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Model 10 question

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by SlowFuse, Dec 14, 2015.

  1. SlowFuse

    SlowFuse Well-Known Member

    Has anyone bought any of the trade-in model 10 S&Ws from Buds lately? I considered getting one a couple years ago and wish I did. I heard a lot of good things about them back then and they were about $35 cheaper. Still, $320 seems like a decent deal for a model 10. If it locks tight and isn't rusted I think I would be satisfied. Does anyone have input on recent batches of these?
  2. Delawarean

    Delawarean Well-Known Member

    I've bought three.

    I bought 3 of them about 2 years ago. I think they were the lower price at the time.

    I have no complaints. I got two Model 10-10 and one 10-8.

    The older one has a pinned barrel, a serrated trigger, but also a bit of endshake and the blueing is probably 60%.

    The other two have better bluing, around 80% and 95%.

    All are tight enough to shoot. The newer two are very tight.
  3. LamarE

    LamarE New Member

    Looks like I waited too long to act - the round butts seem to be gone. Ah well, when one door closes...
  4. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    I'd like to have a M10 round butt snubby, but they're hard to find used. I've got 5 shot snubbies that I like and carry, but a M10 RB snubbie would be nice to have in the collection. I own a square butt HB 4", inherited it.
  5. ZVP

    ZVP Well-Known Member

    My buddy bought 3 years back

    He paid $200 and sold me one for his price!
    What a gun!
    These were former loaners to the British Bobbys .38 Special still and I'm gratefull for that!
    They have all sorts of British Proofs all over, the Brits check EVERYTHING!
    I only shoot regular factry and some light handloads in it. 158 grainers shoot right on.
    Probablly my favorite D/A revolver!
  6. Coyote3855

    Coyote3855 Well-Known Member

    I'm in the market for a used Model 10 and keep an eye on the various vendors that carry police, military, or security turn ins. Like you, I wish I'd jumped on those round butts. A day late as usual.

    I did recently score a Model 15 that cleaned up nicely. Great trigger, bright rifling, holster wear, and turn line. Under $300 including sales tax, shipping, and FFL fee.
  7. SlowFuse

    SlowFuse Well-Known Member

    I have had a round butt model on layaway for a couple months. I'm about to go ahead and pay it off probably after Christmas. That's what raised my curiosity, I'm curious what kind of shape these are in and if they are as good as the ones from years past.
  8. HighRoadRover

    HighRoadRover Well-Known Member

    I bought a round butt 4" barrel Model 10-11 from Bud's for $319. It had a little rust under the grip panel and some holster wear. The barrel is bright, lockup is excellent, and it has no end shake. It is one of the most accurate guns I have ever owned or shot.

    It formerly belonged to the Victoria Police, in Australia. It had a small inventory sticker with their initials on it. I think it qualified as "carried a lot, shot a little."

    Buying a police trade-in gun is always a crap shoot, but in general, the Model 10 holds up well over the years and is sturdy and dependable. And police trade-ins tend to have less home gunsmithery that can ruin any gun, compared to used guns bought off the interweb. If you happen to get a S&W police trade-in that needs some work, it can always be returned to the S&W factory for repairs; their customer service is legendary.

    Was $319 worth it? It was for me. I think it compares well with any price for any comparable revolver on GunBroker.com, GunsAmerica.com, etc. And Bud's doesn't charge for shipping.
  9. SlowFuse

    SlowFuse Well-Known Member

    Well, here's what I got... Model 10-11 round butt from Buds. I've had it a couple weeks, little late with my update. Upon examination everything looked good. I would have liked original grips but not a deal breaker. Decent amount of holster wear, but lockup was tight. Bore looks good so I accepted the transfer.

    Now for the fun part, once or twice every cylinder I have a light strike. On the second attempt it goes off. I'm shooting reloads, it's all I have for 38 special so I don't have another type of ammo to compare. The batch I have is loaded with Tula primers, the first time I've used them. I'm going to go back to make sure I seated the primers deep enough, that's not something I usually have an issue with. I also checked the strain screw since I've heard of this causing light strikes.

    I like the way it shoots, but the light strikes are frustrating.

  10. rondog

    rondog Well-Known Member

    I have one too, from Bud's. It's ugly, but in excellent mechanical and shooting condition. I rarely buy any gun sight unseen, but I'm glad I bought this one! Part of me wants to send it to S&W for refurbing, but the other part of me wants to leave it as-is.



    But I can't imagine how the S&W logo got so worn down, this is the only thing that really bugs me about this gun.

    Last edited: Jan 11, 2016
  11. hapax

    hapax Member

    I got one of these when they were first available at Buds and was very pleased - some bluing wear and the grips were pretty rough, but excellent mechanical shape and function. Touched up the bluing, replaced the grips, and it's now my favorite revolver.
  12. SlowFuse

    SlowFuse Well-Known Member

    Welcome to THR hapax.
  13. lemaymiami

    lemaymiami Well-Known Member

    I still have the model 10 heavy barrel I was issued the last week of 1973 (before I went to the academy as a rookie down here in paradise (Dade county, FL). When I retired out in 1995 I was allowed to purchase it from my outfit. For the first 7 or 8 years it was my daily carry in uniform so there's a history with it. Off and on over the years since I retired I've considered parting with it, but suspect I'll still have it when I no longer need it at all...

    That model is utterly reliable, no sights to knock out of alignment, solid heavy construction, but still only 38 cal... The exact same weapon in stainless is the model 64 (had a few of them as well, but sold them to purchase other duty pieces..).
  14. Waveski

    Waveski Well-Known Member

    rondog - given the fact that the model 10 was designed and marketed as a simple , reliable and utilitarian revolver , and yours looks the part , I woulld keep it as is. Nice honest wear.

    lemaymiami ' I sure hope you keep your 10. You can't put a price on history. All the wear is yours. How can't ever replace that.
  15. Drail

    Drail Well-Known Member

    I have some S&W revolvers from the Bangor-Punta era - a lot of those received very shallow stamping. If the gun was refinished at some point the S&W logo gets even thinner from buffing and flaw removal. I worked for a dealer who bought a lot of police trade in revolvers when the cops all switched to bottom feeders. The guns had a lot of service wear on the finish but most of them looked as if they had only been fired once a year at qual. Internally they were barely broken in. Really good deal for the price. Wish I had bought a few at the ridiculously low price.
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2016
  16. eastbank

    eastbank Well-Known Member

    my model 10 stub nose, i find it muzzle light but it handles +P,s way better than a model 36-60. eastbank.

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  17. jdavis123

    jdavis123 Well-Known Member

    Nothing tops a Model 10 for durable dependability. It's classic lines and simplicity made it the choice of law enforcement agencies world wide and a favorite of civilians as a home defense weapon. There is much to like about S&W's oldest production revolver. I acquired my Model 10 a number of years ago. It suffered cosmetically but was sound mechanically.
    I stripped and cleaned it and applied some cold blue. It is an excellent shooter that has become a favorite. Everyone should own at least one Model 10!

    Last edited: Jan 11, 2016
  18. SlowFuse

    SlowFuse Well-Known Member

    If you guys had my grips and wanted to put wood back on it what would you choose? I've been looking for the past week, and have pretty much just decided on Altamont classic panels.
  19. amd6547

    amd6547 Well-Known Member

    Mine is a circa '57 "Pre-model 10" with the 4" taper barrel. It is a very good shooter that I got for a song, and I'm not a very good singer.
    However, I have to say I prefer the Model 15-3 I bought during the great police revolver sell off. Paid $175. Whether somebody worked on my Combat Masterpiece, or it just saw more actual use, it just seems smoother in every regard.
    I use the PC-Magna smaller grips with a Tyler T grip. I see some decent deals on eBay for genuine S&W grips, get a nice used pair to match your revolver.
    I've been known to CCW my four inch K frame, with the small Uncle Mikes boot grip. The Model 10 shines there.
  20. joem1945

    joem1945 Well-Known Member

    I have several model 10's. Mine are from the 60's and are one of my favorite range guns.

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