SOLD FR: $1000
Make: Bill Davis Custom Smith & Wesson
Model: Custom 10-5, The .38 Military & Police
Serial Number: 2D58993
Year of Manufacture: 1977
Caliber: .38 Special
Action Type: Double Action / Single Action Swing Out Cylinder Revolver. The hammer has been bobbed and the revolver now functions as a Double Action Only.
Markings: The left side of the rib is marked “Bill Davis CUSTOM MODEL” and “PAT. PEND.”. The right side of the rib is marked “ARISTOCRAT / GUNSIGHT COMPANY / SAN GABRIEL, CALIFORNIA” and with their target logo. The yoke cut is marked “MOD. 10-5”. There is a S&W logo on the side plate and there is the four-line Marcas Registradas address on the right side of the frame. The butt is marked “2D58993”. The yoke and the sides of the grip frame have inspection marks.
Barrel Length: Custom 6″ Heavy Barrel, Pinned
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a PPC sight housed between two protective ears, the sight blade has a cam that allows for elevation adjustment and is marked 7, 25, and 50 on the left protective ear. The rear sight is a flat-topped target sight housed in the Aristorat rib. There is a pair of empty drilled and tapped holes on the topstrap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grip is a Hogue Monogrip with finger grooves and their pebble texture. There are some scattered light marks and faint scuffs. There are no rips or tears. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition as not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original to Custom Build
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 86% of its metal finish. The trigger has been polished, the hammer has been polished, the mainspring has been modified. An overtravel stop has been installed. There are some scattered scratches, nicks, and scuffs that have thinned the finish. There are few spots of finish loss from previous oxidation. There are some areas of light patina and oxidation, mostly on the grip frame. There is some thinning and finish loss on the edges, most noticeable at the muzzle. There are light handling marks. The screw heads are tool marked. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The single-action is light and crisp and the double action is light and smooth. The trigger has been polished, the hammer has been polished, the mainspring has been modified. There is an overtravel stop on the frame. The cylinder locks up with a little play on each chamber with the trigger depressed. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: The Model 10 is one of the most popular revolvers of all time and has been around for decades. Built on the iconic K-Frame, many have received customization to tailor the gun to specific competitions, and if you’re into revolver competition odds are a Smith is on your hip if you’re serious about it. This one has been customized by a previous owner and is set up for use in competition. A heavy barrel has been installed along with an Aristocrat full-length rib with a nice set of adjustable sights. The trigger pull has been smoothed out and lightened and the trigger itself has been polished. This one has seen some use but has a great bore and mechanics, it ought to make for a fine competition wheel gun for one lucky winner. Please see our photos and good luck!