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Old 01-07-2020, 03:51 PM
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I just received a new barrel and I can not get it to fit down in the receiver so I can close the trigger guard. It just rocks back and forth, any one have any experience with this type of a problem?
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Old 01-07-2020, 05:06 PM
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It's not unusual to have to file the V notch on the barrel lug *very* carefully (read:lightly) to fit a new barrel on a 41. I've forgotten which side of the V you should smooth first, but it should show up in a Google search.
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Old 01-07-2020, 05:16 PM
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Thanks I did a search and I understand what you are saying. I may do that but I need to contact the seller of the barrel before I do anything to it. Thanks again
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Old 01-07-2020, 05:30 PM
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Take slide off and set barrel on there
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Old 01-07-2020, 06:22 PM
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It fits a little better with spring out of the slide but still won't close
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Old 01-08-2020, 01:16 PM
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Out of curiosity, what year of manufacturer is your frame and is the barrel new mfg or used?
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Old 01-08-2020, 03:16 PM
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i have two 41's and this new S&W barrel will not fit either one was made in 2018 and the other was made in 1984, have no idea when the barrel was made. And I sent it to S&W to fit it to my pistol.
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Old 01-08-2020, 11:20 PM
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I meant take slide all they way off the gun and set barrel on with out the slide and see how it’s setting on the gun make sure it sits all the way down in frame
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Old 01-09-2020, 09:40 AM
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I did that and it did fit all the way down, but as I stated it is on its way to S&W
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Old 01-09-2020, 10:08 AM
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Let us no how long it takes to get it back
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Old 01-09-2020, 10:10 AM
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Sometimes they need to be fitted. Sometimes they don't.
A few strokes of a file corrects it, but I too, would prefer that someone with experience do it.

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Old 01-10-2020, 12:39 PM
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Sometimes they need to be fitted. Sometimes they don't.
A few strokes of a file corrects it, but I too, would prefer that someone with experience do it.
Given the maintenance horror stories that are coming out of S&W's fix-it-shop, it's pretty clear that there is a lack of qualified gunsmiths. Rather, there seem to be only 'assemblers' that have been given different tools.

As such, I think you'd be better off—even with this simple job— to find an independent gunsmith to do the job.
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Old 01-12-2020, 01:32 AM
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I just received a new barrel and I can not get it to fit down in the receiver so I can close the trigger guard. It just rocks back and forth, any one have any experience with this type of a problem?
I bought a 5 1/2" barrel for my 1967 M41 because I didn't want to drill and tap the original one. It settled into the fame fine, but was too tight to close the trigger guard. That took a little stoning on the surface that interfaced with the frame's mechanism.

Then some time later, I bought a 7" to see if I liked the balance better; again to avoid drilling and tapping the original 7 3/8" barrel. It wouldn't drop all the way down into the frame. I took a few thou off the sides of the barrel where it interfered and all was good.

So... They don't always fit and they may need stoning in different areas. Carefully figure out where the interference is before you start taking off metal. Compare the new barrel's contact points with your original barrel. Go slowly and use the right tools. Don't just dive in with a file or (gasp) a Dremel. It's no disgrace to have a good gunsmith do the work if you aren't fully sure of your knowledge and abilities.
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