A Nurse with a Gun

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Pre-Model 10

The Smith & Wesson Pre-Model 10 M&P was produced just after WWII. It has the best qualities of the Pre-War M&P, as well as the later improvements. Click to enlargeFor many Smith & Wesson shooters, it is a zenith of revolver design. These revolvers have the half moon front sight, the silky smooth long throw hammer action, and an effective hammer block safety. They are stocked with the transitional diamond magna grips. The blued finish on the Pre-Model 10 revolver is more understated than previous or subsequent variations.

Serial number S811120 began in 1945. Some aficionados say the S prefix began as early as December 27, 1944 around serial number S769000. Almost certainly, at serial number S990184, on April 7, 1948, the short throw hammer was introduced. On March 22, 1948, the serial number prefix was changed to a letter C and began anew with C1. The Pre-Model 10 officially became the Model 10 in 1957 with the assignment of model designations by Smith & Wesson. This example, S8419XX sports an uncommon five inch barrel and it's original diamond magna grips. I purchased it off a pawn shop shelf along with it's holster for $89. It is an excellent shooter.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Less said...

http://bp0.blogger.com/_1-fwzdCKFUo/RwryUgxefSI/AAAAAAAAARU/X-8p03lT9zc/s1600-h/revolvers.jpg

I like my pre-model 10's too!!

11:34 PM  
Blogger Rabbit said...

$89.

Have I told you how much I hate you lately?

One of these days I'm going to have to come over the border and go pawnshop hopping with you.

Regards,
Rabbit.

12:43 PM  
Blogger Who is..... Carteach0? said...

$89....



$89.........

$89?!?!?!?!?

ARRGGGGGGG!

3:57 PM  

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