Smith & Wesson Model 910
|Smith & Wesson Model 910|
Smith & Wesson Model 909
|Place of origin||United States|
|Manufacturer||Smith & Wesson|
|Variants||Model 908, Model 909|
|Length||7 3⁄8 inches|
|Barrel length||4 inches|
|Action||Short recoil DA/SA|
|Feed system||10- or 15- round detachable box magazine|
The Smith & Wesson Model 910 is a full-sized, 9×19mm Parabellum (9mm Luger), short-recoil-operated, semi-automatic pistol that was introduced by Smith & Wesson in 1995. It is based on the Smith & Wesson Model 915, that was discontinued that same year.
The Smith & Wesson models 910 and 915 are budget-priced versions of Smith & Wesson's highly successful 59 series, full-sized double-action 9mms with staggered-stack magazines. The lower cost comes from a left-side only safety-decocker rather than ambidextrous, and changing from metal to plastic for the rear sight and guide rod.
The nomenclature of these handguns is a departure from Smith & Wesson's typical third generation sequencing for model numbers. The first digit refers to the caliber and the second and third digits refer to the factory magazine-capacity. The models 908 and 915 were introduced in 1992 and after passage of the 1994 federal ban on magazines holding more than 10 rounds were rereleased as the models 909 and 910, holding 9 and 10 rounds respectively.
Design and operation
The Model 910 pistol features a double-action/single-action trigger and has a four-inch barrel, an aluminum alloy frame, and a slide-mounted de-cocking safety (similar to the one on the Mil-Spec M9 Beretta pistol). The sighting system of the Model 910 consists of high-visibility three-dot fixed sights.
A variant is the Smith & Wesson Model 908, which is similar to the Model 910. The Model 908 is a compact model with a shorter grip and slide. The Model 908 barrel is 3.5 inches long (one-half inch shorter), with a single-stack magazine that has an eight-plus-one capacity.
The Smith & Wesson Model 909, is a single-stack version of the Model 910 that holds nine rounds. It was made from 1995 to 1996, when it was discontinued.