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Smith & Wesson
Model 65
Smith & Wesson Revolver 65 .357 Mag Variant-1
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Gun Dimensions Width:No Data
Length:8.875-in Height:No Data
Barrel:4-in Weight:35-oz
Variant 1 of 3
Gun Rankings
  • Power Factor (158 grain bullet)195130
  • Recoil Factor (158 grain bullet)10 ft-lb
  • Total Capacity6 rounds
  • ConcealabilityFair
  • Defense Factor66%
Gun Specifications
Produced:1974 - 2004
Caliber:.357 Mag
Action:revolving chamber
Trigger:double-action (DA/SA)
Safety:no manual safety
Frame:stainless steel
Grip:checkered walnut w/medallion
Sights:serrated ramp front, fixed notch rear
Notes:early model, square butt
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Gun Value
MSRP:$563.00Used Est:$450.00
Last Update:11/29/2020
About the Gun

Introduced in the 1970's the Models 65 and 66 are respectively fixed and adjustable sight versions of stainless steel 'K'-frame revolvers based on the original Model 13 Military & Police Heavy Barrel revolver developed for the New York State Police.

Cartridge Specifications
Cartridge: .357 Magnum
Alias: .357 Smith & Wesson Magnum
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Ballistics for This Gun
Selected Bullet Mass:158 grains
MV:1235 ft/sec ME:535 ft-lbs
About the Cartridge

Smith & Wesson introduced this cartridge for its heavy-frame revolver. Ammunition was developed by Winchester in cooperation with Smith & Wesson. Using a lengthened and strengthened version of the .38 Special case, the .357 Magnum was rapidly accepted by hunters and law enforcement. At the time of its introduction, it was claimed to easily pierce the body panels of automobiles and crack engine blocks. While it has less power than the .44 Magnum, it compares favorably to the 10mm Norma and .45 ACP, but with better armor penetration. Today factories offer over fifty different loadings in this caliber.

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5 of 5 Stars
Great old handgun we obtained from a police auctio
By Ginnstats on 22 Jun 2020
The gun is sufficiently heavy that there is very little difference between shooting 38s and 357 magnums in terms of the recoil. One of the most accurate guns I own. Thank you Genitron for adding this 3" version of the model 65 so quickly after I suggested it. You guys are the best!