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Old 03-24-2022, 12:51 PM
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Is there a serial number date list for the Model 52 like the ones available for other models? If so, would someone post it please? Thanks.

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Hello Vern, the 52 Sns run with the mod-39s Sns.
Your best bet is to ask here on the Forum or request a Letter.
Remember that you will have to settle for a ship date, not a manufacturing date.
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Short answer: there is no quick and easy chart.

Iím going from memory so Iíll probably screw this up and I welcome corrections and fact-checks!

The no-dash 52 arrived inÖ hmmm 1962 or 1963? These started at sn 50000 and the no-dash ran to somewhere near 53500 I think.

Then the 52-1 arrived and that ran from about 53501 to 55999 or somewhere near. I donít think any 52ís went to 56000. At that point the range jumped directly to 100000.

Here it gets odd because the SCSW 4th says that the A-serial prefix starts at A115001 but we have seen examples of A-prefix between 100000 and 115001. SCSW 4th also suggests that A115001 should be 1970.

The A-prefix and 6 digit number ran all the way to the A700-some range, I think. I donít believe I have seen any A800xxx Model 52 pistols but the 2nd Gen 9mm guns were definitely using the A800xxx and this would have been around 1983.

Some time in the mid-1980ís, the Model 52 moved to the three alpha prefix system with three letters and four numbers. And unless my memory is failing me, these started with a TAA-alpha prefix. If Iím guessing, Iíll say 1986 or 1987.

The very last 52ís were made in the first half of 1993 and carry a TZx-xxxx serial number. Somewhere in the Txx series, the lettering on the slide changed to match the more modern 3rd Gen style and the classic ďfour linesĒ of S&W information disappeared from the left side of the slide.

The later 52ís made in the late 80ís and early 90ís were shipped with a right side stock panel that had the ambi-cut for a decocker that no 52 ever had, this was simply a production streamlining thing as the 2nd Gen 439/539/639 pistols needed the newer stock to make room for the ambidextrous lever on the right side.
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Hello 7s, you have a phenomenal memory.
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Thanks guys. Serial number 51220?

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No later than 1964 or 1965 would be my guess. But for sure, that’s just a guess.
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I just picked up a 52-1 with SN 58xx4. Sent for a wadcutter mold and hope to start shooting soon. I was on a division level pistol team and shot bullseye matches in the middle 60s. Might try it again if the gun shoots good and they welcome old guys.
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