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Model 41 Magazine Interchangeability

Post by 230Ball on Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:33 pm

I have a late '60s Model 41 and a couple of OEM mags with metal followers, which together work almost flawlessly.  Vintage mags are becoming rarer by the day and I would like to start supplementing my originals with either vintage or newer OEM mags.  Are there other OEM mags compatible with the older Model 41s, and if so, what do I look for and what should I avoid?
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Re: Model 41 Magazine Interchangeability

Post by PhotoEscape on Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:24 pm

I have 1979 and 2013 M41s.  About half a dozen mags or so, old and new, - both guns run fine with all, although I do notice that accuracy might be a smidge better with particular combinations of gun/mag.  I'd suggest getting new S&W OEM (plenty listings on eBay), and trying. https://www.ebay.com/itm/FACTORY-SMITH-WESSON-MAGAZINE-10-ROUND-MODEL-41-422-622-2206/372340021713?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649
I think, adjusting leaps for your gun likings will be needed anyway.
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Re: Model 41 Magazine Interchangeability

Post by 230Ball on Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:38 pm

Thanks, AP, that's reassuring!
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Re: Model 41 Magazine Interchangeability

Post by LenV on Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:09 pm

Some of my new magazines won't work in my older 41. They will not insert. I found the problem to be the thumb release on the spring. I could make them work by holding my mouth right and sorta wiggling the magazine but was not worth it since I have so many older mags. They work great with the newer 41 so I just keep them separated.

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Re: Model 41 Magazine Interchangeability

Post by 230Ball on Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:16 pm

Not the kind of thing you want to be doing on the line during loading commands!  Thanks Len!
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Re: Model 41 Magazine Interchangeability

Post by troystaten on Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:21 pm

I have a early 70's 41 and I have on of the older magazines and 5 of the newer magazines and they all work fine.  As always your results may vary.

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