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Old 09-07-2018, 05:55 PM
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I am buying a Model 52-1 (first non revolver S&W) and I can't seem to figure out the Standard book of S&W. Ser # 1009**, I am looking forward to this pistol but all I can figure it's '63-'69.
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Old 09-07-2018, 06:26 PM
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Actually it seems from the standard book, even tho vague to be '69... I will definitly be loading some wadcutters in the near future!
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Old 09-07-2018, 06:46 PM
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I am buying a Model 52-1 (first non revolver S&W) and I can't seem to figure out the Standard book of S&W. Ser # 1009**, I am looking forward to this pistol but all I can figure it's '63-'69.
My Model 52-1, #1003xx is only about 600 numbers from yours!
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Hello tom, you got a jewel! Yea late 1960s. Ples. just chamber from the mag like designed. It will perform perfectly. Mike
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This is what I shoot and like it.

Magtech Sport Ammo 38 Special 148 Grain Lead Wadcutter - MPN: 38B (50)
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Old 09-08-2018, 01:53 PM
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Well I won the auction and do not have buyers remorse over this beauty...lol. Can't wait to get it to the range.
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Well I won the auction and do not have buyers remorse over this beauty...lol. Can't wait to get it to the range.
Congrats, you've just acquired one of the finest S&Ws ever made. Enjoy....
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Welcome to the 52 club. My closest one is 104XXX, shipped 9/1970. Lots of threads on the forum for model 52’s and reloading for them. Happy reading.
George
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Old 09-09-2018, 03:19 PM
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Congrats, you've just acquired one of the finest handguns ever made. Enjoy....
There. Fixed it for ya.

I love my 52-1. I need to start loading for it.
Trouble is, I'm torn between shooting it (really want to) and keeping it as-is.
Ya see, it's the trophy gun awarded to Sgt Bonnie Harmon for winning the 1965 Center Fire Pistol Championship at Camp Perry.

Haven't lettered it yet, but the engraving is correct, it was delivered to the NRA as an award gun, and Mr Jinks has said that I need to letter it because it is an historically significant gun.

I won't tell what I paid for it.
I'd hate for y'all to hate me for it.

I lusted after a 52 from age 10 until age 44.
Then, I bought mine from a friend who bought it about 30-something years ago.
He didn't shoot it because he couldn't get along with the grip.
Not a problem for me. I love the model 39 grip.
I was hoping for a run of the mill 53 that I could shoot the snot out of and not feel guilty.
I ended up getting one that has made me neurotic about shooting it.
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Old 09-09-2018, 08:46 PM
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Just ordered 2,000 Speer HBWCs. Guess I have to shoot it now. Or, I could load them for my revolvers.
I REALLY want to shoot the 52.
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Any 52,dash or no dash are great guns.They are history;at one point in shooting history,bullseye shooting was THE thing.S&W developped a semi auto gun that would feed the wadcutter reliably and cycle the gun nearly 100%(I'm not overreacting;I'm up to my 2nd model 52 and still waiting for a jam).
The thing works 100% when clean(I clean mine 1X500 rds)and groups superbly.
jusr remember,this is a revolver guy telling you all this!
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This a prize I have been waiting to find, can't wait til the weekend to put it on a target!
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Took me a while to figure out how to transfer the pic to the forum, sorry
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