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Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Berto, Jan 20, 2020.
I always loved the S&W 3913LS I once had..
Had a custom Kramer IWB..
Wish I had never sold it..
+1 for 3rd Gen Smiths. Nice collection.
I shot the 4516 some more today, even took a (lame) swipe at this months challenge. Ammo was S&B 230gr fmj. The gun functioned well shooting strong hand, weak hand and two handed (both dominant and weak grip). I detected one instance of sluggish slide return, but had no failures of any sort.
Aside from the monthly challenge part, I loaded the mags to capacity and topped off after chambering, no issues.
January challenge, 50ft
5 sec from low ready, 5 shots
Two hand dominant grip
Two handed weak grip
(20 shots total)
Not pretty, but gun held up its end.
I always enjoy your gun and range reports, you actually collect and shoot guns that interest an old fart.
Nice write ups - thanks! Sadly all my Gen 3 Smiths are gone. Great guns.
I always wanted a 3913. Last new one I saw was in a smokey gun store outside Canton, TX early 2000's. They wanted over $700 new. Expensive but I regret not getting it. Never shot a 3rd gen Smith.
So, after reading this thread, and some posts by 18DAI on a couple of other forums (besides GT) ...
I have the inclination to wear a belt gun as a retirement weapon this evening, and the one I picked out of the safe is my 'original' 4513TSW, meaning it has the cutaway grip to use the shorter original 6rd mags). I have a pair of 9's, .40's & .45's in 3rd gen models. Those 3rd gen's saw a lot of range use back when I was serving as an instructor.
Years of use of a variety of issued and personally-owned 3rd gen's (and having been trained as an armorer for them) has left me with a very healthy respect and admiration for their reliability, practical accuracy, ammunition tolerance and durability.
Berto you have all the cool stuff. Always wanted a 3913 but never got one. The others I've had, 4516 I always thought was a great size gun. I bought mine as LE trade in looked new and magazines were in close out bin for 5$ each.
Gotta love those all-steel 3rd Gen bad-boys!
They made the '80s & early '90s roar'