Just acquired my GREAT GRAND FATHERS S&W MOD 10-6 38 CTG.
HE USED IT WHEN HE WAS A POLICE OFFICER, THE SERIAL # IS 3D14XX
WONDERING HOW OLD IT IS OR HOW I CAN FIND OUT ANY INFO ON THE GUN,ITS BLUE,4IN BARREL. THANK YOU! HAPPY NEW YEAR
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January 1, 2013, 01:21 AM
SCSW. Lists 3d prefix late 1978 to early 1978. Your model 10 was a very popular police issue sidearm. I carried one and loved it. It will safely handle standard 158 grain .38 special and +P rounds. Given good care it will last for generations.
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January 1, 2013, 01:22 AM
1978 to 1979
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January 1, 2013, 01:30 AM
You have a S&W M10 chambered in .38 Special
The dash 6 M10 started production in 1962. The D in the serial number started in 1967. In 1968 they deleted the Diamond grips. The last M10-6 revolvers were produced in 1976 and in 1977 the M10-7 stated production.
Are you sure that serial number is written correctly? Might it be D314xx instead? That would put the revolver at 1968. Does is have a Diamond right where the grip screw goes into the grips?
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January 1, 2013, 10:57 AM
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Thank you for getting back to me so soon
The number on the Butt is 3D14XX square in shape Diamond Grips. The 3 is b4 the D
I am confused about the age of the gun bcuz my Great Grandfather died in 1961 so if the D started in 1967 that would mean that this might not b the gun he used when he was a police officer in the 1940's or 50s.
January 1, 2013, 04:23 PM
The D-prefix serial number series started in 1968.
The 3D series started in 1978 or 1979.
Following World War Two Smith & Wesson used the following letter prefixes starting in 1945:
Notice that none of these letters was preceeded by a number.
Prior to 1957 Smith & Wesson did not mark revolvers with a model number, but during that year they assigned model numbers, and in your case I would expect your revolver would be a Model 10 - if made during or after 1957.
Open the cylinder and look at the frame under the barrel it may have a number (that is of no consequence here) and "MOD 10" or "MOD 10 - (and an additional single number). If so, post what it is.
January 1, 2013, 04:34 PM
It has a 10-6
at the bridge of the cyl it has the numbers 25732 with a larger B10 runing into the numbers like first came the 25732 then they stamped over it with B10 that is larger
January 1, 2013, 04:55 PM
It is diamond pattern in the grip
number on butt is 3D140XX
January 1, 2013, 05:04 PM
You're doing good... :)
The second number (-6 in this case) represents a modification made to the basic model 10. I find that the modification consisted of eliminating a screw in what is called the "heavy barrel" version. The change was made in or around 1962, which was carried forward to this day. In 1962 serial numbers were in the "C-prefix" series, but the change remained through all future prefixes. If your grandfather passed away in 1961 I have to presume that he didn't carry this particular revolver as a police officer. However someone else in the family, or associated in some way with your family, might have. It was during the 1960's through 1990's an exceptionally popular sidearm both within and outside the law enforcement community.
January 1, 2013, 08:27 PM
I am starting to think there was some foul play going on as my Great grandfathers gun was stolen in late 1990"s from my grandmothers home, At this time it was reported stolen one week later recovered by the police.(the thief admitted to stealing the gun from my grandmothers home. Someone could have replaced the original gun(my Grandfathers) with this one. I dont think that my grandmother would have been that savy This was the only gun my grandmother ever had, she was not a pistol packin Granny, she just had it around as a memento. That is a bummer , i really like the gun and will get a lot of enjoyment out of it. Thank you for all your help! HAPPY NEW yEAR!
January 1, 2013, 09:48 PM
A switch is possible, because there were lots of this kind of revolver around any police stations at the time. But enjoy the one you have. In any context it's a fine handgun, and I'm fairly sure it isn't much different then the one your Great Grand Dad had.
January 2, 2013, 12:00 PM
I agree, a switch is more than possible. I was trying to figure out how to reconcile the fact the serial numbers you gave us didn't coincide with the time line. That's why I asked you if the D was before the 3 above.
I have a gun that's like what your Grandfather probably used, it's a S&W M&P which is what the Model 10 was named before there was a Model 10. (1957 like said above)
Here is what your Grandfather's revolver probably looked like: