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 Post subject: New to me model 65
PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:59 am 
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A friend called me up and asked if I am still interested in the 3" model 65 that I've bugged him about for over a year. I said may be if the price is right. He told me the price and I said, "when can I get it"?

It started out as a 65, and he performed a very nice double action trigger job, bobbed the hammer, lightly chamferred the cylinder, checkered the back strap and had Cerakote finish applied over the stainless steel.

The DA pull is very smooth and light. The gun points well and even better balanced than my 2.5" 66. It came with an Uncle Mike's grips.

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I've never been fond of those Uncle Mike's. So I slipped on my old trusty Hogue Bantam Boot Grips. It feels much better. I've shot thousand of rounds on my 66 with the Hogue and it has good control and nice feel.

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For comparison, I put the Ahrends boot grips on. It looks great but feels a bit more rounded and slightly thicker than the Hogue. I think it carries better since the smooth wood doesn't stick to the garment.

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 Post subject: Re: New to me model 65
PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 7:36 am 
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Nice pickup......


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 Post subject: Re: New to me model 65
PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 5:35 pm 
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Very Nice revolver. Glad someone found one good enough to write about. Reading had been nill on here for a long time. Thanks.

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 Post subject: Re: New to me model 65
PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 10:22 am 
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That's a NICE one, Ricky! I hope you get LOTS of use out of it...Do you have any idea who did the Cerakote finish? Thanks....mikey357


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 Post subject: Re: New to me model 65
PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 4:28 pm 
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mikey357 wrote:
That's a NICE one, Ricky! I hope you get LOTS of use out of it...Do you have any idea who did the Cerakote finish? Thanks....mikey357


Hi Mikey:

Accurate Plating & Weaponry in Alabama did the finish.

http://www.apwcogan.com/

I'm really enjoying this gun. My 66 - 2.5" is getting jealous and lonely in the safe.


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 Post subject: Re: New to me model 65
PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:39 am 
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Very nice! That is my all time favorite revolver. I once had a 65 done exactly the same way but gave it as a present to another officer and friend, Chip Brezee(RIP) who was dying of cancer. One day I'll find another at that "good" price.

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 Post subject: Re: New to me model 65
PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:49 am 
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Very nice Smooth One...

I got to play with the trigger yesterday evening - WOW! :shock:

At first (after shooting my 2lb trigger 22lr all day at the range) I thought the model 65 trigger was nice... but then the Smooth One handed me a 'factory' trigger S&W revolver for comparison - it was like night and day.


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 Post subject: Re: New to me model 65
PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:32 pm 
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Al Shear wrote:
Very nice! That is my all time favorite revolver. I once had a 65 done exactly the same way but gave it as a present to another officer and friend, Chip Brezee(RIP) who was dying of cancer. One day I'll find another at that "good" price.



Al:

That was a grand gesture you made to your friend, I'm sorry for your loss.


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 Post subject: Re: New to me model 65
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 4:27 am 
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I have a foundness for the 3 inch 357, mostly the 65 like you have but I just found a 3 inch 66. Having a heck of a time finding a front sight because S&W no longer makes them and Midway and Numrich do not have any. Found a black one to install later.

That will be a custom project down the road.

Good Score on that revolver. I have a blast (no pun intended) with mine. My wife also has one for her gun picture in one of the threads in this section of the forum.

That is one gun you can do a lot with. Have fun.

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 Post subject: Re: New to me model 65
PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2012 7:37 am 
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Thanks Terry.

You showed me your wife's Heirloom revolver at the SHOT show three years ago remember? It was the work of art. My gun is an ugly duckling compared to her gun.

I'm happy with this find, it shoots good and handle great. It is a keeper.


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 Post subject: Re: New to me model 65
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 2:45 pm 
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I have a 4" 65-5 that has had some trigger work and been fully bead blasted with duracoat bright red on the front site.

It is a wonderful pistol, carries well and as it is with all of my S&W wheels guns, it is 100% reliable to date.

I find it amusing about all of the new press on the glock 43 with 6 rounds when our cowboy guns have always had 6 rounds.

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