View Full Version : In your opinion, which is the best S&W pistol for bullseye competition?

09-18-2011, 11:08 AM
In your opinion, which is the best S&W pistol for bullseye competition?

09-18-2011, 11:43 AM
Look for a Davis Custom. Used mostly for PPC but make great Bullseye guns.

09-18-2011, 11:45 AM
I would say a model 52. They are set up to feed .38 wadcutters. They are not cheep, I saw one sell at an auction yesterday. If I recall correctly it went for $1200.

09-18-2011, 12:08 PM
Just about any properly made PPC revolver based on a K or L frame will be nails at bullseye.

Model 52's are indeed sweet, but often hard to come by and spendy when you do find them. If considering .45 ACP, then look for a 745.

09-18-2011, 12:27 PM
S&W 952

09-18-2011, 12:36 PM
When the OP said "pistol" I assumed he was asking about autos.
Yes there some fine PPC guns out there. John French used to build them in his Duarte CA shop. They had triggers that could not be beat.

09-18-2011, 12:47 PM
The Smith 52 is probably best of the semi autos and the Model 25 (Model of 1955) in 45 ACP probably best of the centerfires. The K38 is pretty good too. The 952 is probably pretty good, it's the stainless 9mm version of the 52.

Smith made a few hundred or so of their 745s in single action only & with a Wichita adjustable rear sight. They do OK and have a nice trigger, the sight picture is great and the gun looks like a grown up 52 but accuracy isn't as good as it should be for bullseye.

09-18-2011, 5:54 PM

-- Michael

09-18-2011, 7:16 PM
Well, it used to be .22, center fire, and .45. I haven't shot the course in a while but many shot the .22 and .45 for the rest.
S&W doesn't make a wadcutter gun for .45, but the Model 41 and 52 will fill the role for .22 and CF. In the years I shot competitively, I don't think I ever saw anyone using a PPC gun, but in the early days, many shot revolvers for CF, even .45 and .22 stages, but times have changed.

Now, if you have the $$$$, I'm quite sure the S&W pro shop can build you anything!

Model 41s are still made but the 52 has been discontinued but is still on GunBroker, etc. Get a 52-2...it has the latest updates S&W had to offer at the time.