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Old 03-10-2017, 07:26 PM   #1
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S&W Model 10 4"

any good?

Hope so cause I just bought one.

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Old 03-10-2017, 10:20 PM   #2
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Excellent utility revolver. The picture shows a pinned barrel, making it an older one and very desirable in my opinion. The K frame S&W is my favorite. If I could have only one gun it would ne my Mod 19 with 4" barrel. That Mod 10 HB is a great home defense gun with the right ammo. I would feel well armed with one, loaded with the right loads.

Did you get a good deal? Is it tight? The K frame is the perfect size for DA shooting for me.
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Old 03-11-2017, 05:57 AM   #3
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That looks extremely nice. I may be a Ruger fan, but the Model 10 is the classic .38 revolver. First gun to use the .38 Special cartridge, in 1899.

Good article on Chuck Hawk's site:

http://www.chuckhawks.com/s-w_model_10.htm
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The one in the pic is a beauty !
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The one in the pic is a beauty !
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Old 03-12-2017, 08:13 AM   #6
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Have owned the current Model 10 Classic and even lacking all the refinement and vintage excellence of your 10-4, the gun was a wonderful shooter. Sold it off only because I am now mostly a single action shooter, but what a great DA revolver. You cannot make a mistake in a Model 10 like that beauty.
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Thanks for the kind words and encouragement.
I'm not much of a hand gunner, matter of fact my handgun collection consists of 2 rimfires (Single Six and an old K22). I've always admired the simplicity of the old M-10's and since I ain't getting any yonger I decided to scratch the itch when I saw this one.
It's a actually a 10-8 which a couple of guys on another forum who know Smiths date at 78/79.
They tell me the M 10's are regulated for 158 grainers so on their recommendation I ordered 200 rounds of 58gr Lead SWC's from Georgia arms.

Can't wait to get my hands on it.
It'll make a nice companion to my 1946 K22.



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Old 03-12-2017, 12:11 PM   #8
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Sounds perfect. The older ones might be slicker with more hand fitting but the steel and heat treating were less sophisticated. I think it was in the early 1980s that they went economy and stopped pinning the barrels and counterboring the magnum chambers. I think quality suffered then as well. The heavy barrel is much nicer to shoot than the tapered or "pencil" barrel. That should be excellent. If the double action is not smooth enough it is easy to get it world class and well worth it. That is a real prize. If you don't do much double action shooting I don't think there exists a better gun to learn with than yours.

Thanks for sharing the excellent pictures.
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They're the seller's pictures...not mine....but thanks.....

It showed up Wed.

I'm headed to the range tomorrow.
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With all of the compliments and respect for that beauty from my friends above, I guess it is too late to tell you that it is a horrible gun. And you need to box it up and ship it to me.
I hope to find one just like it some day.
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Just got back from the range.

Ran about a half a box through it.

She shot pretty good once I moved the target from 25yrds to 10...

I'm the worlds worst shot with a handgun.....
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Just got back from the range.

Ran about a half a box through it.

She shot pretty good once I moved the target from 25yrds to 10...

I'm the worlds worst shot with a handgun.....
You ain't seen me shoot one yet!
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Just got back from the range.

Ran about a half a box through it.

She shot pretty good once I moved the target from 25yrds to 10...

I'm the worlds worst shot with a handgun.....
Wait--what?? A new gun and you stopped at half a box? You won't wear it out, you know. I usually stick to about 10 yards on the first range trip, just to see how it works and feels. It's a very nice gun. I like a heavy barrel.
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Old 03-24-2017, 04:30 PM   #14
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I already had a target for another gun out at 25 so I gave it a try.....it was about a foot high....

I was told the model 10's are regulated for 158 grainers at 10 yards and that turned out to be the case.

It's strictly for home/self defense so I'm fine with that.
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Sounds good. The fixed sights are hard to use at longer range. As you said, ten yards is more realistic for defensive use. I expect practice will make it feel more comfortable, especially if you were shooting double action. That is one of the finest revolvers for that.
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Agree on both parts.

I've had some nice handguns over the years (Python/Dan Wesson/Vaquero just to name a few) but never really enjoyed shooting them enough to get good at it.
That might change with this one. It's smaller frame and mild manner really appeal to me and like you said, "the DA is smooth as silk".
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