This 65-8, serially numbered CHL48xx, was likely manufactured in 2004, from its CHL serial number prefix. It is one of the last of the .357 Military & Police Heavy Barrel Stainless revolvers produced. This .357 Magnum 4 inch is the internal lock variant – beefed up frame, floating firing pin, MIM trigger and hammer, and beveled Thumblatch.
This 65-8 has no conspicuous detractions to its finish. Barrel exterior is quite glossy, characteristic of these later models, but also has substantial original streaking. The forward side plate screw shows mild stress, and there are a couple of very tiny screwdriver streaks beside it on the plate surface. This revolver, after all, was inspected and internally lubricated by factory-trained armorers on the North Carolina Department of Corrections during its brief career in our Sister State. Right side plate has less than 5 percent light scuffing, and there is one tiny light scratch at the top right side of the frame. Cylinder, similarly, has 5% or less scuffing to its surface. Original streaked finish is intact on the cylinder itself and excellent over 95 percent of this revolver by our estimate. Matte finish atop the barrel and frame is distinctively strong. Bore and chambers are excellent and clean. The edge of the yoke top shows some original roughness. Finish to the MIM hammer and trigger is very dark, a common phenomenon with that manufacturing process. We rate this 65-8 as Excellent, 95 percent or so, but photos should suffice for interested parties to judge finish grade for themselves.
This revolver is Excellent Mechanically. Blast effect to the under side of the frame topstrap directly above the forcing cone is minimal, only a light line not readily distinguishable from the other mill marks on that inside surface area. Double action pull is tight but consistent, and the hammer travels and additional 5 to 10 degrees after the cylinder times into place in that mode of firing. On single action, the hammer travels a full 35 degrees or so after the cylinder locks, and the single action trigger pull is a relatively light, crisp 3 ¼ pounds. Cylinder face to forcing cone gap is a perfect .006.
This revolver has its box with correct label, all its papers, two keys for the internal lock and even the fired brass, labeled [Technician] Richard Rock, 06-07-04. Despite many of our peers’ and elders’ distaste for Lock Variant Smith & Wessons, this revolver attests to the excellent skill of the artisans at 2100 Roosevelt Avenue in Springfield, Massachusetts. Own this Excellent Model 65, one of the last and best-made Military & Police K-frame Magnums, for only $ 359.95
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