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Old 02-23-2010, 01:20 PM
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Does anyone happen to have a listing of the manufacturer serial number and dates for the 41's for 1st year of production thru '77?

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The best reference is the Standard Catalog of S & W 3rd edition (this from Amazon):

Amazon.com: Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson (Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson) (9780896892934): Jim Supica, Richard Nahas: Books
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Here is what they have posted over at RimFireCentral.com

"Here is a Summary of S&W M41 Dates of Manufacture from this Thread:

Serial #___ Date of Mfg.
104XX_______ 1958
149XX_______ 1959
189XX_______ 1959
295XX_______ 1960
1120XX______ 1969
114XXX____ ~ 1969
"A" Prefix_____ 1970 with A115001
A145801_____ 1972
A225XXX_____ 1973
A235001_____ 1974
A265001_____ 1975
A295001_____ 1976
A414XXX_____ 1977"
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Here is what they have posted over at RimFireCentral.com

"Here is a Summary of S&W M41 Dates of Manufacture from this Thread:

Serial #___ Date of Mfg.
104XX_______ 1958
149XX_______ 1959
189XX_______ 1959
295XX_______ 1960
1120XX______ 1969
114XXX____ ~ 1969
"A" Prefix_____ 1970 with A115001
A145801_____ 1972
A225XXX_____ 1973
A235001_____ 1974
A265001_____ 1975
A295001_____ 1976
A414XXX_____ 1977"
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Default model 41 serial number

does anyone know the year of TAD7087
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The TAD serial# prefix dates to approx 1984. Hope this info helps. Post a pic if you can, we like pic's....
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Hello Gents

What an awesome forum

I have a 7 inch Model 41 with the serial number A40509, that would mean it was made in 77 correct?
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It's strange because the stated numbers all have 6 numbers after A and mine has 5
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LongrangerSA your 41 appears to be from 1962.
The “A” prefix on early guns (lower than 115000) indicates a duplicate serial number.
You have said yours is 7”, it should actually be 7 3/8” and fitted with a muzzle brake or false muzzle, is this correct?
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Thanks for the reply Aussie collector!

That's very interesting, so there is one out there somewhere with the serial number 40509?

It does indeed have a short false aluminium muzzle and apologies for stating the incorrect length!
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It also has beautiful S&W rosewood grips
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We need pic's!
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I don't know how this system works for adding pictures
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Only the M46 came in a 7" barrel length. The M41's were as Aussie stated at 73/8" long or in a 5.5" length.
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The Model 41 came with 7" barrels after 1978 when the 7 3/8" barrel with muzzle brake was dropped from production.
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What would be the year of production be for 39xx, 4 digit serial number ...... 1957? When doing research online I found a Wikipedia page on the Model 41 where is states that S&W produced 679 units in 1957, (referenced to Jinks, Roy G.; Krein, Sandra C. (2006). Smith & Wesson (MA) (Images of America). Boston: Arcadia Publishing. p. 128.). So I'm a bit confused on a production date. Any help would be appreciated.
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Serial 39xx would be 1958 where nearly 10,000 were made.
yours is in the first 1000 made, well numbered to be correct.
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S&W 41 38XX Dec-57
The first run of 41s was 3001 - 4999 - SO Jinks can confirm if first or second year??
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Hello Tom B,
How are those 41 counterweights? Lol.
I ran across this yesterday and need to know what it could be worth?
It seems to be in excellent condition.

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Weights are in bed - happy and sleeping with buddies. On your 41, possibly first year but most likely 1958 ship date - worth checking with Jinks. Looks like earlier owner went whole hog on cleaning the brake - can be replaced wit new/better one. Getting correct box etc. would be a good objective. Mag may be first or second style? As it sits, would say in the $950 -$1200 range without further inspection.
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Thanks Tom.
I might try to pick it up if I get it reasonable.

As always,
Thank you
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Also looks like the previous owner had some fun filling in the logo and SN with gold paint and a little red paint on the front sight.
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Yes, he did slap some paint on it. He did a nice job. lol
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I also have a 1958 year model 41. It shoots like a new one. You won't be sorry if you buy that one at all. Mines in the 12000 serial no range and has no prefix letter at ll.
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Yesterday I purchased a Mint condition S & W mod 41 at an auction, talked to the man who sold it and he said he just bought it and put it in his safe. Checking the dates it was made in the first year of production.







I brought her home, cleaned and lubricated her then shot 30 rounds of PMC Target ammo through her, my target was 88 yards, she shot a 2 X 4" group with one jam.

I was amazed to find she was made the first year of production, the year I graduated from high school.
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Ed without seeing the SN, may or may not be first year HOWEVER the 5.5" bull bbl is NOT correct to first or earlier than 1963 when this bbl. was introduced (about 40000 range). grips are of the early style and finish. Would guess your SN is 14000 or above - 1958 or later.
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That's a nice looking 41 but you should know that even if the frame is a first year (1957), the 5.5" Heavy Barrel didn't come out until 1963 so it is not original to the gun.

Edit: Tom beat me by 4 minutes.

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The serial No is 77921 which puts it made in 1958 I believe but I am far from a historian for S&W. The deal I read stated that "a lighter 5 inch barrel was introduced in 1958 for field use." That is in Wikipedia.

I edited this to include the whole serial No. Figure maybe the historians at S & W might read this and have some record of her. She has a 5 1/2 inch barrel.

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77921 should be a mid to late 1960s gun and the barrel would be correct for the frame.

Serial #___ Date of Mfg.
104XX_______ 1958
149XX_______ 1959
189XX_______ 1959
295XX_______ 1960
1120XX______ 1969

The lightweight field barrel is 5" and has a narrower profile and different rear sight. Your barrel is a 5.5" Heavy barrel. Nice gun.
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Thank You, appreciate your sharing your knowledge.

Yes she is a very nice pistol, exceptional trigger and very accurate. I am very pleased with her!
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S&W 41 760XX Dec-65
S&W 41 794XX Mar-67
As usual, Jinks/S&W for your SHIP date.
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Not that I'm contributing much here but my model 41 serial number 4774x is from 1961.
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Thanks for your research, I appreciate it.

I just put another 50 rounds through her, Rem Standard Vel. She is dead on, if my eyes were better it would have been one inch at 50 yrds.

This may be the place to find an answer: Will the Mod 41 hold up to a steady diet of high velocity 22 ammo? I have been told that they were intended for Standard Velocity ammo and that is all I have ever shot in them, but as well as they are made I fail to understand the limitation.
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Your best ammo to shoot thru this gun will be the CCI- SV brand. It does not require the high velocity ammo at all and could actually do damage to it. Stick to the SV and enjoy this gun for many great years with it. I own a 1958 model with the long barrel myself and love it.
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So 70xxx would be 1961?
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S&W 41 700XX Nov-64

S&W 41 469XX Feb-64
S&W 41 479XX Apr-64
As Usual Jinks/S&W for actual SHIP date
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So what year was TAF7055 shipped?
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So what year was TAF7055 shipped?
About 1985ish.

As per the SCS&W:
1984 TAA1985-TAD9549
1986 TAK7879
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S&W 41 700XX Nov-64

S&W 41 469XX Feb-64
S&W 41 479XX Apr-64
As Usual Jinks/S&W for actual SHIP date
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About 1985ish.

As per the SCS&W:
1984 TAA1985-TAD9549
1986 TAK7879
Thanks..I think I purchased it in 1985
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I'm guessing my 74192 was made around 1965 then.
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S&W 41 741XX Jun-65
S&W 41 747XX Aug-65
As usual, Contact Jinks/S&W for actual SHIP date
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Thank you, Tom!
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Tom;
I bought 795XX from H.H.Harris (S&W Distributors) March, 25-1967. Guns moved out of there quite fast so I wouldn’t imagine it was there long.
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S&W 41 794XX Mar-67
As usual Jinks/S&W for your SHIP date
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