Yes, Smith & Wesson already makes the M&P22, only they really don’t. The full-size M&P22 is made for Smith in Germany, a vestige of their one-time relationship with Walther. And the M&P22 is a full-size pistol. Which means Smith doesn’t really have anything to go up against “tactical rimfire” guns like Walther’s P22, SIG’s Mosquito or, most importantly, Ruger’s SR22. Until now. Today, S&W is introducing the new Smith-made M&P22 Compact. A hammer-fired single action, 3.6” threaded barrel, 10+1, two mags, ambi safety, fully-adjustable rear sight and an MSRP of $389. Press release after the jump . . .
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (August 12, 2014) — Smith & Wesson Corp. announced today that it has added a new model to the company’s flagship line of M&P® polymer pistols with the introduction of the M&P22 Compact. Engineered to professional standards, the new tactical rimfire pistol incorporates a variety of features inherent to the design of the full size M&P centerfire pistol in a new, smaller scale version. Manufactured entirely in the United States by Smith & Wesson, the .22 LR pistol provides shooting enthusiasts with M&P accuracy and reliability in a new fun-to-shoot, compact profile. To round out the shooting experience, from now through December 31, 2014, Smith & Wesson will ship 222 rounds of Winchester .22LR ammunition to each M&P22 Compact consumer who redeems the promotional coupon.
James Debney, President and CEO of Smith & Wesson, said, “The new M&P22 Compact gives consumers the opportunity to own and experience a unique tactical sporting pistol engineered with premium features that have made the M&P line of handguns a leading standard in the shooting sports. Target shooters, recreational shooting enthusiasts or anyone looking to add more excitement to their shooting experience can now enjoy a compact .22 LR semi-automatic pistol with all the adaptability and versatility that are synonymous with the M&P brand.”
Designed to be 15% smaller than the full-size M&P 9/40, the new M&P22 Compact is lightweight, comfortable in the hand and conveniently carried. Like its centerfire sibling, the M&P22 Compact accommodates the needs of both left and right-handed shooters with its ambidextrous manual safety and reversible magazine release. Its Picatinny-style accessory rail underneath the barrel easily accommodates after-market lights and laser sights when using in various light conditions and sporting activities. This pistol is suppressor friendly and is standard with a 3/8 inch x 24 threaded barrel with muzzle cap for easy accessorizing. Shooters of all experience levels will appreciate the crisp, 5.8-pound trigger pull with reset which makes shooting the M&P22 Compact easy and fun.
The M&P22 Compact began shipping to select partners in mid-July and is available now for immediate shipment to dealers. In addition, a variety of high quality accessories are immediately available from the industry’s top holster, laser and after-market sight manufacturers. Buyers can instantly personalize their M&P22 Compact with high quality accessories from companies including Crimson Trace®, DeSantis®, Laserlyte®, LaserMax®, Streamlight®, Triple K®, and UM Tactical®.
The M&P22 Compact has an MSRP of $389 and ships complete with two 10-round capacity magazines.
For more information on the new M&P22 Compact and its accessories, visit www.smith-wesson.com/mp22compact or http://www.youtube.com/user/SmithWessonCorp for exciting new videos on all of the latest products.
M&P22 Compact Specifications:
- Barrel Length: 3.56″
- Overall Length: 6.65″
- Overall Width: 1.48″
- Weight: 15.3 oz.
- Barrel Material: Carbon Steel
- Slide Material: Aluminum Alloy
- Frame Material: Polymer
- Front Sight: White Dot
- Rear Sight: White 2-Dot – Screw Adjustable for Windage & Elevation
- Capacity: 10+1