Darn the blasted S&W M 10!

Darn the blasted S&W M 10!

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    Unhappy Darn the blasted S&W M 10!

    Went to the gun show today, looking for another N framed anything 41mag or 44. After a out an hour of looking, there in the middle of dime a dozen tactical crap was two M10s, with tapered barrels. Both were square butt frames, one blue and one nickel. As I observed the lookers, noone even gave them a look. My, my what is the world coming to?

    I pushed my way thru the nimrods and greenhorns, and asked to see them. The blue model was a little tighter than the nickel, but both very good 90% or better guns.

    In 30 seconds I was reaching for my wallet. I left with the blue model, but will probably go back tomorrow for the nickel model.

    I am starting an M 10 orphanage. In my opinion, the k frame revolvers that S&W produced in earlier years are the finest revolvers ever produced in mass numbers. In the hands of someone with some salt, they can hold their own against any high end gun of any design or caliber, in any shooting discipline one wants to participate.

    In this world of hi cap bottom feeders, and even the feather light revolvers, it boggles my mind why anyone would pass them up. But, that leaves more for me.

    Of all the guns I have ever owned, and have now, I cannot think of a better do it all handgun for the greenhorn or expert alike. Loaded with a cheap hardcast swc, they will consistently perform as well or better than expensive designer bullets over a wide range of applications, regardless of barrel length.

    It is to the shootist what the 30 06 is to the rifleman. If I could only have one handgun, I could get along just fine with an M10, of any 4 inch barrel configuration to get me along happily the rest of my life.

    If we ever meet, don't be suprised to find ol Gman with a holstered M 10, with my hardcast handloads. I pity the thug who would think I'm underarmed.
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    I don't care if it looks like any other M 10, I wanna see it
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    Sounds like you had a good day Gman. The last time I got lucky at a gun show I left with a Model 15-5 in the original box. I paid too much but still left happy.

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    "M10 orphanage" - great line!

    Please, Sir, may I have some more?

    I share your sentiments about the basic K frame... I think I need to give mine more trail time, just need some appropriate leather.

    What's your favorite .38 handload?
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    Glockman, you are a lucky dog! Congrats. And go a get the nickel one too before it is gone.
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    Happy you spotted them! It's nice to get something you like!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    "M10 orphanage" - great line!

    Please, Sir, may I have some more?

    I share your sentiments about the basic K frame... I think I need to give mine more trail time, just need some appropriate leather.

    What's your favorite .38 handload?
    I have found a lswc at 158 weight, over 5 to 5.4 grns of Unique to be about superb for everything that I could ever need.
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    The Model 10 is an excellent model. I agree that the k frames produced by S&W in the 70's and 80's are the finest revolvers ever made. Their fit and finish is phenominal.

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    I have four various Model 10's,one Model 12, and one Model 13. S&W Military and Police revolvers are dear to my heart.
    Always looking for another.
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    I have my Dad's model 10 he bought when he came home from WWII. Still tight still accurate & yes I to "pity the fool" that would ever ever think one was "underarmed" when carrying the S&W model 10!

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    What a coincidence... I also run a home for wayward Model 10 revolvers. I just cant pass one up. I just saw one in 75% condition, a Sq Butt, 4" heavy barrel in a pawn shop... $185. on it... and this guy will always take 20 or 30 bucks off is asked. Whats a fella to do?

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    Fun to read your post, Gman. Gotta love the classic Smith & Wesson Model 10, both for the part it has played in American history and the part it still plays with countless American shooters who are fortunate to an example for self defense or for shooting entertainment. The Model 10 really is a far superior way to do the .38 Special than these stunted, light weight, or plastic revolvers marketed these days. The .38 Special is a better cartridge than to be relegated to nothing more than small snubs.

    Well, I guess I'm running the southwestern branch of the home for wayward Model 10s. Doesn't matter whether they are trash or treasures, I'll give 'em a home. The cool thing about them is consistent performance. They all seem to shoot to the same point of aim using 158 grain bullets with their fixed sights and all seem nicely zeroed.

    I'd have probably left with the blued example first too but those shiny nickel Smith & Wessons sure can catch the eye. I'd probably be going back for the other too.

    I'll always oooh and ahhh over photos of Model 10s.
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    I post pics of them when my lap top is fixed, unless someone wants to give me their e mail address, and I can send the pics from my IPhone and they can post them here for me.
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    There are two at the shop as range rentals and they are wokimg just fine after untold thousands of rounds. I'm going to take both home ( one tapered barrel, one heavy ) when they finally retire again.
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    Wayward Model 10s are worth rescuing for sure. Once they find a way into my cabinet they are wayward orphans no more. I came across this 3" version some years back and it remains one of my favorites.
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