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Old 01-25-2013, 20:09   #1
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Looking for one of the best 9mms ever built?

...get one while you can.

S&W stopped building them and prices will just continue to rise. There weren't that many produced in the first place. I will state that it is, without question, one of the most beautiful and one of the most capable 9mms ever built.

I would put it up against any handgun at any price in terms of accuracy and overall build quality. Its really that good.


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http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=327314571

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=327020504


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Old 01-25-2013, 20:12   #2
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If it isn't a G17 or a BHP then it is not one of the best.
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Old 01-25-2013, 20:15   #3
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If it isn't a G17 or a BHP then it is not one of the best.


you very funny person.
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If it isn't a G17 or a BHP then it is not one of the best.
pretty ignorant statement there
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Bac, those are cool smiths. ive read about them, but never had the opportunity to shoot one.
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Always wanted to fire one of the Smith 900 series 9mm's.

Bet they handle like a dream.

Very low recoil/muzzle rise? Great accuracy?
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If it isn't a G17 or a BHP then it is not one of the best.
I'm going to play this off as a really goofy attempt at humor.

The Browning Hi Power is actually my favorite 9mm of all time and I own quite a few, but it won't hold a candle to a 952 when it comes to accuracy. The old Belgian Hi-Powers were quality pistols, no doubt, but certainly don't have the level of hand fitting and precision machining of the 952. Its not even close.

Have you ever even handled a 952?
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I'll stick with the only 9mm I own, a PSP. A wonderful example of engineering.


....have not shot it in years though as I only keep it around to make my iScott scrapers!


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There is a reason it is accurate. It was billed as the most accurate. It was built specifically as a competition pistol. A target gun. Great for paper punching. To each his own I guess.

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The Sig P226 is the most accurate 9 mm I have shot
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Bac, those are cool smiths. ive read about them, but never had the opportunity to shoot one.
I think its the best auto Smith ever built, period.

Its not the best combat auto or the best carry auto Smith ever built, but from an accuracy/quality/refinement standpoint, I think it is.

Granted, the 52 is awesome and is the gun that the 952 is based on, but its strictly a Bullseye gun. Its chambered for 38 special wadcutters. With the 952, S&W took that great platform, added some features, and chambered it in my favorite round.

I much prefer the blued 952-1 over the stainless -2 model. The -1 was only built the first year, I believe (2003).
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There is a reason it is accurate. It was billed as the most accurate. It was built specifically as a competition pistol. A target gun. Great for paper punching. To each his own I guess.
Its a target gun for sure.

I guess I should have clarified. When I said "best", I meant highest quality and most accurate. In those terms, I feel the 952 is one of the best.
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I'll stick with the only 9mm I own, a PSP. A wonderful example of engineering.

I own a P7M8 and its certainly a great pistol. Its a bit different than a 952 though.
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The only other 9mm I own besides a G 19 is a Hi Power but that's just me. SJ 40
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If it isn't a G17 or a BHP then it is not one of the best.

This dude is funny.
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Bac you should grab that stainless one & have one of each!
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Bac do you know the story on this one?
What's the deal with the big roll mark?

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The factory single action trigger on the 952 is superb. The Briley bushing is pretty cool too. While it was designed to be accurate I like that the looks are classic, not like some Hammerli bullseye pistol.

I was pleasantly surprised how the prices have increased, but I guess it has been 10 years since I paid a grand for this Performance Center gun. I got it and PC 629 Stealth Hunter the same day.

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Bac do you know the story on this one?
What's the deal with the big roll mark?

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=327220571
iirc that was the first incarnation of the 952, which was inspired by the 52. The no dash didn't have the grip safety of the -1 and later.
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Bac you should grab that stainless one & have one of each!
Yeah, but I really prefer the blues models.

I have an 845, which is like a stainless 952, but in 45ACP.
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Bac do you know the story on this one?
What's the deal with the big roll mark?

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=327220571
SG, that was the first model. It had no grip safety. S&W didn't build as many, so I guess the seller feels its worth more money.

Personally, I don't think it is.
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it is nice no doubt but so is the Sig 210
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iirc that was the first incarnation of the 952, which was inspired by the 52. The no dash didn't have the grip safety of the -1 and later.
Exactly correct...
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it is nice no doubt but so is the Sig 210
Yes it is

I think I very slightly prefer the 952, but the P210 is right there.

You're really splitting hairs when comparing the best of the best. It's all about personal preference.
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