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Smith & Wesson Military and Police Revolver

(NOT the modern AR-15 rifle clone, you ninnies!)

The classic, later known as the Model 10 .38 Special revolver.

model 10

I’ve never owned one.  I’ve shot a bazillion of ’em, and carried some.  With the exception of those without the strength to pull the trigger, I’ve recommended these (or similar models) for self protection, CCW, and general home/business carry for years.

Why?  Not everyone likes the semiautomatic, even those with minimal levers and buttons (e.g. Glock).  And the .38 Special cartridge is street-proven, but not so full of blast and flash to scare the new shooter more than the shootee!  Good for a beginner.

Barrel length?  That’s a matter of personal choice, although a 4″ barrel is fairly ubiquitous and inexpensive (used) at gun shows and pawn shops.

And they come with a fixed sight – nothing to hang up, break or misalign  on a coat or in a purse.  One could ‘bob’ the hammer and remove the single action function if one were moved to do so.

Disadvantages?  Medium caliber and six rounds; slow to reload.  Although I’ve known a few folks who could reload from belt loops two-rounds-at-a-time faster shot-to-shot than some folks using a pistol with a magazine!

And, I’m old-school, so there!


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


11 thoughts on “Smith & Wesson Military and Police Revolver

  1. Nice Revolvers! There is usually one around here.

    Posted by keads | March 13, 2013, 8:11 am
  2. Revolver fan here, because I’m KISS. (keep it simple, stupid)

    Posted by WellSeasonedFool | March 13, 2013, 9:03 am
  3. Like you, I grew up on revolvers, but was introduced to the M1911A1 courtesy of Uncle Sam. Like ’em both, but the revolver is easier to learn to shoot (at least, in non-punishing calibers), doesn’t jam nearly as easily, isn’t terribly susceptible to dust, and fewer moving parts. The original point-and-click device!

    Posted by Rev. Paul | March 13, 2013, 9:08 am
  4. My first gun, back in the stone age was a revolver. I also became a fan of the Ruger Security Six. I still have one of those that I shoot every range trip. I do prefer one of my 1911’s for every day carry though. Nothing fill the hand quit like a old slab side.

    Posted by robertsgunshop | March 13, 2013, 10:09 am
  5. I’m usually carrying a wheelgun. I grew up on them, literally, and nothing feels as good in my hand. I do occasionally carry my 1911, but it’s mostly my S&W Model 10 or my Taurus Snubby.

    Posted by TinCan Assassin | March 13, 2013, 4:28 pm
  6. Nothing wrong with a good revolver… 🙂 EVER!!!

    Posted by Old NFO | March 13, 2013, 5:50 pm
  7. Lawyers study methods to circumvent “laws”; a Constitution lawyer studies how to get around undesired limitations … the “living” document.

    Posted by Quizikle | March 17, 2013, 5:46 pm

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