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S&W Model 10

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by CoinMan, Aug 28, 2007.

  1. CoinMan

    CoinMan Well-Known Member

    I found a relatively inexpensive Model 10 .38 at a gun show over the weekend. I've always been fond of that model, so I snapped it up, and pick it up on Wednesday. The gun seems to be in good shape mechanically, based on the checks I performed that are listed in Jim March's guide for used revolvers, and has only slight holster wear, as it was used as a security pistol for many years. It was probably drawn or fired very seldom. It's my first Model 10, and I'm interested in some feedback from highroad members that have owned any of these, if there is anything out of the ordinary that I should be concerned with regarding shooting, cleaning or any other issues.

    Thanks for any info you can provide. I'd post some pics of it if I could, but who needs to look at another Model 10?
  2. XavierBreath

    XavierBreath Well-Known Member

    What might help out CoinMan, is posting the serial number with the last three numbers as X's. Include any alphabetical prefixes. All "Model 10's" are not the same. Some are not even Model 10's!

    What barrel length did you get? Pinned?

    The S&W Model 10 is a great gun, with low entry prices due to production volume. The variations within the Model of 1905 genre make it my favorite revolver.
  3. Deanimator

    Deanimator Well-Known Member

    I have an M&P, the pre-model number version.

    They're great guns.

    I would have a gunsmith look at it. Two things to pay attention to:

    1. Make sure it's in time. Minor timing issues can cause "spitting", but are easily fixed by a competent gunsmith.

    2. Make sure that the strain screw in the front of the grip is both screwed all the way down, and factory length. Backing the screw out will lighten the perceived triggerpull, but will also give you light hits in double action. Some people have been known to shorten the screw to achieve the same thing with it screwed all the way in. A good gunsmith should be able to correct these problems.
  4. robert garner

    robert garner Well-Known Member

    I love these stories of inexpensive mdl 10's, if you can find one here its at a premium! good luck with that!
  5. DrLaw

    DrLaw Well-Known Member

    Who needs to see another Model 10?

    WE DO.

    Post a photo!

    The Doc is prescribing this for you now. :cool:
  6. armoredman

    armoredman Well-Known Member

    I am very fond of my Model 10-8


    Great revolvers. I'll get another HB model 10 one of these days, always good to have a backup.
  7. SaxonPig

    SaxonPig Well-Known Member

    No opinions offered. Just pics.

    A Military & Police (Victory Model) shipped in 1942. Had a 4” barrel that got bulged (hence the $60 asking price) so I swapped on a 5” tube I got off ebay for $5. Total investment, $65.


    Trio of snubbies. Left and right are RB M&Ps from 1949. Center is a SB 10-5 from 1969 that has been engraved and wears elk stag stocks that I fit and finished for it.


    A 10-7 the wife got me for my BD a few years ago.


    I agree the M&P/M10 is classic simplicity.
  8. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

    S&W M&P/Model 10 are great guns. I would like to find the following all in the M&P family

    1. A nice 1905 4th change with a 5" barrel and round grip
    2. A Model 10-5 with a round butt and the 3" mid weight barrel
    3. A Model 12 with a 3" mid weight barrel.
  9. nitesite

    nitesite Well-Known Member

    I had a fairly rare pinned 10-8 round butt heavy barrel 3" Model 10 that I sold to a major collector (initials are R.M.) a few years back to help pay for a cruise with my wife.

    Wow, would I like to have another one like it now.....

    I'm on the lookout for a 4" HB Model 10 as well. Don't need one, just want one.
  10. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam


    As S&W model 10's (Military & Police) make for great shooter's. I own a
    early 70's, factory nickel 2" S&W model 10 myself~! Enjoy;):cool::D

    1BLINDREF Well-Known Member

    Very nice collection :D
    I really like that engraved 10-5 :cool:
  12. sm

    sm member

    1. It is a Model 10.
    What is there to know? These are proven, have history and work.
    Some guns hope someday to aspire to this status in the world of firearms.

    2. Addictive, only fault is they are addictive.
    Not a bad thing, actually a great thing.

    That covers it...

  13. Rex B

    Rex B Well-Known Member

    I bought a M10-8 last year. Well worn, French prison trade-in, had the fat rubber grips. Got some new target wood grips from a THR member, reblued with Wheeler cold blue. Needed a new cylinder lock.
    Looks pretty good, cycles like a Swiss watch. Nice gun. It's now my home "desk gun"
  14. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Well-Known Member

    The thing that sucks the most about Model 10's is you know it will last a whole lot longer than you will, and it will always shoot better than you can hold.
  15. Thor Bloodax

    Thor Bloodax Well-Known Member

    Model 10 great gun

    Carried a Model 10 on the Macon PD in the 60's. Most policemen did in those days. I was always the number one or two high score on qualifications. My riding partner was the one I swapped off with. He carried a Colt Python. Natural pointer. Reliable. Do not snap/flip the cylinder shut, don't overload it with superhot loads, keep it clean and it will just keep on and on shooting.
    I have several with various dash numbers and they all shoot great even the early M&P 5 screw, and yes they are like Swiss watches. Crisp and sturdy.
    Good choice on the buy.

    Old Tom
  16. sm

    sm member


    LOL! How true!

    Now I am 52 years old.
    Some of these kids I hang with said :
    You know the neat part about these [Model 10s] we don't have to bend over to police the brass.

    I started cracking up, so did their parents and all the other adults...
    I said that when I was a wee brat; seems we all had made that revelation when we were kids.

    We use the Speer Plastic Training bullets, especially during bad weather, cold temps ..etc.in a barn.
    Great practice, lots of fun.
    There is something about a 77 y/o grandma doing a Eddie Murphy impersonation "This is like shooting guns in the house".

    Guess one had to be there, just she kept doing silly quotes from that movie.

    While there are other fine revolvers , one huge advantage the Model 10 has, is all the various stocks/ grips available for it.
    Real easy to find what works for one for better gun fit.
  17. Black Knight

    Black Knight Well-Known Member

    If you can have only one revolver for the rest of your life you could find few better. The Model 10 (M&P) is the revolver that all other S&W's are created from. Everyone who collects revolvers should have at least one in their collection. I have a model 10HB with a Bullseye (I believe they are Wolf Springs now) spring kit and it is so smooth and crisp. I have never had aany problems with mine. As you described the 10 I would say it sounds like you got a fine revolver there.
  18. DrLaw

    DrLaw Well-Known Member


    Purty. Real purty. :p

    The Doc is (jealous) out now. :cool:
  19. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Well-Known Member

    I been trying to wear out these grips, and ain't havin' much luck.

  20. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Well-Known Member

    If anybody finds D279229 with "MPDC" stamped on the butt, I want it back.

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