Smith & Wesson Model 1913

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Smith & Wesson Model 1913
Smith & Wesson Model 1913
Type Semi-automatic pistol[1]
Place of origin Belgium[2]
Production history
Designer Charles Philibert Clement[3]
Manufacturer Smith & Wesson[1]
Unit cost $16.50
Produced 1913-1921[1]
Number built 8,350[1]
Weight 22 oz (620 g)
Length 6.5 in (170 mm)
Barrel length 3.5 in (89 mm)

Caliber .35 S&W Auto[1]
Action Blowback-operated autoloader
Feed system 7-round magazine
Sights Round blade front; groove in barrel assembly rear

The Smith & Wesson Model 1913 is a center fire semi-automatic pistol introduced by Smith & Wesson in 1913. This pistol was also known as the model 35 which was produced from 1913 to 1921. Approximately 8,350 were built and this gun was chambered in the .35 S&W Auto cartridge.[1] It featured smooth wooden grip panels, a fully grooved slide with crossbolt lock stud, and an ambidextrous safety that was operated with the middle finger of the shooting hand.

The Model 1913 was the first semi-automatic produced by Smith & Wesson. It generally followed a design introduced by [Charles Philibert Clement][4] in 1903 initially chambered for the 5mm Clement and after 1906 for the .25 ACP.[1]

History and engineering changes[edit]

  • First Type—the original version as described above. The grip safety was operated by pressing it to the rear.
  • Second Type—the grip safety was redesigned so that it had to be pushed to the left and rearward.
  • Third Type—the grip safety was changed back to the original style of operation.
  • Fourth Type—the magazine catch was redesigned.
  • Fifth Type—used a heavier recoil spring and wider slide crossbolt lock.
  • Sixth Type—the shape of the recoil spring channel was changed, and the sides of the slide were extended so they overlapped the sides of the frame.
  • Seventh Type—the S&W stamp on the frame flat behind the grip was discontinued.
  • Eighth Type—the caliber markings were moved from the left side of the barrel to the right, and the left was marked "Smith & Wesson."


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Supica, Jim S&W .35-cal. Semi-Auto on page 21 of February 2002 American Rifleman magazine
  2. ^ Boorman, Dean K "The History of Smith & Wesson Firearms" page 56
  3. ^ Boorman, Dean K "The History of Smith & Wesson Firearms" page 56
  4. ^ Boorman, Dean K "The History of Smith & Wesson Firearms" page 56

Boorman, Dean K "The History of Smith & Wesson Firearms" page 56