Smith & Wesson S&W Model 65-3 M&P .357 Mag 3″ DA/SA Revolver 1988

SOLD FOR: $1030

LSB#: 220117MM05

Make: Smith & Wesson

Model: 65-3, The .357 Magnum Military & Police Heavy Barrel Stainless

Serial Number: AZB3580

Year of Manufacture: Ca. 1988

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. 65-3”. The rear face of the cylinder is marked “F”. 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.

Barrel Length: 3”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramp set on the rib. The rear sight is a notch milled into the top strap.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood magna stocks with S&W medallions. There are some scattered light handling marks. There are a few little nicks and marks through the finish on the left panel above the checkering. There are a few little areas of wear on the bottom edge. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is mostly sharp. The grips rate in about Fine Plus 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, some have caused smooth spots. There are a couple little nicks and dings. There are some tiny freckles of faint discoloration in one of the cylinder flutes. There is a turn line on the cylinder. There are a few little marks on the sideplate around the screws. The screwheads are lightly worn. 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 some light 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: None

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 be a trustworthy sidekick for decades to come. Please see our photos and good luck!

Smith & Wesson S&W Model 65-3 M&P .357 Mag 3" DA/SA Revolver 1988
Smith & Wesson S&W Model 65-3 M&P .357 Mag 3″ DA/SA Revolver 1988