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S&W Model 610 10mm

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  1. gerhard1

    gerhard1 Sharpshooter

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    The S&W model 610, pictured above in a 6" barrel, is a six-shot stainless steel N-frame chambered in 10mm Automatic. Because the 10mm is a rimless round, like the 45 ACP, moon clips are needed to extract the rounds. It is a heavy gun and was made from 1990 to 1992, and briefly once more starting in 1998. Mine, a 5" barrel, is one of the earlier specimens, and I have had it for almost 30 years.

    Loading the moon clips was a big pain in the butt, which is one reason that I have not shot this gun for at least eight years. I don't remember shooting it since I moved to Oklahoma.and that was in 20008. Yesterday, I took delivery of a device that makes loading the clips much easier. It is the BMT Equipped loader. I already had one for my S&W models 625 and 22. If I can find it, I'll post a link to the thread.

    This morning, I put 12 rounds through it and then a combination of the cold and the fact that I had no protection on my finger made me stop. Then after I went to town and got lunch and a few groceries I put a bandaid on my finger to pad it and put 60 more downrange. The reason for the bandaid was because the trigger's edge was quite sharp and the recoil would form a very nice blister .

    Recoil was heavy, although not really excessive., The aftermarket Pachmayr grips I put on it really helped here, although I feel that this is one gun where Hogue Monogrips would help. Of the 72 rounds I shot today, all but six were RAM 155 grain JHP. The remaining six were Hornady 180 grain FMJ.

    Accuracy in my hands was very acceptable and all shots were rapid DA at very close range. The action's being very smooth here helped a great deal.

    Now, is this gun suitable for concealed carry? Unless you're a fairly big guy like me, I'd have to say 'no'. It is very good for hunting, home defense, target shooting and general plinking, but it is a huge, heavy gun. Please note the full-length underlug in the picture above. That, plus the fact that there is less metal removed means more weight, which is very noticeable.

    But I had fun today.
     
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    Nice. Closet I have to that is a mod 57 41 mag 1/2 underlug and I enjoy it with Max hand loads. I like wheel guns that are not run of the mill looks like you have a keeper

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    I’ve seen videos of guys using Arkansas stones to hone down sharp edges on triggers and other internals on S&W revolver. Not sure if you want to, just wanted to mention in case you wanted to give it a try.
    I really like the 10mm. Thinking about a Glock 40, but that grip is large for my very average size 9/L hands. Have to get the three o eight AR first, but then a 10mm or .44mag is in the works.
     
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    I want a s&w 610
     
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    I love mine
     
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    I like revolvers and I like the 10mm what a great combination imo.
     
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    That's exactly why the one that made its way to me became a "keeper". 6-1/2" version, product code 103576 (1989-1992). About 2.5 oz. heavier than the 5" barreled version, but balances well. Came to me with the Pachmayr grips adorned with Delta Elite medallions, do wish I had a set of the original grips just for completeness - appreciate the picture of yours so I have a better idea of what I'm looking for. Also appreciate the information on the loader, will need to go check them out.
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    Here is a link to the loader I mentioned in the OP. It isn't cheap, but it is slicker than snot on a doorknob.



    The demo of the loader starts about 3:45 into the video. It takes a while to get the hang of using it, but once you do, it is very fast.

    Also just to make clear, the 610 in the OP photo is not mine, but was taken from the Internet Movie Firearms Database. Also it is mentioned in my next story.
     
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    No doubt; I'm a big fan of revolvers, and a fan of the 10mm. What a cool combo.
     
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    Yeah, I'm on the "I want one" list too......!
     

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