Trying the 52-2 outdoors

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Trying the 52-2 outdoors

Post by orpheoet on 9/1/2016, 9:26 pm

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I've heard and read a lot about them not doing well outdoors but I figure I'll give it a try. Honestly I doubt it will make a huge difference for where I'm at skill wise! I think I read someone saying to go up quite a few clicks(9?) from 50 ft to 50 yards. Any recommendations or suggestions? I'll be shooting with the iron sights. My best indoor score with it last year was a 836, I'd be thrilled to get near that outdoors.
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Re: Trying the 52-2 outdoors

Post by mikemyers on 9/22/2016, 11:33 am

orpheoet wrote:.....I just received a .38 wadcutter 1911:) .....

This?
http://weaponsman.com/?p=16150

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Post by orpheoet on 9/22/2016, 1:26 pm

This
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Re: Trying the 52-2 outdoors

Post by jmdavis on 9/22/2016, 1:32 pm

nice.
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Re: Trying the 52-2 outdoors

Post by Wobbley on 9/22/2016, 1:53 pm

How does it shoot? Any targets?

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Re: Trying the 52-2 outdoors

Post by orpheoet on 9/22/2016, 3:16 pm

Haven't shot it yet but the trigger is very nice. I'll post pics soon in equipment to see if anyone can identify the gunsmith.
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Re: Trying the 52-2 outdoors

Post by jglenn21 on 9/22/2016, 5:08 pm

Does it have a S&W MTU  barrel  in it?
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Post by orpheoet on 9/22/2016, 5:53 pm

I believe so, it says smith and Wesson on barrel and looks like whatever was under that got sanded off
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Re: Trying the 52-2 outdoors

Post by jglenn21 on 9/22/2016, 7:22 pm

they were a very popular choice back in the 70s...made for the MTU but quite a few got out into the general gunsmithing community....

all were 6"  but  were originally cut for installation in a 5" gun leaving an inch out of the slide like yours..  they also made a 45 barrel of similar design.
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Post by orpheoet on 9/22/2016, 7:26 pm

Good info, thanks. Are there any of those barrels still floating around?
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Re: Trying the 52-2 outdoors

Post by Jon Eulette on 9/22/2016, 9:18 pm

I was recently blessed and a new .38 spl MTU barrel found its way into my hands. Will be a future personal build. They are 1:14 twist. I had one of the .45 barrels and it was a excellent barrel. I wore it out unfortunately; the whole pistol for that matter Sad 
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Re: Trying the 52-2 outdoors

Post by JKR on 9/24/2016, 8:24 am

A question for Jon.

In one of my many shooting discussions with Jerry Wilder, he told me that he was issued a 38 spcl. "kit gun". He said it shot very well and was one of his favorites. 

I'm not completely clear on what these kit guns were. Can you elaborate.

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Re: Trying the 52-2 outdoors

Post by Jon Eulette on 9/24/2016, 9:05 am

Jerry is a great shooter. We were on USAR team together and Jerry, Doc Young and myself hold 3 man Int'l Centerfire Team national record. I was shooting my personal kit gun .38 spl at the time. Not sure if Jerry was using his. Kit guns were made by Colt and consisted of frame, slide and barre. I don't remember other parts? They had to be assembled by pistolsmith. Military and civilian gunsmiths were able to get them. Jim Clark was known to convert them to longslides. He would sleeve barrel to 6" and weld on additional inch of slide. I've only seen them with Bo-mar mini-rib rear sights. The sight had a built in non-adjustable accuracy tuner which was needed to support the rear of the barrel. Unfortunately the frames had to be peened to tighten so they can come loose over time. Mine would hold 1.5" at 50 yds with Federal Match. I rebuilt one several years ago and it shot 1.5" as well. They both have 1:10 twist Douglas barrel sleeves. Barrel diameters for sleeves are typically 0.540". I know a man who has 3 of them new in the box never assembled/built. Yes I drool :l)
They made approximately 400 in .38 with serial number suffix -H and 1100 in 45 with suffix -B.
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