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Post by Blackjackjoe21 Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:43 pm

Has anyone ever seen or heard of a nickle plated magazine for a Model 52?  If you have, any idea why these were nickle plated?
I've just bought one. It's in great condition.
Any information on this would be appreciated.
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Post by Multiracer Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:26 pm

Corrosion resistance.

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Post by Blackjackjoe21 Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:46 pm

Multiracer wrote:Corrosion resistance.
Yep, makes sense.  That's the only thing I could come up with but I wasn't sure if others had been seen.
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Post by Blackbird Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:38 pm

I've never seen or heard of a factory nickelled 52 magazine.

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Post by Multiracer Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:02 pm

Pictures or it does not exist ?   affraid

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Post by Blackjackjoe21 Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:26 pm

Of course it exists!  I bought it from Sasquatch.  Smile
Here's a pic with it next to a blued mag.Model 52 S&W Magazine Blued_10
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Post by Multiracer Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:28 pm

Beautiful, wish there were more. BTW its not plated, it looks to be made from Stainless steel.

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Post by Blackjackjoe21 Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:47 pm

Oh, hadn't thought about that but it does look more like stainless and not shiny like nickle would be.  So has anyone seen one in stainless??
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Post by Multiracer Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:08 pm

No, but I saved 15% on my car insurance !

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Post by Wobbley Thu Nov 02, 2017 1:12 am

Maybe it had the bluing stripped?
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Post by Blackbird Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:38 am

Neither nickel or stainless steel can be blued by hot or rust blue methods and bare carbon steel would corrode under normal handling.

Oiling magazines causes malfunctions if the oil seeps into primers and/or bullet mouths.

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Post by DA/SA Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:43 am

I'd bet on Electroless Nickel plating.
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Post by Blackjackjoe21 Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:30 pm

DA/SA wrote:I'd bet on Electroless Nickel plating.

It really has more of a stainless steel look about it but no one seems to have heard of that being used for the mags.  Maybe you're right.
Gee, wouldn't it be nice if I have the only example of a factory experiment with stainless?  Yeah, I go with that.
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Post by Jack H Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:04 pm

I saw this as I was searching price range for my 52-2 going on the block soon.
Could your mag be related to this gun?
http://www.gunbroker.com/item/711107612
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Post by Blackjackjoe21 Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:41 am

Jack H wrote:I saw this as I was searching price range for my 52-2 going on the block soon.
Could your mag be related to this gun?
http://www.gunbroker.com/item/711107612

Very interesting variation you found and question you posed.  I'd love to say "yes" but my gut tells me "no" because 1) the history on that gun only talks about a "parts kit" was sold to AMT.  If the factory made stainless mags for AMT, they probably would have mentioned it.  And 2) one of the photos shows a blued mag with the finished gun.
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Post by Blackbird Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:16 pm

You found a unicorn in the wild.

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Post by Blackjackjoe21 Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:15 pm

Blackbird wrote:You found a unicorn in the wild.

Maybe so.  I think I'll start looking for Elvis. Laughing
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