July 2000

All-Round Utility .22LRs: Used S&W 41s Are Worth a Long Look

We compared this “pre-agreement” semiauto to SIG’s Trailside and a solid Ruger Slabside to see if any of them can do it all. The answer? Yes.

[IMGCAP(1)] No one rimfire pistol can do everything. If it’s precise enough for serious NRA bullseye competition, it’s too big and heavy for taking along on a hiking trip. If it’s light enough for trail use, it doesn’t have enough weight for steadiness on the firing line in serious competition. Sure, there are many more uses for .22 pistols, such as hunting, plinking, and the like, but these two extremes give a reasonable picture of the scope of rimfire semiautomatics. No single gun can do all these things … or can it?

Many shooters have asked us if the new SIG Trailside can satisfy these disparate needs, so we decided to compare it to a couple of established pistols that can also be used...

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