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bac1023
03-14-2012, 15:37
I found a like new S&W M10-5 today at a local shop. Its beautiful. Its got the standard barrel and a wide hammer. Does anyone know how common these were built with the wide hammer? I'm not sure whether or not I've seen one before like that. I probably have and didn't notice, but any info would be appreciated.

I love the M10 and have a like new 10-6 with a heavy barrel. I wouldn't mind picking up this one to go with it. I'm thinking its 1960's production.

Thanks for any help. I'm far from a vintage Smith revolver expert. :wavey:

Bruce M
03-14-2012, 15:48
10-5 was in 1962 and the change was the sight width was changed from 1/10 to 1/8 inch on the standard barrel. 10-6 was also in 1962 so the 10-5 did not last long, according to Supica's Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson. The standard hammer is .265"; the target hammer is 0.5" I have no idea how common the target hammer is - it seems to me back in the early eighties one could order any of several Smith revolvers with a target hammer.

bac1023
03-14-2012, 16:43
10-5 was in 1962 and the change was the sight width was changed from 1/10 to 1/8 inch on the standard barrel. 10-6 was also in 1962 so the 10-5 did not last long, according to Supica's Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson. The standard hammer is .265"; the target hammer is 0.5" I have no idea how common the target hammer is - it seems to me back in the early eighties one could order any of several Smith revolvers with a target hammer.

Thanks Bruce. I knew it was introduced in 1962, but didn't know that was its only year. Its in new condition, which is imressive for a 50 year-old revolver.

Thanks for the info. I guess the target hammer was a factory option moreso than a production run.

pennlineman
03-14-2012, 18:06
Actually the 10-5 was made from 1962-1977 when it became the 10-7. This was the tapered barrel version of the model 10.

The heavy barreled version was the 10-6. It was also produced from 1962-77 when it became a 10-8. It was not unusual for S&W to have more than one dash # running at the same time. (Check out the model 60's, it'll drive you insane trying to figure those out.)

As a side note. There were a few 10-6's chambered in .357. They were quickly given their own model number, the 13-1. 10-6's in .357 are rare.

ETA: Back then any feature could be ordered at an addition cost such as the TH. But it could nave been upgraded since then. The only way to know for certain is to get the gun lettered from S&W. This costs around $50 I think. Not really worth the fuss on a model 10. Now if it had an unusual bbl length or something along those lines you might have something unique.

bac1023
03-14-2012, 18:29
Ok, that makes sense. My book says 1962 for the -5 and 1977 for the -7, but doesn't say how long it was built.

Come to think of it, the barrel is tapered.

Thanks for all the info. I may grab it. :)

pennlineman
03-14-2012, 18:55
The only reason it cought my eye is that I know my two 10-5's were both made in 1969. Had they been made one year earlier they would have had the diamond magna's. :faint:

That book is useful but it is hard to follow at times. It gets you going in the right direction but additional research is often needed.

If you are looking for the scarcer model 10's the 10 no dash was made from 1957-61. The 10-1 was the introduction of the HB from 1959-61 when it became the 10-3. The tapered bbl 10-2 was made from 1961-62. The HB 10-3 was made from 1961-62. The TB 10-4 was made from only in 1962. All pretty short production runs.

bac1023
03-14-2012, 19:22
Awesome.

Thanks for all the information. I really love classic S&W handguns.

Berto
03-14-2012, 19:23
Not super uncommon for variations in trigger or hammer profiles. It's still cool and unique, plus K frames are awesome.:supergrin:

Bruce M
03-14-2012, 19:38
Thanks Bruce. I knew it was introduced in 1962, but didn't know that was its only year. Its in new condition, which is imressive for a 50 year-old revolver.

Thanks for the info. I guess the target hammer was a factory option moreso than a production run.


Oops sorry I was wrong.

Actually the 10-5 was made from 1962-1977 when it became the 10-7. This was the tapered barrel version of the model 10.

The heavy barreled version was the 10-6. It was also produced from 1962-77 when it became a 10-8. It was not unusual for S&W to have more than one dash # running at the same time. ...e.

I learned something new, thanks. I just got done reading about Model 10s. Now I will try and see if I can figure out which dashes overlap in the J frames.

pennlineman
03-14-2012, 19:53
I learned something new, thanks. I just got done reading about Model 10s. Now I will try and see if I can figure out which dashes overlap in the J frames.

That's what makes collecting these things interesting. One could put together one heck of a collection just collecting all the different variations of the model 10. Throw in the pre 10's, blued and nickel and the model 64 it could get big real quick. :wavey:

bac1023
03-14-2012, 20:08
Not super uncommon for variations in trigger or hammer profiles. It's still cool and unique, plus K frames are awesome.:supergrin:

Yeah, I love K-Frame Smiths. I've got three right now (10, 15, and 19).

sns3guppy
03-14-2012, 20:15
I carried the model 10 on the job, many years ago, and later the model 64. Standard loads then were 158 gn lead semi wadcutter. Not the most effective, but functional. I really liked the model 10 and 64; I preferred the stainless, though it's hard to beat a deep blue for beauty.

The Model 19 was always my favorite for that series. Great little handgun.

I couldn't tell you when what became wider or narrower, but I spent a lot of time with those smiths, and they became second nature friends. The only thing I never liked about revolvers, any revolvers, was the extra time spent cleaning them.

bac1023
03-14-2012, 20:17
That's what makes collecting these things interesting. One could put together one heck of a collection just collecting all the different variations of the model 10. Throw in the pre 10's, blued and nickel and the model 64 it could get big real quick. :wavey:

Yeah, you can go crazy collecting S&W revolvers in general.