In honor of both the "languishing" and "is 6 enough" threads...


March 15, 2013, 09:24 PM
My latest pickup.

The S&W 13-1 heavy barrel M&P in .357 magnum.

She is one of the pinned-barrel and recessed-cylinder guns, and I had to have her. There is zero flame-cutting, and only a bit of muzzle love from a mystery holster detracts from *great* blueing.

The turn line is mostly mine from dry-firing here and there over the last couple weeks; I don’t think this one has been shot much. She's possibly a refugee from the recent panic AR buying: the old gal came from the most “tactical” of my LGS, and was in the trade-in case, along with a number of other equally tasty, older safe-queen wheelies.

Coming from somewhere in the 13-1’s 1974-1977 run, this thing has definitely aged better than I have over the last 4 decades or so:

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March 15, 2013, 11:20 PM


March 15, 2013, 11:25 PM
I'll probably lose a lot of face with the REAL revolver guys when I say this, but I really LIKE the heavy-barrels.

My first revolver love was a pal's heavy-barrel Model 10 that looked a whole lot like that and had the sweetest DA trigger I'd ever felt or have since.

That's a beauty! :)

March 16, 2013, 12:25 AM
I have always had a certain fondness for the heavy barrel K frames, especially the Model 13. Just the right amount of weight out front to balance the gun perfectly in my hand.

March 16, 2013, 01:44 AM
Feed it 140-158 gr. loads. Avoid 110-125 gr. loads like the plague and you will never have any flame cutting. It will live longer than you. Very nice revolver. They will never make these guns again.

March 16, 2013, 11:36 AM
That remains my idea of the perfect K frame with the Model 65 a close second. Congrats!

March 16, 2013, 03:10 PM
^^^Would now be the time to mention that I also have a 3" round butt 65-3?


I do like K-frames! And, yes, I keep the .357 stuff to 145 silvertip or above, grain wise. They aren't making any more of them, true...

March 16, 2013, 03:45 PM
You're just trying to get the old green eyed monster out of me, eh? :D Good for you, I hope I can find a 3" 65 someday when I have the money. That would make an excellent companion for my 625 Mountain Gun.

March 16, 2013, 04:33 PM
Well, back atcha: a mountain gun would be next, if I could find one at a good price.

The one that got away-probably a decade ago-was an affordable 3" RB 13. Those are commanding real money these days.

March 17, 2013, 02:28 AM
Love my 3" 13-3 round butt. It was the only one I've ever seen for sale. I put a Benjamin down on it a couple of years ago, and paid it off with my tax return. Think I'll go get it out of the safe. :D

March 17, 2013, 09:49 AM
Looks great!

I'm on a bit of a revolver kick lately.....

bought 2 model 66 snubs and one 442 j-frame in the past three weeks!!

Had to sell off some plastic-fantastics to do it.......but the whole "evil gun" scare has me thinking of steel revolvers again!

March 18, 2013, 12:05 PM
Hey! What happened to the "Drool Alert" protocal? Dangit now I need to git a mop (grumble..grumble) Super sweet acquisition :what:

March 18, 2013, 07:30 PM
Sweet. Love the Fixed Sight models. Would like to have one in 3".

March 19, 2013, 07:29 AM
Just last week I purchased its brother : a 4" mod13-2.

Now I've been shooting handguns for more than 30 years & handled most manners of S&W's (among many others)., but it seems I never experienced such pure double action joy until, last sunday, I shot it with every kind of .38 Spl ammo I had around.

Just out of curiosity ansd if you don't mind : how much did you pay for yours ?
Mine was € 200.00 (about US $ 260.00)

March 20, 2013, 12:10 AM
I like heavy barrel K frames a lot. 3" RB 13s and 65s make me giddy, and I'm mostly a Colt fan. Well, ok, I'm mostly a fan of any good revolver, regardless of color/brand/nationality.
I'm an equal opportunity wheelgunner. (Feel free to rip me off on that one)

March 20, 2013, 01:35 AM
Thanks for the comments, folks. I just christened her with a retake of a half-day range only defensive handgun course last weekend: flying colors over 250 rounds. I was the only wheelgunner out of 16 participants. Sure, I had to work a bit harder for all the reloading stages, but I was rewarded many times over with the user-friendly flat black sight picture, smooth trigger and *excellent* accuracy.

Frankly, If you can't get the hits with a 4" .38/.357 wheelgun in good working order, you just can't get the hits: these things are boringly easy to group with even under time pressure. The first drill of the morning was "put 5 shots into 1 hole on white paper at 4 yards" after which, the instructor diagnosed each shooter's group for the class. When he got to my stall-the only one with all holes touching, he just kept walking past it to the next stall with the comment "that's a great group..."

I've shot classes with about half of those people before, and I know several of them are flat-out better shots; they just are.

They just happened to be under gunned for the accuracy drills that day.

Love those old K-frames.

Oh, and Chriske, I don't care where in the world you live: $260 is pure, unadulterated highway robbery in any language! I payed more than that, for sure, and will gladly do so again next chance I have.

March 20, 2013, 11:31 AM
Chriske - I paid twice that for my 3". Just for a bit of perspective.

Thaddeus Jones
March 20, 2013, 11:38 AM
That is a beautiful sixgun. Congrats! :)

Old school perfection, IMO.

March 20, 2013, 02:01 PM
Old school perfection, IMO.

Thanks. One flavor of it, for sure...

March 20, 2013, 06:40 PM
I've always been able to shoot revolvers better than bottom feeders, regardless of how much I love bottom feeders.
I'm an equal opportunity gun nut.

March 20, 2013, 11:36 PM
I'll probably lose a lot of face with the REAL revolver guys when I say this, but I really LIKE the heavy-barrels.

Not with me. ;) I feel the same way. I've always felt the Heavy Barrel models were better balanced and offered a little more in the way of controllability for rapid shots strings.

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