I have from my father a S&W model 41. In trying to find out why it was shooting 5” low or more I stripped it totally down to find that the muzzle break was all corroded an damaged. I am now looking for a muzzle break. The manufacture date is 1957. I have been on the phone all day with no luck. So if anyone out there has one or know someone who has one I would appreciate the help.
S&W suggested a new barrel as they do not make them anymore and haven’t none in stock. New barrel is out of the question as far as I am concerned.
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I bought a seven inch Model 41 from a friend, but preferred the balance of the 5 inch version so replaced the barrel and sold the longer one to a friend.
The change went well, and I have an accurate pistol. As I recall, I was able to get a Smith and Wesson replacement for about $200.
You may find a used parts seller or a gun parts dealer that has accumulated parts. Someone like Jack First might be able to help.
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As for your comment about my being foolish I think you are being a little rude. I have been shooting and cleaning every handgun, rifle and shotgun since I was 15. I am 68 now. I have shot and cleaned this handgun since I received it. I do admit that I was unaware about taking the muzzle break off as cleaning the barrel cleans the muzzle break. Being unaware does not make me foolish. Upon further inspection with a magnifying glass it appears to be a buildup of lead, copper and etc. I will soak it and remove the buildup until it is all gone. I did find a replacement part, but at this time it may not be needed.
I have been shooting all my life and still manage to learn something about guns in general every day. When a person asks for help rather a new shooter or an experienced shooter comments like yours are uncalled for. If you can’t offer help you really should keep your rude comments to yourself. I do hope that if you are ever in need of help that you get exactly that “help”. I wish you a good day sir.
Shoot it without the muzzle brake attached they also made a false muzzle. Both items come up from time to time on eBay. Also do a web search on how to clean a badly fouled brake, when you say corroded I assume its fouled? . Years ago I cleaned one up don't remember what I used to loosen up the lead.
A new barrel is always a solution, but I like my guns period correct, you may find a barrel from the same time period.
There are also after market barrels Clark etc with built in rails for optics.