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The S & W Model 13 appreciation Thread

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Oyeboten, Apr 23, 2009.

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  1. Oyeboten

    Oyeboten Member

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    My first .357...and my first now-a-days Gun of any sort.

    Have not fired it yet...just got it this morning.

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    Anyway, 'Pinned and Recessed', a 13-2.

    The Gun and Ammo selling Pawn Shop, who did the FFL deed transfer for me, very nice people, on their bottomshelf, under some stuff, was a NOS Box of Peters
    .357, 158 grn, no price-tag, guy says "Ohhhh, hows about $25.00...", so I got it...which Ammo is about the right mid-to-late '70s vintage for the Pistol..."Perfect", so it's in the picture too.

    Thought it would be fun to have a Thread for the Model 13s to get some play and admires and discussion even.

    I know various members here have these tucked away...so, bring 'em out..!


    "Range Report" once I find somewhere to shoot...



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  2. LUPUS

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    Congrats for your real, old school SW 'Pinned and Recessed' revolver.
    I am sure you will enjoy it. Regards.
     
  3. tasco 74

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    i had a model 13-2 just like the one there for my first handgun.... i got it in 79 and shot it quite a bit... i liked the k-frame heavy barreled .357 magnum and i'd like to get another one... i traded mine and $100 for a 95% in the original box 1968 vintage s&w model 27-2 6 inch a few years ago.... ideally a mod 13-2 3" round grip would be the one for me......

    LIFE IS SHORT.....
     
  4. Oyeboten

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    Hi tasco 74,



    Yes...the 3" Round Butt is definitely a charmer.


    Originally, that is what I was after...then, I realized I also liked the 4" Square Butt...and, long story short, I decided which ever came first, opportuniy/finance-wise, was fine with me.

    So, the patient search for a 3" Round version, in a 13-1, or, 13-2, will continue..!


    Also, I've had thoughts about putting ( or having an able Smith, put ) a 4" Barrel, on an erstwhile 3", in order to have a 4", Round Butt Model.

    S & W should have offered that option!

    It had been popular with the old M&Ps and even into some of the Model 10s, and would be a very nice configuration.




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  5. keyboard commando

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    S&W Model 13

    Here's my 4". I would also like to find a three inch. :scrutiny:

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  6. Phydeaux642

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    I picked up a 3" round butt last year for $275. Man, that sounds nice everytime I say it.:D (Also pickd up a 4" square butt last year for $325.)
     
  7. Oyeboten

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    Yes...that does sound nice!

    Wish me similar good fortune on my Round-Butt quest!


    Phil
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  8. Windhover45

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    I managed to find a nice 3 inch round butt. Here it is, with a 2.5 inch M66.

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  9. wraco

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    Here's mine . . a Model 13-1

    Rod

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  10. camsdaddy

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    I have a 4" 13 myself. I love that gun I found it cheap in a pawn shop about a year ago. I like it but wanted a round butt so I modified the grip and installed pachymer round but grips and its awesome. I wish it were 3" but will never find a 3" for the price I found this one at. Its great IWB.
     
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    Sorry for digging up an old post. I had to pass this on. I was shooting some 38 reloads this weekend in my Model 13-1. I experienced my first squib load. I opened the cylinder to find the bullet stuck about a 1/4 inch into the barrell. This scared me. A guy I was shooting with called the guy that reloaded the ammo for a local store and he said it was the guns fault. How could it shoot a box of Remington 130gr FMJ just fine and then all of a sudden decide to be defective firing 115 gr HP. Im just curious and honestly dont know. He has offered to give me another box. I am worried though and will no longer trust his ammo and will always have that in the back of my mind if I go to carry my 13.
     
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    Bad load.

    DO NOT use the rest.

    DO NOT buy his again.

    DO REQUIRE a refund of cost of the box of 115 HP.

    ESPECIALLY since he's trying to blame the firearm for his screw-up.

    This is someone very dangerous.

    William
     
  13. camsdaddy

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    Well luckily the guy I was shooting with works for the local pd and is well respected in the law enforcement community and Glock,sig,...... certified. The guy who reloads is a deputy and the county buys a lot of range ammo from him. I dont think this will be a major problem. I know I wont shoot anymore of his stuff. I hope that I can regain trust in my gun.
     
  14. MK11

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    It ain't the gun. One more box of factory ammo should put any fears to rest.
     
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    +1.

    Don't even think for a moment that your gun had anything to do with it.
    Go shoot 100 rounds of factory ammo and you'll be happy again.
     
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    The only commercial eloads I've ever used or trusted are from Georgia Arms. I think your 13 is just fine.

    3" Model 13 prices seem to be all over the map, depending on the region. They range from low 300s to high 500s. I consider myself fortunate to have found this 13-3 3" a few months ago for $460 with box and papers. I've not put many rounds though it (not enough to trust it for carry duty), but it is a sweet shooter.


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  17. Oyeboten

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    Hi camsdaddy,


    If the Primer was struck well enough to detonate, then the 'squib' is definitely not the fault of your Revolver, but, the fault of the Cartridge contents, or, implicitly, the fault of the person who produced the Cartridge.


    Very possibly, he had ommitted the Powder/Propellant, and it was the Primer only which drove the Bullet shy of exiting the Barrel.

    As a re-loader, he would know that if the Bullet is driven part way into the Barrel, it is the result of faulty re-loading, or faulty Propellant/lack of propellant, and not the fault of the Gun.


    So...it sounds like this reloading person is not an honest fellow...to be deflecting responsibilty from himself onto you or your Revolver.


    P.S.


    I never have shot my Model 13!


    Put into Storage, and been busy, and finally joined a nice Shooting Club, where I have occasionally gone shooting with other Handguns, anyway...
     
  18. 1713

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    13-3 3" round butt with tytle t-grip. Picked up at local shop last year for $475.00. More than I should have paid but it was the gun I wanted.
     

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    A squib is the gun's fault?

    What planet is the guy from?

    Anyway...

    The 3-inch/Round Butt M13 is my all time favorite carry revolver...without reservation.
    I also picked up a 4-inch M65 about 3 weeks ago. Haven't had a chance to really wring it out, but it can't wait too much longer.
     
  20. Confederate

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    This experience shows that yes, these things happen, especially when using shoddy ammo (and for goodness sake, stay away from light, fast bullets -- they're just bad for the gun). And watch for things that feel or sound wrong. The gun we're talking about is in fine working condition because the shooter had the good sense to stop and check it out when something seemed wrong.

    The Model 19 is a remarkable gun, especially the early ones. It was the one gun I universally recommended to everyone who wanted a good home defense gun. Who could want more?

    Too often when people new to handgunning ask about home defense, some clown recommends a Glock 17, which is really a gun for experts who have years of observing stringent gun rules. The 19 is perfect for women, men and teenagers -- and it will provide years of trouble-free service. With the right ammo it will pack one of the greatest punches of any handgun caliber available (if not any handgun caliber, period).

    They ought to just crank these guns out by the tens of thousands. It's the VW Beetle of handguns, in my view.
     
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    Isn't the thread about Model 13? Not disputing about the Model 19, which is the same gun with adjustable sights?
     
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    Yes, and you are right about the 19 being the same with adjustable sights (and a shrouded ejector rod). Close enough!
     
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    I'd have paid $500 for that one in a heartbeat! Real nice and with the T grip about perfect. I carried one of those as a fed!
     
  24. Confederate

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    The bottom line is that they just don't make 'em like that anymore.

    Although the 19 has adjustable sights, there are advantages to fixed sights. The 13 is as close to a trouble-free gun as possible. I really wish I had one. I did at one time and really didn't know where my head was when I sold it.
     
  25. medic_guns

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    Beautiful 13 with the box. I just bought a model 65 3inch. Gave 465 plus shipping; no box, no tools. I'd pay that for a 13 in a heartbeat. Right now my carry rotation consists of the 65, a 36-7, and a colt lawman III with 2inch barrel. All have the low sights. Great guns. My colt is my favorite, though.
     
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