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First Look: Smith & Wesson M&P22 Compact

by G&A Online Editors   |  August 13th, 2014 46

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.

        • pdm

          I carry a .40 G27 and have
          also shot the shield. From the holster I can make sub 2 sec hits at 25 yds and sub 1 sec hits on a 12″ head plate at 15 yds. I can do that consistently. I think you need to
          re-look your training regimen

          Your comments should caveat with the fact that you’re a novice shooter and that fact is illustrated nicely by your comment ref the .45ACP. My friend it’s all about shot placement and the ability to make subsequent follow up shots. You may want to read the recent FBI studies out of the FTU ref 9mm. It may open your eyes a bit….

          If you want one-shot stops start thinking about .308 or 12ga slugs. It’s not guaranteed but the degree of likelihood is higher you’ll get a one-shot stop.

          • JG

            I agree totally about the 9 mm shield. Great carry gun and extremely accurate. I am hoping that the 22 compact will be close enough in feel to use it as a training gun for my shield. I was looking at the full sized 22 to compliment my M&P 9 until this gun came out.

          • Phil Elliott

            It’s all about the “trigger time” and same type of action.

    • 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.

    • Jrlh

      Squirrel hunting with a shot-gun?…..Sorry, too many pellets to clean out of the meat. .22 to the head, much cleaner kill and to clean.,,,,As for self-defense, when I can put 10 rounds in a sheet of paper at 60 feet, beats the hell out of that noisemaker of a .380 I own.

  • doliver

    waste of time

    • R. Burns

      Waste of time ? Real gun aficionado’s like to shoot, 22 ammo is affordable, shooting is great fun, if you are a REAL gun aficionado. I own the 22 compact and about six other M&P’s of different caliber’s and all of them are rock solid Simth & Wesson products. To the one who made the comment worthless junk from U.S. gun companies, your an IDIOT and I can only imagine that your knowledge of guns in general is extremely limited, gun nuts, I think not, that would be gun aficionado, you will no doubt need to look that word up.

      • doliver

        Look calling someone anyone on line a name is just poor form. For example you would not like it if someone called you a shill. I am not doing that as you do seem to have sincere appreciation for S/W. I personally think they made a better product in the old Bangor Punta days. That is to say there may have been some problems but fundamentally those vintage guns were fixable. There are some decent S/W products I’ll admit. Their AR 15 models are decent value product the 22 caliber 15-22 is the best in class in my opinion. However that being said everyone should be able to express their opinion about a product without recriminations. Caveat Emptor

    • doliver

      “Run on sentence,” Burns. Wow, thank you for the grammar refresher. I’m impressed by the number of cheap plastic firearms you own, surely it validates your point of view, your manhood, and that you are an aficionado.
      The last cheap 22 S/W M&P I had misfortune with which to waste time was made by Umarex. It was not mechanically Identical to the M&P. It appeared to be poorly made but yet commanded a premium price for that much plastic.
      Upgrade your taste, try a S/W 41. You’ll love it like a red red rose.

      • R. Burns

        I was going to comment on your response but its not worth my time, you just dont get it.

  • 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?

      • roy

        I hear what your saying about wounding vs killing.If i was ever shot at I would hope it was by a 22 but the thing is the 22 has by far killed more people than any other round.Maybe because there are lots of them and cheaper or whatever….but
        they do the job nicely no doubt about it.

        • Mike

          That’s one of those statistics no one knows what to do with. More data is needed, because while what you say is true, it is similarly true that more people have survived a .22 round and more people have been severely injured by their attacker after having shot the assailant with a .22, thus until someone normalizes the data (number of X per thousand shots), you don’t really know how well or effective the round is. Nobody recommends a .22 as a defensive round, however, I have a pair of double shot derringers that literally fit in my shoe or sock and it’s superior to hand-to-hand.



    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.

      • HvanaJoe

        I live in FL. Our cockroaches shrug off anything smaller than .45.

  • 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.

    • HvanaJoe

      It’s been my experience that everything is overpriced unless you’re the guy who wants one.

  • 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.

    • BlueC

      Spot on Not so Sure. Evaluating a weapon for Girl Friend. She shot my 19 and a 380. Shot all well but when it came down to being comfortable with a gun she liked the S&W 22c. Good target gun, affordable rounds and in a defensive posture with the right ammo she can put effective rounds down range and I doubt it if bad guy is going to hang around to evaluate the caliber. And not to mention she was consistently center mass all be it in a training scenario, but isn’t that where proficiency begins. I shot it after working with my 19 and was impressed with how beefy it felt.

  • 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.

  • JUDO

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

    • HvanaJoe

      As a fire medic in a large city for over 30 years, I’ve yet to come across a gunshot victim (most with .22s or .25s) who has run more than a few feet…if that.
      Someone defending themselves is not going to stop with one round and most attackers having never been shot before, are going to feel a huge amount of pain…right away.
      They don’t know what caliber you’re shooting and likely don’t want to remain close enough to find out.
      Though a 9m or .40 is great, it’s not so great if the recoil causes you to miss your target.

      • Jrlh

        Exactly, I have a Bersa .380, that if you get more than 10′ away from a 8″x11″ sheet of paper, your lucky to get one of eight in the paper….My .22 all in at 30′ and in a hurry!…..So unless the bang alone is going to scare them off, I am going for my .22!

  • 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

  • Terry Gizzmo

    Bought one and am extremely satisfied with it. IMO it is just a tad better than the Ruger SR. 22 , not much but just a tad better

  • Usernametaken

    Looks great, but I wonder how / if it will work with powder shot. .22 revolvers (with powder shot) are favorites among cyclists in this area for use repelling (not wounding) large, loose, hostile dogs. I’ve used bear repellant instead — but I’m definitely interested in how this pop gun would function in that role.

  • Mia Seecrat

    Say what you want but my woman will only use this 22 compact as her carry

    So it will have to do. A mag dump of 22 rimfire is better than a rape whistle.

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