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Jeeplife_88

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Smith 610 info?
« on: January 25, 2016, 02:28:06 PM »
Hey guy I just joined this forum. I'm a connoisseur of the 10mm round. Last friday I lucked up and purchased a 610 no dash 5 inch barrel for 1100. I was wondering some general info about it I cant really find anything online about it. Figured I'd ask yall. And I have a 1006 to picked up at gun show bout 6 months ago for 750

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Re: Smith 610 info?
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2016, 03:00:50 PM »
Jeeplife_88 welcome to the forum! The 610 is fairly straight forward as revolvers go.  Even though the cases headspace on the case mouth, the rims moon clips can act as speedloaders for the 10mm and 40S&W cartridges.  Some have reamed the cylinders on the 610 to accept the 10mm Magnum cartridges, but that's another animal all its own.

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Re: Smith 610 info?
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2016, 03:31:08 PM »
Thanks. I'm sure I'll fit right in here.

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Re: Smith 610 info?
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2016, 04:42:51 PM »
what info are you seeking ?
S&W 1006
S&W 610 6.5"

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Re: Smith 610 info?
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2016, 04:49:52 PM »
Just some general info I guess. Like what year they were made and about how many.

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Re: Smith 610 info?
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2016, 05:10:24 PM »
S&W 1006
S&W 610 6.5"

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Re: Smith 610 info?
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2016, 08:09:45 PM »
The 5" model is a "rarer" bird. Ther are fewer of them than there are of the 4" and 6.5" models (I have a 6.5" barrel model). I prefer the longer barrel for the power that it extracts from the full-power 10mm ammunition.

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Re: Smith 610 info?
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2016, 02:16:15 PM »
The S&W 610 first introduced the legendary, N-framed revolver in 1990, and after slow sales it was dropped in 1992.  It returned in 1998, as the demand [IPSC] for a competition type revolver increased, but more often employed in IDPA matches.  During this time, the hammer-mounted 'firing-pin' moved to the frame, and the notorious "lock" was added.  Here's some more or less, relevant info on the 610 models from Bren-Ten.com:

610 - While most 10mm Auto firearms were designed for the law enforcement/self defense market, there is one Smith & Wesson that has been marketed more towards the hunting/competitive shooting crowd. Like the 10xx series pistols it is of stainless steel construction. Unlike the 10xx series though, it is not a semiauto pistol, but an N-frame revolver. Because of the 10mm's rimless design the 610 uses moon clips (full, half, or two-round clips are available). This therefore allows the use of .40 S&W ammunition which is relatively inexpensive compared to factory 10mm ammo. (It is important to thoroughly clean the chambers after firing the shorter rounds to ensure the longer 10mm case will seat fully.)

The Smith & Wesson 610 revolver has been offered in a variety of barrel lengths including 3" (Lew Horton limited edition), 4" (the most recent version), 5", 6" and 6.5" The 610 came standard with a non-fluted cylinder, but the 5" and the early 6.5" versions were equipped with fluted cylinders. The Lew Horton 3" version and the 5" fluted 610 are highly prized by collectors which is reflected in their scarcity and price.


I have a NIB 3 7/8" 610, with a fluted-cylinder, that I picked-up ca. 2008.  Hope this info, helps out somewhat.
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Re: Smith 610 info?
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2016, 01:51:48 PM »
First of all, and as much as it pains me to have to say it, for a no-dash 5" you got a fairly good deal for 2016. Though not quite hen's-teeth yet, they happen not only to be my one true love (I sold a 5" and a 4" in the early '00s at a loss even then, and replacing them has been a sad journey through adulthood and inflation) but also nastily-'collectible' in the modern market. Why?
The way I read it, the legend goes that initially it was the fawning-over by pro and pro-am comp shooters —who not only could punch well over their weight using ultra-light loads with a hammer-firing-pin, '90s-N-Frame-strong platform— and meagre production-numbers (I can't find the corrected figure, but the S&W Big Books seem to have it wrong, don't quote me) that drove the no-dash 610s, 5"s in particular, to near-cult-status, but as anyone who's shot one knows,¹ there's something truly magical about these firearms; enough to launch a lifelong fascination with both the calibre and the platform, in my case. Rarity aside, and heated contests of opinion about the parts-quality of the newer models likewise, you have to remember that to begin with you're dealing with a niche audience. For some fuckin' reason, the 10×25mm hasn't yet charmed the entire world, and it's expensive to shoot. Further, dealing in moon-clips is something the average wheelgunner anymore is at best a bit at odds with. I know, I know; once you've graduated to reloading from anything but the box or a Zip-Loc the 'issue' evaporates, but this is still what I hear.
ANYHOW: Having rambled enough, two things. First: make goddamned sure you have a will, and that in it your no-dash 5" is specifically resigned to someone with unique knowledge of what it is, what it's worth, why, and to whom. Actually, never mind that, if you're dead who cares, just have someone give me a ring and I'll take it off the estate's hands and eliminate all the revaluation. I can wait. Second: Most importantly, don't be concerned with what it's worth, and shoot the goddamned thing as often as you can possibly afford to. Take it in for a makeover-refinish and maybe even a tune-up from a renouned wheelgunsmith, not that it'll likely need much. Pose for pictures with it. Get on the horn to Karl Nill Maßgriffe and have some custom stocks designed for your hands and grip-proclivities. Offer to let hardworking handloaders borrow it for a week in exchange for four or five hundred rounds. Start shopping engravers; make a list of the things most important to you in the world that are not your S&W no-dash 5" 610; as they'll need something to go on. Have Milt Sparks or Lou Alessi or Bob Mernickle or EPS or Taurisano or Bullard or whomever cook you up a nice holster/rig. Don't eat an egg. Uh…


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1 – Okay, so maybe I'm exaggerating, but all N-frames feel best at 5", and perform admirably even with meeker loads. They balance better, point better, sight quicker and more positively, and flip

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Re: Smith 610 info?
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2016, 05:45:26 PM »
Ohhh h baby, 5 inch 610 .....only thing prettier is a 3in.... :o

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Re: Smith 610 info?
« Reply #10 on: September 30, 2016, 04:55:33 PM »
5" with an unfluted barrel? That may be my unicorn. The hunt begins!!
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