Elmer Keith Says

(Continued jrom page 9) and give the shooter a choice of calibers that was previously obtainable only in fine custom built arms and custom loaded ammunition.

Smith & Wesson Model 41

Smith & Wesson have been building fine .22 caliber target pistols for well over half a century, starting with their highly successful Model 1891, a .22 and .38 combination, which could be changed from a single shot .22 target pistol to a five shot .38 revolver. The .22 version proved a highly accurate target arm. In 1906, the second version of this pistol was brought out in 10" barrel, .22 caliber only, and again was highly successful in the toughest target competition.

The third model, brought out in 1909, also sported a 10" barrel and was one of the finest .22 target guns used in competition. My old friend, the late Sgt. Bailey of the Marine Corps, sported a pair of these guns at the National Matches at Camp Perry in 1925, after making history with them in international match competition.

Elmer "Never" Said It

As all editors know, gremlins eat type. When they can't eat it, they transpose it. They did a little oj both to Keith's copy in our last issue. Capt. Wadman fired his big rifle from bench rest, not prone as gremlinized on page 64; and the last sentence of Keith's copy of that page should read: "Rifles of very heavy recoil should never be fired prone." A gremlin ate out the word "never." ... It happens to the best of us. One of the most valuable of all collectors' books is the "Wicked Bible" from which a gremlin ale the word "not" out oj the seventh Commandment. In both cases, the correction is: DON'T!— Editor.

Smith & Wesson's next .22 single shot target pistol was the Straight Line, which never became as popular as the Model 1891 or the third Perfected Model. This was no doubt due to the fact the weight of the straight line rested largely in the hand, leaving the muzzle light and giving one the feel of a fly rod rather than a target hand gun. Like the Colt Camp- Perry Model, it died a natural death without achieving any great honors as a target gun, although the gun itself was superbly accurate. Smith & Wesson discontinued this model around 1936.

For a time, Smith & Wesson made a .35 caliber auto pistol on the Clements European patents, but it was for a special cartridge that did not find much favor and the gun was finally dropped from production. However, Carl Hellstrom, president and manager

S&W M4I match pistol has a wide trigger, giving light feel with safety.

of Smith & Wesson, saw the makings of a first class .22 auto pistol for target shooters in this design, and about 1941 he had a pilot model made up and shown to a few top shooters. Then World War II shelved all study and development. After World War II, plans were made to bring out the new arm in 1950, but the Korean war again shelved the project.

I saw it for the first time as a pilot model in the fall of 1953, and I urged Mr. Hellstrom to bring it out as soon as possible.

A run of these pistols was produced in 1957, and production is now going full blast. I have one of the first of the regular production run. The Company is back-ordered, and may require time to catch up.

No expense has been spared, either in design, material, or workmanship, to make this the finest of all .22 auto target arms, for the toughest of match competition. Everything from a muzzle brake to a wide assortment of barrel weights has been thought out and added. Overall length is 12" with muzzle brake, giving a sight radius of 9 5/16". Sights are Patridge type, one-eighth inch wide, rear sight fully adjustable, giving %" elevation clicks at 50 yards and 1/4" windage clicks. The sights are both mounted on the barrel assembly, preventing sight movement.

A quarter-inch-wide matted groove extends from front to rear sight, and the balance of the top of the barrel assembly is dull sandblasted finish to eliminate glare. The muzzle of the barrel proper projects from the body of the assembly around %" to permit installation of the muzzle brake, which slips on over the muzzle, while a lower lug lines it up with a threaded hole in the barrel weight directly below the muzzle proper and allows it to be firmly screwed to the barrel and barrel-weight assembly. A recess in the barrel assembly proper, under the muzzle, accommodates a set of two barrel weights. One of these, and the one we prefer, is of solid steel and weighs 1% ounces. The other, of aluminum alloy, weighs but % ounce. The center of this weight is tapped and drilled for the muzzle brake holding screw.

This gadget does prevent any upward thrust of the muzzle during firing and the gun recoils straight to the rear. On the other hand, all muzzle brakes always looked like sore thumbs to this old gun-crank, and I always believed in giving a bullet a clean break at the muzzle. For this reason, and even though I realize it does give the hot rapid fire target shot a slight advantage in match competition, I prefer the gun without the muzzle brake.

The barrel assembly is also grooved to receive a set of adjustable steel barrel weights that can be adjusted to give the desired weight at any point, from near the muzzle to back under the trigger guard, and the full complement of these weights will give the shooter a full pound additional (Continued on page 66)

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