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Old 05-23-2010, 02:07 PM   #1
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I have a chance to buy a nice-condition S&W Mod 65 .357 but it is missing one screw from the side plate and the cylinder release. I am curious about:
1. How difficult it is to purchase the necessary part(s) and
2. Ho difficlult is it to install them safely?

I am not a gunsmith, but am pretty familiar with semiautios, although I've never broken them down for more than cleaning. Can anyone offer any insight?

The gun is being offered for $235 as-is in nice condition.

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Old 05-23-2010, 02:13 PM   #2
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The parts are available on line from World's Largest Supplier of Firearm Accessories, Gun Parts and Gunsmithing Tools - BROWNELLS

however....with a missing sideplate screw, I would curious who had been into the revolver and what were they attempting to do ?

The parts are not difficult to replace but someone knowledgeable and familiar with S&W revolvers should check it for you.

Sounds like a good buy !

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1st questions that come to mind are...
How well was the gun taken care of?
Why weren't the parts replaced before selling the gun?

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Cylinder release "nut" came off of niece's boyfriend's S&W .357. I had to get one from e-gunparts.com because Brownells was out of stock. While it looks like a screw, it is a "nut" cap with a slit for screwdriver. I do not remember if side plate screws are the same length. Good luck

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I have a chance to buy a nice-condition S&W Mod 65 .357 but it is missing one screw from the side plate and the cylinder release. I am curious about:
1. How difficult it is to purchase the necessary part(s) and
2. Ho difficlult is it to install them safely?

I am not a gunsmith, but am pretty familiar with semiautios, although I've never broken them down for more than cleaning. Can anyone offer any insight?

The gun is being offered for $235 as-is in nice condition.

Thanks.
S&W parts are easily available and cheap. As long as that is all that is wrong with the gun it's a good deal.
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I saw the exact same firearm at my local shop for $500 this weekend. Parts and even a gunsmith would make this a good deal, IF and that's the BIG IF, you want this particular piece. I just had a complete rebuild of a 9MM auto and it cost $115 at my local smith's. Ask around and see what they can do for you.

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+1 on the question whay weren't the screws replaced before sale. Easy to get more $ if the pistol has no issues. With the missing screws and no effort to replace them would make me wonder if there are other issues. Can you borrow the pistol and have it checked by a gunsmith before you buy? If not it's up to you, I always go with my first impression, if it doesn't feel right then pass, it it does then go for it.

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Thanks for all of the comments. The person who has the gun wasn't going to sell it until he had time to order the part and replace it, but I asked if he would be willing to sell it without the screw. In an effort to not have to deal with the replacement, he offered to sell it as-is for $235. I have been looking for a .357 and was really looking at a Ruger GP100 but they run around $550 new. The S&W 65 seems to be comparable. I can't look at it before I buy, but I have three days after I receive it to return it for full refund if I don't like it (provided I haven't fired it). The seller has a good reputation. I just didn't know if I was looking at a deal that was too good to pass up. If I have to spend another $250 to get it in working order, then I might as well just wait to buy the Ruger. If, however, this seems to be a relatively cheap part and a relatively inexpensive gunsmith job, then it might be a good deal after all. Thanks.

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If I remember, the "nut" was less that $12.00 with shipping. And the boy put it on himself. Now, at $235, I wonder what else is wrong.

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Very good question dan-fl. Definitely making me wonder. Thanks for the input.

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