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Old 11-15-2007, 08:05 PM
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Model 41 5" field barrel lucky find



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You just never know where and when that lucky break will come. I've been looking for an excellent condition red ramp field barrel for the S&W model 41 for years now. This past week I sold a rifle and here in Kalifornia you have to fill out paperwork at an FFL for any and every firearm sale whether you're the seller or buyer. The buyer wanted to use his dealer to do the paperwork. I rarely go to this store because they're usually very pricey for all their stuff. So I'm waiting in the store and my eyes see in the case a like new field barrel with a red ramp. The clerk said it had just come in from someone thinning out his collection. It was priced at what they had been selling for on eBay when you could buy them on eBay but in much better condition. Basically I passed the money from the buyer of my rifle to the store for the field barrel. The barrel fit like a charm and tomorrow I'll see how it shoots. Now, to find the extendable front sight barrel...
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Old 11-15-2007, 08:27 PM
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I would love to aquire a field barrel for my 41 one of these days! Let us know how it shoots!
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Old 11-15-2007, 10:12 PM
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How is the field barrel a really noticeable improvement over the standard 5.5-inch?

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Old 11-16-2007, 07:22 AM
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I would love to aquire a field barrel for my 41 one of these days! Let us know how it shoots!
+1 nice find
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Old 11-16-2007, 08:26 AM
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Pics!
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Old 11-16-2007, 10:00 AM
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How is the field barrel a really noticeable improvement over the standard 5.5-inch?
One way they are different. My 41 with a 5" field barrel weighs 36.5 oz. With the 5 1/2" heavy barrel, with a weaver scope base, it weighs 45 oz. Without the base, say 42 or 43 oz.

I much prefer the balance and feel with the 5" barrel.
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Old 11-16-2007, 11:33 AM
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That is quite a difference, even without the scope base. Thanks, Clem. Guess that's why they call the heavy barrel "heavy" and the shorter barrel "sport."
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Old 11-16-2007, 12:11 PM
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The Field barrel changes the personality of the pistol, very handy.
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Old 11-16-2007, 03:04 PM
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Here's three photos of my lucky find;


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Old 11-16-2007, 11:52 PM
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Nice, thanks. I didn't know that they made the 5" barrel.
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Old 11-17-2007, 04:22 AM
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Field barrel

The 5 inch field barrel is a modified 7 3/8 inch barrel originally, then they did make a 5 inch barrel that was modified from the later 7 inch barrels, this is why they are so light. The 7 & 7 3/8 inch barrels are both lighter than the 5.5 heavy to begin with, I guess that is why they came out with those fancy counter weights.
Needless to say I enjoy shooting the 5.5 inch heavy more than the 7 3/8s, but have never shot either one of my 5 inch sport barrels, here are some photos to illustrate.
Also you may have never seen a 7 inch Slabside Heavy barrel, that has the revolver Target rear sight, Smith & Wesson did experiment, at one point, and when I purchased this unusual 7 inch barrel on e-bay, I was told they never went into production, and never went onto the market.
I had no idea there were also 5.5 inch heavy barrels with that same rear sight set up, then I find a NIB Model 41 with the 5.5 inch heavy barrel and the revolver target sight. I have never seen one like this. Both 7 inch and 5.5 inch are Factory D&T for scope base. If you look carefully at the top edge of the 7 inch barrel, you will notice the sharp top edge, that is typical of the 5.5 inch barrel, but not like the 5 inch. All the 7 3/8 inch barrels have a radius along that top edge, so the 7 inch slabside is heavier than the standard 7 inch, and 7 3/8 inch barrels, but not as heavy as the 5.5 inch. It's too bad they no longer allow sales of barrels on e-bay, as I have not seen any popping up on other auction sites.

















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aeronut , that is one hec of a nice collection of Smith semi-autos! The 5 1/2" 41 I bought back in 2000 also had the revolver style rear sight. I installed some Nill grips and a red dot for bullseye. The 5" field barrel seems like it would balance a lot better for one hand bullseye shooting.

Also thanks to burgherdude fo posting the nice pics of his 41 with field barrel - makes me want one even more.
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Old 11-17-2007, 08:09 AM
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Thanks, I really love the 41s, and the 52-2s, if you think you like the model 41, you should get a model 52-2 it's a mid range wad cutter gun, so it has low recoil, and these are very nice to shoot. They are addicting. I will be posting a model 41 with the 5.5 inch barrel and a 7 inch barrel in a week or so.

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Old 11-17-2007, 08:37 AM
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Thanks, aeronaut04--that is one beautiful collection of pistols.

If you ever decide to let go of one of those field barrels (it's obvious you have no use for it), I will be happy to give it a good home in the country and a rewarding life of useful, satisfying service.
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Old 11-17-2007, 08:46 AM
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There really are quite a few out there to be had, both of the ones I have are early barrels, and have the Lazy & Symbol, if you really get desperate, a 7 inch barrel can be cut and modified to suite, but I have found there are combo deals out there, where you can pick it up and then sell off the remaining items.
I recently picked up a 5.5 inch in 22 short, with slide and magazine, but had to purchase a 5.5 inch mod. 41 in 22LR. and a 7 inch barrel.
If I see anything out there, I will give you a shout.
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