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Unique Model 52, 22 LR.

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by CajunBass, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. CajunBass

    CajunBass Silver Member

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    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.
     
  2. bac1023

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    We definitely need pics, but I've heard of them before.
     

  3. CajunBass

    CajunBass Silver Member

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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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  4. shootingrn

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    Congrats, it looks like a well built little gun.


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  5. CajunBass

    CajunBass Silver Member

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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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    Nice little plinker. Only see a unique every couple years.
     
  7. Berto

    Berto woo woo

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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.
     
  8. Bruce M

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    Interesting little plinker. Good to hear it is working.
     
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  9. planner

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    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.