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Old 01-29-2012, 08:39 PM
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Default S&W Model 310

Anybody own or have had the chance to try out the S&W Model 310?
I've been searching for a 4" Model 610 without much luck, but see that S&W offer a new 10mm/.40 Model 310 in their Nightguard series.
I'm looking for a nice nightstand home protector & something I can carry in the woods as well.
I have a .40 auto so thought the 610 or 310 would be a nice addtion & save me a little on having to buy too many different kinds of ammo.
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Old 01-30-2012, 02:51 PM
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I have one and like it very much. Had to send it back to S&W because of a cylinder cramping issue but it was fixed and works perfect. I had a good stash of 40 ammo and liked it because of the ability to shoot the hotter 10mm.
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I have both.

I have a 4" Model 610 No Dash. In 1992 I took the 610 by to see Ron Power at Power Custom. I had him do his Power Custom Combat work on the 610. I also had him shorten it off the back from 5" to 4". I had it in the shop again this Fall. He checked it over, and added an End Shake Bearing to snug it up a hair. Back to perfect again. End shake was not bad enough that I had even noticed it at all.

My 310 Night Guard is a great carry gun. I did change the grips on it from Goodyear to S&W checkered wood compacts. Mainly for the looks.
I have no problems carrying it all day in a Lobo Enhanced Pancake with optional Inner Hammer Shield. I carry at 4 O'Clock. I normally carry 1 spare reload infront of the holster in a California Competition 7-Shot 38/357 (Long Post) Moon Clip Holder. Some times two. I may go to a North Mountain single post that holds 2 stacked in the future.

I guess you know all the important things about a Night Guard?

The 310 NG is an airweight N Frame with 2-1/2" barrel.
The Front Sight is an XS 24/7 Tritium Night Sight.
The back sight is a Cylinder & Slide Fixed Extreme Duty with a round sight notch to match the round XS front sight.
It will shoot 40 Smith & Wesson as well as 10mm interchangeably.
Recoil is brisk with full house loads, but no worse to me than a K Frame shooting 357 Mag 158g loads.
Ease of carry. It must have to do with weight. I also have a 3" 625, and the 310 seems smaller when carrying it. This has to be a factor of the 310 being so much lighter. I have several concealed carry shirts. The 310 goes away under them, with no problem for year round use.

Ok now for the Bad Points: I guess I will need to keep working on that, my list is blank on bad points.

Smith & Wesson got the Night Guard Series right the first time. In my opinion they should have kept the 315 and 310 in production longer.

I normally carry 175 Silvertips or some 180 Cor Bon in both for town. Mostly shoot 40 S&W reloads for matches and plinking.
I conceal carry the 4" 610 some also in another Lobo Enhanced Pancake.

I have no idea why the 310 NG was not more popular than it was. It shooting 40 S&W should have been a great selling point if nothing else. While the 10mm is not a real popular round, they can be ordered or found on the shelf here and their. The 40 S&W is available everywhere in cheap practice, as well as carry ammo. I shoot mostly 40 S&W reloads through both of mine.

I really like the 610 and 310 NG. The next best thing to a 310 NG would be a 325 NG, followed by a 386 NG or 327 NG. I really like the Night Guard Series for a concealed carry revolver.


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Hey Guys, thanks for the reply!
Bob,
I have educated myself as best I can re. the 310, but thanks so much for your input.
Is the 310 now out of production??? It still shows on S&W website.
I found a new one here in my hometwon. Asking price is $859.
Maybe I should snap it up & keep looking for a 610?
Thanks,
Lance
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