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Smith & Wesson model 52

This is a discussion on Smith & Wesson model 52 within the Non-XD Handguns forums, part of the Other Handgun Talk category; Wow... what a piece. Shoots .38special. Recently shot this with a friend of mine. I've never heard of a semi-auto that is chambered for .38special ...


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Old 06-12-2009, 11:52 AM   #1
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Smith & Wesson model 52

Wow... what a piece. Shoots .38special. Recently shot this with a friend of mine. I've never heard of a semi-auto that is chambered for .38special and NEVER would believe that this thing fires WADCUTTERS like a normal autoloader feeds hardball... Not Semi-Wads but full on wadcutters. Accuracy was as good as I've ever seen and the trigger.... to say it had a "hair" trigger would be an understatement.
Just wanted to maybe let others know about this really obscure weapon and what a fine piece it is... especially for something I've never heard of in the past.
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Old 06-12-2009, 12:19 PM   #2
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I've never heard a bad thing about them. They were built to be target guns and worked great, from what I've heard. I've never even seen one, much less got to shoot one.
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Old 06-12-2009, 12:39 PM   #3
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I shot one for many years only mine was a "Colt 38 wadcutter" gun. That was all it would shoot. The clip only held 5 rounds as that is the string you shoot when shooting NRA 2700 Bullseye. Mine was made by Gill Hebard of Knoxville,IL who catered to Bullseye shooters. There are 3 courses of fire, rimfire, centerfire and .45. 270 total rounds for a perfect score of 2700. The colt was one of the finest shooting guns I ever saw. When I quit competetion it was sold to a collector and he still has it. 1943

Buy the way the Army Marksmanship Unit had their own 38 cal Automatics that only shot a special round called the .38 AMU and those guns were fine weapons too but only the Army had them at the time.
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I shot one for many years only mine was a "Colt 38 wadcutter" gun. That was all it would shoot. The clip only held 5 rounds as that is the string you shoot when shooting NRA 2700 Bullseye. Mine was made by Gill Hebard of Knoxville,IL who catered to Bullseye shooters. There are 3 courses of fire, rimfire, centerfire and .45. 270 total rounds for a perfect score of 2700. The colt was one of the finest shooting guns I ever saw. When I quit competetion it was sold to a collector and he still has it. 1943

Buy the way the Army Marksmanship Unit had their own 38 cal Automatics that only shot a special round called the .38 AMU and those guns were fine weapons too but only the Army had them at the time.
How long ago was this Colt produced? Has to be VERY rare.
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I remember the S&W 52s being available in the 1980s, I chose my first centerfire semi auto pistol, the S&W 459. Not a good gun, but it worked for the most part. Burned up a lot of 9mm back in CA, good times
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The Colt 38 Special Kit, also known as the Gil Hebard Model, was produced between 1964 and 1970. It is basically an 38 AMU with a different slide marking, but just over 400 were produced in 38 wadcutter. They were produced on order from (noted target pistol dealer) Gil Hebard. They had no sights from the factory, but the hammer, trigger, and grips were factory installed. All the other major parts were shipped separately in the box. It was left up to the buyer to have his gunsmith of choice install sights.

I had mine from 1969 until the early 90's when I quit competition. Gil Hebard was one fine fellow who one time allowed me to use one of his brand new 45's when I had a problem at a shoot in Paris Ill. 1943
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The Colt 38 Special Kit, also known as the Gil Hebard Model, was produced between 1964 and 1970. It is basically an 38 AMU with a different slide marking, but just over 400 were produced in 38 wadcutter. They were produced on order from (noted target pistol dealer) Gil Hebard. They had no sights from the factory, but the hammer, trigger, and grips were factory installed. All the other major parts were shipped separately in the box. It was left up to the buyer to have his gunsmith of choice install sights.

I had mine from 1969 until the early 90's when I quit competition. Gil Hebard was one fine fellow who one time allowed me to use one of his brand new 45's when I had a problem at a shoot in Paris Ill. 1943
Very cool, Mr. 1943...

I am still shocked that any autoloader could chamber a wadcutter reliably.
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for some reason I was thinking the 52 was a .41 Mag revolver...

wait...that's the 57.

I need a 57...great guns in a under appreciated caliber
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for some reason I was thinking the 52 was a .41 Mag revolver...

wait...that's the 57.

I need a 57...great guns in a under appreciated caliber
Agreed... Probably 20 years since I've fired one and it was one accurate powerful monster. When is the last time you've seen a .41 magnum or ammo at a gunshop? I cannot remember....?
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you're right about that...it's a reloader's mistress though...

I don't know if I've ever even seen a 52....

I think I'll fancy the idea of getting a 57 more when I've got a reloading press.

S&W actually brought the pistols back into production in the Classic lineup.

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