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3" S&W Mod. 13 Availability?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Deanimator, Jun 13, 2006.

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  1. Deanimator

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    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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  3. Ala Dan

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    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
     
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    I sent you a PM.

    John
     
  5. Bqnestle

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    I saw one just yesterday at a local Houston gun shop but they wanted a ton for it.
     
  6. Deanimator

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    I'm going to keep on eye out for them at the next few gunshows.
     
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    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
     
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    I'm thinking my best bet is some average joe at a gunshow, looking for a little money.
     
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    Good Luck, I got mine and Sorry but I won't sell, been tempted, but Naaaah.
     
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    I'm wondering if a pawn shop might be the place to go??????????
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Smith & Wesson 3" model 13's and 65's

    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
     
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    Amazingly enough, I obtained my 3" 65LS by trading one of my Mitchell Lugers!!

    No you ain't getting mine!! :rolleyes: ;)
     
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    How are those Mitchell Lugers? Are they as hideous as their [not very] High Standards? :D
     
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    Ok I will bite........what makes the model 13 so good?
     
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    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
     
  18. Coronach

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    I have one in 3", blued, RB. I love it. Sorry, not selling. :D

    Mike
     
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    Good luck. I had been looking for 3" 65s or 13s for over a year - then found one of each within a month!
     
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    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.
     
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    Marko, still got the PC13?

    And while I'm asking, wazzup with the 65 (HB) that turns into a 65LS (with shroud)? :p
     
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    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".
     
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    S&W model 13 3" Preformance Center

    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:)
     
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    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 2½" 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 2½" but with a full length ejector throw.

    I can understand why Colt made the Python with a 2½" 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.
     
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