Publishing reviews on the internet is, almost, a pointless act. As with everything the act of reviewing something will almost always come down to some level of individual bias. When it comes to firearms this bias extends far beyond sanity and logic in many cases. So I will be starting this review with a very simple statement and four brief points. I am also going to include pictures, these are fun and you may like them.
This review is meant as a recitation of my individual experiences with the Walther P22. I am not interested in convincing anyone as to the negatives or benefits of this particular firearm. Your choices are simply that, your choices. This being said the following points should be reviewed prior to reading the review of this firearm.
- If you are among the large group of shooters who firmly believe that plastic does a crappy firearm make, move along, this article is not for you.
- If you believe that physics do not apply to firearms or that the only good calibre for handguns start with 4, please move along. Survivalblog or zerogov will likely suit you far better as the facts are not normally within their purview especially when it comes to shooting and firearms. (See I am a nice guy I forward people to both Rawles and Buppert, you’re welcome ladies…)
- However, if you are interested in actual testing, facts and this wonderful thing called…knowledge, stick around you may like what you read.
- Seriously? It is review time!
Okay here it goes, the Walther P22 is a light weight .22 handgun specifically designed with the average range shooter in mind. It is not extremely accurate and can and did have issues during its infancy as a firearm. It comes standard with a threaded barrel, for around $100 you can purchase either a short barrel or a long barrel and in under 5 minutes switch them out. It is generally an expensive firearm, even used. Running in the neighbourhood of $350+ used this firearm is overpriced to say the least, after all the Ruger SR22 which is almost identical to the P22 runs around $100 less and as low as $200 used. (I recently purchased a purple one for my daughter)
It is likely the price point will drop as Ruger and other similar firearms gain a larger footprint and sales for the P22 drop. This aside, sometimes what is available and what you want are two entirely different animals. As a master horse trader and agorist of the highest order it is my standard rule of thumb to never pay more for something then it is truly worth to me. As a result I was able to do some swapping, trading and more to end up with the P22 I have now, as well as the SR22 I recently got for my daughter. I should mention that even though it was priced at $200 I did not actually pay a dime for it, it was the result of a chain of swaps, trades and barter arrangements.
So why am I reviewing it? Because, tomorrow I will be taking the SR22 out and running it as well.
Let’s start with pro’s
- It is extremely light, loaded it is lighter than pretty much any other firearm I own including at least three separate pocket rockets I love. Factory says, 15 ounces.
- It is accurate enough for hunting rabbits and squirrels dropping a 2″ group at 25 meters with the 5″ barrel and slightly larger with the 3.4″ barrel. (Offhand with Aguila HV 40grn “ely primed” auto pistol rounds)
- My five year old daughter, wife, self and son have all shot it without ever complaining about recoil or having major issues with accuracy. Simply stated it is a pleasure to shoot and with a proper grip you wont have any issues. (I have heard of feed issues but tend to believe this is a result of slippery gripping…likely Rawlesians or Buppert fans or worse voters…)
- After over 10,000 rounds I have yet to have a major issue that was not related to ammunition. Since I steer clear of american bulk ammo these days and stick with Aguila/ Ely or Wolf match I have not had a failure to fire and am approaching 5,000 rounds of these three types.
- It is fun to shoot, light and honestly would make a superb backpackers just in case or the day hikers possible issue extra protection approach. Anyone who requires reduced weight or has weak wrists would be better off using this firearm. It also has a relatively easy trigger.
Now the cons
- It is .22 long rifle. (this is not nearly the con that most would have you believe, after all, death is not caused by the massive car sized bullets thrown by guns owned by real men like “the above mentioned”, rather death is almost ALWAYS caused by loss of blood…)
- Only ten rounds…(again only a con if you are a shooter who doesnt practice or clean your firearms relying instead on being able to squeeze the trigger several times while closing one eye and shouting about your time as a special forces soldier behind a desk somewhere...) seriously though, it would be great to have more, however, I do understand why.
- It is plastic and the slide is an alloy…(not really a con however, some tend to believe the myth of steel being the only material capable of working.)
- Price – this is an actual con, it is an expensive handgun. If you want supreme accuracy find and purchase a Ruger MkII or 22/45 or even a Browning buckmark. If you want cost effective and basically the same gun but without threaded barrel (unless specially ordered) get a Ruger SR22 or Nano etc. Seriously they may look different in some respects but lets get real, the mechanical workings are all basically the same thing.
So here it is as a firearm I recommend it, highly. In fact I would say anyone with this or a Ruger SR22 in their gun cabinet would be that much more prepared. After all…even England allows ownership of .22’s – of course there is also the very real ability of this firearm to be suppressed quite nicely.
I more than likely missed a few things so I will do my best to pick up and add if necessary.
Holsters, I almost forgot. I would recommend the following holsters for carrying this firearm. Fobus makes a great OWB setup, and they are inexpensive. If you want to CCW it, drop it between the belt and your body…if you dont really carry much or practice with your firearm and are afraid of it, get a nylon rig that covers the trigger. (Seriously, it isnt rocket science, and it is a .22) 😉 the only holster I can honestly recommend for this firearm is a Fobus as that is the only one that fit right and felt right for me.
Free the mind and the body will follow