SOLD FOR: $1225.01
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 10-5, The .38 Military & Police
Serial Number: D228280
Year of Manufacture: 1969-1970
Caliber: .38 Special
Action Type: Single and Double Action Revolver with Swing-Out Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON” and the right side of the barrel is marked “.38 S.&W. SPECIAL CTG.”. The yoke cut is marked “MOD. / 10-5”. The butt is marked with the serial number. The sideplate has an S&W monogram logo and the frame’s right side has the four-line Marcas Registradas address. The yoke and sides of the grip frame have inspection marks. The interior of both grip panels is marked “K” and the right panel is also marked “228280”. One of the markings on the left side of the grip frame is a circled “RE”.
Barrel Length: 6”, Pinned
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a fixed serrated ramp blade forged to the tapered solid rib on the barrel. The rear sight is a square notch milled into the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut Magna stocks with S&W medallions at their tops. There are some scattered little nicks and marks through the finish on the bottom faces. The right panel has some finish loss along the front edge. There are light handling marks. The checkering is mostly strong. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. There are a couple of little marks through the finish, the most noticeable are on the top of the barrel towards the front and on the trigger guard. There is a faint turn line on the cylinder, it is hardly noticeable. There are some scattered light handling marks. The screwheads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder locks up well on each chamber with light side-to-side play. The single-action trigger is crisp and the double action is smooth. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a serial matching box, cleaning rod, bristle brush, and paperwork including the manual.
Our Assessment: The Model 10 was a staple of police departments across the country for decades. Its K-frame, 6-shot capacity and, of course, Smith & Wesson quality making it an ideal service revolver. Over 6,000,000 of the type have been produced over the years, making it the most popular centerfire revolver of the 20th century. There were many variations made, some are still being produced today! This example is a very clean 6″ barrel revolver from 1969-1970. It is in about Excellent condition with about 99% of its original blue finish and still has good mechanics and a great bore. This 6″ model with over 7″ of sight radius would make a fine target shooting revolver with light loads of .38 Special, but in such nice condition it would make a nice addition to a Smith & Wesson collection. Please see our photos and good luck!