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    Any Love for the S&W Model 10?

    For most of my adult life I have been in love with the Model 10. As the Glock of its time, it was the gun that filled most Police holsters for a lot of years. I was able to pick up an old Model 10 about three years and fulfill my dream. Now I'm saving up for when I find a 2 and 3 incher! Anyone else have this problem? Pictures are encouraged!

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    You bet.

    Mine was advertised as a police trade in. Shows a lot of holster wear, but I wouldn't trade it for anything newer.

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    Oh yeah...



    "Placement is power" -- seen in an article by Stephen A. Camp
    (RIP, Mr. Camp; you will be remembered, and missed)

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    Bud's has a 3" one now. These probably won't last long. Used Smith and Wesson Model 10 38SPL 3" $269.00 SHIPS FREE

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    Presentation to a Retiring Detective Lieutenant during the 1950's this is a Pre- 10 (Military and Police). The jewel of my collection. I still have the original wood grips, I put the Faux Ivory on just for looks. Nickel plating is original factory finish ("N" on crane).


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    Yep. Just bought one of the police trade-ins from Bud's for students to shoot, now I'm not so sure I want to hand it over....

    I had forgotten just how nice a worn-in S&W trigger is.

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    yep, gotta like the model 10s.. basic standard .38 special. Mine is a retired duty weapon sold to me by a collector who was "thinning out the herd." The bluing is turning to a darker "plum" but is complete over-all with little wear. The story I was given on it is that it belonged to a sheriff/deputy who spent most of his career in eastern Nebraska, the collector got it at an estate auction. It is actually a "pre-model 10" made in the early-mid 1930s, 5 inch barrel, original wood grips. All together not a lot of "wear" for its age, probably carried more than fired. Very smooth in double and single action.

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    Has anyone purchased one of the 4" (round or square butt) Model 10's from Bud's?

    I have been unsuccessfully looking locally for a used .38 spl. revolver and am very tempted to get one at $269 delivered +$3 insurance. I just hoped someone in the know could tell me that I can't go wrong with the deal. I realize buying a used firearm over the Internet can basically be a crap shoot, but I have always felt I paid a fair price when buying from Bud's. Can anyone shed some light, good or bad, on this deal?

    Thank you - this is my first post on the forum. I hope to be back once I have found the used Model 10 that has been looking for me.

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    first, the model 10 is a classic and for me, a no brainer.

    second, police trade in, could be ugly outside but inside its probably brand new..... carried more than shot.

    third buds.... i dunno never used them, dont hear bad things about them either

    fourth $269.... i would buy it for that.... good tackle box, glove box, under seat or knock around gun.

    it will not be beautiful but it will work

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    Thanks - TedDeBearFrmHell !

    I ordered a 4" barrel Police trade-in Model 10 from Bud's for $280.07 delivered to my FFL with insurance & CC surcharge. They will probably be shipping it out on March 1st. Once it is received by my local FFL, Illinois has a mandatory 3 day waiting period after Big Brother approves my purchase - will update when revolver is received.

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    I just received my used Model 10-8, S/N: AAY51xx. The bluing is quite worn in several places and the stocks look pretty rough, but I found no rust nor pitting. 'Full lock up' is tight with no endshake, the DA trigger feels so sweet (the first Model 10 I have held in hand), and the barrel and cylinder bores look very good to me.
    I may have found the 'shooter' I wanted. It will be a week or two before I get to try it out, but working the action and dry firing with snap caps is making me smile.
    I do not have access to S/N information, and a phone call to S&W customer service is a day or two away - can anyone tell me the year of manufacture?
    Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by il.bill View Post
    ...I do not have access to S/N information, and a phone call to S&W customer service is a day or two away - can anyone tell me the year of manufacture?
    Thank you!
    glad you like the gun....

    from another forum.... the -8 was produced from 1977-1988

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    O.K. so here's the deal; was at LGS this week and saw a Model 10 for $299. I wasn't familiar with the Model 10 so I didn't get it. I guess I will be going back this week to take a closer look at it. Hopefully it's still there.

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    There was a time when I thought the Model 10 was "quaint and old fashioned." I always thought of those cops in the old black & white movies who wore those long woolen greatcoats when I saw one.

    Today, I like the Model 10/M&P. I like them BECAUSE they are quaint and old fashioned. As I am.

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    1955 five screw M&P, 2" barrel. (unfired as best I can tell.)



    1921 (or thereabouts) 1905, 4th change (refinished). Still a very good shooter.



    I'll bet those wool greatcoats were warm too.

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    It's America's Handgun,,,

    I was having a conversation with a few buddies over beers,,,
    One of them quoted that old adage:

    If the head of every Jewish household had a Mauser, 50 rounds of ammo, and the will to use it,,,
    Adolf Hitler would have been nothing more than a minor footnote in history.

    I said that would be true of gangs and most violent crimes,,,
    If the head of every American household had a pistol and he will to use it.

    Then the discussion went to just what pistol.

    My buds were all talking Glock this and HK that,,,
    I argued that a plain Jane model 10,,,
    And 100 rounds of ammunition,,,
    Would stop lots of mayhem.

    Low maintenance,,,
    Easy to learn to shoot,,,
    It's practically indestructible,,,
    And there are a ba-jillion of them out there.

    Since it was my turn to buy the next pitcher,,,
    They all nodded their heads in agreement with me.

    S&W Model 10,,,
    It's America's Handgun!

    Aarond

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoMan View Post
    O.K. so here's the deal; was at LGS this week and saw a Model 10 for $299. I wasn't familiar with the Model 10 so I didn't get it. I guess I will be going back this week to take a closer look at it. Hopefully it's still there.
    YEP!!! I went back and it was gone from the display case. I asked if they had any Model 10's and he said O think I have a couple in back. Long story short he brought out 2 of them one was the one I had my eyes on. Needless to say, it followed me home. I am now the proud owner of a Model 10-5, serial # C886***.
    Last edited by MoMan; 04-12-2012 at 07:48 PM. Reason: Tried to attach pictures but am not allowed!!

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    Congratulations Mo. They are truly delightful guns. I reload most of my ammo, and I tend favor light target type loads. I shoot single-action most of the time these days too. I don't train. I don't even practice. I just go shooting. I'll toss an plastic milk jug up against the berm and just have fun.

    A Model 10 is perfect for that.

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    That's training,,,

    I don't train. I don't even practice. I just go shooting. I'll toss an plastic milk jug up against the berm and just have fun.
    That's training my friend.

    Milk jug is about the size of a mans chest,,,
    If you can hit it every time you're practicing self defense.

    Just because you're having a blast doing it,,,
    Doesn't mean it isn't worthwhile practice.

    I go out on a windy day and hang balloons on a 4' string,,,
    Trying to hit those moving suckers is challenging,,,
    And quite a bit of fun as well.

    Don't sell yourself short,,,
    As long as you're aiming you're prcaticing.

    Aarond

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    Naw. "Training" or "practice" sounds like work. "Going shooting" is fun.

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    I have one that was handed down from my grandfather. It it in excellent shape and a lot of fun to shoot.

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