Help! 10-5 snubby or Sp101?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Songcatcher, Aug 14, 2020.

  1. Spokes

    Spokes Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Sep 18, 2011
    I would choose the Smith also...
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  2. 2sharp2

    2sharp2 Well-Known Member

    Apr 17, 2016
    Yeah, no's the Smith for me.
    10-7. Paid 200 bucks for it. Special brother-in law pricing. He just want to get rid of it, he was buying a Glock.
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  3. azguy1911

    azguy1911 I'm done buying guns, I'm just a bystander now

    Oct 22, 2015
    Go on Gunbroker you can't sniff one for 600 bucks, do it
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  4. Songcatcher

    Songcatcher Nose to the grindstone

    Mar 15, 2018
    The fella sent me some better pics before I drive the two hours to meet him. Looks like some minor surface rust amd some holster wear. The front sight looks curious though, like a matte stainless. Could it have been replaced? I dont know? What do you guys think? Still a good buy even though not in pristine condition?

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  5. Songcatcher

    Songcatcher Nose to the grindstone

    Mar 15, 2018
  6. Songcatcher

    Songcatcher Nose to the grindstone

    Mar 15, 2018
  7. RSCamaro

    RSCamaro Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2017
    I have a 10-8 and it is a very easy revolver to shoot. Smooth in double action and crisp in single action. For me it is accurate out to about 10 yards, then the sights kind of get lost. A good gun overall, I would buy another even if only to turn it into a Bullseye type revolver.

    I do not own an SP101 though I did have an opportunity to shoot a NYPD back up SP101 snubby a week or so ago. Were talking 15 pound trigger press. A relatively heavy feel to the gun overall. It shot ok enough for the owner to say that I was the only other one he's seen that shot it better than himself. I asked if he would sell? Not a chance, it is history for him but I think it would be cool to own. Just a conversation piece, you know.

    I would go with which ever revolver felt better in my hand.

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  8. Trashy

    Trashy Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2018
    I'm all about older S&W's, got one or two around here somewhere ;) , would definitely get the 10-5 instead of the SP 101. But after viewing the pictures, IMHO, $600 may be a little high. Sight would cause me concern, spots as well and is the box original? Does the gun s/n match the box s/n?

    But, at the end of the day, none of my concerns above would effect the shootability of a sweet 10-5. Round butt's :) will bring more and carry easier. I just think I would be lower on an offer, that's my opinion and worth every penny you paid for it. But if possible I'd still pick it over the Ruger.

    Good luck with whatever you decide.
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  9. Songcatcher

    Songcatcher Nose to the grindstone

    Mar 15, 2018
    I know, that's what i was thinking after seeing it. Kinda dissapointing. Yes the box does match the gun.
  10. Songcatcher

    Songcatcher Nose to the grindstone

    Mar 15, 2018
    I guess it was the light. He sent better pics of the front sight.
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    Even though it's not mint I'm probably gonna go ahead and get it. It is what it is.
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  11. Apollo99

    Apollo99 Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2017
    It has the box and paperwork. There is some additional value right there. In 1986 I had to make the same choice, NYPD was issuing S&W model 10s and Rugers. I went with the S&W and never looked back.
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  12. Ingramite

    Ingramite On The Lost Highway

    Sep 16, 2018
    A three inch barrel on this one
  13. Songcatcher

    Songcatcher Nose to the grindstone

    Mar 15, 2018
    Thank you gentlemen. I'm pleased.

  14. Adam13

    Adam13 Well-Known Member

    Jun 27, 2020
    S&W all the way.

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  15. Razer

    Razer On The Razers Edge Staff Member Admin Moderator Supporting Addict

    Jul 1, 2012
    Nicely done, you made the right choice.
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  16. tiburonaz

    tiburonaz Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Apr 10, 2016
    Congrats, it will serve you well!
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  17. cgff

    cgff Well-Known Member

    Aug 24, 2015
    Does the box and gun have matching #s? Now the real hunt for the accessories,
    Tool kit wrapping paper, Etc.

    For cleaning that smith up, oil and white Cotten T shirt patches, just add elbow grease. & maybe some fine brass wool. As a thought after filling the box with proper goodies a letter from S&W to top it off. Those elder S&Ws are sweet.
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  18. Songcatcher

    Songcatcher Nose to the grindstone

    Mar 15, 2018
    Box, gun, and grips.
    And the gun looks nowhere near as bad as the photos show. I guess if you take pics in a low light room with the flash on it shows every flaw magnified. But i think the old Roscoe looks way better than the pics show. Plan on taking some shots tomorrow in the daylight. And some real shots at the range.
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    Apr 5, 2015
    When I was a young fella.....and even now at least to me......Colt made the best Automatic Pistols and Smith and Wesson made the best Revolvers.
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  20. Songcatcher

    Songcatcher Nose to the grindstone

    Mar 15, 2018
    Advice heeded. Will do!

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