Pleasant problem...need help


December 16, 2010, 09:37 PM
My uncle (the man who taught me to shoot) is getting up in years. He called me this week and invited me to have dinner tonight and afterward he said he wanted to give me my Christmas gift early. Heres the rub. I have to pick between the following two guns. Whichever I choose, his other nephew gets the other.

(1) NIB Model 10 snubbie square butt , pinned barrell, with all box and papers.
(2) NIB Model 64 snubbie round butt, pinned barrell, with all box and papers.

Now I'm a sucker for snubbies in general particularly stainless, but that Model 10 sure was pretty Both guns don't even have a turn line. I can't lose but......well you guys know what I'm going through. A little advice would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks in advance


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December 16, 2010, 09:48 PM
Blue is classy... :D

Like you say there's no losing on this deal. The question seems to come down to the square vs round butt option if you're going to shoot the gun. Or if you would keep it as a family heirloom then I still say go for the blued 10 because they DO look more classy. Especially if it's got the old super deep looking S&W blueing of days gone by.

December 16, 2010, 09:49 PM
I would get the 64 round butt.

Lucky Derby
December 16, 2010, 10:30 PM
If you plan to use the gun, go with the stainless, because you prefer stainless. If not, the SB 10 is classier IMHO.

December 16, 2010, 10:30 PM
I'm a fan of the model 10, but then again any P+R Smith NIB.

December 16, 2010, 11:08 PM
What a great guy your uncle is! If I were you I would go for the model 10.

Jesse Heywood
December 17, 2010, 12:05 AM
How's the blue on the 10? If it's 98%+ I would consider it a collector and would keep it in the safe. But if you want a gun to shoot take the 64.

If the finish on the 10 is worn, it would be a toss-up.

And if you're downright evil, find out which gun your cousin wants and take that one!

December 17, 2010, 12:07 AM
I need some different uncles.


Merry Christmas lastditch!



Black Knight
December 17, 2010, 08:45 PM
Why not tell him you are having a hard time decideing since both are so good? Why not ask him if he would give you one if you bought the other from him at a proper price? The only 38 Special I have is a 4" square butt model 10-8 but I do have 2 round butt snub 357s (2 1/2" 66 and a 3" 65). My wife keeps the 66 for her home gun and I carry the 65 and the 10-8 about equally, when I'm not carrying one of my other guns.

Messenger Guard
December 17, 2010, 09:39 PM
You said you liked stainless. It is my choice for carry. Go with your first instinct or you will be disappointed.

December 18, 2010, 09:28 AM
M10 will increase in value over the years, more than the 64. Take the 10, get whatever else you like to shoot.

December 18, 2010, 11:05 AM
For USE, the 64. For COLLECTING, the 10. I don't collect, so the 64 would be my choice, but this is your choice, not mine. :) Congrats on a great Christmas gift!

December 18, 2010, 01:20 PM
Guns were made to be used. Take the one you are most likely to shoot, and you and your cousin have a Merry Christmas!!

Wish I had such troubles.....


Hondo 60
December 18, 2010, 01:39 PM
I would JUMP at the 64.
You don't have to worry about loss of blue finish.

(then again I have a 2" M10)

December 19, 2010, 01:40 AM
Like the others have said, if your going to carry the revolver take the M64 because of the round butt and it's stainless so it will carry better. If you are going to shoot only at the range or keep it as a HD revolver take the M10. I just like Blue with wood better so the M10 would be my choice no matter what...

You have a great Uncle. Make sure you do something nice for him soon...

December 19, 2010, 05:35 PM
If it were me, I would take the M10 and thank him for letting me pick first ! :)

December 19, 2010, 09:19 PM
An early 10 was my first revolver. I'd have to take that one.

December 21, 2010, 08:41 PM
Since you can't make up your mind and everybody agrees you can't make a "wrong" choice, here's the way out of your dilemma: Let your cousin choose first! He may really have a strong preference and your uncle will be impressed at your magnanimity. :cool:

Just One Shot
December 22, 2010, 10:52 AM
Eanie meanie minie moe!

December 22, 2010, 11:30 AM
I love the 10, but I'd opt for the 64.

You're one lucky guy. I hate you. :)

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