By Bob Walsh
The Gun of the Week this time around is Smith and Wesson model 4513 TSW .45 ACP pistol.
This is a large-frame relatively compact pistol. It features a 3.75 inch barrel and is 7.75 inches in length overall. It weighs just a tad over 28 ounces with an empty magazine inserted. Mine has Trijicon three-dot night sights fitted to it. Both the front and rear sights are dovetailed so the weapon can be adjusted for windage.
This pistol was produced from about 1998 thru 2004. An earlier version did not have the accessory rail and, if I remember correctly held only six rounds. This one does, and the magazine is a single-stack arrangement that holds seven rounds. The pistol does have a magazine safety.
The grips are a synthetic called Derlin and wrap completely around the back of the gun. It has a manual decocker and a spurless hammer. This one actually has a pretty decent double-action trigger pull, as do most S&W automatics of this general DA/SA type.
I bought this used at a pretty decent price and it had some issues that required a good gunsmith to correct. The slide-stop pin walked out of the gun under recoil, sometimes with as few as ten or twelve rounds. This was apparently caused by considerable use and required the recoil stop to be welded up and reformed. Buying used, discontinued guns has some risk.