Short 65'sJuly 21 2009 at 1:20 PM
|MDriskill (Login MDriskill)|
Response to thank you for that very informative report.
Larry, Jim E may need to fill us in on some dates and details, but the late great Don Nygord was, I believe, the first to use a custom-made FWB 65 with short barrel in high-level competition. I think he won a world championship and did indeed set or tie the then-current world record.
Beeman highly touted the factory-made shorty version, the so-called "Mark 2," as a match gun, but FWB themselves simply called it the "Junior" and didn't give it much fanfare (the "Mark" numbers, again, were strictly a Beeman invention). By then FWB had the model 80, intended to be a more advanced paper-puncher, and marketed the 65 more as a cheaper beginner's pistol.
It's interesting to note that the 65 outlived both the model 80 (and the later model 90 with electronic trigger) in production, though.