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Post by KB2MBC on 12/3/2019, 12:44 pm

I haven't heard many success stories on the 52 barrel put out by Clark.
I bought one when they first came out, still sitting in the box along with the bushing. I thought I'd give it a try fitting it but I am too chickensh*t.
So I ask, how many are out there and was it a do-it-yourself fitting or did someone fit it for you?
If the latter, I'd be interested on who did the work.

Thanks, Bill

P.S. - Can't say I was impressed with the video Clark provided, had me worried.

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Post by SW-52 on 12/3/2019, 4:50 pm

KB2MBC wrote:I haven't heard many success stories on the 52 barrel put out by Clark.
I bought one when they first came out, still sitting in the box along with the bushing. I thought I'd give it a try fitting it but I am too chickensh*t.
So I ask, how many are out there and was it a do-it-yourself fitting or did someone fit it for you?
If the latter, I'd be interested on who did the work.

Thanks, Bill

P.S. - Can't say I was impressed with the video Clark provided, had me worried.
apparently KKM will work in Match barrels for 52's.
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Post by LenV on 12/3/2019, 6:46 pm

KB2MBC wrote:I haven't heard many success stories on the 52 barrel put out by Clark.
I bought one when they first came out, still sitting in the box along with the bushing. I thought I'd give it a try fitting it but I am too chickensh*t.
So I ask, how many are out there and was it a do-it-yourself fitting or did someone fit it for you?
If the latter, I'd be interested on who did the work.

Thanks, Bill

P.S. - Can't say I was impressed with the video Clark provided, had me worried.
If you give up trying to fit it then give me a shout. I might have something you want to trade for it then it can sit in a drawer at my place for awhile.

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Post by Bmitch996 on 12/4/2019, 1:13 am

I fit one to my 52-1 and I'm not a gunsmith, just a tinkerer.  Not to say it was easy,  it took me forever a very slow process that I really wouldn't want to do again.  In all I think it is an improvement over the original especially at 50 yards.

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Post by mustachio on 12/5/2019, 11:06 am

for the $75 why not have Clark fit it and not worry if you mess it up.
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Post by LenV on 12/5/2019, 11:28 am

mustachio wrote:for the $75 why not have Clark fit it and not worry if you mess it up.
I would guess the shipping costs both ways would make that fee a lot higher. (double? triple?)

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Post by mustachio on 12/5/2019, 11:32 am

wouldn't you only need to send in the slide?  Priority mail is $7.00
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Post by LenV on 12/5/2019, 11:52 am

That's a good question. I know the barrel makes contact with the frame but that might be an area that doesn't need fitted. It looks like contact is very light.

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Post by Dr.Don on 12/5/2019, 1:34 pm

It needs to lockup between the frame and slide lugs.  Need the whole gun to do it.
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Post by Multiracer on 12/6/2019, 6:16 pm

SW-52 wrote:
KB2MBC wrote:I haven't heard many success stories on the 52 barrel put out by Clark.
I bought one when they first came out, still sitting in the box along with the bushing. I thought I'd give it a try fitting it but I am too chickensh*t.
So I ask, how many are out there and was it a do-it-yourself fitting or did someone fit it for you?
If the latter, I'd be interested on who did the work.

Thanks, Bill

P.S. - Can't say I was impressed with the video Clark provided, had me worried.
apparently KKM will work in Match barrels for 52's.
This rumor has been circulating for almost three years now.

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Post by zanemoseley on 12/6/2019, 8:28 pm

Anyone actually call KKM and see if you can custom order them?

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Post by Wobbley on 12/6/2019, 9:29 pm

I did a few months back.  They have no plans to make a 52 barrel anytime soon. 
zanemoseley wrote:Anyone actually call KKM and see if you can custom order them?
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Post by mustachio on 12/7/2019, 11:47 am

Dr.Don wrote:It needs to lockup between the frame and slide lugs.  Need the whole gun to do it.
I emailed Clark and they definitely need the whole gun to fit the barrel. 
When I ship FedEx, I never tell them what is in the box. I insure and use signature only. That keeps costs down.
I would not ship during Christmas because the likelihood of getting lost increases (porch pirates are not the only thieves around). Ship on an off season is best.
I would guess the whole job, barrel, bushing, fitting and shipping will run around $600.00, which is certainly less than a new, used 52.
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Post by fc60 on 12/7/2019, 12:36 pm

"When I ship FedEx, I never tell them what is in the box."

Remember, it is only illegal if you get caught...

Cheers,

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Post by mustachio on 12/7/2019, 2:42 pm

did I say that?
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Post by PhotoEscape on 12/7/2019, 8:51 pm

mustachio wrote:
I emailed Clark and they definitely need the whole gun to fit the barrel. 
When I ship FedEx, I never tell them what is in the box. I insure and use signature only. That keeps costs down.
I would not ship during Christmas because the likelihood of getting lost increases (porch pirates are not the only thieves around). Ship on an off season is best.
I would guess the whole job, barrel, bushing, fitting and shipping will run around $600.00, which is certainly less than a new, used 52.
There is no need to overthink problem that doesn't exist.  Call Clark or email ken@clarkcustomguns.com and ask for having them supply you with shipping label.  Follow packaging instructions, and don't get concern with anything else.  Cost for two guns a little bit more than a year ago was $845.00, including barrels with bushings (no changes to slides and frames as I wanted to have options to reinstall OEM Barrels/Bushings), fitting, test firing, shipping both ways with original parts returned, and no need to "game" the system.

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Post by oldsalt444 on 12/8/2019, 11:15 am

I have one on my 52.  I had a local gunsmith install it, who has an excellent reputation and very capable of building any type gun you want.  He wasn't impressed with the Clark barrel.
It required extra machining/lathing to get it to fit properly.  And he charged me $450 to do the job.  Ouch!  But at least his work is top notch.  He also fitted the Clark barrel in such a way that I can switch back to the original S&W barrel with no problem.
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