Bud's Model 10 + First Ruger GP100


November 6, 2012, 04:51 PM
I received the new grips for my Bud's Model 10 Police Trade-in I had refinished by S&W.....Finally all together and looks pretty fair I think.

I also dove into my first Ruger revolver and first .357 Magnum. It looks pretty solid from what I can tell. Locks up real tight and should be a fun shooter.

Pictures of them below.

S&W Model 10 HB .38 Special



Ruger GP100 .357 Magnum



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November 6, 2012, 04:56 PM
Yep, pretty fair. That's like saying Salma Hayek has pleasant features. :cool:

November 6, 2012, 05:00 PM
WOW !!!!!!!
HK, that 10 is AWESOME !!!!!
I don't have the words....

And the Jeep [GP]
Well, it's absolutely one of the finest
shooters I have/have ever had.
I love the front sight style[s].
And one of MamaOzo's favorite also.

That 10 is beautiful.

How did you hide that serial # on the GP....
it looks like it never was there....

November 6, 2012, 05:26 PM
Thanks, I can't wait to shoot them both.

I used photoshop CS6 content aware eraser to hide the serial number.

liberty -r- death
November 6, 2012, 05:34 PM
Love the Smith. Looks very nice.

November 6, 2012, 05:39 PM
Just got me a model 10 and I'm working on getting used to it having some "character flaws" and resisting the urge to send it off for some shiny, new skin. It's a great shooter, just has some skin issues. I've got a thread here http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=683614

I had checked out your previous thread but thankfully it didn't have any photos of the finished product. Then, you start THIS thread! Pix and all!!!!!! :banghead:

Now I'm weighing between breakin' open the piggy bank and buying a new shade of dark blue for MY mod. 10.

November 6, 2012, 05:59 PM
Did you have Smith do anything with the internals, or did you just get it reblued? That Model 10 sure does look nice.

November 6, 2012, 06:19 PM
They checked it out and re-blued it. They replaced one part, I forget what it was called, but it wasn't more than $8 as I recall.

It will take 10 weeks C5, does that help?

November 6, 2012, 06:25 PM

That Smith is absolutely gorgeous. Man I want one.

Sergei Mosin
November 6, 2012, 07:44 PM
That is a pretty pair. I set out to buy a Model 10 and ended up with a GP100 just like yours (same prefix and everything), but that Smith is a beauty.

November 6, 2012, 09:03 PM
The GP100 is nice, but the Model 10 looks fantastic.

November 6, 2012, 09:09 PM
It will take 10 weeks C5, does that help?
Ugh! :banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead:

Purdy enough to wait for!

Ya know, I've been thinking that I've got enough guns for one year. Maybe I should spend next year dollin' 'em all up. I've got a few revolvers that I'd love to give a little spit-n-shine to.

Then there's that stainless 686 I still want, and that AR, and...

(this is where I usually resolve to "not worry about painting while there's still room in the safe!") But man, that Model 10 is nice!

thanks for sharing.

November 6, 2012, 09:40 PM
Where did you get those grips? Absolutely stunning!

November 6, 2012, 09:46 PM
That deep blue is gorgeous.

I still prefer the "honest wear" on a gun that has not been clearly abused.

November 7, 2012, 12:17 AM
I too, have a Bud's Model 10 as well as a GP100 (actually, 2 GP100s).

That Model 10 is AWESOME.

November 7, 2012, 01:21 AM
Where did you get the grips? Thy look beautiful

November 7, 2012, 02:08 AM
Those GP's are built like tanks. They may not be the prettiest pistols out there, but there are few other revolvers that will outlast one.

That Smith is just gorgeous. It's practically shimmering through my monitor here, and the grips just enhance the overall look. A nice score to be sure.

November 7, 2012, 02:34 AM
There are some wonderful craftsmen over there at S&W. That Bluing looks like what would have come off the line in the 1950's and even nicer than the production revolvers being made today.

I would also like to know where you got those grips?

November 7, 2012, 04:05 AM
Great looking Smith! Now, with the GP 357 and that beautiful classic Model 10, you have everything you need and nothing you don't. Enjoy 'em

(I want to know about the grips too.)

November 7, 2012, 09:35 AM
Numerich or SARCO have model 10 grips new and shiny just like those.....

November 7, 2012, 10:12 AM
That Model 10 looks fantastic! Nice refinishing work.

November 7, 2012, 10:56 AM
If you don't mind disclosing,,,
How much did S&W charge to reblue the gun?



Hondo 60
November 7, 2012, 12:22 PM
Ain't nothin quite like wood & steel!

Were it mine, I'd change the grips on that Ruger.
But that there is two LOVELY examples of fine craftsmanship.

Now I have to back to church for sinning.
That coveting thing gets me all the time.

HKGuns - thanks for posting some outstanding photography.

November 7, 2012, 05:27 PM
That model 10 is stunning.

And the GP100.... well... it's a brute. I love those tough Rugers.

November 7, 2012, 06:17 PM
Where did you get the grips? Thy look beautiful
I would also like to know where you got those grips?
(I want to know about the grips too.)

Thanks, the grips are Altamont Super Rosewood (Dymondwood). I've had extremely good luck with them, including 1911 grips. They are very responsive and their customer service is outstanding. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them for grips.

How much did S&W charge to reblue the gun?

$235 not counting the Fedex cost to get it to them and that wasn't exactly cheap. (Overnight required by policy.)

Were it mine, I'd change the grips on that Ruger.

I agree with you 100%, I just ordered a set of upgraded grips for the GP100 from Altamont!

HKGuns - thanks for posting some outstanding photography.

Thanks, and you're welcome. It is all in the equipment and I'm blessed to have great Camera gear as well.

Thanks everyone for your kind comments. I would certainly do it again, even though it isn't exactly being fiscally responsible. However, I like restoring old things and making them like new again. I do the same with guitar amps and rifles. One of my favorite projects was taking my late great uncle's 1917 that was semi-sporterized and returning it to its full Military glory. I get a lot of satisfaction out of things like that.......It too is pictured below the 1911.

This is a bit off topic but here is one of my 1911's wearing Altamont grips.

Not revolver related, but thread related....

November 7, 2012, 10:09 PM
Check the magazine in the 1911. Could have chambering problems if it is like the spare.

November 7, 2012, 10:27 PM
Reference to a classic HK add methinks. Wish my old model 10 had been that nice. Making me want another .38 .... :uhoh:

November 8, 2012, 12:55 AM

I saw a Mod 10 HB 4" at a GS this past weekend, $350, I'm going to pick it up next GS in 3 weeks, if he still has it, then off to Smith for a beautiful blue job like yours. One beautiful piece my man!

November 8, 2012, 09:26 PM
I checked the Altamont page. No grips like that there, especially with the medalions.

November 8, 2012, 10:35 PM
Interesting, you're correct Homer......

I initially bought a pair of Round Conversion grips by mistake and they told me to return them for an exchange.

It took a couple of weeks, so I can only guess that they made these special to be nearly exactly like the round one's I initially ordered and added a medallion as an extra......You can add the medallions as an add on but for the life of me I can't find that on their website either right now. (Perhaps it is an option during the checkout process as I didn't go that far.)

Hmmmmm. Feel free to copy my picture and send it to them telling them what you'd like if you can't find a stock pair you like.

November 11, 2012, 06:36 PM
Does S&W even make new guns that look that good? Just, wow!

Mike Kerr
November 11, 2012, 10:49 PM
That Model 10 is simply Awwwwwsome. Great looking gun. Congratulations.



November 12, 2012, 01:20 PM
I asked Altamont about the curious missing S&W medallions. They responded they were out of stock, expecting them in a couple weeks and pulled them from the website until they replenished their supply. In case anyone was wondering.

November 13, 2012, 12:26 PM
Beautiful model 10. Shoot it often and enjoy.

November 13, 2012, 09:46 PM
HKGuns, those grips look like factory S&W Target grips, even though they are not. If you have ever handled S&W Targets, do they feel similar? I never really liked the feel of Targets, but those grips look amazing.

November 13, 2012, 11:03 PM
Yes Homer, they feel very similar. I have a set of those on my Model 29 and I really like the way they feel. If there is any difference, the S&W target grips are a bit larger on the bottom and swell out a bit more if you can picture what I mean. I've learned that Altamont makes grips and stocks for a number of OEM's....They are really good to deal with also.....

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