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S&W Autos Home Gunsmithing

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Higgins, Dec 31, 2003.

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  1. Higgins

    Higgins Member

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    What information/parts are available for working on S&W semi-autos? Is it possible to accurize/tune/gunsmith S&W autos the way you might do to a 1911? Or is this something for which the info/parts/accessories just aren't made or available the way they are for 1911's?

    Lasrly, are barrels in .357 sig available/workable in S&W .40 autos?

    Thanks for any info.
     
  2. dfariswheel

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    S&W autos can be tuned for accuracy, using many of the same techniques as for the 1911 auto.

    However, there is no Kuhnhausen gunsmithing manual, or anything else available, yet.

    A problem with customizing the Smith's is a lack of custom parts.
    Other than sights and grips, there just isn't much available.

    Most S&W autos are thoroughly reliable right from the factory, and they're usually pretty accurate, especially the compact versions.

    Bottom line: Tuning for reliably will gain little, or nothing in a significant increase of already high reliability.
    The S&W's aren't intended to be used as target pistols, and most of them
    are of a type (combat) that doesn't lend themselves to the role of a target pistol very well.

    The S&W's are pretty well dedicated as "people shooters".
     
  3. JoeHatley

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    Higgins,

    AGI www.americangunsmith.com has a series on S&W Autos, but I'm not sure how may of the topics you're interested in are covered.

    BTW: Don't forget, some S&W autos are just as "tunable" as any 1911.... ;-)

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    Good Luck...

    Joe
     
  4. Jim K

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    S&W themselves did a pretty good job of "accurizing" the Model 39; they call it the Model 52.

    Jim
     
  5. Bill Hook

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    I thought they call it the 952 now that it's a 9mm.
     
  6. stans

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    Yep, it is now the 952 and chambered in 9X19.

    Bar-Sto makes replacement barrels for the S&W semi-auto's. I agree, the biggest draw back to accurizing a S&W is the lack of aftermarket parts. S&W made most of their pistols with law enforcement and self-defense purposes in mind, so there is little demand for accurizing of these pistols.
     
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