Sorry for the long delay but I finally got the chance of testing my new/old Mod 65 (4' barrel, ramp sight) at the last IDPA match.
My fellow shooters, aware of my shortcomings as a shooter, were less than thrilled when I showed up with a wheel gun. but I managed to find a dedicated SO who did not mind running me.
I shot with the gun at a range but I don't mind much the results in a static & tranquil enviroment. I like to see how well I do with a gun on the move and a bit under stress. The first stage was disastrous! but I was amazed at the control I had on the gun. I guess being a 4 incher and a massive steel work by S&W, the darn thing was pretty controlable. Recoil was the last thing on my mind after the first few shots. As a long time semi-suto shooter, I found unerving going 'click' so quick. I practiced relaods at home but again, on a match, it was confusing at first and I looked like somebody trying to shove a brick through a straw. At the end of the match, I was doing average but missed a target altogether (10 points dow plus failure to neutralize) but not because of the gun but because I didn't see the darn thing.
The trigger is as it came from the gunshop, no modifications but I found it not bad at all. I have shot smis with worse triggers. Muzzle climb was minimun for me and short and medium range targets were being hit in the A Zones (sometimes ). As for long range targets (25 yards and longer).... Ouch! I sucked. I have problems with the ramp sight and I am still trying to figure out where the darn thing has to go so I can hit the paper.
Single action trigger is light! I don't have a trigger scale but I'd guess 4.5 Lbs or 5. Great for shots that need you steady.
Overall, I love the gun. It is solid, smooth and hits the intended target when I can figure out where to put the front sight. I painted the ramp with green luminescent paint and it stays with the wife on her side of the bed when not in use by me. A friend reccomended the intallation of a XS 1911 sight but implies some $250 worth of gunsmithing that I can't do right now.