I'm looking for a good .22 Lr pistol that shoots good tight groups and I'm thinking the S&W model 41. I don't like the Rugers they don't feel good in my hand can someone give me some feed back on this S&W model ?
If you want tight groups, the Smith 41 should deliver them quite well. It's also a very easy pistol to field strip.
One downside to the 41 is that it can be very finicky about its diet, i.e., it won't cycle reliably with the same range of ammo that something like a Ruger MkII or a Browning Buckmark will digest. And like the other non-Sigma S&W pistols, the 41 has a magazine safety -- a "feature" which I, for one, would gladly do without.
Hello. I bought an M41 in the seventies and it remains my favorite .22 handgun. Big for caliber, yes, but it does group very, very tightly. Luckily, mine does not display a finicky appetite in terms of reliability as has been mentioned previously.
I had one for awhile and was sorely disappointed. I had heard that they were tack drivers, but mine certainly was not. I must have tried 30 different types of ammo including all the Elley stuff and it would only do about 1" groups at 25 yards. Once in awhile it would turn in a 3/4". My AMT Baby Auto Mag would out shoot the thing every time and typically shoots 1/2" or under at 25 yards. The 41 went down the road.
Mine is my favorite .22. Toughest part of the Mod41 is paying for it. It is responsible for great improvement in my shooting as I use it to drill my fundamentals (trigger control, sight alignment) regularly.
Just don't shoot remington ammo. I find everything else shoots fine in mine.
You'll forget the cost the first time you pull the trigger.
Homer or Charles Pearson at Champion's Choice might give you the scoop on current Model 41 production, and which other guns are being made correctly right now. Their number is (615) 793-4066. A lot of Bullseye shooters at our club have a very high regard for the company. I just got their 2001 catalog. Looks good.