I am thinking about buying one of Bud's model 10 specials. I have some extra scratch and figured one of these is needed in my meager collection!
Is their much of a difference in the two models? Is one preferred or considered better?
I'm leaning round, but not sure.
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September 6, 2012, 10:03 PM
I couldn't prove it, but I would guess you will see about 100 Sq butt 4" Model 10's for every round butt 4" you will see.
So for no other reason then relative scarcity, I probably get the RB if condition & price were equal.
And they would be an optional choice for CCW as the RB would print far less then the SB.
If you decide want a SB later, there are lots conversion grips to make a RB fell like a SB.
But not the other way around.
September 6, 2012, 10:05 PM
Which ever one fits your hand better.
Mine's a square butt, but that's because that's the gun that's been in my mind since the days of Dick Tracy & Car 54
September 7, 2012, 12:06 AM
Round-butt guns will accept both round and square butt grips. Square-butt guns will only accept square butt grips.
September 7, 2012, 12:25 AM
The round-butt style was introduced in 1899 and duplicated other models made by S&W at that time. The square-butt followed in about 1904. Neither is better then the other, so it's a matter of personal choice. Some prefer the round-butt, beliving that it's easer to conceal - this may or may not be an issue in your case. As a general rule of thumb, those who have small hands prefer the round-butt, where the square one is more often found in the holsters of users with large ones.
If possible, handle both and then make your own choice.
September 7, 2012, 01:12 AM
I have big hands but even I would rather have the round butt model. Then I could better fit a set of grips to my exact preference where the square butt lower back corner gets in the way.
But then wood working is one of my too many hobbys and the idea of cutting into perfect "good" grips doesn't scare me at all.
September 7, 2012, 11:04 AM
RC nailed it
September 7, 2012, 11:41 AM
Laugh if you want, but if you ever had to use it for pistol whipping the square butt would do more damage.
I don't recommend using a revolver has a head-knocker, but if you do it's wise to hold onto the handle, and do the knocking with the barrel. You can't use the gun for it's intended purpose if you are holding on to the barrel
Also I am aware of instances where someone who was head-knocking subsequently discovered they had disabled their handgun and it would no longer function. Most of today's handguns are not designed, or intended to be clubs.
September 7, 2012, 12:57 PM
Given the choice I would opt for the round. If my old M10 4" would have been a RB I'd still have it like my 10 Snub and 65 3".
Simply more options for RB and they are my preference.
September 7, 2012, 01:15 PM
I prefer round butt grips for 2 1/2" barrels (more concealable), and square butt grips for 4" and 6" barrels (they just feel better to me and concealability is not an issue).
September 7, 2012, 01:41 PM
RC is right.
round butts are less common and if you have a RB it is more versatile. You can, with grips, make it fit in the hand like a SB.
The inverse is not true.
I like versatility
September 7, 2012, 01:50 PM
You can't use the gun for it's intended purpose if you are holding on to the barrel
I wasn't referring to grabbing the barrel. Shifting your grip and driving at the target, like a sharp rock in hand, with the corner of the butt. Very easy to do without losing the grip advantage. This of course is unlikely, but I'd rather have an empty gun, than no gun, if the struggle ever did advance to close quarters. For sure, a rare and hypothetical venue, but still a possibility. :)