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Model 52 US Property Marked
May 17, 2021
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I have a model 52 marked US Property on the left side of the action as well as a DOD cartouch on the pistol grip.  Gun was manufactured in 1960.  My interests have changed and I am thinking about offering it for sale.  Does the property mark add to its value, I searched and could not find another that sold or even offered for sale so marked.  Thanks

May 17, 2021
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I think it adds some value to certain collectors, how much I guess would depend on the buyer. I have a few friends that will only buy US military marked firearms, and it seems to me that on the more common stuff it’s 50-100 more than the same pice that’s not marked.I am basing this solely on what I have seen them buy.

May 17, 2021
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Bill is correct,

It is value added by the military collectors but is also a detractor to the purist collectors since most of the “US” and US Property” markings on the 52s were crudely applied with an electric pencil.

It also makes a difference if it is a 52C or 52D, the 52C seems to bring a few more dollars than the single shot 52D.

As a data point, I just won this US marked 52D last week at auction for $500.  Not much bidding action on it.

https://www.proxibid.com/Firearms-Military-Artifacts/Firearms/Winchester-52-Bolt-Rifle-22-lr/lotInformation/61072236&rfpb=0#Top

I buy them for the Boy Scouts to use for the Rifle Shooting Merit badge.  The crude US marking does not hurt the accuracy one bit.

 

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May 17, 2021
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In the past, when the M52-C was offered from the CMP, I think they only had 125 of them. A lot of them were beaters. I had a buddy working there at the time, and he handpicked 3 of them, one for him, one for his buddy, and one for me. I got a nice one, US Property marked with the DOD cartouche. As a collector, I put the rifle with a US marked Lyman STS in 20X. About a year ago, I traded the rifle and scope for a nice Winchester M53 in 32-20.

Earlier, I saw some of these rifles go for $2,500. That’s with the Redfield Olympic sights. When they first came out, there was a feeding frenzy. Very few US marked M52-C’s were available. Now, if you were lucky, you could get a papered M52-C US.

I have no clue as to what they are worth now, but more than a standard M52-C.   Big Larry

May 17, 2021
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JWA said

I buy them for the Boy Scouts to use for the Rifle Shooting Merit badge. 

Encouraging BSA still offers that badge.

May 18, 2021
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Thanks for the information.  It is a repeater, model “C”, has the Redfield Olympic sight.  I would not call it a beater but does show some use and the wood & screws show the most, blue is generally very good with only wear to the bolt handle and the bottom of the magazine.   The property mark was done neatly.   I will have to look into if it will paper

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I sold one last summer with sights and CMP papers for $1,150. It was a typical condition U.S. Property marked C. 

Steve

May 18, 2021
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Thanks Steve, that helps

May 20, 2021
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clarence said

JWA said
I buy them for the Boy Scouts to use for the Rifle Shooting Merit badge. 

Encouraging BSA still offers that badge.  

Now they have a Diversity/Equity badge which means you hafta shoot Eley AND CCI Blazers.

 

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