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This is a discussion on Date of Smith & Wesson 10-5 within the Pistols & Revolvers forums, part of the Pistol & Revolver Forum category; Originally Posted by Coonhound Are you certain it's a 5 in barrel? Looks just like my Mod 10-4 tapered which I bought new in '67. ...


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Old March 21st, 2017, 06:34 PM   #16
 
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Are you certain it's a 5 in barrel? Looks just like my Mod 10-4 tapered which I bought new in '67. By the way, +P ammo is not recommended in the tapered barrel.
Yes, it's definitely a 10-5.



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Coonhound, Swing the cylinder open and look at the frame. There should be two sets of numbers .... one should be Mod 10-?, the other is the serial number (same as the one on the butt).

According to S&W, using 38 Special +P ammo is perfectly acceptable in all J or K frame revolvers (which includes the K-frame Mod 10) made after model numbers were started in 1959. I don't know how these gun myths get started but they certainly aren't true.
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Yep! It's a 10-5 and it certainly is a 4 in barrel
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3D284XX is in the 1978/79 range
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I've owned some type of S&W Model 10 or Model 64 for as long as I can remember. They are nothing short of iconic guns.
Like Piper Cubs, 1/2 ton pickup trucks and other classic American devices; they're so familiar that we tend to forget why they became classics in the first place. The 4" DA 38Special revolver is one of the most useful handguns you'll ever find and the Model 10 is close to the ultimate expression of that type of gun.
Many folks dismiss the model 10 as outdated. I hear people say things like, "you can only shoot 38's in it" or "it just has fixed sights" and other remarks that expose some disdain for the Model 10. I just listen and smile. I own a lot of fine revolvers but I'll always own at least one model 10!

Adjustable sights, magnum chambering, lightweight alloys and rust resistant alloys are desirable features but those old Chevy C-10's, Ford F-150's and S&W Model 10's have a LOT of greatness contained within their basic designs.

My current Model 10 is a dash 7 version and one of the Royal Hong Kong Police trade in guns. There's nothing spectacular about it but it shoots straight, doesn't weigh a ton, has a great action, retains most of its finish and I like it !
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Well, I took the "accident" to the range today.* I had some 130 grain Fiocchi factory ammo, as well as some 158 grain hand loads. It shoots like a dream. Makes you wonder- why do firearms companies today thinking theynhav to be constantly re-inventing the wheel? Smith & Wesson and Colt made revolvers pretty much the same way for 100 years, and they worked just fine. There's not much new under the sun, that's for sure.

*I bought the gun "accidentally" when I placed a small "test bid" on it on Gunbroker.
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