How Popular/Common are/were 7-inch S&W 41s?

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How Popular/Common are/were 7-inch S&W 41s?

Post by GrumpyOldMan on 10/25/2013, 10:50 am

Almost named the thread "does anyone still use 7-inch M41s"

I shot one a lot when I was a kid (16-17) and was always scared by how much the front sight wobbled in the notch. The High Standard with shorter barrel just seemed rock solid in my hand.

But I shot better with the M41, at least a little bit. My high RF (probably ANY bullseye target for that matter) with anything was a 98-x Idon'tremember. Was shooting slightly above 270s with the .22 back then.

Seems I just don't see the 7-inch M41s anywhere, including avatar pics here.

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Re: How Popular/Common are/were 7-inch S&W 41s?

Post by rvlvrlvr on 10/25/2013, 10:54 am

I use a 7" Model 41 - I shoot it better than all of my other .22s, somehow.

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Post by Jack H on 10/25/2013, 1:23 pm

I would shoot my 41 more if the grip was more agreeable to me.  It has a 7" bbl cut to 5.625", and the original 5.5 bbl relined by Alex H and tapped by Roddy. 

The tail of the frame digs into my hand.  Even with a Nil grip, I am unhappy with the 41's feel.  Slide bite is also a problem 

However the cut barrel has fired under 1" at 50 yds.  with 900B
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Re: How Popular/Common are/were 7-inch S&W 41s?

Post by Colt711 on 10/26/2013, 3:20 am

It seems that when you saw them they were oftentimes in the hands of the better shooters. I was like you Grumps, preferring the 5 or 6" (a Giles) brl.

This, of course, is anecdotal and from a sometimes reliable memory.

Maybe borne out by rvlvrlvr's class. Nice gun & grips revolver guy.

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Post by gulliver62 on 10/26/2013, 7:14 am

I started Bullseye as a teenager in the 70's.
This was when High Standard was really starting to give the 41 a run for money.
I remember 41's being predominantly the heavy barrel then with a small percentage being the long barrel.  I always liked the look of the long barrel with the flash hider.  I'm sure if I had to scrape the leading out of it I wouldn't like it so much.

Now, with the rise of the Marvel and some of the Euro guns you see fewer 41's anyway.  I have one but have a Clark barrel on it as I think it offers a far better balance.
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