In the year 2000 when S&W released the 952 through the performance center it was billed as the most accurate 9mm in the world. This may have been a true statement if nothing more it is a very bold statement from S&W.
My shooting partner has a keen eye for great deals and great pistols. Having spotted this 952 for way less than the asking price of a new one at $2400.00 it followed him home.
The specs on the 952 are as follows from S&W website.
Capacity: 9+1 Rounds
Barrel Length: 5″
Front Sight: Black Post Sight
Rear Sight: Adjustable
Grip: Wood Grips
External Safety: Slide Mounted
Finish: Satin Stainless with Matte Accents
Overall Length: 8 3/4″
Material: Stainless Steel
Weight Empty: 41 oz.
Of course by this picture you can see that this one is blued and the finish is very nice.
Having shot high end Wilsons and Hand fitted Les Baers I thought nothing would ever compare. The S&W performance center does great work but I always felt the hand fitted 1911′s were in a class of it’s own. To my surprise the 952 proved to be in the same class of hand fitted 1911′s. The 952 has a match barrel and the blued finish is highly polished, along with all of the internals being highly polished and smooth operationally.
With regular Blazer brass 9mm ammo the 952 at 15 yards turned in very impressive results. Literally with 2 magazines my buddy was able to shoot the center out of a 5.5inch target. I am very curious what sort of groups the 952 is capable of with target 9mm ammo.
Here is the picture of the 2nd round going down range. I am amazed the very old point and shoot camera I had with tape to hold the battery compartment closed were able to take these action shots. I do not like bringing my Nikon DSLR to the range, to much gear between it and my range bag to carry.
The only negative to the 952 is reassembly after field stripping for cleaning. DM my range partner called me to inform me after getting it field stripped he was having a very hard time with reassembly. I had no ideas at the time but after searching on the internet it seems this is a common issue with the 952. The 952 has a bushing that will rotate freely when removing the barrel. If this bushing is not in perfect alignment with the barrel upon reassembly things will not go back together just right.
With a new price tag of $2400 this is not for the average shooter or range plinker. But if you are looking for one of the most accurate 9mm’s ever made for some competition shooting this one should be #1 on your list in my opinion. The trigger pull was between 3 and 4 pounds with a very clean crisp break. I would feel very comfortable taking this pistol out of the box and going right to competition with it. You see so many competitors with after market work being done to already great shooters, the 952 in my opnion is ready to go right out of the box.
Yes you all read right I am including this 952 9mm in the same class as the high end Wilson and Les Baer 1911′s.