I have been a diehard fan of the S&W Model 41 since my first ownership of one back in 1979 at the young age of 14 when my dad bought me this and paid $325.00 for it brand new. I shot many thousands of rounds of all brands of ammunition through that gun for several years until selling it in 1986 which I’ll always regret doing. I remember many times going to the outdoor target range and placing a coke can at about 35 yards and shooting it multiple times, pushing it further out each time I hit it until it would be at around 50+ yards or further. All the years I shot it I never remember it ever jamming which said something for it. Now at 53 I own my 11th and 12th one and don’t ever plan on letting these go. I bought the 11th one back in February of this year and am so glad to have been given the chance to once again purchase and own one. This one is the “Performance Center Edition” version which seems even harder to find than the standard ones. Also in August of this year, actually a couple of days ago I had the chance to find and get a 7” barreled standard version one. I haven’t shot either of these yet but I must say the look, fit, and feel of both examples are totally as expected with these guns. PERFECT!! My favorite feature of these guns is the superb, crisp, light weight trigger pull and both examples here are no exception! When storing these and any .22 LR firearm I always keep a plastic snap cap in the chamber so that I can dry fire the hammer to keep it in an “at rest” position so the spring is under less pressure. I must admit the trigger pull on both examples like all the others I have owned breaks like the snapping of a pencil lead. Just PURE PRECISION!! I am really surprised S&W still produces this model and in my honest opinion look for it to be pulled from the line at any given point due to the cost of making it now. But I have thought that for some time now and they still keep on making them although they are rather hard to find most of the time (especially the Performance Center Edition). For anyone interested and wanting a fine precision target pistol you absolutely will not go wrong with investing in the Model 41. I’ve owned both the Colt Woodsman as well as the High Standard Trophy and even though they are with no argument superb guns, I still prefer the Model 41. To me the Model 41 always seemed to exude a little more heft and brawn in the build quality like in the thick, wide cartridge extractor as well as the robust appearance and feel of the trigger not to mention not having to worry about gold plating wearing off. They are a great investment to say the least and just keep rising steadily in price. The S&W Model 41 will always get my top vote!!! I highly recommend anyone who likes .22 LR bullseye shooting to obtain one of these fine works of art while they can still be had!! -
Fabulous concealed carry pistol. This 9mm Shield quite literally does it all. It easily shoots plus P ammo. I did some rapid fire tests at 30 feet and some slow fire tests at 50 feet. There is no recoil to speak of. The gun is a great design. You can triple-tap this pistol as fast as you can a full-sized auto. It doesn't matter if you're using 124 plus P Gold Dots or Buffalo Bore 147 grain plus P. However, if you're an old bulls eye shooter you can't use a six-o-clock hold on the target or you will shoot low. You need to use a twelve-o-clock hold. The groups are not as small as they would be with a full-sized auto, but they stay within the 4 inch range at 50 feet which is good enough for me. The DeSantis pocket holster works well, and I also recommend pocketholsters.com for their model. It has a neat square flap on the outside of the gun that really hides the shape. The safety is very easy to click on and off, and I glad it has it because of the added safety in my pocket. Smith and Wesson has a winner here. Highly recommended. - JOE
The 4" model 67 is one of two 38 caliber revolvers I own, the other being a 6" model 14.
S&W is known to manufacture quality revolvers and the 67 certainly is a quality product. It is THE gun of my collection that I feel confident using as a defensive weapon for my home.
Despite the fact that my model 14 has a 6" barrel vs my Model 67's 4" barrel, I shoot as accurately with the 67 as I do with the 14. I think I can attribute that fact to the "red ramp" front sight which contributes to extremely accurate shooting. The "red ramp" is highly visible and its design makes lining up the front sight with the target highly intuitive. However, the "red ramp" can also be an impediment for some holsters.
The hammer and trigger on my 67 may not be as "buttery smooth" as the hammer and trigger on my model 14 but it is certainly adequate.
The 67 is rated to shoot +P ammo and I have shot several rounds of +P ammo 158 grain in this revolver. Shooting +P the trigger snaps forward violently once the round goes off. I don't use +P ammo in my 14 since it was manufactured in 1978.
Overall, an excellent revolver particularly for home premises protection. - R. G.
I originally purchased the 5.5 inch barrel version of the model 41. But since the 5.5 inch and 7 inch barrels are interchangeable on this model, I purchased the 7 inch barrel to swap with the 5.5 inch barrel and thus have a 7" barrel 41. That is one of the best features of this gun. I can switch between barrels at the shooting range in 15 seconds. Another great feature of this gun is that it is a pleasure to clean. I dread cleaning my S&W 617 10 shot 4" revolver, but I look forward to cleaning my 41. The rest of this review is from my review of my 5.5 inch barrel 41 which is accurate for the 7 inch as well including the ammo qualifications.
I've owned this gun for over 6 months and fired it over 2500 times. It was my first 22LR and first Semi Auto. First the negatives. This gun is EXTREMELY sensitive to the brand and type of ammo loaded. In my experience, only one brand and type of ammo (CCI Standard Velocity) fires reliably in this gun. All other ammo I've tried, (subsonic, standard velocity, and high velocity) either misfires or the shell casings fail to eject and jam. Fortunately, the CCI SV is widely available. This gun has a large contoured grip that fits large hands well. The partridge front sight is easy to see and use. The trigger action is light and reliable and the gun is EXTREMELY accurate. Cleaning it is a pleasure as well.. press down on the trigger guard releases the barrel for removal and cleaning. In addition, S&W offers a longer barrel size that can be purchased and easily interchanged with the 5.5" barrel.
Many consider the Model 41 to be the finest 22LR available and I would tend to agree. Just be sure you are able and willing to acquire the only brand and type of ammo that it shoots reliably. But the most important thing about this gun is that it is a pleasure to shoot, a pleasure to clean, and a pleasure to own! - R. G.