A Nurse with a Gun

Friday, June 30, 2006

A Nickel Model 10 Snub

A couple of days ago I had swung into Amber's old pawn shop, now managed by Kenny, and discovered a rather scarce Model 10. Kenny had this nickel Model 10-5 snubbie priced at $179. Unfortunately, it wore some horrendous grips but the finish had just enough wear to make it a gun to continue using.

Looking at the pinned barrel and the level of workmanship, I suspected the hillbilly grips covered a C or a D prefix on the serial number. When I got the revolver home and removed the Bubba wood, I was rewarded with a D prefix, and a probable seventies era date on the revolver.

I used some 0000 steel wool and BreakFree to polish up the nickel until it glistened like a new dime. Next, I took off the sideplate to inspect the lockwork. The revolver housed some hidden rust in it's interior, but a bit of elbow grease got rid of it. I then lightly oiled the lockwork with BreakFree, and placed a dab of Tetra grease on the sear.

Digging through my box of spare grips, I was pleased to find a set of Seventies era magna grips with no serial number stamped inside. They would be perfect. Only the rear corner of one grip had to be massaged to achieve a fit that rivaled a factory set of grips.

Months ago, I had purchased an absolutely pristine Model 10-5 snub in blue, that I have declined to carry. It is just to perfect. This nickel snubbie will give me a perfect K frame revolver for carry. It's a crying shame they don't make them like this any more!

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Anonymous Jay G said...

It is simply amazing what a simple thing like a change of grips can do. That gun looks beautiful now. I'm jealous.

I am, however, the proud owner of a Colt Series 80 Gold Cup National Match as of this afternoon. Which I only had to trade one gun for... ;)

So I can't complain much.

9:10 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Pics Jay, pics!

9:20 PM  
Blogger Dan from Madison said...

That thing is gorgeous. I come here specifically to enjoy your photos and writing about the old Smiths, being an old Smith revolver fan myself. I own a 13-2 in 4" bbl, blue, made in 1978 and 17-3 K22 in 6" blue, made in 1969 (my favorite). I would love it if when you are describing things like hidden rust and how you get rid of it if you could take photos of these things as well. Thanks and I am glad you are still blogging after what you were going through a few weeks ago. Dan.

6:40 AM  
Anonymous Jay G said...


Here's a pic from the gent I bought it from: Pic

I intend to put up something more detailed shortly... ;)

11:19 AM  
Blogger rimshot said...

Now I gutta git me one...

What a fine-looking revolver you have purchased for yourself indeed, after some tender loving refurbishing it’s truly a keeper. Your latest revolver looks similar to one I had a chance to purchase over twenty years ago (only in blue) when a friend was going to by an FBI agent’s personal (?) weapon for $100 even. When the day came for my friend to meet him at the gun shop for the sale and transfer he wanted to back out and call off the deal.

It took about fifteen minutes of reasoning with him what a decent deal he is getting and that if he decides he doesn’t want it, I would purchase it from him at the same price he was out. When he returned he was overjoyed with his purchase and wouldn’t part with it at all. Now I wish I hadn’t spent so long badgering him into buying it and had gone over there and bought it myself! Live and learn I guess.

X, I give close scrutiny on all your photos of the weapons you are kind enough to share with us, and I thank you for that. I really never had the inclination of buying any more revolvers till reading about your exploits and love for S&W and now I’m after one or two myself. When I decide to buy I will be prepared using the “Revolver Checkout” article you posted for the multitude.

On a closing note and hopefully not being too picky…I’m wondering if left side grip (cylinder thumb-latch side) could use just a wee-bit of a trimming at the bottom to come into even-Stephen with the right grip and the frame? Just call me Mr. Persnickety I guess.

Thanks for sharing X, and leave a couple of those older jewels for us, wont-cha?

6:06 AM  
Anonymous Jay G said...


Here is a better picture...

10:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know how you feel.

I own a 10-7 snubbie, that I bought several years ago and I love it.

9:21 AM  

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