The Smith & Wesson M&P line of polymer pistols has been a huge hit for the Springfield, Massachusetts gunmaker. That’s not exactly a news flash. After some comparatively uninspired initial efforts at countering the GLOCK polymer pistol onslaught almost a generation ago, the M&P line has developed a dedicated following that appreciates the pistols’ ergonomics, options and reliability. But looking across the M&P product line, there had been one model missing. Yes, Smith offered the M&P22, but that’s a full-size gun that’s still made in Germany by Walther, a holdover from their former corporate partnership. With other smaller options out there like the the Walther P22 and Ruger’s relatively new SR22, Smith needed their own “tactical .22” to compete. Hence the M&P22 Compact . . .
The M&P22 Compact isn’t a shrunken version of the larger Walther .22. As Smith has gone to great pains to emphasize, this is a brand-new-from-the-ground-up design that’s made right here in the good ol’ US of A.
If you’re an M&P devotee – and they are legion – nothing about this new, littler .22 will be unfamiliar. Smith says the M&P22 Compact is exactly 87.5% (not 87%, not 88%) the size of the full-size M&P9 and definitely looks the part, featuring the same grip angle you’ve come to know and love. It’s a single-action, hammer-fired blowback affair with an aluminum slide and carbon steel barrel that’s fixed to the frame. Oh, and that barrel is threaded, too, just begging you to jump through all the ATF’s requisite hoops to get yourself a can.
As for controls, there are ambidextrous frame-mounted safety paddles that are large enough to flip on and off with ease. The mag release is on the left side, right where God intended, but southpaws who are at all handy can switch it over to the wrong side if they so choose. In case you’re wondering if you racked a round, there’s a loaded chamber peep hole on top of the slide. And if you intend to actually fire your 22 Compact, you’ll need to insert a magazine, because the magazine safety won’t let the gun go bang without one.
Speaking of mags, the M&P22 Compact comes with two 10-rounders. They also pack the gun box with a hex wrench for zeroing the fully-adjustable rear sight, a gun lock, a fired casing and a key for the gun’s integrated safety lock. Do yourself a favor and just throw that away.
The 22 Compact’s hinged trigger (a safety feature) is actually pretty good, particularly for a polymer .22, breaking consistently at a little under 6 lbs. It’s not as mushy as a GLOCK’s, but you probably guessed that. Reset is quick and short, making follow-up shots a cinch.
In case you missed it, this is a tactical 22. That means that like every other M&P out there, it comes equipped with a length of Picatinny railage for your attachment pleasure. Lights, lasers, mounting brackets, blades…if it has the required clamp, knock yourself out because you can hang it from your 22 Compact.
Note the captured spring on the guide rod.
Takedown is exactly as you’d expect. Drop the mag, clear the chamber and lock the slide back, then move the takedown lever ninety degrees until it’s pointing down. Pull back on the slide and lift up. Once the rear disengages, move the whole thing forward to clear the barrel and Robert’s your father’s brother.
The M&P22 Compact has a conventional sight arrangement featuring three easily visible white dots. The nice part: the rear sight is very adjustable for both windage and elevation. And both front and rear sights are dovetail-mounted for easy changing should you so desire.
Don’t like handguns with frame safeties? Join the club. There are plenty who won’t have a pistol without one, though, and the this is a single-action only gun, after all. So the M&P22 Compact’s double-sided safeties aren’t what you normally get on a small rimfire gun of this type. A frame safety should be easily engaged and disengaged. Something you can train to operate that works easily without any fumbling. That’s exactly what Smith’s engineers have done here. Think 1911 safeties, the kind you can snick on and off with a casual flick of your thumb.
Which brings us to shooting the thing. Like most guns, with good ammo the 22 Compact is as accurate as you are. Probably more so. The only problem I encountered with the gun was when we first pulled them out of their boxes at the Smith & Wesson range. They’d brought a supply of two types of Federal loads. If memory serves, the Federal Champion at 1260 fps worked like a champ. The slightly lower-powered Federal Gold Medal, however, at 1080 fps didn’t always cycle the gun.
Since then, I’ve tested the gun with five or six different flavors of rimfire rounds including Aguila, CCI Mini Mags, CCI Blazers, Wolf Match Target and even Thunderbolts. None have presented any problems for the M&P22 Compact. Twenty-two semi-auto pistols are notoriously finicky about the ammo they like, so I’m not bothered by having to find out which ones a gun likes to eat. And given the more recent smooth performance – about 600 trouble-free rounds or so – I’m chalking the initial balking up to box-fresh growing pains.
All in all, Smith & Wesson has build themselves a very nice pistol here. It’s true to the M&P tradition in design and function, so it will be a nice addition for those wanting to train with something that’s lighter-shooting than their full-size carry gun. It’s accurate and soft-shooting enough to be two tons o’ fun picking off prairie dogs or knocking cans off of a fence at 20 paces. And if you’re taking a noob to the range to introduce them to the joys of der boomenschutzen, the M&P22 Compact would be a great choice.
And yes, if you’re a small-framed person, have limited or impaired upper body strength or just a serious aversion to recoil, the M&P22 Compact wouldn’t make a bad home defense gun either (no matter what the inevitable comments below to the contrary may claim). All that and a street price in the $350 range make the gun very hard to resist.
Caliber: .22 LR
Action: Single Action (Internal Hammer)
Capacity: 10+1 Rounds
Barrel Length: 3.56”
Front Sight: White Dot
Rear Sight: White 2-Dot – Screw adjustable for windage & elevation
Overall Length: 6.65″
Overall Height: 5.03”
Overall Width: 1.48”
Weight: 15.3 oz
Barrel Material: Carbon steel
Slide Material: Aluminum alloy
Finish: Black, hard coat anodize
Ratings: (0ut of five stars):
Reliability: * * * *
Once I eliminated a lower-powered load that it didn’t like early on, it was 100% reliable. No failures to feed or eject in hundreds of rounds.
Ergonomics (carry): * * * *
No, this isn’t intended primarily as a carry gun. It’s a .22 for John Moses Browning’s sake. But that doesn’t mean some people won’t tote one. For them, keep in mind that isn’t a small gun. Again, it’s only 13% smaller than a full-sized M&P9. That said, you won’t have a problem carrying or concealing the M&P22 Compact in a good holster.
Ergonomics (shooting): * * * * *
Please. It’s a .22LR pistol that weighs almost a pound. Recoil isn’t even a consideration. Add to that the M&P line’s shooter-friendly layout that so many people know and love and you have an exceptionally shootable gun here.
Fit and Finish: * * * * *
This is a very nicely made 22LR pistol. It doesn’t have the solid feel of a Mark III or a Buck Mark. Then again, those aren’t “tactical” .22s and they weigh more than twice as much as the M&P22 Compact. This is a polymer-framed gun with an aluminum slide, a different animal altogether that feels substantial and lays nicely in the hand.
Overall: * * * * *
Smith & Wesson needed something to compete with the SR22 and P22 that they build themselves. The M&P22 Compact certainly fills that bill with bells on. It’s an extremely reliable, soft-shooting pistol that’s perfectly suited to training to shoot your bigger M&Ps, getting a new shooter started, or just plinking. It’s hard to see what the M&P22 Compact doesn’t do extremely well for what it is. And at only $389 (MSRP) it’s a bargain.
Huge M&P fan here. Looks like a fun shooter, but a bit large for a .22 that may be too big for backup carry/ankle holster. I’d plink all day with it though if I could find this magical .22 round you speak of.
All things considered, I’ll stick with the Shield for now.
.22LR, vacation, kel-tec sub2000s (for ‘real’ price). All mystical things.
Not to rub it in but I’ve seen several Sub2K’s in the $450-$480 range here in South Texas, both 9 and .40 and NIB. It will be worth the search as they are damn fun guns!
Come to Pittsburgh. We’ve got plenty of it here.
I will second this. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Field and Stream Stores (owned by Dick’s) are the reason why nowhere else had any ammo.
I bought 4 S&W guns in the last 2 years and until they move out of Massachusetts, a backward gun grabbing State, I will buy no more from them!
Chief, to be fair to them, moving a company that size out of state is no small undertaking that you can do at a drop of a hat. Most notably, any manufacturing operations that will have to move will suffer due to the down time and losing skilled machinists that don’t want to make the move. Quality will suffer significantly in the first few years following the move. Look at everything that happened to the Freedom Group acquisitions.
Sounds reasonable to me. I don’t patronize a number of restaurants which no longer recognize the right of Citizens to keep and bear arms. The risk associated with dining in their target rich environment outweighs the reward (Google “Luby’s shooting” if you need more info).
Their corporate problems are not my problems. Fair never enters into it. If they want my business “fair” enough, they can stop paying corporate taxes to an anti-2A state.
Until then, there are a lot of quality manufacturers residing in “free states” I can patronize.
It’s not like M&P >> Glock, etc. etc.
They have a ton of competitors and their product is mediocre.
I’m not a S&W employee, but I do want to speak on behalf of them and other MA gunowners. S&W employees showed up at numerous hearings in hte past year and a half to fight for the rights of MA gunowners. They are 100% behind fighting the constant threat to 2A rights that we face in this state. I happily buy S&W products- not just for that reason, but because I know how much they support me as a gunowner in a state that is the front line of the fight to restore the 2A.
DJ, your a moron. Get a real life guns are for fun.
Think about it this way. Supporting S&W means that we Massachusettsians will actually have at least SOME new guns without waiting months for approval. Don’t think of it as supporting Mass, think of it as helping out gun owners stuck there.
I’m not sure it makes a lot of sense to make your gun buying decisions based on the State of manufacture. I suppose you would buy a crapping gun if it was made in Utah? Before you get to down on Massachusetts brush up on American history. I recall some tea going into the harbor, a massacre, and a shot heard round the world. The state that opened the American revolution still has some of the best gun manufacturers in the world. Remember we are the United States!
I must say your right if we was to rewind time on Mass.State. Since we cannot do that I for one see Mass. State as USED to be a USA State. Times ahead are coming of separation again inside the USA if the course is not changed soon. With all the Riots (So called demonstrations) it will soon be more and more larger scale until we are forced upon each other again.
The list goes on as to what is being forced down our throats rather we like it or not! Its much worse than tea going in the Harbor,its more like the 2nd coming of a War the USA had which was much worse! I/m talking about the “Civil War”.
I think we are on the brink of another civil war. I hope not, but the way Hillery and the rest of the gun grabbers are talking about the second amendment, I see no other way out. I won giveup my God and constitution given rights without a fight.Im not the only one that feels that way. I don’t want to kill anyone or b killed, but I as born free, I will die free if I have to kill or be killed fighting for that,then so be it
Really, how many guns have they grabbed ? From who ? Never heard of any actual examples.
That’s a really dumb reason not to buy good products. I’m sure Massachusetts would be happy if they left, too. We need good people and good companies fighting the good fight where it needs to be fought.
Given it is 12-13% smaller, did you happen to see if it would fit in a holster made for the m&p9c?
Nope. Don’t have access to one.
Great review, Dan.
PSA had these for $249 last week:
Think it is expired, but they’ve been discounting the 15-22 every other week for the last month ($299) so maybe it will be coming back at that price ($249) in the near future.
Friend ordered one when it was on sale. We’ll be taking it to the range for a side-by-side with my full sized M&P22 once it gets to the FFL.
Got in on that deal also. It was on clearance for like 3 days. Great price, even with shipping. Next cheapest is $310 from CTD.
What did you ever find out when comparing the mp22 compact and the full size mp22 made by Walther’s? Trying to decide which one to purchase! Thanks!
I’ve been wanting this review for a while! Thanks a lot! Think I’ll go pick it up now, I’ve been wanting a girlfriend/noob gun, my EDC Glock 27 isn’t exactly what you want to introduce new shooters to pistol on…
Although the threaded barrel might be an issue in CT… :/ gotta look into it….
Can the magazine disconnect be removed as easily as the Ruger Mark III set-up? That would be nice.
I have the Walther version and have probably put 1000 rounds through it without any hiccups from any ammo, which I can’t say for my Sig Sauer Mosquito. The only problem I’ve had with the Walter was the S&W 12 round mags, if you slam or aggressively put a mag into the weapon and release the slide, the top round will get caught and end up sticking straight up out of the slide instead of in the chamber. I’ve only got 12 rounders (3) so I don’t know if this happens with the 10 round versions. And if I slowly put in the mag it doesn’t happen. Other than that, I like having the 22LR as a practice backup for my M&P 9.
Having a 22 version of your primary EDC gun is a good idea. Ideally, it should have the same trigger, controls and be the same size as your centerfire version. It allows you to get more practice rounds in using the same tactile feel and sight picture. As a 1911 guy I really appreciate having my Sig/GSG 1911-22. It allows me to fire a box of full sized rounds for remembering the recoil and then burn up a brick of 22 for proficiency. I have never handled an M&P so I can’t say if it fully meet these criteria but if comes close it should be a winner for any M&P owner.
FYI: I have gone 2000 rounds without a real cleaning and my junior JMB eats any round with a 4 digit muzzle velocity. However, it hates Winchester 22s.
This is why god created the CZ Kadet adapter. (You can’t not get the same trigger, since it IS the same trigger!)
The Kadet adapter was one of the best purchases that I have ever made. Although the price initially caused some pain.
The CZ Kadet adapter is a really novel way to tackle the .22 conversion/training issue. I wish other gun makes had similar adapters.
Yes, with all of the work I put into my SP-01’s frame, to include hammer/sear work, trigger work, grips, etc etc, it’s really f’ing nice to be able to put the Kadet adapter on that same frame. Plus, the Kadet is insanely reliable and accurate. And I had it (and my 9mm barrel) threaded and it’s awesome suppressed 🙂
I love the size of my Walther P22, I’d love to see a comparison review of this and the P22.
Nice to see a good, dedicated and designed-for-.22 version of a popular self-defense pistol. Wish more manufacturers would do this.
Not gonna replace my SR22P though. That little bugger has cycled every .22lr load I’ve put through it and even a box of CCI .22 Longs. Most accurate pistol I’ve ever owned too. Love it. I consider it a modern kit gun. It also got an anti-gunner to ask me to take him shooting so he could plink with it again 😀
Random question for my fellow TTAG’ers: are there any striker-fired .22 pistols?
Beretta Neos. I own one – it takes a lot of work to be a decent firearm… would not recommend buying one.
Oh, for some reason I thought the Neos was hammer driven. Then again, with the styling it has, something so old-fashioned as a hammer wouldn’t belong I guess…
Thank you for the reply.
Shoot-off! M&P 22 Compact vs SR22!
Looked at both and IMO the M&P won …. and I am Ruger man
Owned both. Sold the M&P. The M&P requires high velocity ammo, and is picky. My SR22 shoots everything I put in it, including some notoriously unreliable bulk ammo. The SR22 is solid. All internals are steel or aluminum. No pot metal like the M&P. The M&P has warnings against dry firing and says specifically that dry firing WILL damage the chamber, the firing pin, or both. I’ve seen several M&Ps with broken firing pins after they were dry fired. The Ruger is designed to be dry fired without damaging the gun in any way. The manual states that Ruger considers dry firing to be an essential part of familiarizing yourself with the gun, and learn trigger control. The Ruger is a hammer fired DA/SA gun with a decocker. Besides being able to safely carry the gun with a round chambered the DA function allows for restrikes in the event of a misfire, which is import these days, given that you can’t be too picky about the kind of 22 ammo you get. The SR22 is easier to break down for cleaning, and the barrel can easily be completely removed from the gun by simply removing a hex screw. Add in things like the SR22’s fully adjustable sights, in both elevation and windage, ambidextrous safety and magazine release, and two different size grips for different size hands. There just isn’t any comparison. The SR22 is a better gun in almost every respect.
Good reply! Thanks!
I concur. My SR22 eats every flavor I have put through it. Mostly suppressed. With 22 ammo availability these days, it’s kind of like– take what you can get when it’s on the shelf–. Not having to try and find CCI or the better flavors to feed it is a major plus with the SR22 in my book.
Especially if you like hammer bites…..
Bought the wife the .22 Compact since she was sick and tired of the Sig Mosquito not working. We took it to the range with CCI MM HP’s, Winchester Blue box HV, Armscor .22 Longs and Blaser .22 Longs. Out of 300 rds. only 1 Jam. I thought that was awesome for a gun right out of the box. S&W got it right on this one. Now if only they would make a model with a non threaded barrel so my buddy in CA can get one for his girlfriend.
I have the Walther version or the M&P 22 and unlike this compact, it fits all my M&P holsters just fine. It was picky on ammo at first but it is now broken in well and will even shoot thunderbolt (gold flakes be damned!) I like the idea of this new compact. Looks to be a good trainer for the Shield.
My friend has the original M&P .22, I’m guessing it’s the Walther one. We have tried 3-4 different types of .22 ammo in it, and it jams every magazine without fail. It’s not rare for it to jam 2-3 times just on one magazine! I know the .22 works differently than the rest of the M&P line but I would personally be VERY wary of this gun until there is lots of positive feedback about reliability.
Must have got a lemon. Mine has run nearly perfect, and I shoot it suppressed 100% of the time. I’ve had a few feed issues, but that was with some Wildcat 22s that were so old, that they had white powder on the bullets.
Sent my M&P 22lr back because slide binds just after it ejects empty case and will not move back far enough to pick up another round from the mag.
They cleaned the barrel and sent it back. Very disappointed with S&W.
My Ruger Mark I I as well as my M&P 15-22 will eat all of all of the ammunition the S&W M&P pistol won’t.
I will never buy another S&W product.
Forget the .22 if you like m&p, they make a blow back m&p9c airsoft. At least then I can find and afford to shoot the ammo.
I haven’t had any problems in Northern Virginia. I have acquired 3000 rounds in the last 90 days and have shot aobut half of it. My 22LR inventory is above 6000 rounds and I haven’t paid more than a 20% premium for any of it.
Compare the grip size to the M&P Shield. I see that it’s 1.5 width, but that’s the widest point on the two safeties sticking out, not the grip.
It’d be nice to a have .22 to train with a similar grip to the shield, I’ve heard the .22 compact is closer to that
Have shot the Shield, but don’t have one to compare. The grip is larger than you’d expect on a .22 pistol, but it’s modeled after the standard M&P proportions. But I have very small hands and the M&P22 Compact is very comfortable and the trigger’s easy to reach.
I have both a 9mm M&P Shield and the M&P22C. The 22C is less than a half inch longer and it does have the ambi safety that makes it overall wider, but in the hand, they are very close although the trigger guard is smaller. The grips are within a 1/16 in circumference. The sight pictures are almost exactly the same (the M&P22C rear sight is adjustable – the M&P Shield rear sight is not). I got the M&P22C for my wife (wink, wink) but they complement each other and I think the M&P22C is great for practice.
Update: We have fired more than 650 rounds of 40+ year old Remington Golden Bullet .22LR that had been forgotten in a closet and except for one jam caused entirely by my wife letting the slide close slowly (2nd or third mag she had ever shot in her life), it has been flawless. Two duds that failed to fire (but fired after rotating 90deg), but NO failures to eject, NO stovepipes, and NO other malfunctions. We only cleaned it lightly once during that time and after 650 rounds it was REALLY DIRTY. The Shield worked great too with one jam in 750 rounds of various 115, 124, and 147 grain standard and +P loads. I suspect it was because it needed cleaning. Paint me satisfied.
I am an M&P guy. I have a full sized 9mm and a 9mm Shield. I was holding out for the 22C in order to buy a good training gun for my Shield. The size seemed close and when I finally picked one up and held it, I found myself conflicted on whether to buy this gun or not. This gun is light….very light. It surprised me when I picked it up. I just don’t know if this gun can replicate the feel of my Shield.
I found the full size 22 much closer in size and weight to my 9mm. Unfortunately it was so unreliable I wouldn’t even consider it as part of my collection. Now the Sig/GSG 1911-22 is almost identical to its 45 Cal big brother in size and weight. M&P is so close (a few ounce), to getting the M&P 22 Compact right for the training consumer.
I have the full size M&P walther built version. It is a great pistol for training people with. Two weeks ago I took my friend and his wife shooting. His wife wanted to shoot as she is from a country where civilian gun ownership is nonexistent. She was really nervous but really wanted to shoot. She was very excited and she did really well with the M&P. She also liked the .22LR AR 15 I have and recoil is light.
I don’t understand, what is the purpose of a quote “tactical .22” ? Just because it has a rail? Sounds more utilitarian than “tactical.” Especially because I don’t think there will be even a single “tactical” .22 used in a real “tactical” scenario.
Either way, it’s good to see a .22lr from S&W themselves. I might have bought one if I hadn’t already just purchased a Sig/gsg 1911-22.
And how the hell can they call it “Tactical” and not have a threaded barrel?
“Oh, and that barrel is threaded, too, just begging you to jump through all the ATF’s requisite hoops to get yourself a can.”
Or, from Smith and Wesson’s website, under Other Features:
• Threaded barrel – 3/8”x24 takes 3/8”x24 to 1/2”x28 adapter
Ah! Thanks, Musta missed it.
Must be going more blind than normal.
As Marty Feldman said in “Young Frankenstein” –
Dr. Frankenstein – “Who’s brain did you get?”
Igor – “Abby’s”
Dr. Frankenstein – “Abby…Who?”
Igor – “Abby Normal…”
Eh, everyone misses things from time to time. I’m probably more guilty of it than most 🙂
My dad has an Abby Normal hat that I’m secretly envious of (please don’t tell him lol)
1/2-28 threaded adapters are available at http://www.twintechtactical.com/M-P-Comp-22.html
I have both a 9mm M&P Shield and the M&P22C. The 22C is less than a half inch longer and it does have the ambi safety that makes it overall wider, but in the hand, they are very close. The grips are within a 1/16 in circumference. The sight pictures are almost exactly the same (the M&P22C rear sight is adjustable – the M&P Shield rear sight is not). I got the M&P22C for my wife (wink, wink) but they complement each other and I think the M&P22C is great for practice.
I was wondering if this would be a good training compliment to my carry shield. The specs say that the width of the compact is 1.48″ where as the width of a shield is a little under an inch. From what you are saying the additional width must be in the slide or possibly, because of the ambi safeties protruding from the frame. (?)
Still think I would opt for the limo full of strippers though!
The wider width of the M&P 22 Compact is the ambi safety. Otherwise very similar dimensions (field stripping is different though).
Question for Dan. Would you say a yugo sks for a Smith & Wesson M&P 15.22 would be a good deal???
Bought one of these brand new 11/15, Took it home, cleaned and lubed it, a few dry-firing attempts revealed a defective trigger group. There is a noticeable hanging point in the rearward travel of the trigger that can be both felt and heard. Placing your trigger finger too high on the trigger can stop the trigger completely. Back it goes to the dealer on 11/18 when they open. Great job smith & wesson, as soon as it’s repaired I’m dumping what will be my last smith & wesson.
PPQ M2 22 or M&P22 Compact?
I’m torn between one or the other for a first time gun user (my wife). Some criteria are:
– easy to rack the slide, easy to eject the mag, and easy to operate the safety.
– decent sights, or replaceable ones.
– very reliable, at least with one type of ammo
– threaded barrel.
– fits a woman’s small to medium-sized hands
– potentially concealable
– We are planning to add a suppressor, a green laser and weapon light combo. So I suppose the ability to handle the front-weight without feeling to unbalanced would be preferable.
Neither gun can be rented in our area to try. We have fired the SR22 and liked it, but the safety and slide are pretty stiff for my wife. We do not want to get a Ruger 10/45 or Buckmark.
Don’t know if we would upgrade to a S&W or Walter in 9mm later.
Do you recommend one over the other?
While I appreciate S&W’s attempt to disassociate themselves from their former Walther partnership, the statement that this is a brand new design from the ground up simply isn’t true. It may be made in the U.S., but it is, in fact, merely a scaled down copy of the full size Walther gun. Regardless of what S&W claims. It looks the same. It operates the same. The internals are same. To the point where I’m willing to bet that many parts are interchangeable. Not that this is necessarily bad. I just don’t like it when gun manufacturers make claims that are clearly false.
I have the new M&P 22 Compact. It is very nicely made and hasn’t had a single hiccup after 550 rounds (two kinds of ammo). Not one.
It feels quite a bit like the Shield in hand, and my particular gun’s trigger also feels similar. It is more accurate than I am and more fun than a limo full of strippers. 😉
It is excellent practice for the M&P platform (especially if yours have the thumb safety, which mine do) and an addictive little plinker. It looks like a million bucks, too.
The M&P 22 Compact is SO good that I sold the P22 and the SR22 to fund a M&P 9c. Now I am 100% M&P.
I just ordered a S&W M&P COMPACT 22 and after reading most of the reviews I was on the fence about my choice, until I read the last one by RANDALL. His review was all positive and no negative which being combined with all the others gave me much better feeling about my choice. Thank you. ( p.s. I pick my pistol up in two days )
In all honesty, I think most of the less-than-stellar reviews are actually being made about the S&W M&P 22 (the one made by Umarex) rather than the S&W M&P 22 Compact. Nearly all the comments and reviews I’ve seen on the M&P 22 Compact (which are verified as being for this newer model) have not only been positive, but borderline glowing.
Academy Sports and Outdoors here in Texas has an M&P .22 Compact for $349.00 and after reading all the comments and reading the reviews, it would appear to be worth the cost. I already own a S&W M&P in .9mm and in .40 Caliber. I also own 2 Colt .22LR pistols made by UMAREX. They are at times finicky with ammunition, but function well. They are my .22LR pistol plinkers. The 22 Compact will be for my wife to practice with.
Check out this comparison between the .22 Compact and the Ruger SR22
I own several M&Ps and now the 22 C also. After having to fight with my Mosquito, I finally got it actually working and sold it. My 22C has had no problems.It is accurate and reliable and being an M&P familiar. I like it. I would like it better if it was made in Texas but still itvisva fine gun for its purpose.
I purchased the S&W Compact 22 yesterday and I took it to the range today. This is a great little gun! I shot about 100 rounds, 50 of which were probably 20+ years old. I didn’t have a single FTE or FTL. I did have to raise the rear sight slightly but other than that, the gun shot nice tight groups. I really enjoyed the light smooth trigger pull. Very easy to strip down and clean. Based on today’s experience, Yes, I would buy this gun again.
This gun has a lot of manufacturing flaws. Front sights are notoriously out of line. You can fix with the adjustable rear sight but something to easy being wrong is a sign of junk. Which brings me to the roll pins. They come out with repeat shooting. Just google “MP22 roll pins” and you will see for yourself how often it happens. Sorry, but I don’t like things that have to be fixed more often than a old car. It is an easy fix, but when you are at the range do you really want to have to leave early because you forgot to bring your punch and mallet?
Dear Dan, my experience with .22 conversion units with aluminium alloy slides is that the notch in the slide for the hold open lever wears to the point that it will allow the lever to slip and fail to hold the slide open on the last round of a magazine. This occurs slowly, over months and would not become apparent with the shooting volumn done in your excellent review. I have noted this with Marvel Conversions and another maker. In fact, Marvel now offers a steel slide which seems to solve the problem. What is your experience in this regard? Best regards John C.
Dan- thanks for the lefty thing , just remember when you shake a righy’s hand that is the hand they wipe their ass with. .you can give a review without the personal resentments.
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