Gun Report

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

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Grip Material
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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