I have the S&W 3913tsw. I have carried this as my daily carry gun for years. It has never malfunctioned and eats any ammo that I have run through it. I intentionally picked this weapon for my carry gun because of reliability, compactness and single stack mag. I use a Milt Sparks VMII and it disappears on my person. I love it. They have great reviews. Grab it.
Had one...and foolishly sold it for another "had to have" pistol. Which I also foolishly sold. Like Sixto said very overlooked handgun. Excellent build quality. You shoulfd buy it I have never heard anybody complain and wish they hadnt bought theirs.
The next negative comment I hear/read about the 3913, 3914, 3913LS, 3913NL will be the first! Do a search on this pistol on ANY gun forum you frequent and the response will be the same "BUY IT"!!!
My only experience is with the 908 I have. I'm not really impressed with the accuracy and the takedown-assembly is not as simple and easy as most modern pistols. It is reliable, never a problem, but it isn't really a gun I consider top tier. A lot would depend on the price. I'd compare it to similar guns such as the Kahr K9 or T9, compact Sigs, HK and Walther.
Great little semi. Congrats.
You might want to go to GunBroker.com and type in "S&W 3913" and also try "Smith Wesson 3913" and pick up some extra magazines (which are also excellent quality BTW)
Usually you can also find some assorted accessories AKA holsters at reasonable prices for the 3913.
That was my first carry gun. It was one of the first generation model and had a phillips head screw to hols the safety lever in place. Nothing I did would stop it from winding out, including red loc-tite. It was reasonably accurate and fairly reliable.
I've got one and it shoots great. Never had any feed issues or anything like that with it. I agree from the above post the single stack mag is great. I want to get a little shorter trigger on mine but other then that it's all metal, thin, and shoots great. Awesome gun to own. I'd say go for it if it's a good price!!!
The first handgun I ever bought was the DAO version of the 3913... the 3953. Got it used from a LEO that used it as his off duty/BUG. I love it. I have put some really crappy ammo (as well as good stuff) through it and it will eat anything. It has never jammed once and I have put at least 2000 rds through it in 10 yrs.... with the added Hogue grips its a pleasure to shoot. :hand10:
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...
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