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Old 10-10-2017, 12:13 PM
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I've just acquired a totally NIB (slide never racked) Model 52-2, serial number A488157. I believe the production/shipping date to be 1978, or maybe the first half of 1979.

Would someone help me verify and specify the date on which this beautiful tack driver left the factory? Thanks so much!

I do intend to shoot this sweetheart on a regular basis.
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Hello and congrats on your purchase. I have recorded several hundred ship dates on the 52 series. I have A488291 as Apr. 1979 and A488996 as
June 1979. Ship dates are all over the place. So you made a good guess.
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Old 10-10-2017, 12:59 PM
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Thanks so much! This pistol gives new meaning to the expression "life begins at 40," which is the age of this 52-2.
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...and what would lead us to such a grand conclusion?
Very droll, Sevens!
Thanks for having the nerve to say what the rest of us only thought.

Maybe there was no "turn line" on the slide.

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Congrats on your acquisition! Lucky you that it was saved just for your use
You will surely enjoy shooting it, and shooting it, and shooting it!
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...and what would lead us to such a grand conclusion?
Good point, but I'm not only wondering that, but also wondering how he knows a brand-new,unfired, supposedly never-racked pistol is a "tack driver"?
Just sayin' !!
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Here we have a new member and you guys can not let him live a dream of an unfired 52. We have all had that dream. Dont be a dream dasher.
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"but also wondering how he knows a brand-new,unfired, supposedly never-racked pistol is a "tack driver"?"

Maybe an assumption on my part but aren't all Model 52's tack drivers?
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...and what would lead us to such a grand conclusion?
Well, one way to tell that the slide had not been racked is that there were absolutely no marks on the barrel hood.
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"but also wondering how he knows a brand-new,unfired, supposedly never-racked pistol is a "tack driver"?"

Maybe an assumption on my part but aren't all Model 52's tack drivers?

Exactly. They are all tack drivers.
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I've just acquired a totally NIB (slide never racked) Model 52-2, serial number A488157. I believe the production/shipping date to be 1978, or maybe the first half of 1979.

Would someone help me verify and specify the date on which this beautiful tack driver left the factory? Thanks so much!

I do intend to shoot this sweetheart on a regular basis.

I can't help you with the date except to say probably late 1978. I will say that you've definitely acquired one of the finest pistols ever made. Every time I rack the slide on my 52, I'm constantly reminded as to how smooth it is. Congrats as it's certainly meant to be used and enjoyed.
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I can't help you with the date except to say probably late 1978. I will say that you've definitely acquired one of the finest pistols ever made. Every time I rack the slide on my 52, I'm constantly reminded as to how smooth it is. Congrats as it's certainly meant to be used and enjoyed.
Thank you so much. I do not feel guilty about shooting this pistol; that's what it was made for. Back in the day (late 80s, early 90s) I bought one new (I think the prefix was TWZ or something like that) and used it to clean house in an indoor 25-yard bullseye league. The gun can shoot. It leaves something to be desired at 50 yards outdoors, but at the short line, or indoors, the thing is a laser.

I was just thinking when I read your post how much has been lost with the changes in the industry and at S&W. The same thing has happened with Hammerli. When the old guys who gunsmithed the 208s and 215s retired, it was just too much trouble and too expensive to replace them, and so, now we're left with ersatz plastic ******* that can be assembled by people who just don't have the same skill level as the folks they replaced.

If Smith would bring out a version of the 52 that shoots, works, and looks like the old ones, I'd buy one in an instant, no matter the price. The 952 is not that gun, but it gives me hope that Smith can still produce a championship-winning right out of the box centerfire pistol.
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Well I share the same enthusiasm that you exude in your last post above mine. I might argue that the 952 absolutely does justice to the "52 Legend" even though no 9mm could ever possibly feel like a .38 Wadcutter.

However...
The 952 and all of the amazing Perfomance Center Limited target are just as far gone from this world we live in as are the 52's. Certainly we can get them on the used market for a fat stack of cash... but they are as *GONE* from production as 52's.

They will never
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All 52s are machine rest test fired. They must put 5 shots in the 10 ring at 50 yards. The barrels hoods are polished by the fitter. they all get "racked".
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