3" S&W Mod. 13 Availability?


June 13, 2006, 02:17 PM
Does anybody know what the general availability of 3" Model 13s is these days? There are a few gunshows coming up in the next few months, and I was wondering how hard these are to find these days. What are they running, typically.

I don't care for stainless steel, but I'd consider a Model 65 3" if the price were really attractive.

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June 13, 2006, 02:36 PM
Check www.allans-armory.com to see if he has any left.

Ala Dan
June 13, 2006, 03:10 PM
Greeting's All-

I think that you will find that 3" S&W model 13's and 65's are kind'a extinct;
persons that have 'em don't want let go of 'em~!:uhoh: Good luck at the
gun show~!:D

June 13, 2006, 03:54 PM
I sent you a PM.


June 13, 2006, 04:10 PM
I saw one just yesterday at a local Houston gun shop but they wanted a ton for it.

June 13, 2006, 09:58 PM
I'm going to keep on eye out for them at the next few gunshows.

Steve 48
June 14, 2006, 09:52 AM
If people are like me, I keep them. I have a Model 13 in both 3 and 4 inch models. Wouldn't sell them for any price. I bought them many years ago and they are quite difficult to find in the market. I would try the auction sites on the web. Steve 48

June 14, 2006, 10:24 AM
I'm thinking my best bet is some average joe at a gunshow, looking for a little money.

Brian Williams
June 14, 2006, 12:30 PM
Good Luck, I got mine and Sorry but I won't sell, been tempted, but Naaaah.

June 14, 2006, 03:50 PM
I'm wondering if a pawn shop might be the place to go??????????

pete f
June 14, 2006, 04:34 PM
Dont know where you are, but here in minnesota we get them once in a while at the police supply places as takebacks. I just bought two, one in nickel and one in blue for about $250 for both. The nickel was in good shape, the blue was tight but had serious finish issues.

June 14, 2006, 05:50 PM
I don't think there are any pawnshops in this part of Ohio that sell guns. Even if there were, my experience with pawnshops in the Ft. Knox area was decidely negative. Mostly overpriced junk, sold by greedy, ignorant jerks. Might be different where you live.

Finish wear is of little consequence to me as long as the gun is functionally sound. I could always have it refinished.

Again, thanks to those who've offered suggestions.

Ala Dan
June 14, 2006, 09:15 PM
I always keep an eye out for 3" model 13's and 65's; cuz I know if I have
too pass on one, there is always some of my friends here at THR that are
look'in for one~!:D

June 14, 2006, 10:19 PM
Amazingly enough, I obtained my 3" 65LS by trading one of my Mitchell Lugers!!

No you ain't getting mine!! :rolleyes: ;)

June 15, 2006, 09:07 AM
Amazingly enough, I obtained my 3" 65LS by trading one of my Mitchell Lugers!!

How are those Mitchell Lugers? Are they as hideous as their [not very] High Standards? :D

June 15, 2006, 12:22 PM
Ok I will bite........what makes the model 13 so good?

Brian Williams
June 15, 2006, 12:48 PM
It is a Blued Steel Mid frame S&W chambered in 357 with a 3" heavy barrel. Most Revolver types prefer a Blue and Wood gun. While it is smaller than most revolvers in large enough calibers for solid Self-defense/Law enforcement work, it is at the right point for power and concealment. A 3" S&W 13 is just about the same size as a "full sized 1911" and it fits the hand and holster real well.

Besides the FBI carried them for a while in the 70's

June 15, 2006, 12:59 PM
I have one in 3", blued, RB. I love it. Sorry, not selling. :D


June 15, 2006, 02:02 PM
Good luck. I had been looking for 3" 65s or 13s for over a year - then found one of each within a month!

Marko Kloos
June 15, 2006, 02:43 PM
Three-inch Model 13 is the berries for CCW...mine's not for sale. Best combination of power, balance, portability and reliability you can stick in a holster.

June 15, 2006, 08:40 PM
Marko, still got the PC13?

And while I'm asking, wazzup with the 65 (HB) that turns into a 65LS (with shroud)? :p

June 15, 2006, 10:03 PM
Keep looking and good luck. In my opinion, worth the wait and effort. My 3" model 65 is my ever popular: "One gun I would keep if I had to get rid of all but one".

June 16, 2006, 12:29 PM
I agree, the M13 3" is the perfect balance for CCW. I was lucky to get two when first started collecting wheel guns. One is a safe queen, and the other is daily carry sharing time with a Walther P99 40S&W. I feel very well armed in any situation. Keep looking and you will be glad you did:)

June 16, 2006, 02:01 PM
Another vote for the 3" barrel. Whether it be a K frame, L frame or even N-frame the 3" barrel is a great combination of great handling and concealability.
My 3" model 29 handles much better than the 4" version and is much easier to conceal.

In small bores, the only other gun that come close to the 3" S&W 13/65 is the 3" Colt Detective Special or Cobra.

I could never understand why S&W made the Model 19 with a 2" barrel. It never made sense to me. If you're going to have to shorten the ejector rod they why not go ahead and made it an even 2" like my Colt Lawman.
But if you make it 3" you still have the same concealability of the 2" but with a full length ejector throw.

I can understand why Colt made the Python with a 2" tube. That put the muzzle just past the end of the ejector rod. But even the Python balanced much better with the rare 3" barrel.

At least that's my opinion.

June 16, 2006, 04:50 PM
HEY CM - Check out this link for a 3" 65LS it would look cute alongside your 29 http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=50870141 and this one for a ratty but cheap Model 13http://www.gunsamerica.com/guns/976636407.htm

edited by JB
oops: wrong barrel length on the 13 - never mind.

June 16, 2006, 06:56 PM
Check out this link for a 3" 65LS
Oh man, hate that shrouded rod! It looks like a Ruger!:eek:

There's a Medina, OH gunshow coming up next week... the day after payday! I never find anything odd or unusual there, but this is exactly the kind of thing I'd expect to find, and maybe for not much money.

June 16, 2006, 07:33 PM
Here's the one I saw...beyond pricey but it was in great shape.


June 16, 2006, 09:03 PM
:what: Yikes, for that much you can buy a PC13.

June 16, 2006, 09:21 PM
Pm sent

June 16, 2006, 11:49 PM
How are those Mitchell Lugers? Are they as hideous as their [not very] High Standards?

Actually, they are quite good and are beginning to become collectables in their own right.
They are copies of the 1936 Mauser. Since I already had an original 1936 Mauser AND another Mitchel Luger, the choice to trade was easy!!

You STILL ain't getting my 65LS!!! :neener:

June 17, 2006, 10:07 AM
You STILL ain't getting my 65LS!!!
Actually, I'd rather have a Luger! :D

June 17, 2006, 02:58 PM
I was at my local gunshop today. He had a 3" 65-5 in the case. He was busy, so I didn't look at it too close. Showed some scratches and honest wear. $425 He'll take less, maybe.

I'd be glad to go check it out if anyone's interested.


There's a link to his email at the above site.

June 17, 2006, 11:50 PM
PC13? Oh do tell. never seen one of those.

June 18, 2006, 07:08 PM
You can start here (http://booksbikesboomsticks.blogspot.com/2005/12/boomsticks-gratuitous-gun-pr0n-no-14.html) or here (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=36481&highlight=pc13)

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