By Bob Walsh
The Gun of the Week this time around is the Smith and Wesson Model 1006 10mm semi-automatic pistol.
This is a heavy-duty full-size pistol made from stainless steel. It has a 5” barrel and is not light. It uses a 9 round single-stack magazine. The pistol was available with either adjustable or fixed sights and has the much hated lawyer-inspired magazine safety. (I have removed the magazine safety on mine as I use it in competition and clearing the weapon is much more complicated if you have to insert a magazine to drop the hammer.)
The 10mm pistol was used briefly by both the FBI and the Virginia State Police, though it did not stay in service with either agency for very long. The FBI calculated that they went too far in the other direction when they dropped the 9mm for the 10mm and eventually ended up with a .40 caliber. They have since gone back to the 9mm.
There were a total of six variations of this weapon produced, the 1006, 1026, 1046, 1066, 1076 and 1086. A total of somewhat more than 50,000 of the pistols were produced, over half in the 1006 variation. The 1046 is by far the rarest of them, with only 151 known. This was a DAO (double-action only) pistol with a 5” barrel. Production ran for about six years, from 1990 thru 1995.
If you want a serious heavy-duty pistol and don’t mind something that is large and heavy this one is certainly worth considering. The 10mm cartridge is an excellent anti-personnel round and the single-stack magazine will fit most people’s hands tolerably well.