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Smith & Wesson Model 610

Variant 2 of 2

Type:Revolver
Produced:2009 Only
Caliber:10 mm
Action:revolving chamber
Trigger:double-action (DA/SA)
Safety:
Cylinder:6-round
Frame:stainless steel
Grips:black rubber
Sights:black blade front, adjustable rear
Notes:
Barrel Length:6.5 in.
Overall Length:12 in.
Height:No Data
Width:No Data
Weight:49.4 oz.

Manufacturer:Phone Number:
Smith & Wesson800-331-0852
2100 Roosevelt AvenueWebsite:
Springfield MA 01104www.smith-wesson.com
Importer:Phone Number:
Website:
MSRP:$1043
Used Est.:$600
Last Update: 9/3/2014

Caliber:10mm Auto
Alias:N/A
Muzzle Velocities - from1030to1400ft/sec
Muzzle Energies - from425to587ft-lb
Bullet Weights - from135to200gr

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Ranking Factors
Power Factor:209342- IDPA Rating Calculation
Recoil Factor:6.65 ft-lb- Standard Free Recoil Calculation
Total Capacity:6 rounds- Includes Chambered Rounds
Concealability:Very Poor
Defense Factor:62%

About the Handgun:
The Model 610 'N'-frame revolver uses half-moon clips to hold the rimless 10mm cartridges, and can also fire .40 S&W ammo.
About the Manufacturer:
This company began in 1852 when Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson entered a gunmaking partnership in Norwich Connecticut. In 1857 they produced the first metallic cartridge breech-loading revolver. Their first double-action revolver was produced in 1880. In 1964 the company passed from Wesson family control, and subsequently several conglomerates took control of it. From 1987 to 2001 Tomkins PLC, a British company, owned Smith & Wesson. In March 2000 Smith & Wesson signed an agreement with the Clinton Administration in order to avoid lawsuits. This agreement was not at all liked by the gun owning public and boycotts and floods of used S&W firearms in the market nearly ruined the company. On May 11, 2001, Saf-T-Hammer Corporation acquired Smith & Wesson Corp. from Tomkins PLC for a fraction of what Tomkins originally paid. The new company, Smith and Wesson Holding Corporation, publicly renounced the Clinton agreement which was received positively by the firearms community.
About the Cartridge:
Initially made by Norma and chambered in the Bren Ten pistol in 1983 the 10mm Auto was right off a formidable round. While the Bren Ten was not successful, the 10mm cartridge was. In 1989 the FBI announced the 10mm Auto as their officially favored sidearm. While the cartridge has proven itself over time, many felt that the cartridge was a little long for semi-auto pistols, making the pistol grip a little big for some comfort levels. When the shorter .40 S&W cartridge with very similar ballistics was introduced, it soon won popularity over the 10mm round. The 10mm Auto cartridge still has a strong following and manufacturers are still making pistols chambered for this round.
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