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SUMMARY RESULTS CONTINUED... PERCENT OF VOTES 8 7 5 3 2 6
* Varies by model.

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PRICE $825 $985 $1,700 $1,760 $1,500 HÄMMERLI 208s Hämmerli is a Swiss manufacturer of firearms used predominantly in shooting sports, particularly in Olympic shooting events governed by the ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation). The Hämmerli company was founded in 1863 by Johann Ulrich Hämmerli to make rifle barrels for the Swiss Army. In 1950, Hämmerli produced Olympic rifles that were used to win gold medals at the next four Olympics. In 1966, production began on the famous 208 pistol using a blowback semi-automatic design. In 2006, Hämmerli was purchased by Umarex, who moved production of the Hämmerli brand to Walther’s factory in Ulm, Germany. The 208s is the last version of Hämmerli’s venerable 208 series of target .22 LR pistols. Discontinued in 1998, they are still highly sought after by the serious shooter. HÄMMERLI 208s WEIGHT 6-inch barrel 2.375 lbs. MAGAZINE CAPACITY 8 PRICE $2,500

MODEL Marvel* High Standard Benelli M90 Walther GSP Hämmerli 280 Other

MAGAZINE CAPACITY 8 10 6 5 6

Note that several of the following guns are listed at: www.larrysguns.com.

FIRST PLACE:

SMITH & WESSON MODEL 41 with 19 percent of the votes. The Model 41 is a semiautomatic pistol developed by Smith & Wesson after World War II as a competitive target pistol. It was designed with a 105 degree grip angle, the same as the Colt M1911 pistol, to maintain a consistent grip angle during training and competition. Two prototypes, numbered X-41 and X-42, were produced in 1947 and improved in the years that followed. By 1957 the Model 41 was made available to the public when Smith & Wesson built 679 units. Production increased to 9,875 the very next year. Various short and long barrel models were produced during its lifetime. The Model 41 was dropped from production in 1992. Two years later, Smith & Wesson returned it to production as the Model 41 (New Model). The photo depicts the author’s gun with custom hand stocks from Vitarbo, sleeved Walther barrel and UltraDot scope. SMITH & WESSON MODEL 41 WEIGHT 5.5-inch barrel 2.56 lbs. 7-inch barrel 2.62 lbs. MAGAZINE CAPACITY 10 PRICE $1,369

Website: http://haemmerli.info/en/products.html

THIRD PLACE:
HÄMMERLI X-ESSE Earning three spots in the Larry’s Guns online poll, Hämmerli originally established a benchmark with its .22 target pistols with the 208/215(s) Sport/Standard pistol target handgun, followed by the 280 and SP20. While all three models are popular among champion shooters, they are expensive. Top-level shooters often invest in an identical back-up gun as insurance to maintain their lead standings. Club and recreation shooters, on the other hand, typically purchase guns at a lower cost threshold. To fill this need, Hämmerli produced the X-Esse model. Sigarms imported a less expensive version of the X-Esse—the Trailside. While Sigarms was importing the Trailside, a non-compete agreement prevented import of the X-Esse. When Hämmerli was purchased by Walther’s owners (Umarex) in 2006, the Trailside and the agreement were discontinued. Walther currently produces and exports the Hämmerli X-Esse pistols.
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Website: www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/ stores/servlet/Product4_750001_750051_764921_-1_ 757765_757752_757751_ProductDisplayErrorView_Y Note the SSUSA article in June, 2010, on Accurizing the Model 41: www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201006/ index.php#/22


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