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Smith and Wesson revolver question...

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by JeremyK, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. JeremyK

    JeremyK Milwaukie Professional BA

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    Ok so, my mom wants to get my dad a Smith and Wesson Model 13 for his birthday in January. Being the "gun guy" of the family (my dad, also being a "gun guy", but to a lesser extent) my mom asked me to look into it for her, which I have been dutifully doing. My question is, being unfamiliar with Smith and Wesson revolvers, what does the -'insert number here' mean? For example; Model 29-2, Model 13-3? I've tried googling it, but I really don't know how to word my question in order to get the response I want out of the search. I assume -'insert number here' means a different configuration of the model...?
     
  2. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    You are correct, each number denotes a change in the model.
     
  3. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    The dash number indicates a engineering change.

    The Model 13: .357 Magnum M&P heavy Barrel.

    Produced 1974-1999

    13-1, 1974 special NYPD stamping
    13-2, 1977
    13-3, 1982 Eliminated the P&R feature.
    13-4, 1988 Several changes with out a dash number change.
    13-5, 1997


    A 13-2 or earlier model would be the gun I would look for.
     
  4. JeremyK

    JeremyK Milwaukie Professional BA

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    Awesome, good answer. Thanks builder!
     
  5. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The 13 is a fine gun--but is there any particular reason for the fixed sight 13 instead of the adjustable sighted 19?
     
  6. JeremyK

    JeremyK Milwaukie Professional BA

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    Its one of those "the one that got away" stories. Right up there with his Colt SAA "the one that got away" story. Obviously, the 13 would be hella easier (and cheaper) to obtain.