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Old 07-08-2009, 5:41 PM
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Default Smith and Wesson Model 40-1 (not 41) (Grip Safety) Pain

I purchased a nickel plated wood grip S&W model 40-1 (not 41) and it has one feature that is giving me trouble... it hurts to shoot it. The metal grip pushes back into the web between my thumb and index finger causing pain with every shot.

This is with standard .38 special ammo, not plus P.

Other than gloves, or toughing up, is there another solution?

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Old 07-08-2009, 5:53 PM
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bigger grip?

http://www.getgrip.com/main/overview/gripconcept.html

also: Model 41? isn't that the semi .22LR?
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Old 07-08-2009, 5:56 PM
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Are you sure this is a 41? the S&W 41 is a 22 lr semi-auto pistol. The 38 spl semi-auto is the S&W 52 that shoots only full wadcutters. Is this a revolver?
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Old 07-08-2009, 8:22 PM
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Color me confused as well. Neither the model 41 or the model 52 have grip safeties.

I don't think you have a model 41...
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Old 07-08-2009, 8:50 PM
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I purchased a nickel plated wood grip S&W model 41 and it has one feature that is giving me trouble... it hurts to shoot it. The metal grip pushes back into the web between my thumb and index finger causing pain with every shot.

This is with standard .38 special ammo, not plus P.

Other than gloves, or toughing up, is there another solution?

thanks.
Try gripping it higher. There's not much else you can do unless you replace the grip with one that wraps around the back. If you do that you might need to relieve the inside of the grip to fit with the grip safety pressed in.

I handled these at the gun shop and they are classy guns but I agree the grip safety is awkward.

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Old 07-09-2009, 2:13 AM
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Default opps, model 40-1!

sorry about the mistake.
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Old 07-09-2009, 10:19 AM
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ALL snubbies have a little sting in them, add a metal grip safety and uncomfortable grips and you get even more.

Either get better grips (might be difficult, not a very common pistol) or get tougher.

Snubbies are meant for close quarters personal defense and are no-nonsense, no frills handguns meant to literally be stuck in a bad guy's belly and pull the trigger. In that situation you won't notice the sting at all . If you want a comfortable shooter, you might want to look into something different.

I always loved the old cop shows where the detective has out his tiny snub nose revolver picking off bad guys at longish distances.
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Maybe I'm recalling incorrectly, do the 40s have the ability for the safety bar to be pinned?
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Old 07-09-2009, 4:34 PM
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I purchased a nickel plated wood grip S&W model 40-1 (not 41) and it has one feature that is giving me trouble... it hurts to shoot it. The metal grip pushes back into the web between my thumb and index finger causing pain with every shot.

This is with standard .38 special ammo, not plus P.

Other than gloves, or toughing up, is there another solution?

thanks.
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I have the Model 40-1 and have experienced the same thing the OP mentions. The grip safety has vertical grooves cut into it and I do notice it getting uncomfortable when shooting. To take a couple shots, or even five, in an adrenaline filled defense situation you'd never even notice it. Throwing 300 rounds down the pipe at the range and it can become frustrating. Normal loads it's not that bad. +P loads and you feel it, no question.
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I use a soft mesh bandage wrap around the base of my thumb (go between thumb and index) and feel very comfortable.
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ALL snubbies have a little sting in them, add a metal grip safety and uncomfortable grips and you get even more.

Either get better grips (might be difficult, not a very common pistol) or get tougher.

Snubbies are meant for close quarters personal defense and are no-nonsense, no frills handguns meant to literally be stuck in a bad guy's belly and pull the trigger. In that situation you won't notice the sting at all . If you want a comfortable shooter, you might want to look into something different.

I always loved the old cop shows where the detective has out his tiny snub nose revolver picking off bad guys at longish distances.
You'd probably be surprised how well you can group at 25 yds. with a model 40 or 36 with good loads and some serious practice.

I wouldn't recommend playing hostage rescue with one, but I'd have no qualms about firing at an exposed threat at that distance or even slightly farther.
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Be warned that aftermarket grips for S&W J Frames and even grips for the old original Model 40 do not fit the new Model 40-1. Some simple modifications need to be made for them to fit. I bought a pair of bonded ivory grips for mine and ended up having to shave down the inside half moon area of the grip for it to fit properly. It took about 10 minutes and they fit like a glove now.
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As previously stated I believe the grip safety could be pinned.send me an e-mail.
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Don't try to pin the safety!!! You have a beautiful snubby. What you need is the http://www.t-grips.com/. Problem solved.
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The T grips while not listing a model to fit the 40 don't address the problem he's having at all.

Sell it.
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