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Picked up another K frame

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by armedcitizen, Jun 5, 2006.

  1. armedcitizen

    armedcitizen Well-Known Member

    Stopped by the shop last week on a whim, found this that someone had traded the day before. 1977 13-1, pinned and recessed. Other than the grips, she's a beauty. Grips will be replaced soon. This is my first pinned and recessed Smith--a nice addition to my small collection.

  2. miko

    miko Well-Known Member

    But what the heck is "pinned and recessed"?

  3. armedcitizen

    armedcitizen Well-Known Member

    I had the same question a few months back!

    Pinned and recessed=barrel is pinned to the frame, back of cylinder is recessed so cartridges sit flush with the cylinder.

    Someone with more knowledge than me can tell you when Smith stopped doing this.

    Here's the thread from last year. Bluesbear has a good pic posted in it that shows the difference:

  4. JNewell

    JNewell Well-Known Member

    Did the same this weekend with a 3" Model 65-3 which is right at the very beginning of the non-P&R production. I really like these K-frames. It joins a 66-1 2 1/2" and a 13-5 3".
  5. Shear_stress

    Shear_stress Well-Known Member

    Great catch!
  6. Huskerz85

    Huskerz85 Member

    Nice looking grips in that pic.........K's are always beauts there. Enjoy shooting :)
  7. Croyance

    Croyance Well-Known Member

    S&W pinned the barrel initially because they thought it might unscrew from the force of a .357 magnum.
    The recessed cylinders were to give more support to the base of the case.
    It was found that neither was necessary and so they disappeared in a cloud of cost cutting.

    They might not be needed, but they seem to be taken as signs of an era when more time was taken for workmanship - just like the flat serrated trigger on that 13-1. I just like the look of the recessed cylinders.
  8. xx78

    xx78 Well-Known Member

    Good looking Smith. Enjoy your new M 13-1 in good health.
  9. dispatch

    dispatch Well-Known Member

    K Frame

    A man can never have too many. Nice looking revolver!
  10. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member

    K-frames are addictive. I picked up a 65-3 4" ($280) in February and just last week a 19-4 4" ($199). Amazing how folks will unload these artworks to the local gunstore for pennies. I just can't understand how beat-up 2nd gen Glock 9mm can demand more money than a 95-98% K-frame. The used market is a funny thing. Now I just need to find someone who doesn't know anything about their 5-screw M29;)
  11. robert garner

    robert garner Well-Known Member

    whats wrong with the grips?
    They would go well on my sons k-22,,nudge nudge,hint hint!

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