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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.

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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