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    New to me S&W

    I bought a model 39-2 some time back with some pretty factory grips. I like it, it to be looks unfired and I plan to keep it that way. Today, while scouring the many pawn shops for potentials, I found a semi-auto S&W 52-2 chambered for 38 special wad cutters. I've never heard of such a thing. It was priced at $550 and appears to have fully adjustable sights, a 5 inch barrel and looks really clean. It also looks alot like my 39-2. Does anyone know more about the 52-2? Thanks.
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    The S&W M52-2 was made from 1971 to 1993. It was made for NRA bullseye target shooting, hence the 5 round capacity magazine.

    $550.00 is a steal!

    Buy it! I know of one for sale in my area for $1200.00.

    Bud White owns a M52, he can tell you all about it if he sees this thread.


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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
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    You got your Model 52 for a steal.

    I hated mine. It was a true "jamatic", long gone to finance a better gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laseraim View Post
    I bought a model 39-2 some time back with some pretty factory grips. I like it, it to be looks unfired and I plan to keep it that way. Today, while scouring the many pawn shops for potentials, I found a semi-auto S&W 52-2 chambered for 38 special wad cutters. I've never heard of such a thing. It was priced at $550 and appears to have fully adjustable sights, a 5 inch barrel and looks really clean. It also looks alot like my 39-2. Does anyone know more about the 52-2? Thanks.
    I also have the S&W model 39, having bought it new in 1968 for about $125. I shoot it about 4 times a year and it works perfectly.

    Regarding the model 52, which bears some resemblance to the model 39 - Captain Crunch above is correct about the years of production, and I remember seeing them for sale as new guns many years ago. Although they are fairly rare, which accounts for the high price, I would be hesitant to buy one for shooting purposes. It only takes one specific type of .38 revolver ammunition and you might have trouble finding a source of the ammo. As a collector item that won't be shot, it is fine.

    Here is my model 39, which has aftermarket grips made of ash wood:

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    retsupt99 and BigEFan,

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    S&W 52-2 chambered for 38 special wad cutters.

    Buy it before somebody else does. Buy it as an investment. They are quite Rare and already sell for much more than that. Probably double that price.
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    I may have some ammo for the 52-2. The widow of a former National Guard pistol champion gave me a lot of his ammo. There is one box of Western 38 Special Super-Match mid-range semi-rimmed cartridges. They are wadcutters but the base is not like a regular .38 Special.







    Left is a Western .38 Special Super-Match Wadcutter. The right the Western 38 Special Super-Match mid-range semi-rimmed cartridges. I'm sure you can't read the head stamp so: on the left "W-W 38 Special" and on the right "Western 38 SPL SR".

    Does anyone know if these are the right ammo? If so and Laseraim if you buy the 52-2 let me know and I will send this box to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dr_cmg View Post
    I may have some ammo for the 52-2. The widow of a former National Guard pistol champion gave me a lot of his ammo. There is one box of Western 38 Special Super-Match mid-range semi-rimmed cartridges. They are wadcutters but the base is not like a regular .38 Special.







    Left is a Western .38 Special Super-Match Wadcutter. The right the Western 38 Special Super-Match mid-range semi-rimmed cartridges. I'm sure you can't read the head stamp so: on the left "W-W 38 Special" and on the right "Western 38 SPL SR".

    Does anyone know if these are the right ammo? If so and Laseraim if you buy the 52-2 let me know and I will send this box to you.
    That's extremely kind of you. I'll do a little more research on it before I puchase it. I'll keep you updated. Thanks
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    George,

    The cartridge on the right in your pics is the is the .38 AMU, a semi-rimmed .38 Special, designed by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Training Unit at Fort Benning, GA. It is not interchangeable with the .38 Special.

    S&W made 87 pistols, designated Model 52-A, with alloy frames & chambered in .38 AMU, between 1961 and 1964. In addition, 3 steel framed prototype pistols were made.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Crunch View Post
    George,

    The cartridge on the right in your pics is the is the .38 AMU, a semi-rimmed .38 Special, designed by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Training Unit at Fort Benning, GA. It is not interchangeable with the .38 Special.

    S&W made 87 pistols, designated Model 52-A, with alloy frames & chambered in .38 AMU, between 1961 and 1964. In addition, 3 steel framed prototype pistols were made.
    Thanks, Terry. I have a box of .38 AMU also from the widow of the National Guard champion shooter. Even though they are labeled differently, I figured they might be the same kind of ammo. I didn't check the AMU yesteday when I was looking at the other ammo.
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    I returned to the shop, it's still sitting there.....$550.00
    I picked it up this time. Very tight gun, no scratches, the bore is excellent and clean when the slide is pulled back. The shop owner says he has the original box and papers too. Ugghh!!!!!!!!!!!! Quick, someone send me $550.00 !!!!!!!!
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    S&w Mod. 52

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    To Shoot This Gun, You Need To Reload For It---its Easy, More Accurite & Cheaper.

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