S&W 100 Year Commemorative 1913 and 1911 Pistols

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The official SHOT Show GunBroker Pistol Auction this year is for a S&W 1913, their first automatic pistol, and an engraved S&W Model 1911. They commemorate 100 years of S&W making automatic pistols.

Smith & Wesson introduced its first “automatic” handgun–as it was known in 1913–with the Model 1913 “.35 Automatic Pistol “. The 2013 SHOT Show auction will commemorate Smith & Wesson’s 100 years of semi-automatic handgun production by pairing a new-condition Model 1913 .35 Auto with a modern-manufacture and appropriately engraved Smith & Wesson Model 1911.

The Model 1913 pistol selected to represent the first year of the 100-year span is a certified “New Condition” .35 auto in original box with owner’s manual. The condition of the pistol has been verified by author and official Smith & Wesson historian, Roy Jinks.

The modern end of the 100-year history is represented by a factory-engraved stainless E-series Model 1911.

The right side of this one-of-a-kind pistol features gold engraving proclaiming “1913-2013- 100 Years of Semi-Auto Leadership”. The rear of the slide features a gold Smith & Wesson logo.

The left side of this impressive pistol features the gold inscription “Smith & Wesson–Where Innovation is Automatic”. The rear of the slide
proclaims “One of One” in gold engraving.

The two handguns will be on display in the Smith & Wesson booth at the 2013 SHOT Show and the high bidder will receive the custom display case used at the Show. The impressive case was custom created by Brookfield Case Company of Coopersville, Michigan. Laser-engraved in the side of the display is the inscription:

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  • noob

    Looking at the 1913 vs the 1911, it seems that JMB at Colt was showing the semi-auto leadership.

    if they’d had the 1913 next to the M&P sold as an engraved pair with consecutive serial numbers then that would make a nice collection.

    • noob

      ah wait, the 1913 is in “new condition” not “new manufacture” that makes it a lot more valuable.

      sorry about my above post.

  • Janis Petke

    That looks horrible.
    The Hitman’s gun is bested.
    http://unblinkingeye.com/Guns/HMG/hmg.html

  • bbmg

    It seems odd to commemorate your own automatic pistol manufacture with another manufacturer’s design…

  • JAFO

    That would be commemorating 100 years of making SEMI-AUTOMATIC pistols..
    come on, Firearm blog, be accurate- unless you plan to submit this for a writing gig at CNN, USA Today, et al?

    • brianinca

      John Browning called them Automatic Pistols, because they reload themselves automatically. ACP=Automatic Colt Pistol.

      Pistols != Rifles, etc.

      You’re mistaken.

      Regards,
      Brian in CA

    • bbmg

      Semi automatic fires every time you pull the trigger, fully automatic fires as long as the trigger is pressed – but both are referred to as “automatics” so I don’t see the issue here.

  • Esh325

    Why do companies make commemorative guns even though most people hate them?

    • gunslinger

      i like them… problem is that i don’t have the $$ to buy them. They are more for show right?

  • Mike Knox

    Looks like it belongs in a fancy English kitchen..