June 2014

22 LR Target Pistols: Model 41 Versus Supermatic Citation 10X

These rival bullseye competition pistols went head to head and shot the black out of the targets. Did one gain an edge?

Competition pistols chambered in 22 LR require unique qualities. The trigger, barrel, grip, and sights need to work in unison for the shooter to send bullets consistently into the X-ring. This isnít plinking cans at the sand pit, though these pistols will perform during informal shooting just as they will on the firing line at Camp Perry. These types of pistols are typically used at the local, state, and national levels for Bullseye competition shooting. Three timed stages constitute a match: Slow Fire, Timed Fire, and Rapid Fire. Slow Fire consists of firing 10 rounds in 10 minutes; Timed Fire is two stages of 5 rounds in 10 seconds for a total of 10 rounds fired, and Rapid Fire is two stages of 5 rounds in 5 seconds for a total of 10 rounds fired. Thirty rounds are fired in a match. A buzzer starts and ends each stage. The pistol is fired one handed without a rest. Iron sights and optics are allowed. It is a game of consistency that is mostly mental, with very little physical effort required compared to Practical scenarios.

To see what our choice would be to get into the rimfire Bullseye game, we reviewed two rimfire target pistols that have competed against each other for more than 30 years. The Smith & Wesson Model 41 has been in production since 1957 and the High Standard Supermatic Citation 10X debuted in 1980. Both pistols were specifically designed for competition use with a grip angle of 105 degrees that mimics the grip of a 1911, excellent iron sights, and crisp triggers. Their actions use a simple blowback mechanism. We hoped to find a bargain and up our scores. Hereís what we learned after the buzzer.

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