Thursday, March 22, 2012

S&W M&P .22LR Pistol Hits the Shelves!

I know this little rimfire has been out for a while, but this is the first one I have personally been able to handle one.

The Smith & Wesson M&P 22 Pistol is being made in Germany by Walther and imported by S&W. It is the same size and weight (24oz.) as it's 9mm big brother. It is outfitted with a manual 1911-ish safety that is optional on the full size M&P. It operates on a standard blow-back action and lacks the changeable grips (palm swells) of the standard M&P line.

Overall, it seems like a pretty decent .22LR version of the full size M&P. Guns & Coffee bought one a while back; then proceeded to have a couple issues.

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  1. I am sad to say I think S&W missed the mark with this one. Lack of variable geometry grips makes it impossible to match your .22 to your full-caliber pistol, and the magazine disconnect safety makes dry fire training difficult.

  2. I think it is cool! Would love to have something like this to practice and plink with.

  3. I think the magazine disconnect safety and the lack of changeable back straps makes this virtually useless as a training tool.
    While I do not like the thumb safety I could live with it.

    Sure, it might be a nice "plinker" but so is my Ruger MK1.
    If I didn't own a .22 pistol already I might consider this one. but I do, and it's poorly suited for training so I will definitely NOT be buying one.

    I think S&W really missed the mark on this one.

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