S&w 65-2

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by Chainfire, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

    Hi folks,

    I am rather new to the revolver world, most of my handguns have been autos.

    I picked up a really nice S&W model 65-2, SS .357 revolver, in a pawn shop. The serial number indicates it was made in 1982. This revolver has a screw adjustment for the mainspring, located near the bottom of the front strap. You can adjust the trigger pull from "blow on it" to two hand trigger pull.

    Is this a standard feature for this gun?

    Also, some former owner buggered up some of the action screws that I would like to replace (with the proper screwdriver), and I have not located a source. I tried Numerich and Bob's, with no luck.

    This gun really kind of hacked me off. The first time I shot it, I shot it better than the 1911 pistol I have carried and shot for years. I believe this revolver has a homing divice of some sort for the bullets.;)

    Any help is appreciated.
  2. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

    What's the barrel length? Bet it isn't a snubby!

    ALL my guns shoot better than me, my M19-3 shoots 10X better than me!

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    That is NOT an adjustment screw. It maintains tension on the hammer spring. Backing it out DOES lighten trigger pull. It ALSO lightens the force with which the hammer falls- all the way to "too light to fire the primer".

    Screw that puppy back down!

    The trigger pull CAN be improved- by stoning the mating parts for a smoother movement. It does NOT involve removing metal from parts, it is BURNISHING parts- and not a good home gunsmithing project for a novice- it is far too easy to change angles on parts, rendering the gun unsafe. And do not let a Dremel in the same room with your revolver.

    The model 65 was the standard sidearm for my department, and is a VERY good handgun- exceeded only by the Model 66. For screws, you might try customer service at S&W- 1-800-331-0852 (USA).

    Most are more accurate than the average shooter- and action improves as the gun is shot- parts wearing in. Really good revolvers- good choice!
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2011
  4. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    The strain screw is to be screwed ALL THE WAY IN. It is factory set to give 3.75 # of mainspring tension. That is the level required to reliably touch off Magnum primers.

    BTW the M-65 is my favorite K-frame.
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2011
  5. Wambli

    Wambli New Member

    EXCELLENT gun! Midway USA carries some of the screws for the 65 and they will special order, Brownells will too. Check them here:
    Gunsmithing - Shop Gunsmithing Tools & Supplies at MidwayUSA