When first introduced in the early 1980s, the 10mm AUTO…

When first introduced in the early 1980s, the 10mm AUTO cartridge took the firearms world by storm. Shooters, especially LEOs, wanted a semi-auto pistol cartridge that provided more stopping power than the 9x19mm and improved on the ballistic characteristics of the .45 AUTO. Perhaps the biggest boost to the 10’s popularity came when the FBI adopted it along with the S&W Model 1076 pistol. After using the S&W Model 13 revolver loaded with the .38 Special cartridge as the previous standard, many FBI agents found the heavy recoil of the 10mm AUTO undesirable despite the power advantages. Eventually, research resulted in the development of the .40 S&W cartridge, which is essentially a 10mm with a shorter cartridge casing.

Now the .40 S&W cartridge is the principal caliber used by LE in the U.S. Although the 10mm AUTO cartridge never achieved the popularity of the 9mm, .40 and .45 calibers, it has always enjoyed a great reputation among many in the shooting world and has recently sparked renewed interest among target shooters and hunters. With 10mm AUTO jacketed hollow point ammo such as the 175-grain Winchester Silvertip and the 180-grain Federal Hydra-Shok being readily available, the 10mm AUTO is also appealing for personal defense use. Tactical Weapons offers a look at some of the current handguns available in the hard hitting 10mm AUTO cartridge.

Colt was one of the original firearms makers that recognized the potential of the 10mm AUTO cartridge. They were the first company in the United States to successfully manufacture a pistol chambered for 10mm AUTO on a large scale. Known as the Colt Delta Elite, the pistol was an adaptation of Colt’s tried and true line of Colt Government Model M1911 pistols. After several years of being out of production, the Colt Delta Elite has recently been re-introduced by Colt’s Manufacturing Company. The frame, slide, and barrel are made using forged stainless steel, resulting in a robust and visually appealing pistol. Both the slide and wrap-around rubber grips are adorned with the Delta Elite medallion just like the first production models. Other distinctive features include a combat hammer, aluminum trigger, and white dot sights.

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  • General Jim M

    If you want full powered 10mm rounds,instead of the “lite” loads buy from Doubletap online. Instead of 490 ft lbs from the Hornady line,you’ll get 700+ ft lbs. How about a 135 gr nosler hollowpoint at 1600 fps? A box of 50 is about 42 bucks.If you have the money the ammo gets cheaper the more you buy.1,000 rounds used to get free shipping. I don’t work for Doubletap but i bought a lot of their ammo.In general ammo is more affordable ONLINE!!!!!

  • John

    The Vltor product has been renamed the Bren Ten. They supposedly have the rights to the name now. As to when it will be released? They are refusing to provide any information. All I can get is “They’ll come when they come”.
    has lots of post regarding the gun.

  • Justin

    When is that BrenTen clone, the VLTOR Fortis coming out ?

  • randy

    i need one love the glock every time i shot one like to know how it is in a 1911

  • Richard

    I think 10mm got alot going for in power size gun that power in. Delta Elite all been very good gun 10mm seem hold well to 10mm. Only trouble 10mm is find round cost those round when find them.