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Old 02-28-2021, 09:07 PM
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The newer vintage model 41 pistols are good handguns, but the finish and detail of the older ones like the one you just purchased are much nicer.
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Based on reading posts here, the new ones suffer some quality issues and S&W service is incompetent, slow, and ham fisted. All those service qualities have been featured here for the last few years (started in spades with the introduction of the Performance Center Model 41's a few years back. A pristine pre-1990 Model 41 is the one to buy. Condition usually matches the amount of use the gun has had.

So buy the most pristine Model 41 you can find with the high gloss finish and you will be better served. But to be clear, there is nothing wrong with later Model 41's most of the time. But it is just more of a gamble, in my opinion. My early 1990's Model 41 (satin finish, laser etched serial number) is perfect and has been from new. Its the one's from the last few years that can be problematical, it seems.

This is of course just my opinion and yours may vary.

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I own it now so Iíll have to hope it runs well. I wonít shoot any of my ammo at this time so it may be a while before I can find out. My newer 41 has treated me well, especially with the Clark barrel and suppressor. I run CCI SV through it without issues. I think I installed an aftermarket extractor (probably Volquartsen) and some Wolff springs.

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I would bet money that that pistol will be a nice shooter. It sure is pretty!
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Old 03-01-2021, 07:12 PM
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I would bet money that that pistol will be a nice shooter. It sure is pretty!
I hope so. My gut tells me it will be good but it might just be wishful thinking.
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