I don’t have anything profound for the blog today due to acute finish-this-damn-novelitis, so here’s a picture of a proper fighting sixgun instead:
For the gun geeks: it’s my S&W Model 13, which a bunch of you have already seen a bunch of times. This is the FBI issue gun of old, the three-inch heavy barrel version of the M13. It’s been my main and only carry gun for a few years now. (There’s a S&W Model 10 locked away in a case upstairs that is pretty much the fraternal twin to this M13–same barrel length, and the same Pachmayr Compac Pro rubbers–but that one’s strictly a hot spare.)
The leather is a DeSantis Speed Scabbard and “Second Six” speedloader carrier, and the rounds in the speed strips are Winchester .38 Special +P Silvertips. The cylinder is generally stuffed with the time-tested .38 Special LSWCHP +P 158-grain load. The M13 is chambered in .357 Magnum, but I carry .38 Specials for less recoil and faster recovery. With a 33-ounce steel frame, even +P loads are easy to control.
She’s not much to look at, with the worn finish and those un-flashy Pachmayr grips, but we’re pretty used to each other at this point, and she’ll put ’em right where I want ’em. Blue Book values aside, there’s nothing on the shelf of any gun store anywhere that could tempt me into trading this old thing for it.