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 S&W Model 41 5.5 or 7 barrel
lenny16  [Member]
11/12/2007 6:59:35 AM
Hello all I am finally taking the plunge into the .22 pistol shooting community and was looking for opinions. The Model 41 is available in 2 barrel lengths and I was wondering for those that have them or have shot them which one you would suggest. After reading many articles it looks like there isn't much difference in accuracy at 25 yards and under. Any input is appreciated.

Thanks
ClemY  [Member]
11/12/2007 10:54:19 AM
I bought a Model 41 with a 7" barrel about 20 yrs. ago. I found the 7" barrel longer than I really liked. I tried the 5 1/2" heavy barrel and found it a little longer than I prefer, and it really changed the balance more than I wanted. I finally broke down and had the 7" barrel cut to 5". You could do the same by finding a 5" sport barrel, but I couldn't find one. I find the 5" barrel is the perfect length for me.

This is strictly my preference. Your mileage may vary.
mtk  [Member]
11/12/2007 11:59:45 AM
I have a 41 with the 5.5" heavy barrel and recently I bought a 7-3/8" compensated barrel for it. While I haven't shot the longer barrel much, so far I prefer the heavy barrel for most shooting.

In true AR15.com fashion, get both.
0848usmc  [Member]
11/12/2007 12:36:31 PM
I have all three barrels for mine, I like the 5in. field barrel to do any casual shooting as it handles more like a typical centerfire pistol. I do prefer the 7in. barrel for any serious accuracy work, it might simply be the longer sight radius but I can get much smaller groups with the longer barrel. I rarely shoot the 5.5in. heavy barrel.

This is the 5in. barrel.
airgunner  [Member]
11/13/2007 12:59:12 PM

Originally Posted By 0848usmc:
I have all three barrels for mine, I like the 5in. field barrel to do any casual shooting as it handles more like a typical centerfire pistol. I do prefer the 7in. barrel for any serious accuracy work, it might simply be the longer sight radius but I can get much smaller groups with the longer barrel. I rarely shoot the 5.5in. heavy barrel.
i66.photobucket.com/albums/h253/jetsound/DSC_0088.jpg
This is the 5in. barrel.

I prefer the 5.5" barrels but then again, I've never been a fan of overly long barrels on any handgun.

The 5.5" field barrel with those grips has got to be one of the sweetest 41 combo's I've ever seen! Very nice
lenny16  [Member]
11/15/2007 6:57:54 AM
Thanks for the input guys. Looks like the 5 is the way to go.
ClemY  [Member]
11/15/2007 2:00:07 PM

Originally Posted By lenny16:
Thanks for the input guys. Looks like the 5 is the way to go.


If you can't find one, and they are pretty hard to find, you can make your own by having a 7" cut down. That is how the factory made many of theirs.
airgunner  [Member]
11/15/2007 7:52:37 PM

Originally Posted By ClemY:

Originally Posted By lenny16:
Thanks for the input guys. Looks like the 5 is the way to go.


If you can't find one, and they are pretty hard to find, you can make your own by having a 7" cut down. That is how the factory made many of theirs.

That would actually end up giving you a "Field barrel" like the one posted above. That is pretty cool but I'm sure it wouldn't be cheap.

No reason to worry, while maybe not as common as a Glock, 41's (even the 5.5" standard barrel) are not the hard to find. I just bought mine a few months back. It didn't take long to find one and not too much longer to find the "right" one.
mtk  [Member]
11/15/2007 8:32:02 PM

Originally Posted By airgunner:

Originally Posted By 0848usmc:
I have all three barrels for mine, I like the 5in. field barrel to do any casual shooting as it handles more like a typical centerfire pistol. I do prefer the 7in. barrel for any serious accuracy work, it might simply be the longer sight radius but I can get much smaller groups with the longer barrel. I rarely shoot the 5.5in. heavy barrel.
i66.photobucket.com/albums/h253/jetsound/DSC_0088.jpg
This is the 5in. barrel.

I prefer the 5.5" barrels but then again, I've never been a fan of overly long barrels on any handgun.

The 5.5" field barrel with those grips has got to be one of the sweetest 41 combo's I've ever seen! Very nice



The field barrel is 5" long, not 5.5" long, and VERY rare. Good luck finding one.

The heavy barrel is 5.5" and more common.

Then there is the 7" barrel and the 7-3/8" compensated barrel.
nraluke  [Member]
11/16/2007 11:35:35 AM
This is my Model 41. Love the gun but really wish i would have got the shorter barrel.
mtk  [Member]
11/16/2007 8:20:10 PM
You can find 41 barrels for sale on eBay and gunbroker.com all the time.

That's where I got my 7-3/8" compensated barrel, which will eventually be threaded to mount a suppressor.
lenny16  [Member]
11/18/2007 6:52:14 AM
Just ordered it last night. Can't wait to shoot it. I was going to wait for the big show in 3 weeks but figured I'd buy new. I was looking at gunbroker and the prices are all pretty high for the used models. I'll post some pics when I get it.
lenny16  [Member]
12/1/2007 6:23:57 AM
Just got it yesterday and went shooting. I used Winchester T22 ammo and couldn't get thru a clip without a stovepipe. I took it back to my dealer and he suggested tring the CCI standard velocity ammo. Hopefully it works.