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Old 03-19-2020, 10:03 AM
John Joseph John Joseph is offline
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Basically,
1) Look for a Model 41 built when S&W had real gunsmiths building them, and hasn't been Bubba-ed during the interim.
2) Find an ammo your Model 41 likes (usually it's CCI-SV but there are some rascals)
3) Keep it clean.

If you can't, or don't want to to that, consider yourself warned.
They are truly great pistols
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Old 03-19-2020, 09:36 PM
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Well at least you received tracking info. Now you will want to be home or at least have another adult there to sign for the pistol.

Some manufacturers are terrible with customer service while others are extraordinary. I won't go into detail, but as an FFL dealer I have experiences with many of them, and in most cases it is a last resort to send a firearm back for repair.

S&W ranks on the higher end of the customer service list in my opinion though.

Good luck with your 41, they are great pistols when you figure out what they want.
Well, its back and looks and feels great. The only paper with it indicates a replaced slide stop and function test * whatever that means)...Now if I can, Iíll get it to the range and give it a good shake down, Iíll be back with a report. All of the indoor ranges are closed ( covid19) but should be able to go to the outdoor range hopefully.
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Old 03-21-2020, 09:35 AM
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I just sold my 2003 Model 41. It was accurate, but finicky. I also have 2 Ruger Mark II frames mated with a Volquartsen LLV-6 (Scorpion) barrel. Using Geco 22LR ammo, both are absolute tack drivers and the 41 does not compare. I shoot local competition and the Volquartsen and my skill gives me the advantage over some of the other guys. Several of them are thinking of going with Volquartsen, and they are 41 owners. Nothing bad about the 41, but I shoot the Volquartsen better.
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Old 03-21-2020, 10:26 AM
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I just sold my 2003 Model 41. It was accurate, but finicky. I also have 2 Ruger Mark II frames mated with a Volquartsen LLV-6 (Scorpion) barrel. Using Geco 22LR ammo, both are absolute tack drivers and the 41 does not compare. I shoot local competition and the Volquartsen and my skill gives me the advantage over some of the other guys. Several of them are thinking of going with Volquartsen, and they are 41 owners. Nothing bad about the 41, but I shoot the Volquartsen better.
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In what way(s) was your 41 finicky? I picked up the VQ while the 41 was getting worked on and havenít yet had them out together.
The trigger on any VQ is excellent but the 41 might be a bit faster actually. Iíll keep them both...
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Old 03-21-2020, 11:50 AM
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I had FTE with a variety of ammo, CCI included. Ammo under 1100fps would not extract reliably. I changed the extractor and recoil spring, it helped reduce the problem but did not totally fix it. My Ruger/Volquartsen has a 2 lb. trigger and it resets beautifully. It has all Volquartsen trigger/hammer/sear parts.
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Old 03-21-2020, 04:06 PM
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Thanks. I did notice the CCI mini mags run better, and FTEs wasn’t an issue in general.
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Old 03-25-2020, 08:36 PM
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In what way(s) was your 41 finicky? I picked up the VQ while the 41 was getting worked on and havenít yet had them out together.
The trigger on any VQ is excellent but the 41 might be a bit faster actually. Iíll keep them both...
Canít blame you for keeping both.
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Old 04-05-2020, 07:57 PM
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Canít blame you for keeping both.
Very nice Litespeed

I finally got to the club I belong to, with both pistols today. This was my 41ís first outing since it came back. It ran 200 rounds without a hitch. Ammo was some CCI SV, federal HV hollow points, and RWS HV all fine, as did my VQ.
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Old 04-06-2020, 03:23 PM
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Well, as long as we're showing pictures, here's a couple of mine. These have been bubba'd - a bit.


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Old 05-04-2020, 12:39 AM
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Early 80ís...at least 7000 rounds down range...cleaned every time itís shot...flawless function...the most accurate pistol I own...CCI SV as a rule.


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Old 05-07-2020, 06:38 AM
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Great guns. Can't seem to hold onto one.
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Old 06-01-2020, 09:53 PM
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I simply love the design of the gun. The takedown procedure is what all guns should be like and the balance while shooting still gives me warm fuzzies. Oh, and they shoot pretty good too. Everyone should have at least one - will never part with mine.
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Old 06-02-2020, 03:08 PM
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SW model 41 school me

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Looking to add a 22lr pistol. School me on it’s reliability, any issues, getting mags, parts etc. I was headed toward a VQ scorpion and got side tracked on a 41. Im looking for a reliable shooter vs something that might have issues.
Thanks in advance.
The S&W M41 is my absolutely most shot handgun. 1st is a late '70s example; quickly displaced a S&W M17 "Target Masterpiece". It came with the 7" bbl; I bought a 5" bbl for it.

After ~10yrs and ~150,000rds, while that example was in hospital for some parts replacement, got the PC version. Mounted a Leupold red-dot sight on the 5" bbl. So now iron sights is the '70s pistol with 7" bbl; and red-dot 5" on the 2018(?) PC. One or both go along every range trip.
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Old 06-02-2020, 04:19 PM
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They’re great shooting pistols and a lot of fun. Id love to find a PC barrel with a rail for an optic.
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Old 06-02-2020, 04:43 PM
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They’re great shooting pistols and a lot of fun. I'd love to find a PC barrel with a rail for an optic.
Not PC but a valid option from Clark. PC 41 can sometimes not be spectacular (you could argue that applies to Clark as well) unless they've been re-lined with a lothar-walther blank typically.

Clark Custom Guns S&W Model 41 Match Barrel



Always the drill and tap option, but I know some (probably many) may not be excited to permanently alter their stuff.



Depending on the era, the BME mount may work if you remove the rear sight. M52 in the photo below, but it's the same mount. You could in theory go back without any permanent modification/changes.

https://www.bme-mounts.com/productlist.html

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