I've been a bullseye shooter for many years now and have been shooting a High Standard 103 for many of them. I had a sleeved aluminum barrel installed 3 years ago (much lighter) but started throwing flyers all to frequently. In general I dropped about 10 points on my scores from mid 280's to mid 270's. Last night I used a Smith 41 with a 7" barrel and shot a 283 first time out with no flyers. I know the heavier barrel dampens movement but it still surprised me. Well now I have to have one. I'm told there was a point in time that 41's were vended out and the quality was not as good. Something about an "A" in the serial number would tip you off but I dont know if its with or without the "A". I would prefer an older 41 to a new on since generally a new gun wouldnt have the quality of an older one but I need to know which to avoid or which should not command a premium price. Since I havent actually sold a new 41, I havent been able to really look one over. Can anyone give me an idea of the quality and trigger compared to an older 41? I can buy a new one cheaper than an older one.