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Recent auction win. Very early M52
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November 11, 2022 - 1:52 am
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#1225 came up for auction and I didn’t have one of the first models in my M52 collection. They do not come up for sale often. The pics didn’t do the rifle justice, but I decided to bid. Anyway, I won the auction.

Got the rifle home and it was way nicer than the photo’s. A few problems, the bolt body had been polished, and the front sight had been replaced. I had one Shark Fin sight in my parts bin, so I put it in. Cannot do anything with the bolt, so I will just live with it.

Thanks to my friend Tom, with some Ren Wax, and a little TLC, it came out, a very pretty M52 from 1920. Pic was taken before I put the sight in.

Big Larry

 

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Big Larry said A few problems, the bolt body had been polished… 

Are you sure about that, Larry?  Of course I can’t see it clearly (from under my rock), but just looks like the “polishing” it would get from a lot of shooting.  Why would anyone polish the bolt, but do nothing else?

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Nice! One of my shooting buddies has been looking for an early 52 to complement his later examples. I’ve been keeping an eye out and good ones are tough to find. Good eye.

 

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Big Larry said A few problems, the bolt body had been polished… 

Are you sure about that, Larry?  Of course I can’t see it clearly (from under my rock), but just looks like the “polishing” it would get from a lot of shooting.  Why would anyone polish the bolt, but do nothing else?

  

Yeah Clarence, it has been polished. No doubt. Even SEEWIN agreed with me, and having two other slowlocks, convinced me. The bolt is not numbered either. I don’t know when they started doing that, but my #7001 has a numbered bolt. A thanks to you for finding this rifle for me. The other one we found had added scope blocs. Added in the wrong place too.  These early rifles are very hard to find, especially in unaltered condition.  Big Larry

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