By Bob Walsh
The Gun of the Week this time around is the Smith and Wesson 610 10mm revolver.
I am mentioning this as this gun was originally dropped from their product line many years ago. It had a relatively short initial production run, only two years. It has been reintroduced not once but twice.
This is a large N-frame revolver and was produced primarily in a 4” and 6” version, though I have heard of 5 inch, 10 inch and 12 inch guns. It is a relatively large, heavy gun weighing in at 42.5 ounces in the 4” version.
The gun was reintroduced in 1998, allegedly at the behest of the International Practical Shooting Confederation though it is often used in IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) matches. I am a member of IDPA and shot mine for a while in IDPA matches after rules changes made by 5” barrel 625 (.45 acp) revolver ineligible. These newer pistols had the firing pin moved to the frame while the earlier ones had the firing pin (hammer nose) located on the hammer. These newer ones also were produced with a round butt where the earlier ones, as far as I know, all had square butts. This weapon had an easily interchangeable front site blade, which comes in very handy at times. (In fact I interchanged mine unintentionally somewhere along the line, for a fair amount of air. Fortunately S&W kicked down a new front sight blade for free. Very nice of them.)
This pistol was produced only in stainless steel. I have only seen them with unfluted cylinders though I have heard of a few made with fluted cylinders.
The second production run was stopped in 2005. I have just heard that S&W has decided again to start up production, which is why I have written this up this week.
This is a very effective weapon and is very fast to reload if you use moon clips. It would make one hell of an anti-personnel weapon if you don’t mind carrying around something this big and heavy. It would also be a good last ditch bear gun with the loads. If you want something to shoot a fairly heavy bullet (200 grains) hard and fast, this is certainly worth considering.