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When I got out of the Navy in 73, I started going to church with a feller that liked to shoot ..... .22 pistols in particular.

EDIT:  I didn't go to church 'WITH' that feller.  His family and my family were going to the same church.

 

He introduced me to the S&W model 41.   I couldn't believe its refined feel and accuracy.    Soooooo, I bought me one

back around 74.   Cost was $146 for a new one.   

 

Since then, I have owned, sold and/or traded everyone I've owned, which was about 10 of them.

 

Then about 2 years ago, a fellow Cowboy Shooter passed away and his son started selling off some of his

guns..... cowboy guns and other guns.

One of them was a S&W model 41.     I bought it.

 

About 15 minutes after I got it, the son produced a picture of the pistol along with the history of it.

His father had bought the pistol back in the 80's FROM THE VERY GUY had introduced me to that model

pistol.   And that particular pistol was the one I had originally fired back in 74.   It was still in top shape with all

the blue and SUPER crisp trigger.

 

Now get this.......... The serial number is my birth day.     Is that strange, or what?

 

..........Widder

 

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19 minutes ago, Pat Riot said:

That’s pretty darn cool! Have you shot it yet?

Well yeah. He shot it in 1973! 

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46 minutes ago, Michigan Slim said:

Well yeah. He shot it in 1973! 

Since he bought it…:P

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I have never shot a model 41. I wanted to buy one when S&W brought them out again a few years ago. The gun dealers were a little too proud of them. After my experience with their 22S I was a bit leery. Once bitten twice shy. 

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I've shot it a few times since warmer weather allows me to get out.

 

Admittedly, I shoot both of my Volquartsen 'Scorpions' a lot also..... probably more than the model 41.

 

The 41 came with 2 barrels..... the long and heavy short.   The longer barrel is the 7+ inches style with the EXTRA length for

that muzzle brake that S&W use to make.

Problem is..... I didn't get the muzzle brake.    And I didn't want to spend a lot of money buying one at this time.

 

I don't think the pistol has been fired much or handled much because the checkering on the grips are still sharp and clean.

 

Of course, the neatest part is the serial number.  

 

..........Widder

 

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That's a great find Widder. Shot one of those back in the mid 90s, a great bullseye gun!

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11 hours ago, Widder, SASS #59054 said:

When I got out of the Navy in 73, I started going to church with a feller that liked to shoot ..... .22 pistols in particular.

EDIT:  I didn't go to church 'WITH' that feller.  His family and my family were going to the same church.

 

He introduced me to the S&W model 41.   I couldn't believe its refined feel and accuracy.    Soooooo, I bought me one

back around 74.   Cost was $146 for a new one.   

 

Since then, I have owned, sold and/or traded everyone I've owned, which was about 10 of them.

 

Then about 2 years ago, a fellow Cowboy Shooter passed away and his son started selling off some of his

guns..... cowboy guns and other guns.

One of them was a S&W model 41.     I bought it.

 

About 15 minutes after I got it, the son produced a picture of the pistol along with the history of it.

His father had bought the pistol back in the 80's FROM THE VERY GUY had introduced me to that model

pistol.   And that particular pistol was the one I had originally fired back in 74.   It was still in top shape with all

the blue and SUPER crisp trigger.

 

Now get this.......... The serial number is my birth day.     Is that strange, or what?

 

..........Widder

 

I also have a quirky attention to numbers.....It is amazing how many "items" I have that include my LEO badge number......Always sort of reinforces that those I buy were destined to be mine.....     My Dad died at age 43, and when I turned 43 I wanted to know the exact day for me that I would have lived to the same time of his death.   The date worked out to be April 3rd, or 4th month 3rd day.     Numbers can be significant in strange ways......

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Our High School Army ROTC  got three of them in 1958.  The three top shooters on the pistol team were issued them. I got a Ruger #1.  I was sixth out of 14 shooters.

 

Never did get to shoot a 41 and never liked the Ruger well enough to own one.

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