Smith and Wesson 3913 Review

The Smith and Wesson 3913 is well known for accuracy and reliability. It is all metal with aluminum alloy frame, stainless slide, and stainless barrel. It has an ambidextrous safety/de-cocker lever, a slide release lever, a magazine release, and a magazine disconnect which disables the trigger when the magazine is removed. It is thin, at barely an inch wide, making it a favorite for concealed carry.

Smith and Wesson 3913

Smith and Wesson 3913

S&W 3913NL Bobbed Hammer

S&W 3913NL Bobbed Hammer

The sights are Novak 3 dot low profile with white dots. One feature I like is the rear dots are close together which I feel improves my accuracy.

S&W 3913 Compared to 3913LS

S&W 3913 Compared to 3913LS

The trigger is DA first shot with following shots SA. The difference between this pistol and others claiming to be double action is that the first shot is true double action. The hammer strikes every time the trigger is pulled just like a revolver. Trigger pull is very smooth with DA pull at about 10 lbs and SA pull at about four lbs. A short reset allows quick follow on shots.

S&W 3913NL and S&W 3913 LS

S&W 3913NL and S&W 3913 LS with Logo

The Smith & Wesson 3913 is a compact 9mm pistol that is available in four variations. The standard version is the 3913 with natural aluminum color frame with stainless slide. Other variations include the Smith & Wesson 3913LS Lady Smith which has a tapered frame that gives an attractive streamlined look. The Lady Smith is also distinguished by the “Lady Smith” logo engraved in the right side of the slide. The Smith & Wesson 3913NL is the same as the Lady Smith but without the logo. There is a tactical Smith and Wesson 3913TSW model that features a refined trigger pull, slightly different sight packages. different checkering, and the later models have a tactical rail. The TSW models sport a logo that reads “Tactical” on the left side of the slide. One other variation is called the Smith & Wesson 3914 which has a black frame and slide. All the 3913 models are of the S&W Gen 3 production manufactured between 1999 to 2006.

S&W 3913NL

S&W 3913NL

The Smith & Wesson Gen 3 models are identified by a four digit serial number that denotes caliber, single stack or double stack, finish, whether the trigger is double action only, or traditional DA/SA. For instance for the model 3913 the 39 indicates a 9mm single stack, and the 1 indicates that the trigger is traditional DA/SA. The 3 indicates an aluminum frame in natural aluminum color. A 3953 is the same gun but with double action only trigger. The 3914 model is the same gun but the 4 designates that the gun has a black anodized frame and black slide.

Smith and Wesson 3913 Model Variations
• 3913 – Standard model in natural aluminum and stainless color with tradition DA/SA trigger
• 3953 — Standard model in natural aluminum and stainless color with DA only trigger
• 3914 – Same as 3913 model but with black anodized frame, black slide, and DA/SA trigger
• 3913LS – Streamlined frame with Lady Smith logo on slide
• 3913NL – Streamlined frame with no Lady Smith logo on slide
• 3913TSW – A refined 3913 with Tactical logo on slide

S&W 3913 Specs
• Action: DA/SA
• Capacity: 8+1
• Weight empty: 24 oz
• Overall length: 6.75″
• Barrel length: 3.5″
• Height: 5.0″
• Grip thickness: 1.0″
• Sight radius: 5.5″
• Safety: External safety/de-cocker lever, Magazine disconnect

Push levers down to install slide

Push levers down to install slide

The 3913NL Disassembled

The 3913NL Disassembled


Smith & Wesson 3913NL 4 inch Group 7 yds

Smith & Wesson 3913NL 4 inch Group 7 yds

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