Smith & Wesson Model 22A .22LR pistol

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A few months ago I was in the market for a .22LR pistol. After looking at numerous models available – I selected the Smith & Wesson 22A. Why? Well – my local gun shop had it in stock for one. I read several reviews on it and liked what was reported. I also had an opportunity to shoot one over at a friends house and liked it. Price was right  – so I went for it.

A few words on my experience with it so far.

Fit and function: So far – has been great. I have had no mechanical problems whatsoever. Everything works – but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be better. The safety sucks. Sorry – gotta be blunt. At least on my model – it is very difficult activate and deactivate. Trigger pull is OK – could be lighter. Nothing has loosened up & nothing has broke.

Ergonomics: Everything is where it should be…..almost. Most all control’s are in familiar locations. The slide release is easily accessible and used. As mentioned – the safety is horrible but where it should be. Unique to the 22A (see below) – the magazine release is positioned on the front of the grip. I like it. For those with smaller hands – the magazine release may be easily pushed by mistake. For me and my average sized hands – no problem at all.

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Function & Reliability: My model came with two 10-rd magazines. These magazines are super easy to load as they have a button on the side that allows you to compress the spring while inserting a round under the feed lips. One of the keys to a reliable semi-auto firearm is the magazine that feeds it. After firing at least 500 rounds of .22LR solid point ammo – not a single failure to feed. I have equally used both magazines – pretty happy about the reliability. Ammunition used has been a combination of CCI Blazer, CCI Tactical and CCI Mini-mag. Yeah – I like CCI.

Accuracy: As far as accuracy – the pistol will shoot very accurately if I do my part. This model features a decent sight radius and fully adjustable sights. As it came out of the box – I have not had to adjust anything.

One criticism I have are the flat black sights. Maybe it is just my aging eyes but I had a difficult time getting a good sight picture – especially with both eyes open. When shooting at a dark target – forget it. I plan to touch up the front sight with some neon orange or green. Although I typically shoot with both eyes open – the 22A’s sight picture requires one-eye only in my hands.

15 yards 3 shot off-hand group – not bad……

Final: Overall – I really like this pistol. I need to pick up a good holster and few extra magazines. Why own one? I have had both my 8 and 12 year old shoot it and have found it is a good intro-gun. Mrs. Rourke likes it as well – and she is not a huge fan of shooting. As far as a backpack gun (check local ordinances) – the thing is HEAVY. There is a lot of metal on this gun. It weighs over 34 ounces – more than many polymer framed combat pistols. If you can make room and deal with the weight – certainly would be good for putting some meat in the pot or could work in a punch for self-defense.

I am glad I have and plan to keep it for a long time to come.

Rourke


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9 Comments

  1. I purchased one of the first SIG .22/.45 pistols to come on the market. Do not recommend anyone purchase. It uses a lot of cheap plastic parts (for a $450 pistol) and the trigger is awful. Wish I had purchased the S&W or another old steel Ruger.

    The finest .22 pistols I have owned are the old High Standard Supermatic and Colt Woodsman Match target.

    PR

    • Thanks Panhandle. I bought my wife a Sig Mosquito. It is an ok gun. Overpriced and not the best reliability. Would not recommend it.

  2. I’ve owned several 22lr handguns over the years – down to just two, a revolver and a pistol. Favorite at the moment is my Colt Gold Cup 1911 made by Walther. Great out of the box. After about 1500 rds there have been no malfunctions . It’s a little lighter in weight than my RI 1911A1- but not by much. I feed it CCI minimags.

  3. I have had a 22A for almost 14 years. I have shot thousands of rounds through it. Then one day, the firing pin broke. Did some research and found that this has happened to others and S&W will fix it for free, just as long as you are the original owner. Took about 3 weeks and had it back. Looking forward to thousands of more rounds to fire with it.

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