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Short 65's

July 21 2009 at 1:20 PM
MDriskill  (Login MDriskill)
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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.

LATE EDIT:
While Mr. Nygord's famous match performance with the short-barreled 65 no doubt gave it a lot of "street cred," the story of his "inventing" it appears to be mostly advertising hype. FWB in fact manufactured short-barreled "Junior" 65's from the early days of its production.


    
This message has been edited by MDriskill on Aug 30, 2017 6:36 AM


 
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