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336A
March 7, 2010, 04:29 PM
We have all sorts of clubs here, such as the 642 and the 686 club. However for some reason we have no club for what is probably one of the most signfigant revolvers ever made, which is some what of a shame. It has been in continuous production since it's inception in 1899, armed most policemen for the better part of the 20th century, and is the original S&W M&P. I bought a new S&W M10 a few years ago and love it. It is moer accurate than I can hold and strong as all get out. With all of the advanced self defence ammo out there now for the .38 SPL I don't feel I'm lacking in the least. So lets get this club going, and give the S&W it's proper acknowledgement.

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bdb benzino
March 7, 2010, 05:00 PM
I picked up a used model 10 a few weeks ago and I am in love with that revolver. It is by far the smoothest action I have felt in a pistol.

wlewisiii
March 7, 2010, 05:02 PM
How about the Model 64? Same firearm with all the same virtues but in stainless steel. Certainly my favorite revolver!

But I want to get a Model 10 with the classic 4" pencil barrel too. :)

William

BullfrogKen
March 7, 2010, 05:03 PM
OK. I'll get it started.


This ought to be waiting for me at the local FFL Friday. Until then, these are the pictures I have of it.


3" Model 10-7. This makes my 4th 3 inch barrel revolver. I love that length.


http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=116787&stc=1&d=1267577873


http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=116788&stc=1&d=1267577879

MrBorland
March 7, 2010, 05:03 PM
Great idea. Here's my 10-5:

http://i415.photobucket.com/albums/pp239/becke016/GunsTargets/Miata008.jpg

Iggy
March 7, 2010, 06:04 PM
http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p246/Iggy25/Mdl10snub.jpg?t=1268003044
Model 10 Itchy's duty gun 35 years ago and still does night stand duty. I wouldn't want to get between her and a BG.
http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p246/Iggy25/Mdl12-4.jpg?t=1268020217

OK, it isn't a Model 10, but it's close. Model 12 This one is on my side of the bed.

336A
March 7, 2010, 06:20 PM
How about the Model 64? Same firearm with all the same virtues but in stainless steel. Certainly my favorite revolver!



Yes this club can be open to the M64 Since it is in essence nothing more than a stainless steel variant. Mr. Borland and Iggy those are some true classics very nice. I had to settle for a M10 with the Hillary Hole. I looked high and low around where I live and there was nothing to be had. A short period after my purchase however I then learned of J&G sales:banghead: Here is a couple pics of mine I'm not the best photographer however.

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b356/336a/P3040052-1.jpg

Here it is in woods bumming guise.
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b356/336a/P3060124-1.jpg

whitecoyote
March 7, 2010, 06:22 PM
S&W model 10-7 Detroit Police Dept.
http://i45.tinypic.com/9laljd.jpg
S&W model 10-7, w/3" barrel.
http://i47.tinypic.com/r8s6mc.jpg
S&W model 10 w/2,5" barrel. Michigan State Police.
http://i50.tinypic.com/jv3w9i.jpg
S&W M&P
http://i46.tinypic.com/2u9o21s.jpg
S&W M&P w/5" barrel
http://i46.tinypic.com/292pvl2.jpg
S&W M&P San Bernadino Police Dept.
http://i50.tinypic.com/10p3aiu.jpg
S&W M&P Detroit Police Dept.
http://i48.tinypic.com/2epits9.jpg
S&W M&P D.P.D.
http://i49.tinypic.com/wind00.jpg

SaxonPig
March 7, 2010, 06:47 PM
M&P 10/64 thread? OK.

Found in pawn shop with bulged barrel. Shop was asking $100 with no takers due to damage. I offered $60 and it was mine. Found barrel on ebay for $5 and swapped it myself. Total investment: $65


http://www.fototime.com/979CC61C28BAB00/standard.jpg


BD present from wife (God, how I love that woman).


http://www.fototime.com/A083CA0CC4EFD5B/standard.jpg


Found one at local show for $200. Damned if I didn't find its twin at the next show for $210 (could NOT get him down to $200, dammit). Shipped a couple months apart one went to L.A. police officer's club and the other to NYC.


http://www.fototime.com/39C23B22CB4C95A/standard.jpg


Bagged in pawn shop for $150. Wife had it engraved for 50th BD (have I mentioned how much I love that woman?). I added the leather and ivory to complete the package.


http://www.fototime.com/EB89C32F7D30AAA/standard.jpg


A 2" M64 ex-cop gun out of Texas. This is my nightstand gun.


http://www.fototime.com/1C758B07D0C2E58/standard.jpg

BullfrogKen
March 7, 2010, 07:02 PM
What are those square leather pouches on your belt, 336A?

336A
March 7, 2010, 07:31 PM
What are those square leather pouches on your belt, 336A?

Yes, they are the old double dump pouches that Police Officers used. They were on one of my fathers duty belts. So instead of letting them gather dust I figured that I would put them to some use. I like them better than speed loader pouches as they are more slim and trim. Besides I'm not worried about speedy reloads out in the woods.

W.E.G.
March 7, 2010, 07:35 PM
http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd7/rkba2da/holsters/SW-holsterbothsides.jpg

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd7/rkba2da/pistol%20pics/DSCN3272smaller.jpg

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd7/rkba2da/pistol%20pics/MPDammopouch.jpg

1911Tuner
March 8, 2010, 04:26 PM
My first gun was an old Victory Model that my father picked up at a gun show for 25 bucks, and the K-Frame Smith has been my favorite revolver ever since. I learned to reload and cast my own bullets because of that revolver, and I owe it a lot.

I wish Smith & Wesson had left it alone, though. When they started using the heavy barrels, they lost that fine balance and plain good looks associated with the Model 10. I see no earthly use for it on a service grade .38 Special K-Frame revolver.

Yes...It tames recoil a little, and is useful on the later Model 13/65 .357 Magnum revolvers. They need all the help they can get with full-power ammunition. On a .38 Special K-Frame, it's unnecessary...even with +P loadings.

It helps steady aiming for target shooting...but the Model 10 is a working gun...not a target gun.

One really can't appreciate the near-perfect balance of a K-frame with the tapered barrel...especially in the 5-inch length...until it's in the hand. If just feels right. It points right.

*sigh*

Wish they'd left'em alone.

336A
March 9, 2010, 09:41 PM
So what does everyone use their treasured M10's for? Are they just HD guns, range and plinking guns, or safe queens?. Mine is always with me when I hit the woods or the range, and will be the last that I ever part with if it were ever to come to that.

BullfrogKen
March 9, 2010, 10:07 PM
I don't have any "safe queens". Everything I have has a job. Some don't work much these days, and others work overtime.


3" fixed sight revolvers are just about perfect for carry. That's what this one is intended for. How much work it does will depend on its job performance rating.


That about sum it up?

Stephen A. Camp
March 9, 2010, 10:20 PM
Hello. Count me in as a fan of the Model 10's, too.

http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/my_personal_model_10.htm

http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/model_10_family.htm


My preference is for the heavy barrel versions. Others may feel differently. Which is "best"? In my opinion, it depends on the person. What is right for me might not be for the next person. Speaking only for myself, the HB "points right" and was my choice when buying my first police "duty gun" years ago. At that time, the Model 10 could be had with either the HB or the standard and I am glad that I had the choice. I prefer the slightly more "muzzle heavy" feel of the HB version, but that certainly isn't a "universal truth" for all people in my view.


Best.

robctwo
March 9, 2010, 10:30 PM
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e186/robctwo/DSCN0632.jpg
10-6 from Dad. I replaced the cracked wood grips with the Hogue. Have some other wood on order.

336A
March 9, 2010, 10:31 PM
Good evening Mr. Camp. Believe it or not your great article "The Humble .38 Special" had a lot to do with my purchase of my S&W 10. I owe you a big thanks as that article really opened my eyes. I haven't regreted that purchase in the least.

StephenT
March 9, 2010, 10:33 PM
Count me in as a big fan of the model 10. I've got three of them, all in mint condition, and I too prefer the pencil barrel. I'm always looking for these classic revolvers at gun shows. You can never have too many pre-lock S&W revolvers!

Stephen A. Camp
March 9, 2010, 10:34 PM
Hello, 336A and thanks for the kind words. As this is being typed, my 4" Model 10 is close to hand.

Best.

BCCL
March 9, 2010, 11:30 PM
1956 M&P (pre-model 10)
http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/Bear_Claw_Chris_Lappe/Gun%20Collection/Smith-Wesson/1956-MP-1.jpg

scottishclaymore
March 10, 2010, 12:28 AM
Model 64, here. 4", heavy barrel. Absolutely love it beyond any other handgun I've shot. Action is a positive joy to work.

This is a lousy picture, but it's my girl:

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/Scottishclaymore/GEDC0601.jpg

Currently loaded with some old S&W .38 +P 158 GR SWCLHP's (From back when S&W made ammo, however log ago that was). It's an every day carry gun currently. I like its extra heft and feel very confident I could make the hits with it if necessary.

EDIT: Before it was mine it was a service revolver in somebody's holster somewhere. I wish I knew what stories it could tell...

Oro
March 10, 2010, 02:53 AM
Wow, whitecoyote has some fantastic examples. These are my two favorites,

a) a 1942 early "Navy" Victory. The most inherently accurate S&W I have run across.
b) an unfired (until I got it!) 1947 M&P 5" - much like the one he pictured. Have the box, too.

Long actions are my favorite, the 1948 and earlier type. I'm still on the hunt for the perfect 2" - like one of his.

1942 Navy
http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd275/kamerer/S-W/1942%20Navy/IMGP5454PEF.jpg

1947 Transitional (original grips in safe storage!):
http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd275/kamerer/S-W/MP/IMGP5500PEF.jpg

Oro
March 10, 2010, 02:54 AM
double tap

evan price
March 10, 2010, 05:32 AM
Add me in. Love the 10's!

Triggernosis
March 10, 2010, 08:26 AM
I've always wanted a Model 10 (or 64), but I've always been afraid of the fixed sights not giving me a precise aim. If they're off left/right, how could you fix it?

Setzer77
March 10, 2010, 12:44 PM
I'll bite. Some time ago I decided I wanted a K frame .38. I wound up with a 64-5. About as perfect as a revolver can get. Some might think a .357 is a better choice, but they obviously haven't looked at Buffalo Bore's variation on the FBI load.

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c198/Setzer77/IMG_0907c.jpg

(yes, those are the old Fed Nyclad +p loads)

I'd really love to have a standard barreled 4" model 10, and a 2" of either.

W.E.G.
March 10, 2010, 12:54 PM
I've always wanted a Model 10 (or 64), but I've always been afraid of the fixed sights not giving me a precise aim. If they're off left/right, how could you fix it?

Its not likely that the sights will be "off" if you shoot 158-grain loads.

Remember too, these are not Anschutz space-guns.

The Model 10 / Model 64 is intended to be a robust, utilitarian tool that absolutely will not fail in the time of need, and is not going to be finicky or confusing for persons with limited training.

If you get to the point where you can place all your shots in the bottom of a coffee cup at 25 yards, you might then reasonably start contemplating upgrades to center-up the group in the ten-ring.

In the meantime, the Model 10 / Model 64 remains solid as part of the bedrock of handgunning.

Thaddeus Jones
March 10, 2010, 01:43 PM
I'd like to join the model 10 club! :)

My eligibility for entry items are a model 10-6 NYSP factory chambered for 357 magnum, and a J&G model 64-5.

Sweet sixguns! TJ

rainbowbob
March 10, 2010, 03:55 PM
I'm in! I just acquired a minty nickle 10-8 (DOB 1982 according to Radagast). No pictures yet - in fact I haven't even had the chance to shoot it yet.

I nominate whitecoyote as President of the club - and SaxonPig as VP.

fireside44
March 10, 2010, 05:30 PM
10-5 here.

I even chased the gremlin out that locked it up a few weeks ago.

armoredman
March 10, 2010, 05:45 PM
Mine is my inheritance, and a more accurate revolver I have not found. It gets used in photography, such as this controversy stirring one from the election,

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b13/armoredman/clinging.jpg

..and this UN one.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b13/armoredman/UN-1.jpg

It gets carried in a shoulder rig,

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b13/armoredman/smithelegance2.jpg

nice modern leather,

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b13/armoredman/smith10-8mastersholster.jpg

And in the classic style.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b13/armoredman/PICT0272.jpg

I am no great pistolero, but did I mention accurate?

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b13/armoredman/PICT0003.jpg

Yeah, I like my inheritance...

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b13/armoredman/PICT0257.jpg

336A
March 10, 2010, 07:54 PM
armoredman I like that shoulder holster rig where did you get it and who makes it? Great photos too. Oh and great shooting.

armoredman
March 10, 2010, 08:12 PM
Thank you for the nice comments. Cheap camera, cheap tripod, free editing program. :) The good shooting I credit to the sidearm. :D
As for the shoulder holster, I have no idea - a guy sold it to me off the internet. No makers name, very comfortable. This is that rig in action in the movie pose I call, "Bad guy about to get knocked out by Magnum PI from behind". :)

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b13/armoredman/rightbeforeMagnumknockedmeout.jpg

jad0110
March 10, 2010, 10:13 PM
Very nice transitional model Oro!

Here is my S&W M&P transitional model, also from 1947. This one is equipped with Deane King's "cockeyed hammer" and action job. Paid $300 for it a month or two ago. Most long action Smiths have superbly smooth actions, this one even more so. It even makes me look like I know what I'm doing :p:


http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q139/jad0110/Smith%20and%20Wesson%20Military%20and%20Police%20Transitional/DSC06752.jpg


http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q139/jad0110/Smith%20and%20Wesson%20Military%20and%20Police%20Transitional/DSC06783.jpg


http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q139/jad0110/Smith%20and%20Wesson%20Military%20and%20Police%20Transitional/DSC06815.jpg


7 yards, two hand hold, DA slow fire. 148 grain DEWC, 3.2 grn W231:


http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q139/jad0110/Smith%20and%20Wesson%20Military%20and%20Police%20Transitional/DSC07051.jpg

Guillermo
March 10, 2010, 10:46 PM
armoredman...since you are carrying a revolver why do you have a double mag pouch?

Is it a VERY HEAVILY MODIFIED revolver or is there a pistol on your right hip too?

armoredman
March 10, 2010, 11:14 PM
Pistol as well, my P01. I was WAITING for someone to say something. :)

AHA! It is the ultrarare Model 10 Tround edition! :)

mesinge2
March 10, 2010, 11:18 PM
Model 64 3" heavy barrel

117467

Husker_Fan
March 10, 2010, 11:49 PM
I love shooting my Victory model. It has the best double action of any revolver I have shot.

Daizee
March 11, 2010, 12:11 AM
I'll bite:

10-8 HB plus Herrets.
Excellent, accurate, reliable weapon.

I much prefer the bull barrel models in all revolvers. The tapered ones look either atrophied in the limbs or swollen at the middle to me.


-Daizee

http://thaumaturgy.net/~etgold/images/snugs/DSC01086-small.jpg

Husker_Fan
March 11, 2010, 09:12 AM
Daizee,
I used to feel the same way about the tapered barrels. I just thought they were not as good looking. Then I started shooting revolvers, and I have to admit, I greatly prefer the balance of the tapered barrel K-frames, and the older guns seem to have better triggers. My two K-frames are a refinished Victory, and a 1951 Combat Masterpiece. Niether one is very pretty, but I do love to shoot them. The look has grown on me.

MrBorland
March 11, 2010, 09:39 AM
Apologies for the blatant plug:

By coincidence, I posted a pic of my Model 10 here (post #5), but I just decided to sell it to help finance another purchase. I thought members of the Model 10 Club might appreciate a heads-up that it's available in case anyone is looking for a reason to join the M10C or enhance their standing in it. ;)

Here's the link to the ad:

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=510898

Kingofthehill
March 11, 2010, 11:41 AM
http://i44.tinypic.com/dra1k6.jpg

bdb benzino
March 11, 2010, 01:02 PM
Beautiful revolvers guys!!!

BullfrogKen
March 12, 2010, 03:16 PM
I picked it up on the way back home from Philadelphia today.


How's this work?



http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=117566&stc=1&d=1268424948

ironvic
March 12, 2010, 11:54 PM
http://sq9y3a.blu.livefilestore.com/y1pLLyNByCEhDhZLtK9nCKqVHi54C3iuwOVQCVNWjmftq0i42RrndbynQMu3Pi2K_5yg_Y-LkTp4uDIPcLcPx587pQLCjhpy6w5/Model-10.jpg

I went into a local gunshop down the block from my house and saw this Model 10 hiding behind some tactical plastic guns. Like a gem unnoticed by shooters looking for style in a lump of metal and plastic, overlooking true sculptural beauty right there under glass. It got me to thinking that the fixed sight revolver is the original tactical piece with old school panache thrown in for extra measure.

Walnut and blue steel is where it's at baby! Elegant, no frills, but still far outshines the blocky tactical shell-shuckers riding in most holsters. It balances like a dream, and the trigger pull, delightfully smooth and buttery. It's New World craftsmanship with a deadly edge that you'd have to pay a real pretty penny for these days.

I always end back up with a .38 Special something-or-other and the allure of that sweet shooting cartridge eventually puts a S&W back in my hands, and my nightstand.

BullfrogKen
March 13, 2010, 12:03 AM
That's a real nice lookin' one there, ironvic.

1911Tuner
March 13, 2010, 12:30 AM
I think that ironvic just provided the definitive post in this thread. The beauty of the Model 10 is that it was Smith & Wesson's bread and butter, and they made a blue million of'em...so even pristine examples aren't very expensive, and the folks who aren't old enough to remember the good ol' days can have the experience at a bargain price. IMO, no handgun battery is complete without one.

BullfrogKen
March 13, 2010, 01:17 AM
I think that ironvic just provided the definitive post in this thread.

I absolutely agree.


I own other revolvers. The Model 10 is a well-made, rugged gun that nearly any working man can afford.


I've been wanting one of my own ever since my father-in-law showed me the one he owns back when I started dating his daughter. And no, he didn't use it to walk me out of the house at gunpoint. :cool:

kle
March 13, 2010, 01:27 AM
I already had a Model 10-6, I didn't really "need" another. But my local gunshop had a 10-9 in the consignment case for a very reasonable price. That wouldn't really have tipped the scales, but it had a tapered barrel, a round-butt, and a beautiful trigger (a gunsmith had obviously been inside the gun), which my 10-6 doesn't have. So now I have a 10-6 and its younger brother (by 24 years), a 10-9:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4028/4428141905_2cec314fa3_b.jpg

BullfrogKen
March 13, 2010, 01:43 AM
How does that grip adapter feel? Does it improve the handling of the gun much for you?

armoredman
March 13, 2010, 02:33 AM
Kingofthehill, that's a beautiful pic of your snub, very nice.

kle
March 13, 2010, 03:04 AM
How does that grip adapter feel? Does it improve the handling of the gun much for you?

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3247/3123330306_f6733818bf_b.jpg

I like that it fills up the space between the grip frame and the trigger guard without adding the bulk of target-grips, and changes the grip so that I now grip the gun with more pressure front-to-back, rather than side-to-side. I suppose boot-grips would do the same thing, but I like how the Magna/Service grips look with the T-grip grip-adapter. Something about it says "classic working gun" to me. I'm looking at finding a T-grip for the 10-9, and also a 15-7 (K-frame round-butt) and a 28-2 (N-frame square-butt). I also have a T-grip + Service Grips on a S&W 640-0 and a Colt Official Police:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2504/4059562939_664e5c740a_m.jpg
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2711/4428240781_7a9205a82d_m.jpg

In fact, those three (S&W 10-6, S&W 640, Colt OP) are my carry guns, all with service grips + T-grips.

Low Budget Shooter
March 13, 2010, 02:21 PM
Dear Model 10 Club,

May I be a member with my Model 10-5? It has had a hard life, apparently, having started out with a police department in the early 70s, because the previous owner had to send it back to S&W for some work. When he got it back, for some reason he didn't think he wanted it anymore and sold it to me for $185!!! I don't know what all was done to it, but it is wonderfully smooth to shoot. The reason I ask if I may be a member is that my oldest daughter just outshot me with it at our local pistol match. It was her first time to move up from .22 (old Masterpiece) to .38, and she ate it up.

So, do I still get to join?

LBS

dbarale
March 13, 2010, 04:45 PM
Dear Model 10 Club,

May I be a member with my Model 10-5? ......So, do I still get to join?

LBS

Not without pictures. ;)

1911Tuner
March 14, 2010, 10:23 AM
Ahhhh, Low Budget! Your revolver would be more interesting to me than one of the pristine examples that's spent its life in a safe...wrapped in an oily cloth and never fired.

While I appreciate the ones that have been preserved...frozen in time...I much prefer those that have walked the walk. I guess I'm an oddball when it comes to old guns, but they're like the old men with the gnarled hands and weathered faces that are testimony to a hard life of work and experience. Those are the ones that I'm more prone to strike up a conversation with than the retired corporate execs.

conhntr
March 14, 2010, 12:02 PM
hey guys; i currently own a 686; but i have a model 10 question for you. a local dealer has "a bunch" of them at advertised at 200$ for the 4" pencil with rubber grips. im assuming condition would be rough; but im considering buying one. i really want a cheaper gun i can leave in my vehicle (legal here) and not worry about it being stolen/wear from bouncing around in the locked center consol. are these ex-police guns in this range generally good to go or would i need to send it to a smith to fix it up?

W.E.G.
March 14, 2010, 12:25 PM
are these ex-police guns in this range generally good to go or would i need to send it to a smith to fix it up

Most likely in solid mechanical condition.

You can look for a few things.

Can you shift the cylinder a LOT fore-and-aft?
Does the cylinder drag on the mouth of the barrel?
If you pull the trigger very slowly, does the locking lug engage the cylinder notch before the hammer falls? (on each cylinder!)
With the hammer cocked, does the cylinder still rotate a LOT if you grab it and twist?
Is the muzzle crown damaged?
Does the front sight show signs of the gun being dropped on it? (my pet rejection standard)
With the hammer cocked can you push firmly on the hammer, and it still stays cocked?
Does the cylinder close smoothly? (no binding as it locks closed)
Is the ejector rod bent?
Is there a burr on the recoil shield where the firing pin comes through?
Is the barrel mouth cracked at the 6 o'clock position?

CH47gunner
March 14, 2010, 07:36 PM
Another Model 10 member here.
Here's a Model 10-5 4" pencil-barrel, (circa 1966/1967) I picked up a year or so ago. Same make & model I carried as an Army helicopter crewmember.

Bruce

S&W Model 10-5
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f232/ch47gunner/model10/DSC_0777-1.jpg

Oyeboten
March 14, 2010, 08:09 PM
My daily Carry as of June last -


http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/208_78/109_198/MVC008S.jpg (http://hotimg23.fotki.com/p/a/208_78/109_198/MVC008S.jpg)

S&W 10-6...was a 4 inch, Square Butt originally, I changed some things.

It's a sweetie...

roaddog28
March 14, 2010, 08:21 PM
Here is mine. Its a model 10-14 4 inch I bought unfired new on gun broker for $286.00. It has the interlock but I have not had any problems. Surprising the action is very good. Other than my M28-2 and M66-4 I would rate my new M10 is good as any new revolver today.;)

Regards,
roaddog28
http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu283/HPitt74985/model10-14a.jpg

Mr.Revolverguy
March 14, 2010, 09:42 PM
I can join this club.

Here is a before and after picture. This revolver sat in a foam case for 12 years after my grandfather passed away, before I got it. I almost passed out when I opened the case. I just could not bare to look at it this way because of the fond memories I had with my grandfather and this model 10 as a child. I decided to call up S&W and sent it back to them, about 5 weeks later I got it back.

This is the platform I took my first shots ever with.
http://www.dayattherange.com/weapons/model10before.jpg

The Miracle S&W performed (the after) few pieces of lint on the cylinder :)
http://www.dayattherange.com/weapons/model10after.jpg

BullRunBear
March 14, 2010, 09:49 PM
I hereby petition for membership with a Model 10-8, 4 inch heavy barrel. One of those overseas duty weapons I picked up at a gunshow a couple of years ago. It led a tough holster life and looks it but the bore is good it and it's tight and more accurate than I am with 158 gr. handloads.

After reading the posts here, I have to keep an eye open for a pencil barrel model. Haven't handled one but with so many comments about their nice balance I have to try one. (Just don't mention it to my wife!)

Jeff

BullfrogKen
March 14, 2010, 11:05 PM
Mr.Revolverguy -

What an awesome job S&W did on your grandfather's Model 10. Unbelieveable.


What sort of package did you ask be done besides the cosmetics, and do you mind my asking what they charged you to perform the work?

Hondo 60
March 15, 2010, 12:53 AM
It's good to belong to something! :D

The snubbie pic is from when I bought it off of GB.
I wish I knew how to take pics like that.

bdb benzino
March 15, 2010, 01:40 AM
Oyeboten,

I have been thinking of doing the exact same thing to my 10-8, all but the grip mod but I do like the way it looks. I think that is a perfect revolver for carry, very nice. Who did your mods??

Diamondback
March 15, 2010, 02:38 AM
My 10-5 with elk stags :

http://i44.tinypic.com/f4pbh5.jpg

- regards

Dr-Science
March 15, 2010, 04:13 AM
I can join this club.

Here is a before and after picture. This revolver sat in a foam case for 12 years after my grandfather passed away, before I got it. I almost passed out when I opened the case. I just could not bare to look at it this way because of the fond memories I had with my grandfather and this model 10 as a child. I decided to call up S&W and sent it back to them, about 5 weeks later I got it back.

This is the platform I took my first shots ever with.
http://www.dayattherange.com/weapons/model10before.jpg

The Miracle S&W performed (the after) few pieces of lint on the cylinder :)
http://www.dayattherange.com/weapons/model10after.jpg
Mr.Revolverguy: The Miracle S&W performed (the after) few pieces of lint on the cylinder

WOW! Yeah! I agree with BullfrogKen! I wanna know how much that cost! That's amazing! I'd love to know for future reference!

conhntr
March 15, 2010, 12:22 PM
i piked one up; 4" heavy barrel. in pretty good shape except it has ugly uncle mikes rubber grips. where should i look for a nice set of those skinny wood grips?

336A
March 15, 2010, 01:05 PM
Wow there sure are some great looking M10's here, keep em' coming fellas. I'm glad to see that there is still a big fan base for this Ol' warhorse, and that there are those here that enjoy the M10 as much as I. What do most of you folks feed your pets?

I currently use 158gr SWC over 4.6gr of Unique for most purposes. However I have some 148gr (they actually avg about 150gr) test loads using Unique from the Speer #13 manual to try out as well. I just purchased some W231 to try about two weeks ago as well, and have some test loads made up with it. I've had no problems with Unique but I kept hearing great things about W231 so I figured why not.

Husker_Fan
March 15, 2010, 01:11 PM
336A, I love W231 in .38 spl.

rainbowbob
March 15, 2010, 03:38 PM
where should i look for a nice set of those skinny wood grips?

I had the same question, and after looking all over the internet - I found them at Smith & Wesson...go figure!

http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?catalogId=10001&storeId=10001&categoryId=45303&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=45302&top_category=45302&training=

Order the walnut stocks from them - then go here... http://www.t-grips.com/...and order a grip adapter to go with them.

conhntr
March 15, 2010, 03:47 PM
is it round or square its a 10-14 heavy barrel...

id rather have cheaper than 30... probably wait till i see something at a show; the whole gun was only 200

BullfrogKen
March 15, 2010, 05:44 PM
I've been using AA Number 5 a lot lately.

5.5 grains works pretty well for me with 158 grain jacketed bullets, both Winchester bulk and Hornady's XTP. I also use the same amount for a full wadcutter that drops at 161 grains from my 30+ year old Lyman mold # 358432.

When I'm loading up some 125 grain XTP's, I use 6.5 grains of AA Number 5.

dbarale
March 15, 2010, 06:29 PM
What do most of you folks feed your pets?
I currently use 158gr SWC over 4.6gr of Unique for most purposes.

4.5gr Unique and 158SWC for plinking, 5.0gr for carry in that one:

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/dbarale/nuns/Picture015.jpg

I sold it, yes I'm an idiot.

Mr.Revolverguy
March 15, 2010, 06:41 PM
I paid $180 for everything. It did not matter to me what it was going to cost though. Though I only asked for a finish when I got it back there was an orange envelope with all the old internal parts in it. The replaced quite a few springs and internal parts and slicked up the trigger for me.

mesinge2
March 15, 2010, 06:51 PM
I paid $180 for everything

That's not much I might send in my 19-4:
117758

BullfrogKen
March 15, 2010, 07:44 PM
$180.00???


Wow.

336A
March 15, 2010, 08:01 PM
Another good load that I like to use (though I don't use that often) is a duplication of the famed "FBI" load. In reality however it probably runs a little faster. My load consists of the MAX load listed by Lyman for Unique and their #358156 bullet, however I use the Hornady 158gr SWCHP. In the newer pistol and revolver handbook the #358156 is listed as 155gr but the older manuals had it listed as 158gr:confused: Anyway it is a really good load, it is accurate and makes the Ol' .38SPL speak with authority:)

I won't list the exact charge as I really don't want to be visited by the "overload police". Sufice it to say though it is a load still listed by Lyman and has been around longer than I, it is about 2 tenths of a grain higher than other published sources. I'm sure if it wasn't safe then Lyman would have never published it. My next little expirement is going to be with a 190gr WFN bullet. Kind of along the lines of the old Super Police loading. I don't use jacketed bullets for my hand loads as I feel the .38SPL is better suited for use with lead bullets.

scottishclaymore
March 15, 2010, 09:10 PM
With 158 gr. bullets (which is all I shoot) the Model 10/64 is the most accurate handgun I have ever shot. I love this classic old piece.

wlewisiii
March 15, 2010, 09:15 PM
I'm finally getting my box with my Lee Loader & goodies from the UPS driver tomorrow :). No 158gr. were in stock, so I've got some Rainier 125gr FN coming to get me going until I can find some 158's. I've got a bottle of Clays and am looking at starting with the .5 dipper (3.4 grains). The Lee book lists 3.5 as the maximum charge for that powder & 125gr lead. Anyone here tried this?

My 64 is such a pleasant revolver to shoot - I really want to be able to afford to shoot more often by reloading.

William

scottishclaymore
March 15, 2010, 10:10 PM
wlewisiii - The 64 is an absolute dream with 158's. I hope you can find some. I'm sitting on about 650 rounds of 158 gr. LSWC's right now... All loaded and primed and ready to go.

Gotta keep the little buggers fed.

Husker_Fan
March 15, 2010, 10:43 PM
dbarale,
That gets close to perfection for me, at least for a carry gun. I love the long action Smiths trigger pull. I won't likely do it to my victory, but if I found a beater of a transitional model in good mechanical shape, I would love to bob the hammer, round the grip, and give it a 3 inch barrel.

Tom Servo
March 15, 2010, 10:45 PM
10-5 from 1967.

http://lonelymachines.org/guns/10/model_10_flat_sm.jpg

Should have this 3" 10-8 by middle of the week, and I'll try to take a better picture:

http://lonelymachines.org/guns/10/10-3.jpg

It's funny that I ignored fixed-sight K-Frames for so long, thinking they weren't capable of the same accuracy as their target-sighted brethren. I was obviously wrong:

http://lonelymachines.org/guns/10/mod_10_target_sm.jpg

MCgunner
March 15, 2010, 11:15 PM
Ya know, I think this is the first M10 "club" thread. I don't know, I seem to recall one a few years back, but don't think it was a club. :D Mine was my Grandpa's gun, bought from a sheriff friend of his. It's pristine, little shot when I inherited it in 1981. It's from the early 60s. It's still very tight. I probably have put several thousand rounds, mostly wadcutters, though it. It cracked the forcing cone on the original pencil barrel and I found a heavy barrel in a Shotgun News from J&G sales for 50 bucks and had a gunsmith fit it. I kinda prefer the heavy barrel's balance. Both are/were 4" barrels.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=83332&d=1219193993

kle
March 16, 2010, 01:35 AM
Wow there sure are some great looking M10's here, keep em' coming fellas. I'm glad to see that there is still a big fan base for this Ol' warhorse, and that there are those here that enjoy the M10 as much as I. What do most of you folks feed your pets?

I currently use 158gr SWC over 4.6gr of Unique for most purposes. However I have some 148gr (they actually avg about 150gr) test loads using Unique from the Speer #13 manual to try out as well. I just purchased some W231 to try about two weeks ago as well, and have some test loads made up with it. I've had no problems with Unique but I kept hearing great things about W231 so I figured why not.

For plinking/practice, I load 3.5gr Bullseye behind any 158gr cast lead semi-wadcutter. I could probably use 3.9-4.0gr of W231 for the same purposes. They're accurate enough at 20 feet for my purposes (as in one ragged hole in the middle of a 3x5" index card). Beyond that, if I wanted real Bullseye accuracy, I'd use my pet wadcutter load of 3.1gr W231 behind a swaged (not cast) 148gr HBWC bullet. Or if I wanted to do the same with a 158gr semi-wadcutter, I'd use 3.6gr AA#2 and a swaged (not cast) 158gr LSWC bullet.

If I wanted +Ps, I'd probably bump up the loads by a bit (maybe half a grain? I'd have to consult my loading manuals).

For defense, I use factory Federal 158gr LSWCHP +P, the "FBI Load".

is it round or square its a 10-14 heavy barrel...

id rather have cheaper than 30... probably wait till i see something at a show; the whole gun was only 200

Your 10-14 should be a round-butt. You can find service/"magna" grips on ebay and gunbroker for about what you're looking to pay.

MCgunner
March 16, 2010, 08:22 AM
I shoot 2.7 grains B'eye behind a cast Lee 148 grain plain base WC mostly, but 5.0 grains Unique behind a 158TL Lee SWC works better in speed loaders for action games and is quite accurate and more powerful, makes a good utility field load. I haven't used that gun in years for competition, but it's very accurate, about 1.5" at 25 yards off a bench. I have won some money with her in the past. :D

dbarale
March 16, 2010, 11:45 AM
dbarale,
That gets close to perfection for me, at least for a carry gun. I love the long action Smiths trigger pull. I won't likely do it to my victory, but if I found a beater of a transitional model in good mechanical shape, I would love to bob the hammer, round the grip, and give it a 3 inch barrel.

When I bought that one it had a twice bulged 5" barrel and grips made of pressure treated pine (no joke).
A member of the S&W forum gave me a 6" nickeled barrel from a 10-2. I removed the nickel, cut it down to 3.25", re-attached the front sight cut from the 5", re-crowned it, re-installed it and cold blued the bbl. I ended up with a 0.05 B/C gap and a great pointing gun. I salvaged the grips from a gun show and carried it for a while. I was going to bob the hammer, relieve the trigger guard and round the butt when some medical bills took priority and gun was sold...

All was done by hand BTW without a lathe or a mill.

Husker_Fan
March 16, 2010, 01:09 PM
Wow. It sounds like our tastes are pretty similar. That is some nice work you did.

Part of me would like to do it to my Victory, but I know certain members of this board would hunt me down if I did, even though it was poorly refinished and property marks were nearly obliterated.

armoredman
March 16, 2010, 02:13 PM
Load too? 5.3 grains Accurate Arms #2 under a 125grain XTP at 1.445, works great. I also cast my own bullets when I am not being laze, and my 124gr 9mm mould drops at .360. So I size them at .356 for 9mm, and .358 for 38spl, does quite well atop 4.6grains AA#2 at 1.549.

dbracin
March 16, 2010, 07:41 PM
Here's my model 10 no dash. It's beautiful in person.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v625/dbracin/m10l.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v625/dbracin/m10r.jpg

Hondo 60
March 16, 2010, 08:18 PM
I feed mine a steady diet of 4.0 grains of Titegroup over a 125 gr jacketed or plated hollow point

rainbowbob
March 17, 2010, 03:31 AM
Here's my model 10 no dash. It's beautiful in person.

It's not too bad in the photos either...WOW!

woad_yurt
March 17, 2010, 03:57 AM
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee150/woad_yurt/SWModel1001.jpg

MCgunner
March 17, 2010, 09:20 AM
With 158 gr. bullets (which is all I shoot) the Model 10/64 is the most accurate handgun I have ever shot.

Mine's accurate, 1.5" at 25 yards off sand bags, but I do own (Blasphemy) a 4" Taurus 66 that shoots 1" clusters with either 140 Speer JHP over 17 grains 2400 in magnum brass or my 2.7 grain B'eye Lee WC load. Ditto my 6.5" .357 Ruger Blackhawk.

However, 1/2" off sand bags at 25 yards is really getting nit picky. :D Besides, I can't shoot any iron sighted handgun of 4" plus barrel any better. My Ruger Mk 2 .22 was a 1" shooter and when I put a scope on it, I found it actually could shoot 1/2" at 25 yards. So, with that sort of accuracy, we're getting into the realm of user error. At any rate, the ol' M10 will outshoot almost ANY new fangled service auto chucker. I have ONE auto that does about as well, a Ruger P90. Most I've owned or fired, 3" is a good 25 yard group and most of the magazine "experts" tend to tout that 4" or less at 25 yards is good 'nuf for a police service gun, let alone self defense.

CornCod
March 18, 2010, 05:58 AM
I always wanted a Model 10 and joined the club last year with a blued 2in. I used to shoot my brother's Model 10 back in the eighties when he was with the NYPD. I was a bit of an eccentric back then because my regular piece was a Hi-Power. My "official" reason for owning a Model 10 is because my corrections agency requires me to qualify with a Model 64 on a yearly basis and I need the revolver practice. We can't take the 64's home with us. They sit in the armory waiting for some kind of massive, violent escape. Still, I am proud to be a lawman (albeit, a desk-riding lawman) still carrying (rarely) a K Frame Smith; one of the last, I suppose.

armoredman
March 18, 2010, 01:46 PM
Your Dept still uses wheelguns? We ditched the Rugers for Glocks about 10 years ago...wish we hadn't.

FatChance
March 19, 2010, 11:28 AM
From another thread, 336A asked if I would post about this gun in this thread:

I just bought an old revolver from a buddy of mine who is in dire financial straits. It is a civilian S&W First Model .38 Military and Police (Model of 1899). 6 1/2" barrel, fixed sights, .38 Special, made in 1899 or 1900(?), serial number just under 1600. It still has a lot of original blue and the action is strong and tight. He shot it regularly. His grandfather bought it about 90 years ago and left it to him. It even came with a box of ammunition and an old, unmarked slim jim holster. I ended up paying $250 for it to help him out. I'm not sure what I'll do with it, but it should be a lot of fun!

Note: I gave him an open invitation to buy it back at this price when he gets back on his feet.

http://fatchance.smugmug.com/Hobbies/Firearms/IMG1744/813392327_sqnnP-M.jpg

http://fatchance.smugmug.com/Hobbies/Firearms/IMG1746/813392362_rq5rm-M.jpg

http://fatchance.smugmug.com/Hobbies/Firearms/IMG1747/813392249_G7yCF-M.jpg

conhntr
March 21, 2010, 09:08 PM
hey guys slightly off topic. since buying my old trade in model 10 4" heavy ive shot it several times and have started liking it more and more.

ok here is the off topic/heretical part of the post. i Really like the fixed trench/flatop/front site. seems very quick yet precise. i like the barrel profile and heft. the only parts i dont like is the humpback frame, and the fact that its 38spec.

so what S/W has the features i like (blue, 4" heavy barrel flatop trench/sites) but also is 357

Stephen A. Camp
March 21, 2010, 09:14 PM
That would be an S&W Model 13.

kle
March 22, 2010, 12:05 AM
Or the Model 13's predecessor, the Model 10-6 in .357 Magnum (which became the Model 13), with its heavy barrel, un-shrouded ejector rod, and fixed sights.

slicksleeve
March 22, 2010, 12:30 AM
Hey guys, you can count me in the club too. I bought a 10-5 4" nickel at the local pawn shop back in December. I love it. I carry a Glock as an issue sidearm every day at work. I'm different from most 29 year old lawmen in that I would love to carry a revolver at work. A lot of my co-workers seem to scoff at me for carrying that Model 10-5 off duty, but the funny thing is, they don't carry anything at all off duty most of the time. It doesn't matter though, most of the ones who do couldn't shoot their way out of a paper sack with a Glock.

Guillermo
March 22, 2010, 12:54 AM
okay...okay...you convinced me...my next gun purchase will be a model 10

Tom Servo
March 22, 2010, 09:39 PM
S&W 10-8, 3" from 1982. Click to embiggen.

http://lonelymachines.org/guns/10-8/10-8_sm.jpg (http://lonelymachines.org/guns/10-8/10-8_muzzle.jpg)

w/Ahrends conversion stocks:

http://lonelymachines.org/guns/10-8/10-8_ahrends_sm.jpg (http://lonelymachines.org/guns/10-8/10-8_ahrends.jpg)

springfield30-06
April 1, 2010, 06:10 PM
Model 10-5

http://img405.imageshack.us/img405/4706/dscn2378b.jpg (http://img405.imageshack.us/i/dscn2378b.jpg/)

Hondo 60
April 1, 2010, 10:41 PM
Guillermo,

you won't regret it either. M10s are just classic beauties - in form & function.

Elm Creek Smith
April 2, 2010, 10:40 PM
Hey! I'm just 3 off:

Model 13-3:
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y124/elm_creek_smith/SandWModel13/SWM13_001.jpg
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y124/elm_creek_smith/SandWModel13/SWM13_002.jpg

When I can, I'll buy a pencil barrel Model 10 or 12 round butt.

ECS

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