Smith & Wesson introduced its first "automatic" handgun-as it was known in 1913-with the Model 1913 .35 Automatic pistol. The iconic handgun maker will commemorate 100 years of semi-automatic handgun production in 2013 with a pair of pistols symbolically paired for the 2013 SHOT Show auction.
The 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 .35 Auto selected to commemorate the first year of the 100-year span is certified as in "New Condition" by Smith & Wesson historian Roy Jinks. The historic handgun will include original box and owner's manual. In addition, the package will include a specially-prepared original one-of-a kind history of the Model 1913 written and signed by Mr. Jinks.
The modern end of the 100-year history is represented by a factory-engraved E-series Model 1911 proudly stating "1913-2013--100 Years of Semi Auto Leadership" and "Smith & Wesson--Where Innovation is Automatic".
The high bidder for the pair of special handguns will be invited to Smith & Wesson headquarters to meet with Mr. Jinks and Smith & Wesson executives and, at the buyer's option, have his or her initials engraved on the trigger guard of the 1911.
As is SHOT Show auction tradition, the pair of handguns are available for auction exclusively on www.GunBroker.com
. The handguns are available for viewing and auction on GunBroker.com until 1:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on Jan. 18, 2013, the closing day of the 2013 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. The gun may be viewed at
Last year, more than 200,000 GunBroker.com users viewed the Shot Show auctions on the popular internet auction site.
The SHOT Show auction is administered by the Hunting Heritage Trust for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF ). All proceeds from the auction will benefit programs to further America's hunting and shooting sports heritage.