Smith & Wesson Model 52-1

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When the Smith & Wesson Model 52 debuted in 1961, it took the competitive target-shooting community by storm. Chambered for .38 Special mid-range wadcutter ammunition, it was the first factory-made target autoloader of its kind. NRA Museums special projects coordinator Ernie Lyles shows John Popp the single-action Model 52-1, which was its next iteration. Although made until 1993, production numbers were low. It's highly sought after by collectors. See it and thousands of other historic firearms at the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia.

Season 11