SOLD FOR: $2125
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 65-2, The .357 Magnum Military & Police Heavy Barrel Stainless
Serial Number: 7D50269
Year of Manufacture: 1981
Caliber: .38 Special / .357 Magnum
Action Type: Single and Double Action with Swing-Out Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”, the barrel flat is marked “S” and the right side of the barrel is marked “S. & W. 357 MAGNUM”. The yoke cut is marked “MOD. 65-2”. The rear face of the cylinder is marked “V”. The left side of the frame has an S&W logo. The right side of the frame is marked with the four line “Marcas Registradas” address. The butt of the grip frame is marked with the serial number. The yoke and sides of the grip frame are marked with inspection marks. The interior of the right grip panel is marked “50269”.
Barrel Length: 3” Pinned
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramp pinned to the rib. The rear sight is a notch milled into the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered walnut magna stocks with S&W medallions. There is a ding into the wood on the left panel up at the top. There is a little mark into the wood on the right panel on the front edge that borders the checkering. There are a few infrequent light marks on the grips. The checkering is strong. The grips rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 96% of its metal finish. There are draglines and some scuffs. There are a couple of little nicks and light hairline scratches, most noticeable on the trigger guard and on the sideplate. There is a turn line on the cylinder. The screw heads show faint use. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The double-action is smooth, the single action is crisp. The lockup has minor play. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be required to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a serial matching two-piece box and paperwork including the manual.
Our Assessment: This S&W .357 Magnum revolver with its heavy 3” barrel is a true service handgun and can easily be carried openly or concealed. It could serve well for home defense or carry, and as such, would also be suitable for IDPA competition. It is a solid six-shot double-action revolver that can accept a wide variety of ammunition, everything from light .38 Special wadcutters to heavy .357 Magnum hollow points. This gun has nice trigger pulls and a good lockup, it should provide the successful bidder with a lifetime of service and with its high condition and matching box should be a nice addition to a Smith & Wesson collection. Please see our photos and good luck!