Bought one when they first came out, sold it. About 3 years ago I bought a 3913 and a 3953 'cause I missed the first one so much. I currently carry the 3913 in a HBE Com III. Never had a single malfunction, has fired everything I put into it. Why S&W quit making it is beyond me. I would gladly pay $500 for one in like new condition.
I recently traded my Sig P229 for a S&W3913 +$$$. The 3913 is the perfect gun for CCW, IMHO. A couple of buddies think I am crazy for getting rid of the Sig, but I want what works for me. I am really happy with mine.
I own one - it's the wifey's carry piece. Dead on reliable, easy to hide, weighs very little yet has very controllable mild recoil. However, it WILL stovepipe if you limpwrist it.
The DA mode is STIFF STIFF STIFF - get you a Wolff hammer spring replacement. The spring comes as a 2-spring kit with a lighter firing pin spring as well.
The grips are smallish and if you have huge hands like I do and prefer fat guns, the 3913 will try to "twist around" in your grip if you aren't careful to remember what gun you're holding. Plays havoc with your POA/POI but you can get comfortable with it eventually.
Some people don't like the spurless hammer, I believe that you can replace the hammer with one from a 5900 series.
The single side safety can be replaced with a double safety from the 6906. Supposedly it's a drop-in.
Polish the feedramp with jeweler's rouge until it shines. DO NOT "rework" the shape, just polish. IMO, it's more reliable for feeding hollowpoints - not that the factory finish won't feed everything reliably anyway. And it looks cool.
GREASE and GREASE ONLY on the rails. Not kidding, you WILL gall the frame rails if you only use oil. My philosophy is grease on the outside parts, oil on the inside ones. My 3913 and 6906 have several thousand rounds through them, no failures to speak of and they still look factory fresh.
Back in '90-91, I read a review of the 3913 by Masaad Ayoob that was nothing but praise for the compact pistol. I had never bought a gun without firing that particular model, but had my dealer order one.
It is one of the only pistols I would never sell. I use Eezox for lubrication, and have not had any problem with rail wear.
Gotta agree w/ most folks here - Great pistol for CCW - Single stack, respectable caliber, perfect size, reliable as heck... It's got a whole lot going for it...
A close buddy of mine has had 2 over the course of the past 7 years or so (He sold each before being deployed to the sandbox two separate times - Even though I offered to hold them in the safe for him). He never had any type of malfunction with it, that I am aware of (and we usually shot together).
I always secretly envied that 3913 of his - I was carrying a G27 at the time, and loved how slim the Smith was in comparison... That slimness is part of what steered me towards my current fondness for single-stack carry pieces (and, I admit - the 9mm cartridge!)...
I wish I had bought one of his 2 3913's - I guarantee one or both would still be w/ me! Great gun...
I bought one by luck as my first pistol 10+ years ago. The only reason I do not still have it is my wife loves it as well and her confidence means the world. I have no complaints I never knew that pistols could malfunction or that small compact are unreliable or inaccurate this things been flawless. I will never part with my 3913tsw it has been with me through some good times and some bad. Hmm maybe I should look for another.
I have two 3913 LS models, and would add another in a heartbeat.
They are very flat, very nice single stack 9mm carry guns. Getting harder to find all the time.............
My wife has one. I must say it has handled every kind of ammo I could throw at it.
Originally Posted by jwhite75
+1! The only sale of a gun that I regretted.
Grady was nice enough to let us fondle one. Trying to get my sweetie used to a semi. I may have set the market for 3913s on the net.
I have a 3914, blued version, that I really like. I had the action done and added Hogue grips...the factory ones are too small for my hands. It is my most carried gun now, since I carry it at work. Really great combination of weight, size and power for my use.
I have a 3913 LS and like others, I love the size, weight, the reliability and how thin it is. The trigger on mine is very heavy in double-action, and way too long in single action. Is it just mine, or have others experienced this? If so, were you able to find an inexpensive fix?
Wolff has spring kits that will reduce the DA trigger pull to something more finger-friendly. Cost is around $50 or so.
Originally Posted by sintered
Are you talking about trigger creep in SA mode? My wife's LS doesn't creep at all, has no overtravel, and has a VERY fast reset. However, the LS's have a "trigger job" from the factory. I don't know if the non-LS models have this as well. IF you don't like the SA trigger, I'd suggest having a competent smith take a look at it.
Thanks for the response, Rob. I will look into the wolf springs. Single action, the travel is long, almost to the frame, and then long to reset.
I had a 4013 (same gun .40 S&W) and sold it earlier this year to buy a Glock 27. I just did not like the long double action 1st shot then single action shots thereafter. I like my auto's, (XD and Glocks) to have the same trigger pull on each shot.