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Old 06-28-2012, 19:10   #1
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Unique Model 52, 22 LR.

No, it's not "unique." That's the brand name. "Unique Model 52." Made in France. Appears to be a well made, steel frame, 22 LR, semi-auto. S/A, 9 round magazine. Safety and magazine release located in the usual awkward European positions. Tiny, almost worthless sights. Some finish wear, but otherwise seems to be in good shape. S/N 476xxx.

I got it for a song, so I'm not too worried about it, but wondered if anyone knows anything about them?

Sorry, pictures will have to wait until tomorrow.
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Old 06-28-2012, 20:04   #2
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We definitely need pics, but I've heard of them before.
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Old 06-29-2012, 05:15   #3
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I did a little more searching around on another forum and found out they were inmported by Sears back in the 50's. That time period seems about right. Apparently the plastic grips have a history of cracking and warping, but these seem to be in good shape.

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Not a bad looking little gun (The barrel is about 3" for reference). The hammer is semi-soncealed, and easy to operate. Probably intended as a self-defence piece, it should draw easily from a coat pocket. It'll be a can buster around here.
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Old 06-29-2012, 05:21   #4
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Congrats, it looks like a well built little gun.


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Old 06-29-2012, 08:43   #5
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Took it down the hill a few minutes ago and ran a couple of magazines of Federal bulk pack throught it. Worked like a champ. I was able to walk an empty Skoal can around the hillside with no problem. Too hot to stay down there in the woods much longer. Not a breath of wind back there.
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:58   #6
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Nice little plinker. Only see a unique every couple years.
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The Manufacture d'Armes des Pyrenees were sold as Unique and under the JC Higgins name I think. I sold one for friend, it was a neat little gun.
The only thing of concern was keeping the extractor lubed and clean, as they could freeze up and act as a firing pin when pinching over the rim.
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:13   #8
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Interesting little plinker. Good to hear it is working.
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Old 06-29-2012, 19:42   #9
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Unique model 52

IIRC, the same company also sold a pistol/carbine combination, that you could remove the barrel and put the pistol into a carbine stock/barrel and have a .22 rifle.
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