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Old 10-30-2011, 08:05 AM
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i picked up a very good 10-5 at the gun show today. it is in ext. condation . what can you tell me about it. are there good shooters. what were they used for. ser. no. c718xxx what year. this is going to be my wifes house gun. thanks guys.
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Likely 1964-1965. This is the classic 38 special revolver used by most US Police departments at that time. It is an excellent all purpose revolver.

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The Military & Police became the model 10 in 1957. This is the classic S&W revolver and was the bread & butter gun for the company for decades. Now the tastes of gun consumers has shifted to fancy, hi-cap, tacticool self-loaders but the Model 10 got the job done for over 100 years and still continues to do so. My mother keeps a 5" 10-7 loaded with lead SWC HP +Ps in her nightstand. I have a 2" M64 in my own nightstand which is nothing more than the Model 10 in stainless.
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...but the Model 10 got the job done for over 100 years and still continues to do so.
I agree.

The S&W Model 10 (10-5) was the first revolver that I purchased many years ago. It is still one of my favorites.
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They are a real bargin these days as they have actions that are usually smooth and they are excellent shooters. I picked up a model 10-5 with 4 inch barrel that was a 98% gun for $375 a couple of months ago and it's a winner.

Congratulations on the purchase.

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Classic S&W. If it fits your hand (depends on grips) and shoots to POA with your chosen ammo (may depend on grips), it is one of the best all-purpose guns ever made. Highly reliable.
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The Mod 10 4" heavy barrel is to me one of the best all around guns ever made. I've said it before on here... I love them. Enjoy your 10!
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We have 2 of them, a 3" and a 4". Even though we have other, newer revolvers and autos, these get the most range time...they just shoot good.

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I also have two, both round butts.
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Mine's a 1967 10-6. Finest gun have ever owned.

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The Mod 10 4" heavy barrel is to me one of the best all around guns ever made. I've said it before on here... I love them. Enjoy your 10!

What is a "heavy barrel?" and what is a "light" barrel?
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The standard barrel is slightly tapered while the heavy barrel has no taper. Look at the previous page for photos of the standard barrel. Above is the heavy barrel.

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mine is the tapered barrel, 10-5, 5"

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The Model 10 is the standard by which all others hoped to achive. (IMHO)

My 10-5 (D126xxx) lived most of its previous life in the holster of a reserve deputy sheriff. It's now a occassional range gun and shoots just like new.
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Back in the day, I never wanted a 10-5. I thought they looked quaint and old fashioned. They always made me think of the cops in those old black and white movies who wore those long heavy greatcoats, and carried their revolvers in a pocket in the coat.

Today I like the Model 10 because it looks quaint and old fashioned. And they shoot great. It doesn't really matter what - (dash) model they are, or even "pre-dash" M&P's.

5" 10-5 from 1969



4" 10-7 from 1979



A M&P from 1947.



With a couple boxes of brass, a Lee-Loader and some components, you've got fun, inexpensive shooting for a good while.
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My very first S&W revolver was a model 10. I really like that gun. It's simplicity makes it an icon in handguns. At first I didn't like the tapered barrel as much as the heavy barrels, but it has grown on me. Congrats on getting a fine handgun and piece of history. Ditto on the Lee loader and fun.
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They were carried by almost every PD in the country at one time or another......The heavy barrel pistols were about the perfect pistol during their time...In the old days and I can talk about the old days they were well finished, reliable, and would take abuse by their respective partners,,Sort of like a old loyal courage's dog..;..You don't see that kind of fit or finish anymore..Sad to say.......Most shot POA at critical range and no misfires, well unless you never cleaned them or changed ammo once in a while. Like a lot of old guys I digress. 73 now and hoping..
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I inherited a snub 10-5 earlier this year, accurate, well-balanced revolver with the most intense bluing of any revolver I own. My LGS pusher said it looked as if it had shot one cylinder, super clean with no noticable wear. It’s born on date puts it at 1963/64, close enough to be my birth year gun!
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I just bought a mod. 10-5 serial # C613XXX like to know what year and where to get factory grips it.
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I inherited a snub 10-5 earlier this year, accurate, well-balanced revolver with the most intense bluing of any revolver I own. My LGS pusher said it looked as if it had shot one cylinder, super clean with no noticable wear. Itís born on date puts it at 1963/64, close enough to be my birth year gun!
I started in the LE business in 63....Let me add you will be hard pressed to find a better machined revolved from any one that is as free of machine marks and blued as good as those smith revolvers...The only exception was the Colt Python and it cost a lot more even back then...Of course police pay was a lot less to.
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I just bought a mod. 10-5 serial # C613XXX like to know what year and where to get factory grips it.
Yours is a 1961-62. Grips can be found just about anywhere online, from ebay to gunbroker.
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Beauitful guns.I just picked up this model 10-6 in nickel and model 64. Unfortunately the 64 broke before I could shoot it. It's at Smith right now...
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I saw another model I never heard of Model 13 in 357mag,blue, ex police gun for sale on another board, beauty!
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If it has standard sights I think it is the one ordered by NYSP I don't think they were ever issued. We had one in LNC looks like a standard Mod 10-4 w/heavy barrel but is chambered for 357..
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How does the model 10 compare to the model 28 highway patrolman? I know my model 10 is a .38 while the 28 is a .357, otherwise? are they similar to grip or is one larger or smaller than the other?
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I have a 10, and have purchased a 28 from Florida, but it hasn't arrived yet.
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All of this Model 10 talk got me in a picture postin' mood. Below is my 10-5. It was originally shipped to The Wackenhut Corporation, c/o Goddard Space Command, in late 1968, just in time to provide security for the first moon shot.


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My S&W Model 10-8, 4" heavy barrel.

I picked this up a few years ago at a local gun show. When I got it home my wife promptly stole it for her bedroom gun!!! I got the Tyler Grips from a fellow forum member...at the time they were $15 included shipping!

I'm still looking for another one!

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Road Rat, Bud's gets and sell Model 10's very reasonable. My 10-8 was $269, shipped to my F.F.L. Ex police guns, but most are good shooters! They are out now, and recently had gotten a batch of 3" guns and a batch of 4 inchers. These were from Australia. Bob
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