As some of you know, I've been putting it off for a long while, but I finally found the perfect Smith & Wesson model 41. I have struggled for years with the idea of spending that much on a rimfire, but it looks like I'm finally going to do it next month. I just can't pass this one up. Its a 5" (or 5.5"?) heavy barrel model from the mid 1960's, I believe. I'm sure some Smith fans get tired of me saying this, but its absolutely mint in the box with all the papers, cleaning rod, etc. Its even got the wax paper. I'm not sure it was ever even fired. I've seen many nice 41's over the years, but this is the first one this old in this condition. Its beautiful to say the least. The bluing is flawless and there is not a mark on the gun. The target grips are notorious for getting banged up around the edges, but these look to be 98% or better. Its really the best vintage 41 I've ever seen, no lie. Its got everything I want. I wanted a heavy barrel model for sure (this pistol has some heft). They gave me a snap cap to use and the trigger is just amazing. The sights are great and the 5"-5.5" barrel has the perfect balanced look and feel to it. This has got to be one of my best finds ever. Yes, I've had many other great finds (especially when it comes to Smith & Wessons), but this is truly exceptional. If somebody would have asked me what my dream model 41 would have been in the parking lot of the shop before I walked in, I would have described this EXACT pistol. That's pretty amazing. I can't wait to get my hands on it in the very near future. The 41 is one of the best pistols Smith ever built and also one of the best rimfire pistols ever built by anybody, as far as I'm concerned. As for my personal thoughts on S&W autos, the 952 will always be my favorite. However, the 52 and 41 have got to be the highest quality target autos to ever be produced by the company. That big void in my collection left by the 41 is about to be filled. Now that I'm done rambling, I do have two questions... 1. What is the exact length of the barrel? Was it 5" or 5.5"? I didn't have a ruler handy to check while I was there. 2. What is the year of manufacture? Its a straight serial number (46xxx). I know the heavy barrel started in 1963 and I know the "A" serial number prefix started in 1970, so it must be between those years. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!