Ok so I decided I am going to purchase a black model 65 this up coming week I just have a few questions does any one know how popular the 65 is and do you think Taurus would ever discontinue the (blue/black) model 65 ?
The odds are the Model 65 will be around for a long time, but I have to ask why is this a concern? If the issue is replacement parts, you need to keep in mind that the Model 65 has changed over the years and the parts of the different iterations are not interchangeable. So if you want what the model 65 has to offer, buy it and with a life time warranty, Taurus will repair it if it develops a problem.
It's personal preference, of course, but I think that you might be disappointed with the black matte finish used on the current production Taurus revolvers. When I was looking to get a Taurus revolver and decided on the 66 (I wanted the adjustable rear sight), I thought that I would get the black finish too. The guy at the LGS quickly talked me out of that idea and showed me another Taurus model with the black matte finish. It was new but had some "shop wear" and a prominent wear ring on the cylinder (I know most revolvers do). He said that rub points from holstering would be readily visible within a short period of time. In my case, I think that the stainless steel model was only ~$10 more so I opted for that. I suggest that you get a hands on evaluation of the black matte finish before you order/buy your Taurus 65. Otherwise, I think that you will be more than happy with the 65. The Taurus 65/66 model line is indeed very popular. There may be more than a bit of bias here on this forum😉 but there are very few negative reviews on the 65 or 66 models. With reasonable treatment and regular maintenance (cleaning and lubrication) you should expect many years of reliable service. If there are problems, the Taurus warranty is there. I have yet to utilize that service on any of my Taurus firearms BUT I have read here on the forum that the process can be lengthy and possible to incur shipping costs.
Bottom line, solid choice on the 65! Have a closer look at that black finish before you commit.
Nice Forum, Thanks For The Membership.....Just bought a model 65 in matte black, as I had no choice of finishes I bought the 65 matte, Got home and already regretted buying it, Finish is marred on the edges JUST from rubbing on the box during shipping. Dismal Finish
Since my last post, the cylider has become a problem as the finish had continued wear excesively. So much wore off I stripped and buffed the cylinder. then reblued/black the flutes.I did this not really knowing what was underneath the "paint". It's now two tone and looks much better. Like satin stainless. I own other Taurus revolvers but this Model 65 in the matte black, will be trouble for Taurus in the long run that they will regret this awful paint finish.
Regarding the 65 or 66, the price difference between the black and the stainless is small enough to be moot. I like good rich deep bluing, but S&W seems to be the last of the Mohicans for that. As far as a really good industrial type black, you can always have the stainless 65 or 66 finished in black stainless.
When I decided to buy a Model 65 last year I had already heard so many bad reports regarding the matte finish that I went ahead and bought the stainless version. Although I really love an authentic blue finish, like on my old S&W Model 10, I am very happy with my stainless Model 65. I even splurged and bought a set of factory wood grips for it. By the way, I just looked on Grab-a-Gun and the difference between the matte black and the stainless is only $12.00.
57K, regarding how it shoots with the wood grips it can be summed up in three words: Hold On Tight! The grips are pretty slippery despite the checkered panels, and with full house magnums it is a beast.
The wood grips are from Taurus, and the model number is 4-308.
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