Model 10 Maybe?

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by PowerViolence, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. PowerViolence

    PowerViolence New Member

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    My stepdad just gave me another piece. I am not very savvy on revolvers but after a few google searches I believe I have a model 10.
    That is a hogue grip by the way.
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  2. trip286

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    Open the cylinder, the model number should be inside the yoke. It looks like a model 10 to me though, but I don't know all the exact nuances of identifying a S&W.
     

  3. PowerViolence

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    The model number on the yoke is 63834
     
  4. trip286

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    Sorry to hear that. It could either be an older model, as I don't know when they started putting the model number in the yoke area, or it could be a replacement yoke. I hope someone else who knows more than I will lead you in the right direction (of course those folks aren't hard to find, I don't know nearly as much as I like to think I do). My curiosity is piqued for sure.
     
  5. trip286

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    What caliber is it?
     
  6. c3shooter

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    May be a Model 10. Open the cylinder, look at the frame under where the crane closes up. They were making this as the Military & Police Model before they began numbering the models. There should be a 2 or 3 digit number, like 10 or 10-3 (engineering changes to model)

    Here is the mark of a Model 36.

    S&W revolver.jpg
     
  7. PowerViolence

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    It is a 38 special. The number on the frame is 63834
     
  8. trip286

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    I've researched it, and all I can find is that it was probably made before the 50's, that's when they started putting the model number under the crane.
     
  9. trip286

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    The mark right above the first "3", is that a "T" or just a scratch?
     
  10. PowerViolence

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    It is a T.

    I'm thinking it's a model 10... Have no clue what year now.
     
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  11. trip286

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    Sorry, I'm still lost. Check out this thread, it has some pretty good info on it, and see if you can figure anything out.


    Common S&W Identifying Features - THR

    I'm real interested in finding out what's up with that gun.

    You can bet it's pre 50's at the very least.
     
  12. HOSSFLY

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    I think its a pre model 10-
    I think thats the correct term :confused:
     
  13. c3shooter

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    Pre 1957 Military & Police .38 Special. In 1957, would become the Model 10.
     
  14. masterPsmith

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    Also, the number on yours is the serial#. Should be the same number as on the butt of the frame.



    Jim.....
     
  15. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    C3 beat me to it...Pre model 10. 5 screw M&P
     
  16. PowerViolence

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    I had no idea it was that old. I figured it was from the 80's and was in rough condition.

    Now the real question! Should I get it refinished?
     
  17. trip286

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    Depends on how much you care about the value. Refinishing pretty much knocks the value down just a little, but if you want to keep it and not sell it, by all means make it pretty.
     
  18. HOSSFLY

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    Thought that what i said?
     
  19. Smith & Wesson Military & Police

    Refinishing the revolver depends on a couple things. One is, how much is it worth in current condition? Those grips are not original and the finish looks pretty rough. The front sight indicates it's a late M&P edition. (The older ones have the 'half moon' front sight.) I would not think it is a collector's item in that condition. UNLESS you have documentation it belonged to someone famous, like Eliot Ness or Elvis or J. Edgar Hoover. You might have it appraised before any further decision.

    If you plan on keeping it as a shooter - which it will do admirably - refinishing it will not make it shoot better, but will make it look better. Nice old guns, very under appreciated.