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Scarce M52
December 14, 2016
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I know some of you have seen this rifle, but there are others that probably have not. It is a 1931 vintage ,# 22164 Speedlock, with the scarce nickel steel heavy bbl. That alone puts it in the relatively scarce class, but this rifle has a round top receiver and a Lyman 48-T mounted on the right side. The front sight is an early Lyman 17-G. I know of others in high end collections, but have never seen another. The nickel steel M52’s may be scarcer than Stainless Steel too, I have heard. Anyway, I think it is cool and is my favorite M52. Very accurate too.   Big LarryDSCF0084.JPGImage Enlarger

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Ummm….WOW! Thanks for sharing.

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What would have been the advantage of N.S. for .22 LR?  By ’31, non-corrosive ammo was available, so corrosion-resistance shouldn’t be a factor.  (Have a 1910 .22 low-wall with N.S. that’s pitted pretty badly.)

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What would have been the advantage of N.S. for .22 LR?  By ’31, non-corrosive ammo was available, so corrosion-resistance shouldn’t be a factor.  (Have a 1910 .22 low-wall with N.S. that’s pitted pretty badly.)  

I don’t know why it had any advantage. The NS and the stainless M52’s didn’t last very long. They went to proof steel about 1932 or 1933. Both NS and stainless had poor sales. I can understand the stainless, but have no idea about the NS. I guess it was something new to try. Regardless, my NS 1931 rifle, is as accurate as any of my other M52’s. I don’t shoot it often as it has the old style bases that do not work with a later Lyman STS. I have a Lyman 5-A for it, but that is not enough scope for me. These rifles also have the type 1 Laudensack that lasted but a couple years. They are very hard to find.  Big Larry

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