Smith & Wesson Model 910

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Smith & Wesson Model 910 and 915
Type Semi-automatic pistol
Place of origin  United States
Production history
Manufacturer Smith & Wesson
Produced 1992–2006
Specifications
Weight approximately 28 ounces
Length 7 38 inches
Barrel length 4 inch barrel

Caliber 9×19mm Parabellum
Action Short recoil DA/SA
Feed system 10- or 15- round detachable box magazine
Sights Fixed three-dot; night sights available; one variant of the Model 910 produced with a fiber-optic front sight.

The Smith & Wesson Model 910 and 915 are two similar full-sized, 9×19mm Parabellum (9mm Luger), short-recoil-operated double-action/single action (DA/SA) semi-automatic pistols with a four inch barrel and an aluminum alloy frame and a carbon steel slide. The S&W Model 915 was produced from 1992-1994. The S&W Model 910 was introduced in 1995 as a replacement for the Model 915 and was manufactured through 2006.

History[edit]

Both the Model 915 and the Model 910 were part of the "Value Series" pistols made by Smith and Wesson, and incorporated several features to cut the costs associated with manufacturing "3rd Generation" Smith and Wesson pistols.[1]

Both the Model 915 and Model 910 were made with only one safety/decocker lever (left side) in order to save costs. The Model 915 was made with all-metal parts, while the follow-on Model 910 substituted a plastic rear sight, plastic recoil guide rod, and plastic magazine release button to further save on manufacturing expenses.[2] The earlier Model 915 also reportedly has a lug on the barrel and a corresponding cut in the slide for tighter lock up. The later 910 has no lug on the barrel, nor a slide cut, reportedly affecting its inherent accuracy compared to the earlier 915. Both models have a reputation as reliable and robust.[3]

The Model 915 was sold with a 15 shot double-stack magazine. The S&W Model 910 was initially sold with a 10 shot double-stack magazine to comply with the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994; the 910 was upgraded to a 15 round double-stack magazine in 2005, when that law was sun-set. Magazines for the 915 and 910 are the same overall design as those used in the 59XX-series pistols and are interchangeable.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Page 360-361, The Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson, 4th Edition, by Jim Supica and Richard Nahas, published by Gun Digest Books and Krause Publications, Iola, WI, 2016.
  2. ^ Page 360-361, The Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson, 4th Edition, by Jim Supica and Richard Nahas, published by Gun Digest Books and Krause Publications, Iola, WI, 2016.
  3. ^ Numerous postings from the Smith & Wesson Forum, search term "915" or "910," at http://smith-wessonforum.com/smith-wesson-semi-auto-pistols/
  4. ^ Page 360-361, The Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson, 4th Edition, by Jim Supica and Richard Nahas, published by Gun Digest Books and Krause Publications, Iola, WI, 2016.