Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: Model 13-3 The .357 Magnum Military & Police Heavy Barrel, Round Butt K-Frame
Serial Number: AAV9519
Year of Manufacture: 1982-1984 (13-3 introduced 1982, box has pre-1984 product code)
Caliber: .38 Special / .357 Magnum
Action Type: 6-Shot, Double / Single Action, Swing-Out Fluted Cylinder Hand Ejector Revolver.
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”, the right is marked “S.&W. 357 MAGNUM”, the right side of the frame has the four line Marcas Registradas and the left has the Smith & Wesson monogram logo. The left side of the grip frame is marked “G24″, “71543”, “D4” and “5”, the butt is marked with the serial number, the right is marked “K” in circle, “4745” and “N” in triangle. The yoke is marked “G24 / 71543”, the cut is marked “MOD. 13-3”. The rear face of the cylinder is marked “6” or “9”.
Barrel Length: 3” heavy barrel with un-shrouded ejector rod.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramp blade, which is integral to the barrel rib. The rear sight is a square notch, sitting before a “U” channel on the top strap of the frame.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered Magna walnut grips. The rear of the left panel has a scuff mark. There are a few light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The grips rate in about Fine-plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blued, with case colored smooth trigger and checkered hammer.
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright, the rifling is sharp, there is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. The cylinder has a faint turn line, just starting to go through the finish in a couple of spots. There are a few very light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder produces no side to side play with no back play in full lockup of all 6 chambers. The double action trigger pull is smooth, single action is crisp. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This revolver comes in a one-piece blue cardboard box with serial-matching end label, wax paper, plastic trigger post, cleaning rod and bronze-bristle brush and an assortment of factory paperwork including manual. The box has light wear at edges and corners with slight discoloration from age, in about Fine condition. The cleaning accessories are still in sealed plastic packaging. The paperwork has discolored slightly with age, in about Fine-plus condition.
Our Assessment: The Smith & Wesson Model 13 is a continuation of the model 10-6 prototype with a heavy barrel and unshrouded ejector rod. This example was made between 1982 and 1984 and is still in Excellent condition with its original box, cleaning tools and paperwork. The model 13 was popular as a carry and duty gun, being issued within the FBI in 1974 and 1986-1987, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and several other law enforcement agencies. In this condition, with its original accessories it will likely draw the eye of Smith & Wesson collectors, but this would make a fine carry, duty or home defense revolver. Please see our pictures and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This handgun CANNOT be transferred as a dealer sale in California. This handgun CAN be sold as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley shop.