Smith & Wesson Model 610

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  1. General Geoff

    General Geoff Member

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    So I just learned about this N-frame wheelgun, and how it chambers both 10mm auto and .40S&W (both with moon clips, of course). I then went to Smith & Wesson's website, but much to my dismay they have no information regarding the 610. When was this model discontinued? And if I were looking to purchase one, where would be the best place to look, and how much would they be worth (ballpark figure)?

    Thanks for any help guys. :)
     
  2. Bob R

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    I won't answer all of your questions, but the one I can answer is cost.

    The going price seems to be around 700-800 dollars on most private sales on the web. I have been looking for one for a long time that the seller did not think was made of gold. You can usually find them on the auction sites, or every now and then here, or the S&W forum. The last two at the S&W site sold quick. One went for 575 dollars (very low) and lasted 3 minutes. The second was priced at 800 dollars and lasted a day.

    I will probably send my wifes GP100 off to get converted to 10mm.

    bob
     
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    hmm... with used models fetching those kinds of prices, do you think it might be feasible to convince Smith & Wesson to start making them again?


    I think I'll send them an email with the idea... :)
     
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    The 610 was made, off and on, from 1989-2004. They are lots of fun! Here is my 610 "no dash"; it is one of the first run of 4,560 made between 1989-1992 (its the one on the bottom).

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    P.S. It will soon be for sale :)
     
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    Please do, another voice in the sea of voices may be the one that pushes them to do it.

    bob
     
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    Here's my email to Smith & Wesson:

     
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    One just sold on the IDPA forum for $575. 4" Excellent shape with box and papers. It went pretty quick so you have to keep looking and be ready to jump.

    Check the most popular forum sites that have gun sales like here, GlockTalk and the 10MM Talk forum.

    Good Luck!
     
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    I think I'll hold out and see if Smith & Wesson replies to my email before scouring for a used one. I'd rather support them if they're willing to oblige us 10mm fans. :)
     
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    Frank,

    I am pretty sure that is the one that lasted all of 3 minutes on the S&W forum. The guy had been using it for competition, and was moving to another class so he wanted to sell it, and not squeeze every possible penny out of it.

    Like you said, if you see one you want, it is best to jump on it. If you wait a day or so, you will be left out in the cold.

    bob
     
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    10mm GP100 Conversion

    Bob R,

    Who are you thinking of doing the conversion on the GP100? Will it still be a 6 shot?

    That is a project that I am very interested in... If I can keep 6 rounds and get moonclips for it.
     
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    Clements guns is doing the conversion. It runs about 500 dollars.

    It stays a six shooter and is cut for moon clips. He rebores the cylinder and barrel and remarks the barrel.

    http://www.clementscustomguns.com/default.htm

    Before I can have her GP100 I have to find her another 357 she likes.

    bob
     
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    I like them, but I have to say that I doubt S&W will bring them back. I find that the 6.5" guns are easier to shoot then the 5" models though.

    Good luck on getting more made.
     
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    Thanks for the well wishes. 6.5" barrel, you say? I'll make sure to get one of that size, as I'm not concerned with concealing it. :eek:
     
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    Here is the 1st target I ever shot with my 610.

    50 shots, offhand 15 yards, hot 180 grn reloads. (the one flier was the first shot out of a clean barrel).

    For this reason I say get the 6.5" over the 5". I shot both for a long time and finally sold the 5". I just was not as easy to shoot and to a certain extent what's the point? I wanted it for hunting and range work along with 10mm testing. I could not justify the shorter barrel.
     
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    Odd question, but I've seen many 610s now after researching them a bit, that have sheer exteriour cylinder faces, as opposed to the ones with deep grooves between the chambers. Is there any significance to this?
     
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    Gator,

    Nice pair of revo's!! I really like that 646 - very rare but very cool. I'm a sucker for revolvers chambered in semi-auto rounds.
     
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    Thanks Pintoguy! The 646 is a keeper.

    General Geoff, the later production 610s (after 2001) had unfluted cylinders. Unfluted cylinders add a bit of weight and some guys like the looks.
     
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    I picked up a 5" 610-3 with a fiber-optic front site from the classifieds section of this very forum for $700. I started a "Wanted To Buy" thread and had one in my hands less than a week later.
     
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    The first edition models from the early 1990s had fluted cylinders. The re-introduced models had unfluted cylinders.
    S&W also had a L-frame .40SW revolver, the M646. It like the M610 just wasn't a big seller so don't hold your breath waiting for them to bring one back. The 10mm will have to climb a lot higher in popularity.
     
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