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Old 11-13-2020, 05:41 PM
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I landed a somewhat unusual Heavy Barrel Model 64-1. The unusual part is that it is cambered in .357. It's my understanding that there was a limited run of these and that they were prototypes for the 65. Came with smooth targets, but I swapped them out for some Culina magnas for now.
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Very nice.

They were not actually "prototypes." They resulted from a special order by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in 1972. The history is similar to the Model 10-6 .357 Magnum ordered by the NY State Police. Both guns were chambered differently from standard for the model, due to the LE special order. Both eventually resulted in a new model line (Model 65-1 in the case of the stainless gun, and Model 13-1 in the case of the carbon steel revolver).
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Nice gun

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Thanks Jack, I was just going by what I read in the Standard Catalog. It stated they were the prototypes for 65, but believe me, I'm just a novice beginner


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They were not actually "prototypes." They resulted from a special order by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in 1972. The history is similar to the Model 10-6 .357 Magnum ordered by the NY State Police. Both guns were chambered differently from standard for the model, due to the LE special order. Both eventually resulted in a new model line (Model 65-1 in the case of the stainless gun, and Model 13-1 in the case of the carbon steel revolver).
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I was just going by what I read in the Standard Catalog. It stated they were the prototypes for 65
Sure. I get it. And "prototype" can be used as a synonym for "archetype," which seems to be the way Supica and Nahas use the word in the Standard Catalog.

But in industry-speak, we usually mean "a first full-scale and functional form of a new type or design of a construction." In other words, not a production model, but the first working example of a machine intended for full production.

Anyway, I wanted an excuse to tell you a little of the history.
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Thanks again Jack, I do appreciate the history, trying to soak it all in!

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Sure. I get it. And "prototype" can be used as a synonym for "archetype," which seems to be the way Supica and Nahas use the word in the Standard Catalog.

But in industry-speak, we usually mean "a first full-scale and functional form of a new type or design of a construction." In other words, not a production model, but the first working example of a machine intended for full production.

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Very, very nice pristine revolver. Congratulations. You will like that one. I have a Model 65-2 that is a very good shooter.
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Sweet revolver congrats.
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