Sold For: $966.00
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 65-2 ‘The .357 Military & Police Heavy Barrel Stainless’ Round Butt, Service K-Frame.
Serial Number: 7D56751
Year of Manufacture: 1981 (Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, 3rd Edition by Richard Nahas & Jim Supica, page 400)
Caliber: .357 Magnum & .38 Special
Action Type: 6-Shot, Double Action / Single Action, Swing-Out, Fluted Cylinder Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”, the right is marked “S.&W. 357 MAGNUM”, the underside flat is marked “S”. The right side plate has S&W’s monogram logo, the right of the frame has the four line Marcas Registradas. The left side of the grip frame is marked “F21 / S / 86279 / B25 / S”, the butt is marked with the serial number, the right is marked “L” in circle over “S” in circle, “7574” and “W” in triangle. The yoke cut is marked “MOD 65-2”, the yoke is marked “86279 / S / E8”.
Barrel Length: 3”, Heavy profile, un-shrouded ejector rod & low profile solid, serrated rib.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a long, low profile serrated ramp blade, integral to a low profile ramp rise in the barrel’s rib. The rear sight is a square notch, in a “U” channel on top of the frame.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered Magna walnut stocks with nickel plated S&W monogram logo medallions. The checkers exhibit a few areas of compression and rubbing, the smooth portions have a few scattered dings. The grips rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Matte & Brushed Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Factory 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. The top of the frame’s matted area has some dark freckles, the left of the frame has a small bruise, the cylinder has a shallow bolt rubbing mark and a few scuffs. For its age, the pistol looks to have been shot infrequently and was well taken care of in the interim. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder produces tight lockup in all 6 chambers with no measurable play fore to aft or side to side. The double action trigger pull is smooth, the single action is crisp. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This is a 1981 made Smith & Wesson model 65-2 M&P Heavy Barrel Stainless, showing only a few very light marks on the metal surfaces, a bright, sharp bore and Magna walnut stocks without major damages. The cylinder produces tight lockup in all 6 chambers with no measurable play fore to aft or side to side. The double action trigger pull is smooth, the single action is crisp. The low profile fixed sights are a snag-free approach to smooth draw, making this a spectacular duty or home defense revolver. Being chambered in .357 Magnum, stopping power is no issue, while being able to fire .38 Special for target practice at the range. Please see our pictures and good luck.