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I inherited a S&W Model 10-6 nickel plated 4" revolver chambered in .38 S&W. The barrel appears to be a "bull" barrel or heavy barrel. The serial number is D 7108xx. Can anyone provide me with information about this pistol? When was it made? Can I safely shoot +p ammo. thru it? Idea of value? Thanks in advance.
 

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There were 14 engineering changes to the model 10. So yours would be in the middle range of production and according to the Blue Book you should be able to shoot +P ammo. The 4 inch model production began in 1992.

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The S&W Mod. 10 with a serial number in the range you mentioned was made in 1975-76. It is a .38 S&W Special. Value depends upon condition, box included, etc. Go to the S&W Forum and post there if you want detailed info., but be prepared to post pictures if you want lots of info. As a SWAG, do not sell for <$300.
 

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Just do a google search for "S&W Model 10-6" It will bring up gobs of info.

The model 10 Heavy barrel is my favorite 38.


Late model Model 10s are capable of handling any .38 Special cartridge produced today up to and including +P+ rounds.


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It will be a 38 special, designated on barrel as 38 S&W Special....plus P is fine...this is the same basic frame as the M19 which is a 357 although Smith claims it has different heat treatment.
 

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There really is no good reason to shoot +p ammo out of it, std 38 special lead hp's will do the job nicely. It is proven that 357 mags are hard on K frames so why shoot plus p's which are trying to be magnums? If you wannt to shoot heavy loads go with the L frame.
 

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Thanks guys for the info. You are correct it is .38 SPECIAL CTG not .38 S&W.
 

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The model 10-6 was first made in 1962, that was the year that S&W eliminated the screw in front of the trigger guard on the heavy barrel model. It was called the military and police heavy barrel model. The D in the serial number stands for 38 double action. It is a K frame gun. HMB
 

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We used to pull the barrels off and put douglas heavy barrels with ribbed sights (aristocrat). for Police Combat matches....
 

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Thanks to everyone for their replies. This is a great site and I do truly appreciate you guys taking the time help a fellow shooter out. Regards,...Randy Price
 

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They really do shoot in all ranges of accuracy-- the barrels werent up to todays standards but every now and then you did get one that really shot

I had one in my military armory that shot an inch and a half at 25 yardswith the full jacketed military round--- I always wished there was a way I could have purchased that one

regards from Iowa

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Plus P is nowhere near as high in pressure as .357 magnum, probably about half. Perhaps a man has "only" a model 10. Shooting plus Ps will do nothing to harm it.

I often suggest wadcutters for "in the house" guns, however. Not likely to go through two walls and the neighbor's dog, but two or three in the boiler room and most nasties will give up and lay down.

Agreed, the L frame was built to take the punishment of 357s that K frames weren't but maybe our poster doesn't want to spend the extra bucks. To each his own.
 

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I wasnt aware of that Bob thanks for the info, I still wouldn't shoot it in a gun made before that ammo was developed. I still don't see a reason for it, std 38 pressure loads will do everything a 38 is needed for.
 
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