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First Look: Smith & Wesson M&P22 Compact

by G&A Online Editors   |  August 13th, 2014 28

SmitM&P22h & Wesson has launched the M&P22 Compact, its newest handgun in the M&P line.

Slightly scaled down from the full-size M&P centerfire pistol, the M&P22 Compact is a single-action, internal hammer-fired handgun manufactured entirely in the U.S. by Smith & Wesson. As a huge bonus, those who purchase an M&P22 Compact between now and December 1, 2014, will also receive a promotional coupon for 222 rounds of .22LR ammunition from Winchester.

The M&P22 has a 10-round capacity (shipped with two magazines), ambidextrous thumb safety, reversible magazine catch and adjustable white dot sights. It also features a Picatinny rail for lights and lasers, threaded barrel for a suppressor and a magazine safety.

The M&P22 Compact comes with a 3.6-inch barrel and is available at an MSRP of $389.

 

  • albaby2

    I guess everyone’s forgiven S&W slobbering over the Clintons attempt at requiring new guns to be “smart guns” because they (S&W) had one in the oven,

    • doliver

      not me, and they can keep their MIM lock guns phooey

    • ColtCommanderdm .

      Different ownership now. The S&W you are referring to was a British owned company at the time, it was sold back and is now an American owned and run company once again.

      • albaby2

        Got a source as to who the real owners are? Getting info on S&W is about as difficult as getting Hillary to list her accomplishments or Bill to list his conquests. Best I could find was it is owned by an investment group and could bot find a trail of CEO’s etc.

  • 1611kjb

    I’m trying to understand both this pistol and this article, can someone help me here? The article is listed under First look, Handguns, Rimfire, then the article goes on to say it is a center fire pistol. There are .22 center file cartridges, but most are rimfire. What type of gun is this and what type of cartridge is it supposed to use? Secondly, why is S&W inventing such a gun? This gun has all the trimmings for a self-defense gun, rails for lasers, lights, complex safeties, made from polymers for a safe non-slip grip when fired – very complicated and expensive package, yet it’s chambered for a .22 caliber bullet which is not suitable for self-defense or hunting. A .22 is great for target shooting, plinking and to those who need it, varmint hunting (which is better left to a small gage shotgun than a .22 unless your mojo is leaking all over the place). As a target pistol, it has a very short barrel with a very short sight line, so it isn’t going to be a great target pistol. I’ve heard it said it’s good to use for inexpensive practice, but in a gun this size, the weight, recoil, slide action, etc. are all so far removed from the actual results from a pistol chambered in 9mm or above, outside of breathing and aiming techniques, it isn’t much good for practicing. In any event, and I could go on, why is S&W wasting resources designing a gun which *SEEMS* to me to have no purpose, no market and no reason to own. I’d have thought they would spend their resources trying to make the smallest concealable firearm in the largest possible caliber for the carry market. We could really use a line of quality guns that actually fit in the hand, are calibered 9mm and above, are light enough to wear all day and have a sufficient sighting system that you can hit something without actually having to stick it in the rib cage to make sure it strikes the target. While such guns exist, there aren’t a lot. The .380 dominates the concealed carry market and it is thought to be underpowered for self-defense. Some small guns of sufficient caliber either pop out of your hand, are so large and heavy they can’t be concealed or are not comfortable or cannot be sighted sufficiently to hit anything more than 1-3 feet away in a real-life combat scenario. They ought to be inventing that gun. The Walther PPK is a great size and shape for concealed carry. Make something like that that carries .40 S&W, .357 or even 9mm and you’re getting something. I don’t understand why people would want this gun, and I’m certainly no expert, but explain why you buy this gun?

    • doliver

      you should have written this article, you make alot more sense

      • 1611kjb

        Thanks – it’s not that I reject the M&P line, I have tried the Shield .40 and 9mm, those guns are the right caliber, but the .22 does not feel like them at all and, as such, it would be inadequate as a practice pistol. It feels about like the .45acp, but the firing and pointing is so different I would question it as a practice version. I don’t carry the .40 shield because the sightline is so short it isn’t useful beyond 2-3 yards. While I can make good shots at 5 and 10 yards, it requires a steady hand and careful aiming which is unlikely when you are being assaulted on a dark night in your home or on the street, and if I have to stick it in their ribs, I want a .45 that has one-shot stopping power – you won’t get two shots and they may use your own gun against you after the first shot.

    • Andrew

      For fun.

    • G.

      “The article never said it was a Center Fire Pistol. It said that it was
      “Slightly scaled down from the full-size M&P centerfire pistol”.

      It doesn’t much interest me either, but perhaps there is a Market out there with fans of the full size M&P. Who knows.

  • doliver

    waste of time

  • Sgt Greg

    Everyone bitches about the .22. Ask James Brady or Pres. Reagan how they feel about them or the other cop who was shot that day. They have the power to give you a permanent dirt nap.

    • 1611kjb

      Funny, but none of them took one. A lot of things can give you a dirt nap, including a popsicle stick, but I wouldn’t use one for self-defense. In any case, I’m not complaining, I’m trying to understand “why” someone would want this gun. Someone said, “fun” – I can buy that, but the market is flooded with “fun” .22. I have three, an old west style fashioned after the SAA (of which I also have a Vaquero in .45 Colt), a Ruger Mark III target pistol I use for competition and a pair of .22 derringers that were a keepsake from my father-in-law. I just don’t understand why a .22 is dressed like a full-up defense weapon when it wounds far more often than kills and is too impractical for anything else one normally uses a .22 – just curious. What do you, or would you, use this gun to do?

  • ExPAVIC

    What?

    A .22 pistol? For what purpose does one use it, killing cockroaches?

    More worthless junk from U.S. gun companies, or gun nuts will buy anything as long as it goes BANG.

    • iowarider

      Do you like to just act like a troll and snipe at everything that does not come from your mouth? Or, are you so egotistical and pompous as to not understand some things can be made and used for fun. 22lr cheap to buy, little if any recoil, plink cans or steel targets with the best of them. 9 and 45 mm, expensive kick hard, prone to make folks leave the range early because of said recoil.

      As for killing cockroaches, Damn, clean your house boy, if you need a 22 for that your in bigger trouble that a 22 will handle. step right up and read a few articles on the caliber. Been a favorite of close and personal back of the head killing for ever. Most folk do not like being shot at. the size of the bang or bullet doesn’t even come into the thinking process. “oh, its just a 22lr, lets laugh at him” No thanks, I’ll do the get low and weave exercise. “More worthless junk from U.S. gun companies” Give me a break.

      • Troy

        My wife loves this gun!! She got her carrie permitt with it and quallified on the range with it. Hit the target 100 times out of 100 at 25 yards. No miss fires and she now shoots with me at the range. If you want to stand in front of her while she shoots only a 22 be my guest.

        • NotSoSure

          25 yards is 100 feet – bet you mean 25 feet. Not sure how you had time to get your hands on the Compact and take this test so quickly, perhaps you meant the original (older) M&P .22? I have one, and it is a great trainer!

          • Nocternus

            25 yards is 75 feet last I checked. If you are going to call someone out on the internet it might help if you were correct. Otherwise you just look like a fool.

  • Phil Elliott

    My, my, my such vitriol for a little .22. Since I have yet to handle it I will reserve judgment until I do. Seems to me that most new guns on the market should be handled and shot before casting aspersions on it. All that said it does seem to be overpriced.

  • DFalat

    Responding to the nay-sayers …. let’s not forget training! A gun that functions like a full-size but has the convenience and low cost of .22 LR can be an excellent training tool. This is especially true for NRA’s Basic Pistol class that requires the use of a .22 LR pistol.

  • Det/Lt Ed

    I looked at one yesterday and plan to buy the one I put on hold as a training companion to the 40 shield I carry. I am a Retired Detective Lieutenant and former certified Police Firearms Instructor, and Department Chief Firearms Instructor. I feel that this is a good inexpensive training companion to my shield, even though it does not have equal recoil of a 40 it still allows for practice with weapon of the same size and to practice on Basic techniques with a similar weapon of size and frame etc.
    but you can not please everyone, and everyone is entitled their own Opinion regardless of what it’s based on.

  • NotSoSure

    Lot of .22 hate talk out there, but wow, how interesting that everyone is an expert on what someone else needs! What about an older person that can’t rack a center fire slide, and has the same problems with hand strength on a long double action revolver? Sure, I’ll take my Shield 9mm or G19 any day, but guess what gents, the world is (thankfully) full of a lot of different people with different needs and capabilities.

    Sad how much immature nonsense is spewed about an item that virtually no one posting here has even seen, much less fired!

    • Wayne Knoll Tanaka

      right on not so sure!. can’t we have our likes and dislikes without making those choices sound stupid? There are many models and calibers for the sake of variety. that’s why there are many car models as well.

  • ConfedVet

    I wanted to buy one of these, but heard that they come apart after 1000 rds. Is that true?? US Army Retired Iraq Vet HOOAH!!

    • Eduardo Blanco

      You might be thinking about the full size 22 made for S&W by Walther (actually made by Umarex, think Airsoft).

      • Steven Kaye

        Purchased this model 5 months ago to compliment my full sized M&P 9. Haven’t shot the .22 yet but am now concerned about its longevity. Are there known issues with the Walther (Umarex)? What would cause it to “come apart” after a 1,000 rds? Thanks.

  • http://www.bongo.com JUDO

    Cool Fun Gun. A 22 can certainly put away a perpetrator, but he can run a mile or two before he collapses.

  • Marlinlever

    Theres always room for another .22 lr. As long as it feeds most available ammo and not just CCI mini-mags. Also, if you can hit what you are aiming at with a .22 but you miss with something bigger, then who in their right mind would suggest anything but a .22. Some of us need to be more open minded. Makes us a better society as a side benefit.

  • Jim Brady

    Twin Tech Tactical has threaded barrel adapters for M&P Compact pistols

    http://www.twintechtactical.com/M-P-Comp-22.html

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