I love that 13 of yours! Absolutely gorgeous. Of the six Smiths I've had, only the first one was blued (model 28) and that's the only one I don't have any more. I LOVE blued guns and my next mission is to find a 13 like yours. Just gorgeous. Great grips too. Thanks for sharing. :D
     
  16. S_O_Laban

    S_O_Laban Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2003
    Messages:
    858
    Location:
    near Independence MO
    only 18....Wow :D Glad to hear it. I'm sure you helped make some dreams come true out there. BTW very nice pic of your model 13.

    DHart,Hardwood grips: Haven't decided what I want just yet... would really like to feel them before I buy, thus it will wait until I get to the next show. I see many that look good on line but hesitate to spend my hard earned dollars until I'm sure about how they feel.
     
  17. xring

    xring Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2002
    Messages:
    216
    Location:
    N/E Ohio
    I had to contribute. I will miss the K frames. Randy[​IMG][/url][/IMG]
     
  18. DHart

    DHart Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2004
    Messages:
    1,742
    Location:
    Sonoran Desert, Arizona
    xring... what a beautiful pair! I really need a 13 to go with my 65.
     
  19. VonFatman

    VonFatman Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2004
    Messages:
    397
    Location:
    Just a Smidge outside of Kansas City
    DHart,
    You will find one...just keep looking. I got lucky, caught Cabela's "Gun Library" manager in a good mood...picked this one up unfired w/the box for $250 out-the-door. I honestly didn't walk in looking to buy a 13...but what's a guy to do??

    Good luck with your quest.

    S.O.,
    We managed to get 4 new hunters their first deer so far! That's what it's all about.

    Bob
     
  20. DHart

    DHart Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2004
    Messages:
    1,742
    Location:
    Sonoran Desert, Arizona
    Bob... what a smokin' deal you got! You are very fortunate indeed!
     
  21. gvass

    gvass Member

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2003
    Messages:
    477
    Sweeeet!
    And those dumbs want to discontinue them all.
     
  22. Kestrel

    Kestrel Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2002
    Messages:
    2,168
    DHart,

    That looks great. It's one of my favorites, as well.

    I always enjoy your pictures - they're superb.

    Steve
     
  23. DHart

    DHart Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2004
    Messages:
    1,742
    Location:
    Sonoran Desert, Arizona
    Thanks again for the kind compliments guys... I'll work on some pics of my other S&W models.
     
  24. SAG0282

    SAG0282 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2003
    Messages:
    941
    Location:
    Pierce Co. WA
    Hmm.....yeah I need to get me a Smith revolver.

    I'm so impressionable!
     
  25. DHart

    DHart Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2004
    Messages:
    1,742
    Location:
    Sonoran Desert, Arizona
    Being a lover of dark guns, once having tasted the fruit of a 3" 65 I just had to add a blue steel 3" 13. I found one on Gunbroker for $301 last week and got her home yesterday. Here's a first picture of it from last night. Has an action job, bobbed hammer, and sculpted trigger by Brad Lewis and runs like a fine, smooth Rolls Royce! ;)

    My recently acquired 65 was my favorite wheelgun for a short while, but now this one's taken the top spot. I do love them all, though. But the feel, balance, weight, and shootability of the 3" fixed sighted K-frame makes the 13/65 about the best fighting wheelgun man's ever devised. (IMHO anyway!)
    :rolleyes:

    Smith & Wesson Model 13-3 .357 Magnum 3" barrel
    [​IMG]
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page