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Smith & Wesson Model 41 .22 LR, $500

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If you can find a good, used Smith & Wesson Model 41, Buy It. It will do just about anything you could want a pistol to do, and will please you with its reliability, trigger pull, and consistency.

Smith & Wesson Model 41 .22 LR, $500

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Home Defense
Concealed Carry
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Trigger Pull Single

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S&W made numerous barrels for the 41, and even made a .22 Short version with aluminum slide, but the most commonly seen are the 7-inch barrel tested here (left, shown with the Trailside), and the 5-inch heavy-barrel version.
The flare on the bottom of the walnut stocks could be cut down, but we like it for offhand shooting. The grips are checkered walnut.
The Model 41 S&W sells new for around $800, and a look at its internal workings shows why: It's complex and thus costly to make. Older Smith Model 41s like our test gun were first-class examples of everything good a handgun could be.

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