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Been having some trouble with my digital camera, but finally got everything back online. I bought a model 65 about a month ago - it was the first gun I ever owned, and I still regret getting rid of that mod 65....so I got one when I had the chance. It had Hogue rubber grips on it, which work great with stout loads, but I want to possibly carry this gun concealed after I get my CHL in the mail.....so I looked high and low for some concealable or smaller grips, but for a K frame square butt, options are very limited. I ordered a set of Eagle Secret Service grips - the choices were rosewood and ebony, and I opted for the ebony. The grips aren't exactly black - they are, but they have faint brown wood streaks going through them - I think they look great !! And they do cut down the butt profile quite a bit, I think using the right holster, and the right clothes, I could probably get away with carrying this gun concealed. I'm pretty proud of my 'old' new gun..... :)

So Robby and Doc dont' jump on me, here are some pics - enjoy !! P.S. - don't those red-tipped Hornadys look mean?












 

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That is very nice. I used to be a S&W fan exclusively. Sold 'em all and wish I had one now. You done good. :thumb: :thumb:
 

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That is very nice. I used to be a S&W fan exclusively. Sold 'em all and wish I had one now. You done good. :thumb: :thumb:
Well, I think CDNN still has some M65's available...

I know what you mean about wanting that first gun back. I'm on the look out for one myself (6" 6 shot blued Taurus M66). I have a line on something close but will have to see...

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Thanks for all the comments, and I won't be letting this one go, Steel....
 

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I'll be doing some gun porn soon, now that my camera is fixed. Got some new knives and flashlights to pose too.....
 

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Looks great! I've been wondering what those Eagle's would like on mine, now I know. The 65 was my first as well, but Betty Sue isn't going anywhere--at least not until my 14 year old son is old enough to claim her. 8)
 

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Thats the right decision Stenulf, the mod 65 is too sweet to let go of. I don't know if I'd want to light off the full power 357 mag loads with the Eagle SS grips, not having your pinkie on anything but the underneath of the butt of the gun takes some getting used to- I'll switch back to my Hogue rubber grips if I decide to do that alot. But I think they will be fine for 110 gr 357 mag loads, and any 38 special load. :)
 

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nice, i really admire smith revolvers, i dont own any my self though price tags a bit to rich for me.
 

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My Dads been looking for that gun for a decent price but they are all are real high priced.
buy the way congrats on your find :)
 

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I got a 79 year made smithm65 from CDNN and it came from Texas Department of Corrections. And thats in Huntsville Texas prison. TDC traded for Glocks in 9mm cal. I called down there to the prison and they did send me a letter on what date the M65 was made and which officer had it and how long. The officer has passed away according to their records. richgp100z,Omaha,Ne.
 

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S&W 65s are charmers. Like the 65 package overall.
Might have to slip into CDNN and get one of those.

Have it's somewhat relation ( boy,is that a stretch) a nickeled Taurus 65 with the 2.5 inch barrel.

Just something about a K frame package overall. Like them better than the N frames. Easier to carry and shoot.

S&W addressed the too hot 125 gr. 357 magnum use with the Lframe.

The K frame just seems more pleasing.
Just a personal choice.
 

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I agree Qwiks - there is something about the sleek lines and no nonsense of the K frame Smiths that I really like. Not too bulky either, I'm planning on carrying this in an IWB holster from time to time.

Joe and 45, I only paid $270 for this gun - just keep your ear to the ground, good deals are out there. I really looked it over before I got it, I thought maybe there was alot of topstrap cutting or maybe the cylinder action was loose, but it's in real good shape. :)

If I can find another, I definitely will be looking to give this gun a twin sibling. I've always wanted a matched pair of revolvers.
 

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Having two of the same revolver just makes sense on a lot of levels. Tactical reasons, for fun and to enjoy, or just in case the first gun gets bagged and tagged as evidence if used in a defense scenario.

Good points Texastarusguy. That rang a bell.

A lot of the police trade-ins may not have had any or little .357 magnum ammo run through them. Many departments would either let only those officers who could really qualify and actually use the full power ammo,those being few, or only .38 Special ammo was issued and used by the rank and file.
Thus the revolver should show little or no abuse.

Same can go for the easy use of the civilian models as well.
 

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I have shot quite a few rounds through my friends .40 PX4. It is very accurate, but I noticed the gun lacks the balance of many other pistols. I think this is due to the grip, a suspect a hogue grip would really help and make this one hell of a pistol. The PX4 also has a poor safety. It is slide mounted but is also harder to take off the safety than it is to activate it. Beyond the safety thing and poor grip(in my medium sized hand anyway), It is good priced, accurate, and easy to field strip. It has also been very reliable, experiencing no failures after about 3,000 rounds of cheap WWB from wally world. My .02

texastaurusguy, That is one beautiful S&W!!! I really want to get a pair of old S&W 6 shooters.
 

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Thanks Roblamont, me too.

Took this gun to the range with the new grips, and lit off some full strength 125 grain jsp and it was downright interesting.....my pinkie kept wishing it had somewhere to latch on to, but it was still quite manageable. These grips are about the most concealable ones on the market, from what I can find out, and I plan to have a Crossbreed Supertuck holster made for it so I can carry it from time to time. If I end up with two of these babies, I'll probably have a double holster made for them so I can open carry when I'm in the country plinking.
 

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Very nice looking hog-leg there, job well done TTG. ;)
 
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