Smith Model 10-5

Smith Model 10-5

This is a discussion on Smith Model 10-5 within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I saw a Smith model 10-5 in my LGS a week ago, for $299. Store was pretty crowded and I had an appointment to keep, ...

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    Smith Model 10-5

    I saw a Smith model 10-5 in my LGS a week ago, for $299. Store was pretty crowded and I had an appointment to keep, so I didn't have time to wait for a salesperson to take it out for a better look. But looking at in the display case, the bluing looked to be at least 85 to 90%. It was not a bull barrel. I'm going back Saturday, and if it's still there wanted some opinions. Think this is a fair deal? I'm not an expert on the older Smiths, so I'd like to know what some of you think.
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    Did it look much like this one? This is a 4-inch Model 10-5 with some holster wear, one of several Model 10s that have accumulated here as spares over the years. They used to be cheap so I'd gather them in when the right deal came up.



    You know? $299 sure does knock a hole in $300. It be better if that Model 10 was priced at about $250 but that probably ain't gonna happen. It's probably worth it in this day and age. If it is a 2-inch snub it's worth a premium, even if price guide books don't allow for a premium. There's always an interest in Model 10 snubs. The less common 5-inch and 6-inch Model 10s also sell at a bit of a premium to the right buyer (read that Smith & Wesson aficionado) if they are in good shape. The 3-inch and the really scarce 2 1/2-inch Model 10s also command a premium. The 4-inch such as the one pictured above is the most common variation. OOOooo...they shoot reallll good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    Did it look much like this one? This is a 4-inch Model 10-5 with some holster wear, one of several Model 10s that have accumulated here as spares over the years. They used to be cheap so I'd gather them in when the right deal came up.



    You know? $299 sure does knock a hole in $300. It be better if that Model 10 was priced at about $250 but that probably ain't gonna happen. It's probably worth it in this day and age. If it is a 2-inch snub it's worth a premium, even if price guide books don't allow for a premium. There's always an interest in Model 10 snubs. The less common 5-inch and 6-inch Model 10s also sell at a bit of a premium to the right buyer (read that Smith & Wesson aficionado) if they are in good shape. The 3-inch and the really scarce 2 1/2-inch Model 10s also command a premium. The 4-inch such as the one pictured above is the most common variation. OOOooo...they shoot reallll good!
    Yep, that's it! The bluing wear was about the same, handles were in great shape just like these. I hope it's still there, but I'm not optimistic.
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    If you are able to snap it up then we want to see it.
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    I'm still kicking myself in the rear end.. I had a chance a few months ago to buy a well conditioned Model 10-5 cheap (and my LGS had several in) but instead bought a rifle. Now, all the revolvers he has in are no names or anything but S&W's ... Man, do I want one bad..

    Btw, I love your revolver posts, bmcgilvary. :)
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    Thanks, blitzburgh!

    I'm like a bad penny or an embarrassing infection around here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    Thanks, blitzburgh!

    I'm like a bad penny or an embarrassing infection around here.
    I find you to be to much more than what mentioned above.. to me, you're a specialist and a treasure chest of information. Without a doubt, one of my favorite (and most valuable to others') posters, good sir.
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    Also, if you happen to be find a decent deal on something that isn't in your collection/don't possess a desire for, please PM me and let me know. I've been in love with revolvers way before I cared for semi's and wish to add to my rather small collection as my limited funds allow me to.
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    Smith Model 10-5

    I have one just like this. I am unsure of the age of mine but it was my Grandfathers from at least the 50's probably older. It is one of my best shooters. Love the trigger pull. I would not take $299 for mine, but mine has family history, but even without that I would keep mine at that price.
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    I have a couple of S&W 10-5s. My favorite one is this 5" version shown in the thumbnail pic below. These great old revolvers are eternal. At the price mentioned in the OP I'd be a buyer if she was in good shape.
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    Hey blitzburg;

    I'm afraid that the days of $75-$150 Model 10s are behind us. The entwined S & W on the side of a revolver seems to make folks think they've got a gold mine these days. I took a peek at GunBroker just now to find that few Model 10s were actually for sale with prices lower than $300. Some that did show lower prices also indicated that the reserve price hasn't been met. Predictably, given the high prices, there were not very many actual bidders. That ought to tell sellers something but it doesn't. A lot of those Model 10s would sell if dropped a reasonable $50-$100.

    Hi G27Okie

    If your revolver is from the 1950s or even older it predates the Model 10-5, and likely even the numeral designation of "10" assigned to that model Smith & Wesson revolver. Just guessing, but since you mention that you like the trigger pull, I'm betting it's one of the older pre-war "long-action" Smith & Wesson Military & Police revolvers (the factory name for the revolver prior to the Model 10 designation being assigned). Stick a photo or two of your grandfather's revolver up here and let's see from what era it hails.

    All Smith & Wesson revolvers made prior to World War II, along with those made only a couple of years after the end of the War had a action design that allowed for a longer hammer fall. Post-war Smith & Wessons were slightly re-engineered to allow for a shorter hammer fall, beginning about 1948. This was accomplished by moving the hammer stud forward and reconfiguring the hammer. This gave the revolvers a shorter "lock-time" which was considered by target shooters to be an accuracy-enhancing improvement, especially when the revolver was used in single-action mode as most target shooters of the era were wont to do.

    The older pre-war action though has always had a reputation for being smoother when used double-action and I have to agree. There's nothing quite like shooting a pre-war K-Frame for a smooth and very controllable double-action trigger feel. It's a real double-action shooting aid.

    And the pre-war Smith & Wesson N-Frame? Whoo-Hoo! Double-action revolver work cannot get any better! Neither the Colt Python, nor any other modern slicked up revolver can touch it. Couple that slick and smooth "long-action" lock work design with the outstanding workmanship of the era, add a couple of drops of machine oil, and introduce the helpful centrifugal force generated by the weight of that big ol' steel cylinder once set in motion by the trigger, and one has double-action revolver heaven! Big bore style!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wmhawth View Post
    I have a couple of S&W 10-5s. My favorite one is this 5" version shown in the thumbnail pic below. These great old revolvers are eternal. At the price mentioned in the OP I'd be a buyer if she was in good shape.
    Those late vintage 5-inch Model 10-5s aren't so common and their prices seem to reflect it. The 5-inch Smith & Wesson .38 Special was common in early years, the first few decades of the 20th century, but the 4-inch pulled ahead and reigned for most of the rest of the time of the Model 10s heyday.
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    As a lover of the older model S&W revolvers I hope it is still there and you can add it to your collection, nice find.
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    Well, this has me all fired up, and may have to leave work a bit early and go by there tomorrow!
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    I believe that last price I saw on Bud's gun shop was around $250.00 plus shipping and FFL fees. So $299.00 doesn't sound at of range.

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