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bac1023
02-20-2013, 12:32
As some of you know, I've been putting it off for a long while, but I finally found the perfect Smith & Wesson model 41. I have struggled for years with the idea of spending that much on a rimfire, but it looks like I'm finally going to do it next month. I just can't pass this one up.

Its a 5" (or 5.5"?) heavy barrel model from the mid 1960's, I believe. I'm sure some Smith fans get tired of me saying this, but its absolutely mint in the box with all the papers, cleaning rod, etc. Its even got the wax paper. I'm not sure it was ever even fired. I've seen many nice 41's over the years, but this is the first one this old in this condition. Its beautiful to say the least. The bluing is flawless and there is not a mark on the gun. The target grips are notorious for getting banged up around the edges, but these look to be 98% or better. Its really the best vintage 41 I've ever seen, no lie. Its got everything I want. I wanted a heavy barrel model for sure (this pistol has some heft). They gave me a snap cap to use and the trigger is just amazing. The sights are great and the 5"-5.5" barrel has the perfect balanced look and feel to it.

This has got to be one of my best finds ever. Yes, I've had many other great finds (especially when it comes to Smith & Wessons), but this is truly exceptional. If somebody would have asked me what my dream model 41 would have been in the parking lot of the shop before I walked in, I would have described this EXACT pistol. That's pretty amazing.

I can't wait to get my hands on it in the very near future. The 41 is one of the best pistols Smith ever built and also one of the best rimfire pistols ever built by anybody, as far as I'm concerned. :supergrin:

As for my personal thoughts on S&W autos, the 952 will always be my favorite. However, the 52 and 41 have got to be the highest quality target autos to ever be produced by the company. That big void in my collection left by the 41 is about to be filled. :cool:

Now that I'm done rambling, I do have two questions...

1. What is the exact length of the barrel? Was it 5" or 5.5"? I didn't have a ruler handy to check while I was there.

2. What is the year of manufacture? Its a straight serial number (46xxx). I know the heavy barrel started in 1963 and I know the "A" serial number prefix started in 1970, so it must be between those years.

Any help is greatly appreciated. :wavey:

Thanks!

pennlineman
02-20-2013, 12:56
The BBL would be 5.5" They also made some with 7" and some early examples with a 7 3/8". I can't help you much with the date. The semiautomatics started with serial number 1001 in 1954 and continued up to serial number 115001 in 1970. When, as you mentioned, the A prefix began.

G26S239
02-20-2013, 13:09
Congrats bac. I look forward to the pics.

4 glocks
02-20-2013, 13:20
Nice find.

I have one from the 1970's. It's one fine gun, and a tack driver as well.

"The 41 is one of the best pistols Smith ever built and also one of the best rimfire pistols ever built by anybody"
I would have to agree with you on that.

B_RAD
02-20-2013, 13:24
My question for you is, are you going to shoot it?


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byf43
02-20-2013, 13:25
bac,

First of all. . . CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!
You have picked a marvelous pistol!!! Can't wait to see the pics!!

I know NOTHING about the serial numbers.
The barrel lengths were 5-1/2" bull barrel and 7" for the 'thin' barrel.
I don't ever recall a 7-3/8" barrel. I just don't remember! :dunno:


The ONLY thing that I don't like about the mdl 41, is that (bleep-ety, bleep-ety, bleep-ety) magazine safety!!!!! :steamed:


Again, congrats on the find!!!!!!!! :thumbsup::thumbsup:

bac1023
02-20-2013, 14:01
My question for you is, are you going to shoot it?


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Yes I am

It's not like it's confirmed to be unfired, so I have nothing to lose and everything to gain. :)

bac1023
02-20-2013, 17:00
Congrats bac. I look forward to the pics.

Thanks :)

I look forward to picking it up...

Bruce M
02-20-2013, 17:36
Sounds like a really wonderful acquisition. As you said the heavyweight 5-1/2" barrel was introduced in 1963 and in 1965 the 5-1/2" with the extendable front sight was introduced. Supica's wonderful book does not seem to suggest whether that was an addition or a change, so I can't quite figure out if both were available at the same time or not; not much help in dating the pistol then.

JohnnyE
02-20-2013, 18:18
You have got one fine pistol! I have had the pleasure of owning and shooting an Model 41 for over 30 years. It never gets tiring. Other than having some oil dry in the firing pin channel causing light strikes (that took 30 years to develop), it has been flawless! I think I'm gonna take mine to the range this weekend.

bac1023
02-20-2013, 18:25
You have got one fine pistol! I have had the pleasure of owning and shooting an Model 41 for over 30 years. It never gets tiring. Other than having some oil dry in the firing pin channel causing light strikes (that took 30 years to develop), it has been flawless! I think I'm gonna take mine to the range this weekend.

Very cool :cool:

bac1023
02-20-2013, 18:33
Sounds like a really wonderful acquisition. As you said the heavyweight 5-1/2" barrel was introduced in 1963 and in 1965 the 5-1/2" with the extendable front sight was introduced. Supica's wonderful book does not seem to suggest whether that was an addition or a change, so I can't quite figure out if both were available at the same time or not; not much help in dating the pistol then.

Thanks Bruce

Yeah, I always have a hell of a time trying to date Smith & Wessons. They made so many variations of some of their models.

janice6
02-20-2013, 18:43
That's a beautiful pistol. Congratulations.

ratf51
02-20-2013, 19:40
I think I may have posted this before: Will this madness never end!? :faint: :supergrin:

(Oh, BTW, congrats! Great find!)

ratf51
02-20-2013, 19:43
Thanks Bruce

Yeah, I always have a hell of a time trying to date Smith & Wessons. They made so many variations of some of their models.

Yeah, in high school there was girl whose last name was Wesson, I never got the opportunity to date her; though after graduation I did go out with a girl whose last name was Smith. It is difficult to find that name combination in unattached females. :rofl: :supergrin:

CajunBass
02-20-2013, 19:45
Congratulations. Enjoy it. :supergrin:

bac1023
02-20-2013, 19:48
Yeah, in high school there was girl whose last name was Wesson, I never got the opportunity to date her; though after graduation I did go out with a girl whose last name was Smith. It is difficult to find that name combination in unattached females. :rofl: :supergrin:

:rofl:

bac1023
02-20-2013, 20:15
I found these serial numbers after a Google search.

It doesn't help much, but judging from the range of numbers in the 1960's, mine is probably pretty close to 1963 when the heavy barrel was introduced. Its certainly not from the later 60's.

I'm not sure why the 1960's numbers are so vague. :dunno:

Serial #___ Date of Mfg.
104XX_______ 1958
149XX_______ 1959
189XX_______ 1959
295XX_______ 1960
1120XX______ 1969
114XXX____ ~ 1969
"A" Prefix_____ 1970 with A115001
A145801_____ 1972
A225XXX_____ 1973
A235001_____ 1974
A265001_____ 1975
A295001_____ 1976
A414XXX_____ 1977

Tony Rumore
02-20-2013, 20:23
I had a mint 70's vintage one with a 5.5" barrel and I was quite disappointed with the accuracy. I tried about 50 different kinds of ammo including all the high dollar stuff, and nothing impressed me. My Baby Automag outshot the thing day in and day out, and by a significant margin.

Tony

P.S. A Baby Automag is not an Auto Mag II.

bac1023
02-20-2013, 20:33
I had a mint 70's vintage one with a 5.5" barrel and I was quite disappointed with the accuracy. I tried about 50 different kinds of ammo including all the high dollar stuff, and nothing impressed me. My Baby Automag outshot the thing day in and day out, and by a significant margin.

Tony

P.S. A Baby Automag is not an Auto Mag II.

That's interesting Tony.

I'm quite familar with the Baby Auto Mag and always liked them. I should have bought one years ago when they were reasonable. There was one on GB a week or two ago. The seller was asking a few grand for it.

Tony Rumore
02-20-2013, 20:39
I have had 6 or 7 Baby Automags over the years. The Blue Book had them under valued forever, so you could score them at gunshows cheap from dealers that priced by the book. Back in the early 90's they booked at $425. I snapped up every one I saw.

Tony

bac1023
02-20-2013, 20:57
I was a great investment for sure, Tony :thumbsup:

Rinspeed
02-20-2013, 21:10
A model 41 in that condition is very special, I just don't know where you come up with these gems. Look forward to some pictures as always my friend.

aircarver
02-20-2013, 21:23
A quick cautionary from my post 96 in this thread

http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1402801&page=4

I never had a lick of trouble from mine, and I shot it extensively in pistol league competitions, but it is possible to get one that's problematic.

I prefer the heavy barrel, it hangs on the target. I found the 7 3/8s barrel too 'whippy'.

,

aircarver
02-20-2013, 21:35
I had a mint 70's vintage one with a 5.5" barrel and I was quite disappointed with the accuracy. I tried about 50 different kinds of ammo including all the high dollar stuff, and nothing impressed me. My Baby Automag outshot the thing day in and day out, and by a significant margin.

Tony

P.S. A Baby Automag is not an Auto Mag II.

Mine (the 41) liked Remington standard velocity (green box) ammo.

.

deadite
02-20-2013, 22:08
Dude...do my eyes deceive me? Is what I'm reading correct? The day has finally come when Brian takes the leap and "spends that kind of money on a rimfire...". Hate to say I told you so, but..... ;)

Awesome! Congrats! Can't wait for pics!! Here's mine:

1978 "A" prefix S&W model 41 with cocking indicator. It didn't come with the box, but it's just about perfect.

http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq15/deadite_photos/guns%20with%20new%20camera/DSCN1921.jpg

http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq15/deadite_photos/guns%20with%20new%20camera/DSCN1914.jpg

On a side note, my 41 is easily my finest crafted handgun, rim or centerfire, with the exception of my 1936 Pre-war Colt Woodsman Target.

http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq15/deadite_photos/guns%20with%20new%20camera/003.jpg

Now you gotta get a Woodsman! ;)

deadite

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Cole125
02-20-2013, 22:16
Nice find, really look foward to seeing those pics. :thumbsup:

deadite
02-20-2013, 22:17
Btw, for best results use CCI Standard Velocity 22LR.

Another pic with red dot.
http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq15/deadite_photos/guns%20with%20new%20camera/41.jpg

I wanted a red dot, so I ordered a new barrel and it dropped right in and worked perfectly.

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Steel Head
02-21-2013, 10:44
Congrats bac. I look forward to the pics.

Me to:wavey:
I've always been a fan of 41's.

Guntrainer
02-21-2013, 10:58
http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh175/ShootingCoach/IMG_2103.jpg

Another vote for the Heavy Barrel. The 41 does not do well with High Speed ammo. They were designed around CCI Standard Velocity ammo. Any high quality target ammo will work. Your gun will shoot better with a particular brand over others. This will vary from gun to gun. When the panic buying subsides, try Green Tag CCI.

FWIW, my 41 shot the Eley Match ammo abysmally, and this ammo would not work the gun.

These targets have 15 shots in them. The range where they were shot had a terrible target retrieval system, and I am lazy.

byf43
02-21-2013, 11:21
Another vote for the Heavy Barrel.

FWIW, my 41 shot the Eley Match ammo abysmally, and this ammo would not work the gun.



I dearly love my mdl 41 w/ 5-1/2" hvy barrel!!!!

I too, found that Eley Match ammo is 'crap' out of my mdl 41.

It shoots everything else, very well.

The OLD Federal "Hi Power" and "Lightning" rounds shot beautifully in my old 41.
Federal "Bulk" and Remington "Bulk" ammo shoots well, too.

This is 100 rounds of Federal "Bulk", fired just as quickly as I could load magazines (4 of 'em) and get on target and shoot.
This was early in the morning, after very little sleep. (This pistol seems to know where the target is, all by itself.):whistling:

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a366/byf43/01_07_2012-100shots-S_Wmdl41_15yardsv2.jpg

4 glocks
02-21-2013, 12:38
I dearly love my mdl 41 w/ 5-1/2" hvy barrel!!!!

I too, found that Eley Match ammo is 'crap' out of my mdl 41.

It shoots everything else, very well.

The OLD Federal "Hi Power" and "Lightning" rounds shot beautifully in my old 41.
Federal "Bulk" and Remington "Bulk" ammo shoots well, too.

This is 100 rounds of Federal "Bulk", fired just as quickly as I could load magazines (4 of 'em) and get on target and shoot.
This was early in the morning, after very little sleep. (This pistol seems to know where the target is, all by itself.):whistling:

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a366/byf43/01_07_2012-100shots-S_Wmdl41_15yardsv2.jpg

That has been my experience as well. It's the smoothest and most accurate pistol I have ever shot.

I know it's a 22 but the trigger is unbelievable. I do not think I could miss if I tried, well maybe I could if I tried real hard.

bac1023
02-21-2013, 12:43
Yeah, the 41 is an exceptional pistol for sure.

byf43
02-21-2013, 12:54
^^^bac, you're gonna love it!! :thumbsup:

bac1023
02-21-2013, 13:09
^^^bac, you're gonna love it!! :thumbsup:

I can't wait, my friend.

4 glocks
02-21-2013, 13:18
I can't wait, my friend.


Bac,

I saw you had a chart with dates. Do you know when a A671XXX was made? I am guesing late 1970's

Thanks

deadite
02-21-2013, 13:35
Bac,

I saw you had a chart with dates. Do you know when a A671XXX was made? I am guesing late 1970's

Thanks

Got this from another forum.

Serial #___ Date of Mfg.
104XX_______ 1958
149XX_______ 1959
189XX_______ 1959
295XX_______ 1960
1120XX______ 1969
114XXX____ ~ 1969
"A" Prefix_____ 1970 with A115001
A145801_____ 1972
A225XXX_____ 1973
A235001_____ 1974
A265001_____ 1975
A295001_____ 1976
A414XXX_____ 1977
A475001_____ 1978
A5824XX_____ 1979
A5841XX_____ 1979
A7175XX_____ 1981
A7981XX_____ 1982
ADB38XX_____ 1983
A875000_____ 1984
TAA1985_____ 1985
TAK7879_____ 1986
TAT2512_____ 1987
TBL7955_____ 1988
TFJ1141_____ 1989
TFNxxxx_____ 1990
TFRxxxx_____ 1991
THD23XX_____ 1991
TZUxxxx_____ 1993
VAMxxxx_____ 1994
S&W started D&T M41 brls in 1994
UAMxxxx_____ 1997
BMC29XX___ > 1998.

The above courtesy of Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, 2nd Ed. by Jim Supica and Richard Nahas.

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bac1023
02-21-2013, 14:05
Dude...do my eyes deceive me? Is what I'm reading correct? The day has finally come when Brian takes the leap and "spends that kind of money on a rimfire...". Hate to say I told you so, but..... ;)

Awesome! Congrats! Can't wait for pics!! Here's mine:

1978 "A" prefix S&W model 41 with cocking indicator. It didn't come with the box, but it's just about perfect.

http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq15/deadite_photos/guns%20with%20new%20camera/DSCN1921.jpg

http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq15/deadite_photos/guns%20with%20new%20camera/DSCN1914.jpg

On a side note, my 41 is easily my finest crafted handgun, rim or centerfire, with the exception of my 1936 Pre-war Colt Woodsman Target.

http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq15/deadite_photos/guns%20with%20new%20camera/003.jpg

Now you gotta get a Woodsman! ;)

deadite

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Yeah, it's been a very long time coming, Matt :)

pesticidal
02-21-2013, 15:19
Got this from another forum.

Serial #___ Date of Mfg.

A145801_____ 1972

The above courtesy of Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, 2nd Ed. by Jim Supica and Richard Nahas.

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Looks like mine is a 1972 model, thanks for posting that. If I recall, I paid $200.00 for it back then. Came with the 7 3/8" barrel, and I got the 5.5" later and put a dot scope on it, and also got a pretty rare Stainless Steel barrel for it with an integral scope mount.

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b200/pesticidal/guns/photobucket-39961-1361481430935_zps3898f15f.jpg

deadite
02-21-2013, 15:37
Looks like mine is a 1972 model, thanks for posting that. If I recall, I paid $200.00 for it back then. Came with the 7 3/8" barrel, and I got the 5.5" later and put a dot scope on it, and also got a pretty rare Stainless Steel barrel for it with an integral scope mount.

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b200/pesticidal/guns/photobucket-39961-1361481430935_zps3898f15f.jpg

That's neat.

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FreeAmerican
02-21-2013, 15:41
Way pack in the day when dad shot bulls eye and I was forced labor for sizing bullets for reloading and picking up brass, dad went through a 41, Colt Match Target and settled on a Browning Medalist and a Smith 17 as a back up.

I think I remember seeing Hi Standard military and Victors? and a few of the other, but the 41 was hard to beat.

I also had the job of hand checking match .22 rounds and putting them in loading blocks.

But by the time some of the guys purchased a Gold Cup, a Colt or Clarke wadcutter 1911 or K-38 or K-32, or Colt Officer or Python, there wasn't a lot of money left for a Browning Medalist or a 41.

bac1023
02-21-2013, 17:25
Way pack in the day when dad shot bulls eye and I was forced labor for sizing bullets for reloading and picking up brass, dad went through a 41, Colt Match Target and settled on a Browning Medalist and a Smith 17 as a back up.

I think I remember seeing Hi Standard military and Victors? and a few of the other, but the 41 was hard to beat.

I also had the job of hand checking match .22 rounds and putting them in loading blocks.

But by the time some of the guys purchased a Gold Cup, a Colt or Clarke wadcutter 1911 or K-38 or K-32, or Colt Officer or Python, there wasn't a lot of money left for a Browning Medalist or a 41.
There was a very nice Colt Match Target at another local shop fromm the 50's and I past it up last month. :sad:

Like I said, I just don't spend big money on rimfires.

bac1023
02-21-2013, 17:30
A model 41 in that condition is very special, I just don't know where you come up with these gems. Look forward to some pictures as always my friend.

Thanks Jeff. :cool:

Like I said, I've seen many nice 41s over the years, but this is the first one I couldn't put down. :)

Bruce M
02-21-2013, 20:16
I wonder if the price of .22 ammunition stays as high as it is, if enough guys will start getting rid of their Model 41s that the price for them drops alot :whistling:

byf43
02-21-2013, 20:32
I wonder if the price of .22 ammunition stays as high as it is, if enough guys will start getting rid of their Model 41s that the price for them drops alot :whistling:


I can only speak for me -
IF I sell my mdl 41, the lady I bought this from, was promised "first dibs" on buy-back.

She is also very well aware. . . . that this will NEVER happen.

My mdl 41 will NEVER be sold.
(I've got $$$ to buy another, though!):supergrin:

deguelo
02-22-2013, 22:51
well done, brian. i've owned an A prefix model 41 for some years now, in the same configuration and condition as yours. i bought it to serve as my personal bullseye gun. it soon became my wife's personal bullseye gun.

guard it well, my friend. regards-- deguelo

bac1023
02-22-2013, 23:53
well done, brian. i've owned an A prefix model 41 for some years now, in the same configuration and condition as yours. i bought it to serve as my personal bullseye gun. it soon became my wife's personal bullseye gun.

guard it well, my friend. regards-- deguelo

Thank you, my friend

Much appreciated

bac1023
03-19-2013, 17:15
I just picked this baby up tonight! What a beauty...

Pics later this week. :supergrin:

deadite
03-19-2013, 18:03
I just picked this baby up tonight! What a beauty...

Pics later this week. :supergrin:

Can't wait!!

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countrygun
03-19-2013, 18:16
I just picked this baby up tonight! What a beauty...

Pics later this week. :supergrin:

Congrats. I finished second in my very first pistol "match" semi formal club Jr. thing, to another kid shooting a 41.

I was better shot but the K-22 I was shooting hadn't been cleaned and it bound up on one of my last shots and I threw one out of the rings. but I still only lost by one point.

I still grimace a bit when I see a 41.:supergrin:

Arc Angel
03-19-2013, 18:42
I've got an S&W Model 41 that I purchased new in 1977. It's got a 7 3/8 inch barrel and an additional lightweight compensator. The original striker and slide springs were only marginal performers; so I replaced them with heavyweight Wolff Gunsprings.

This pistol is, literally, a, 'dime buster' at 25 yards. I stoke it with (well) everything; but, prefer to use either CCI, (RN) 'Stingers', or Aguila, (RN) 'Interceptors'. My S&W Model 41 remains one of my favorite, 'nighttime pistols': No recoil, no flash, little noise, easy-to-point, and, 'dead nutz' accurate! I've reached that age in life when I'm selling off a lot of my guns; but, the Model 41 is going to stay with me to the end! ;)

http://imageshack.us/a/img849/6746/swoldmodel41.jpg

(I just found two more magazines for it. Extra magazines are currently, 'scarce as hen's teeth', and nearly as expensive as gold.) :supergrin:

jollygreen
03-19-2013, 18:45
Yes I am

It's not like it's confirmed to be unfired, so I have nothing to lose and everything to gain. :)

Just make sure you use standard velocity ammo. Hi velocity ammo is too hard on the gun. My ammo is premium Federal match ammo. It's velocity is around 1,025 fps. I also have a bunch of hi velocity CCI and Aquila. That velocity is 1250 fps.

bac1023
03-19-2013, 19:14
Just make sure you use standard velocity ammo. Hi velocity ammo is too hard on the gun. My ammo is premium Federal match ammo. It's velocity is around 1,025 fps. I also have a bunch of hi velocity CCI and Aquila. That velocity is 1250 fps.

Thanks. I will do that.

mattallamerican
03-19-2013, 19:20
i cant believe its taken you this long to get one you will love it

bac1023
03-19-2013, 19:47
i cant believe its taken you this long to get one you will love it

Yeah, like I said, I generally don't spend big money on rimfires. I was waiting for the perfect model and I just couldn't pass this one up. :cool:

nathanours
03-19-2013, 20:04
Looking forward to the pics!

bac1023
03-19-2013, 20:20
Looking forward to the pics!

Me too :wavey:

I'll have them posted this week. I'm going to be a bit busy over the next couple of days though.

Ljohns
02-10-2014, 17:09
This is one of my favorites also.

I used to think the Colt Woodsman Match Target was the best generally available production pistol. I shot mine a lot and did very well with it.

Then I had a visit from an Illinois friend that shoots in a pistol league. I tried his S&W Model 41 and had to have one. Now I shoot my 5-1/2 barrel 41 more than my Woodsman.

I'd like to find another one with the long barrel and a red dot.

bac1023
02-10-2014, 17:51
This is one of my favorites also.

I used to think the Colt Woodsman Match Target was the best generally available production pistol. I shot mine a lot and did very well with it.

Then I had a visit from an Illinois friend that shoots in a pistol league. I tried his S&W Model 41 and had to have one. Now I shoot my 5-1/2 barrel 41 more than my Woodsman.

I'd like to find another one with the long barrel and a red dot.

I think the 41 is better than any of the rimfire autos Colt built.

JohnnyE
02-10-2014, 17:55
Not quite a necro-thread, (can't get too much of a classic like the M 41), but, where are the pics?!

Bruce M
02-10-2014, 18:44
I am still hoping my LGS can get one in. I still want one.

bac1023
02-11-2014, 10:22
Not quite a necro-thread, (can't get too much of a classic like the M 41), but, where are the pics?!

I had started a whole new thread when I picked that gun up. This thread is nearly a year old...

At any rate, here are a few pics of it. :cool:


http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/briancut1023/009_zps70c06d79.jpg (http://s473.photobucket.com/user/briancut1023/media/009_zps70c06d79.jpg.html)

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/briancut1023/006_zps476ef093.jpg (http://s473.photobucket.com/user/briancut1023/media/006_zps476ef093.jpg.html)

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/briancut1023/002_zpsf15b152d.jpg (http://s473.photobucket.com/user/briancut1023/media/002_zpsf15b152d.jpg.html)

mrt949
02-11-2014, 12:41
Very nice .

JohnnyE
02-11-2014, 13:21
Wonderful. Gonna reach into the safe and take mine to the range this weekend....22LR scarcity be damned!

itstime
02-11-2014, 14:01
Congrats. That is one sweet looking pistol.

bac1023
02-11-2014, 14:21
Very nice .

Wonderful. Gonna reach into the safe and take mine to the range this weekend....22LR scarcity be damned!

Congrats. That is one sweet looking pistol.

Thanks guys

Yes, I love the Model 41 :supergrin:

March817
02-11-2014, 14:41
Congrats! You're putting together quite the .22LR collection. Perhaps a group picture is in order?

bac1023
02-11-2014, 15:24
Congrats! You're putting together quite the .22LR collection. Perhaps a group picture is in order?

Maybe...

I'm not real sure I have much of a rimfire collection though, at least compared to some others here. :embarassed:

Most of my rimfires are pretty inexpensive. The 41 is the exception...

deadmanglocking
02-11-2014, 15:49
Mine is probably my favorite pistol. It literally will put rounds through the same whole without any problems. I can put 10 rounds at 15 yards in a group that all the holes touch without even aiming. They are amazingly accurate guns.

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Golddog
02-11-2014, 17:03
My 41 was exceptional in two ways: 1) the trigger pull was magnificent; 2) it was one of the least reliable guns of the many dozens I've owned. I tried a dozen types of ammo and could not get through a magazine-full without numerous failures to extract with any ammo I fed it.

Never again.

bac1023
02-11-2014, 17:17
My 41 was exceptional in two ways: 1) the trigger pull was magnificent; 2) it was one of the least reliable guns of the many dozens I've owned. I tried a dozen types of ammo and could not get through a magazine-full without numerous failures to extract with any ammo I fed it.

Never again.

They can be a bit finicky about ammo...

SpringerTGO
02-11-2014, 17:38
Congratulations!
I just took my 5 1/2" Model 41 out for the first time in years. I was letting a gf shoot it, and next thing i knew everyone had to shoot it. One of the guys is looking for one for himself now. I had to promise not to use it for our beer competition, because it would be totally unfair.

bac1023
02-11-2014, 17:46
Congratulations!
I just took my 5 1/2" Model 41 out for the first time in years. I was letting a gf shoot it, and next thing i knew everyone had to shoot it. One of the guys is looking for one for himself now. I had to promise not to use it for our beer competition, because it would be totally unfair.Thanks

Yeah, the gun is ridiculously accurate. :cool:

Benton
02-11-2014, 17:56
My 41 was exceptional in two ways: 1) the trigger pull was magnificent; 2) it was one of the least reliable guns of the many dozens I've owned. I tried a dozen types of ammo and could not get through a magazine-full without numerous failures to extract with any ammo I fed it.

Never again.

Just a suggestion: I have read on rimfire central that 9 out of 10 owners of the S&W41 have the best of luck shooting CCI Standard velocity.

If you still have problems, it's because some owners have said the S&W41 is "over sprung" it has a 71/2# recoil spring.
After switching to a 7# recoil spring available from wolff spring their problem was solved.

Lastly, if you still have problems, it may be because they have a close/tight tolerance on their chambers. A trip back to S&W may be in order.

Hope this helps you out.:wavey:

bac1023
02-11-2014, 18:06
Lastly, if you still have problems, it may be because they have a close/tight tolerance on their chambers. A trip back to S&W may be in order.

Hope this helps you out.:wavey:

It sounds to me like he already ditched it...

Mine works fine, so it may have needed to go to S&W. :dunno:

Golddog
02-11-2014, 18:12
Yep - ditched it long ago, traded to a guy who said he'd take it despite my unhappy experience with it (I gave him the full details). I never found out whether he made it work or not.

ignantmike
02-11-2014, 18:24
just saw on a gun show to keep .22's running with lead nose bullets...to put a drop of oil on the bullet in the magazine....say's older shooters would do it to prevent lube build up....:dunno:

March817
02-13-2014, 11:16
Maybe...

I'm not real sure I have much of a rimfire collection though, at least compared to some others here. :embarassed:

Most of my rimfires are pretty inexpensive. The 41 is the exception...

I might be easily impressed, but in just the last few months you've shared with us the 41, Wolverine, and Beretta's 102 and 72, not to mention the HK4. Each of them are very cool firearms.:cool:

bac1023
02-13-2014, 11:41
I might be easily impressed, but in just the last few months you've shared with us the 41, Wolverine, and Beretta's 102 and 72, not to mention the HK4. Each of them are very cool firearms.:cool:

Thanks :cool:

Yeah, I'll eventually have a nice collection of rimfires. I've got a way to go yet. I have improved it a great deal in the last year. Before that, I didn't have much of anything.

Benton
02-13-2014, 18:53
It sounds to me like he already ditched it...

Mine works fine, so it may have needed to go to S&W. :dunno:

bac1023



It sounded to me like he already ditched it also but I thought I would put the information out there to benefit some others who may be having problems.

bac1023
02-13-2014, 20:19
bac1023



It sounded to me like he already ditched it also but I thought I would put the information out there to benefit some others who may be having problems.

Very good