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Old 05-04-2014, 15:28   #1
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S&w 41

I own many handguns, but none in .22LR., although as a kid I had a couple of .22 rifles. Anyway, I have decided to purchase a .22LR handgun for range use only, and it will probably be the only one I will buy.

I have looked at the Ruger MKIII, Browning Buckmark, S&W 41, and Freedom Arms. The Freedom Arms is tempting, but I think I want a semi-auto, so I have decided to spring for the S&W 41. As I know relatively little about these guns, what kinds of mods are the most common for the S&W 41?

Any advice and/or opinions would be much appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 05-04-2014, 17:47   #2
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I own many handguns, but none in .22LR., although as a kid I had a couple of .22 rifles. Anyway, I have decided to purchase a .22LR handgun for range use only, and it will probably be the only one I will buy.

I have looked at the Ruger MKIII, Browning Buckmark, S&W 41, and Freedom Arms. The Freedom Arms is tempting, but I think I want a semi-auto, so I have decided to spring for the S&W 41. As I know relatively little about these guns, what kinds of mods are the most common for the S&W 41?

Any advice and/or opinions would be much appreciated. Thanks.
Mine functions best with CCI SV and Green Tag. Most people notice the same. Eley Match Pistol gives the best accuracy.
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Old 05-04-2014, 17:56   #3
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Shoot only standards velocity ammo. Target or Match grade are best.

As for mods, it doesn't really need any. Some guys make custom fit grips or add weights under the barrel. It is a magnificent pistol right out of the box.

You can get a second barrel to mount optics.
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Old 05-04-2014, 18:33   #4
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The 41 is a great gun, if a bit temperamental.
A good shooter with it's preferred ammo. There really isn't much to do to one other than a different length barrel.

If a person wants something to tinker with. A Ruger is the way to go.

I have had .22 handguns all my life. From the K22, to the model 41. There are several lesser guns in my collection like a couple Rugers, and at least one equal like the Hamden High Standard 107. The Ruger mark III is the gun that gets shot. It's the gun I have modded out to my specs.
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Old 05-04-2014, 19:30   #5
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I own many handguns, but none in .22LR., although as a kid I had a couple of .22 rifles. Anyway, I have decided to purchase a .22LR handgun for range use only, and it will probably be the only one I will buy.

I have looked at the Ruger MKIII, Browning Buckmark, S&W 41, and Freedom Arms. The Freedom Arms is tempting, but I think I want a semi-auto, so I have decided to spring for the S&W 41. As I know relatively little about these guns, what kinds of mods are the most common for the S&W 41?

Any advice and/or opinions would be much appreciated. Thanks.
Visit this website: rimfirecentral.com

On it you will find that 8-9 shooters out of 10 say that their model 41's prefer the CCI .22 standard velocity ammo.

Not only does it function best with this ammo but, it is very accurate too.

Herrett's ( I believed that's spelled right) stock's make aftermarket stocks for the model 41 in case you don't like the issue grips with the thumb shelf dictating where you should place your thumb.
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Old 05-04-2014, 20:38   #6
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I own many handguns, but none in .22LR., although as a kid I had a couple of .22 rifles. Anyway, I have decided to purchase a .22LR handgun for range use only, and it will probably be the only one I will buy.

I have looked at the Ruger MKIII, Browning Buckmark, S&W 41, and Freedom Arms. The Freedom Arms is tempting, but I think I want a semi-auto, so I have decided to spring for the S&W 41. As I know relatively little about these guns, what kinds of mods are the most common for the S&W 41?

Any advice and/or opinions would be much appreciated. Thanks.
I wouldn't buy a new model. The older 41's were better pistols.
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Old 05-05-2014, 12:47   #7
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Thanks for the responses. Looks like the gun is good-to-go right out of the box (just like my Glocks, except for the sights)!
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I wouldn't buy a new model. The older 41's were better pistols.
I might consider that. Could you please tell me why the new guns are inferior.
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Old 05-05-2014, 12:54   #9
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Get the 41 and leave it alone. I have one from 79 or 80 and it will out shoot me on a consistent basis. Find the ammo it likes and have fun.

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Old 05-05-2014, 13:06   #10
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Thanks for the responses. Looks like the gun is good-to-go right out of the box (just like my Glocks, except for the sights)!
I think that's right. I've had a model 41 for over 30 years, and the only hiccup it's had was misfiring due to light primer strikes. A detail cleaning uncovered dried and hardened oil in the firing pin channel. Once that was cleaned up, it's been perfect ever since.
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Old 05-05-2014, 14:31   #11
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Thanks for the responses. Looks like the gun is good-to-go right out of the box (just like my Glocks, except for the sights)!
The model 41 can make you feel stupid out of the box. Any shots not in the X ring will always be your fault. It's an amazing shooter.
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I might consider that. Could you please tell me why the new guns are inferior.
I'm just not nearly as impressed with the fitting of them. There certainly isn't as much hand fitting with the new models. Nothing Smith & Wesson builds these days can hold a candle to what they used to be.

I have a heavy barrel 41 from the 1960's and its one of the best quality pistols I own, rimfire or otherwise.


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The model 41 can make you feel stupid out of the box. Any shots not in the X ring will always be your fault. It's an amazing shooter.
+1 the S&W 41 must be counted as one of the finest rim fire pistols ever produced. As others have said, find a good condition older model.
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Old 05-05-2014, 21:11   #14
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I have a heavy barrel 41 from the 1960's and its one of the best quality pistols I own, rimfire or otherwise.


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Beautiful gun!
Thank you sir
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I agree with what others have said. My Model 41 was handed down to me. Grandad bought it in the 60's and I bet he didn't put 500 rds thru it. I've more then made up for it. Great .22.
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I agree with what others have said. My Model 41 was handed down to me. Grandad bought it in the 60's and I bet he didn't put 500 rds thru it. I've more then made up for it. Great .22.
That's certainly a nice family heirloom...
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That's certainly a nice family heirloom...
bac1023, your collection always amazes me. Of course you have a stunning model 41. Incredible. Such a beaut. Now I want one!
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bac1023, your collection always amazes me. Of course you have a stunning model 41. Incredible. Such a beaut. Now I want one!
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You wouldn't be disappointed with a 41.
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Here's mine. I think it's from 78-80 I'd have to get the original box and look. It was my wife's first gun when she was around 7.
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