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Old August 9, 2012, 10:16 PM   #1
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S&W 41 bad factory repair

New S&W mag in just factory-rebuilt mod 41 won't stay latched. Pops out with each shot. Using my old mag, I get "fail to extract" jams. S&W quality has gone to hell? Any idea why mag would cause fail-to-extract?
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Old August 10, 2012, 05:49 PM   #2
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Call S&W and tell them the problems you're having.

Typically, extraction problems and magazines seldom have much to do with each other -- but I'm sure there are exceptions. (I've heard some strange stories about High Standard [.22] magazine-related malfunctions told by guys who are very experienced shooters and who know the HS guns. So, this may be something similar.)

The mag NOT staying in the grip -- if the other mag doesn't drop out when used -- suggests that the new mag is defective.
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Old August 14, 2012, 04:22 PM   #3
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There is a fundamental difference between High Standard .22 magazines and most other .22 mags (including the Model 41) in that the H.S. pistol does not have a typical feed ramp and relies solely on the magazine design to escort the round into the chamber. I think that some of the "strange stories" that are told concerning H.S. magazine-related malfunctions relate to this design quirk.
I would agree that either the magazine is defective (easy to diagnose if other mags work fine) or the magazine catch spring or the catch itself is out of spec.
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Old August 16, 2012, 09:08 PM   #4
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Mag does same thing in my son's 41. S&W just sent me a Fed Ex label to send gun back to them. I had thought they would look at it if I paid to send it back.
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Old August 16, 2012, 11:07 PM   #5
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I doubt the service people at S&W care who paid for shipping.

I can't diagnose problems like that by remote control, but in most cases where a magazine won't stay in a pistol with that type of magazine catch, it is due to the catch slot in the magazine being tight. Often a single pass with a file fixes things.

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Old August 17, 2012, 01:17 PM   #6
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I had a temporary problem with my S&W 41 not holding magazines. It turned out that the magazine release button had unscrewed a bit. When I tightened it up, the magazines stayed secure. Quick fix. You might check and see if this is the problem with your 41.
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