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Post by spotslayer 11/23/2020, 10:26 am

Good morning All, I have just aquired an A series S&W 41 and would like to put a small spare parts kit together to carry with me. I would like to have with me a spare firing pin, extractor, extractor spring and extractor plunger. I was told by the owner of my LGS that there are no parts that are interchangable between the A series and the newer model 41's. Where/Is there a place I can look for these parts? 

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Post by CR10X 11/23/2020, 10:36 am

Everything is available on ebay.

But why take them with you? Without a steady vise, punch set, hammer and a crapload of patience most of those replacements are difficult at the range.

41's are generally trouble free outside of some feed / extraction issues.  Best recommendation from my point of view is just get an aftermarket extractor and keep the original as a spare.  I've lost more "emergency" parts than I've actually used over the years.  If you find a complete bolt / firing pin assembly cheap it might be worth it. 

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Post by jglenn21 11/23/2020, 1:19 pm

No parts interchangeable between a A Series and new 41s??? How about pretty much everything is !

Parts for my 41 have come directly from S&W service at no cost to date.. I even had the service person go up to the assembly line to see about some extractor springs they did not have as spares.. I am generally looking for small parts.

Parts such as the bolt can be found on eBay..
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Post by Slamfire 11/28/2020, 3:34 pm

What is an "A" series M41. My newest one was built in 1988. Is that an A series?.

At a regional I asked Dan Morgan, gunsmith and Head of the All Guard Team, what wore out/ broke on a M41. Dan said "extractor spring"!  Dan said the extractor spring weakens, that causes the case to fall off the breech face and cause a jam.

He also said that with enough round the breech block becomes loose in the slide. That causes cases to fall off during extraction and cause a jam. The cure was peening the sides so the breech block is tight.

In my experience, the recoil spring looses its strength and I have experienced failures to feed/eject due to an old recoil spring. After replacing my M41 recoil spring I went to a match and a shooter on the line was having function issues. He had a M41 that was very old. I had my takeoff spring, compared that to his, and his was a lot shorter than my old spring. We installed my old M41 spring and his pistol functioned perfectly.

I did not measure the lengths of the new spring, and I don't consider it relevant. Just buy a new recoil spring every five years or so and use the old one for other projects

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Post by jglenn21 11/28/2020, 4:38 pm

a prefix to the serial Number. My 1972 is an A prefix and has the cocking indicator.
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Post by Slamfire 11/28/2020, 9:51 pm

jglenn21 wrote:a prefix to the serial Number. My 1972 is an A prefix and has the cocking indicator.

Thanks, I will check my serial numbers.

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Post by spotslayer 12/10/2020, 6:40 pm

Thanks for all the input guys.. I will get some new springs and see what happens.

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Post by IowaShooter 12/10/2020, 9:28 pm

I just ordered the Volquartsen extractor and will install it and keep the factory as a spare. (As mentioned above)

$12.50 and free shipping 

I watched a video about installing it

Looks doable (I’m still a novice... have installed new hands in SA revolvers and new internals in a Ruger 22/45 lite MKIII, but never an extractor]

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Post by CR10X 12/11/2020, 7:31 am

Just remember the process for setting up spare parts (extractors, springs, etc.).  ONLY change one thing at a time (even springs); when setting up spare parts (or chasing issues).  Then go to the range and test - a lot. 

Should issues arise, you will at least have a starting point to know where to look; and you can always put the original / replaced part back to see if its a different problem.

Limit your variables, save time.   

No sense is have spares unless you know they work.  Also, lots of shooters will put in a bunch of parts then go to the range and have issues and have no starting point to identify the specific issues(s). 

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Post by IowaShooter 12/13/2020, 5:45 pm

IowaShooter wrote:I just ordered the Volquartsen extractor and will install it and keep the factory as a spare. (As mentioned above)

$12.50 and free shipping 

I watched a video about installing it

Looks doable (I’m still a novice... have installed new hands in SA revolvers and new internals in a Ruger 22/45 lite MKIII, but never an extractor]

It arrived on Friday and I installed it 

All went smoothly 

You can see the slightly different shape the Volquartsen has (silver one in package)
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