View Full Version : S&W M&P .22 or Sig Sauer 522
August 7, 2012, 08:30 PM
I was looking to buy a .22 rifle. I am looking at a used S&W(dont know how much it was used) with a fore grip and small scope or a brand new Sig 522. They are both identical in price, $429. I was wondering what would be a better buy. I want rails to mount things, the sig has them but they are after market, while the S&W comes with them. I want them so I can do small changes and keep the gun fun. I was wondering if anyone knew how much rail attachments for a sig is and any opinions on either gun at all.
August 7, 2012, 09:50 PM
I bought a S&W M&P 15-22 like your looking at. Well actually for my wife. I've heard people say thier's have functioned perfectly. But mine did not! it shot well for the first 300 rounds( it didnt like cheap ammo but I thought after it broke in maybe it would be less picky) Then it fed a round 3/4 of the way into the chamber and even though the bolt did not close the triger released the hammer and it struck the round! The aftermath was a broken bolt and shrapnel splattered on my face ( I was behind her to the right a good 5-6 feet). If i had not been wearing safety glasses i'm not sure what the out come would have been. S&W paid to ship thier firearm back and repair it, they said the problem was being addressed with a new recoil spring. But I checked and the hammer could still fall and the firing pin still be struck even though the bolt didnt close. I decided to sell mine. I have since bought a sig 522 and ran 250 rounds of high quality ammo through it (with zero issues). And i have put over 2k rounds of every ammo I could find and it shoots it all. I could not be happier with the sig, now my wife has taken it and is shooting steel plate challenges with it. I would not think twice, buy the sig!!!
August 7, 2012, 09:52 PM
one more thing, the sig comes in several models, even with rails.
August 7, 2012, 10:23 PM
The only thing I wood add is hold out for green furniture on the Sig. It's even cooler. I really like the way they sound. I put a value scope with AO on and it's my new favorite plinker. I run mostly Winchesters and Federal bulk. American Eagle and FIochi also run great. I just never have been tempted to try the golden bullet.
August 7, 2012, 11:39 PM
+1 for the Sig in OD Green It is well constructed, has a decently smooth trigger, and with a Nikon Prostaff 4x Rimfire scope tags cans at 100 yards all day long. Accurate and great fun!
As for reliability, I quit counting rounds after the the fifth or sixth box of bulk 550 packs and no problems whatsoever with the gun itself.
However, it gets pretty dirty on bulk ammo and will eventually start jamming (about 1k rounds when I ran a failure test), but a quick shot of Powder Blast followed by CLP does the trick.
Best $400 I've spent for pure fun in a long time. YMMV, but I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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August 8, 2012, 09:17 AM
I considered both and actually went with neither. Instead, I went with a CMMG WASP .22LR dedicated AR upper on an AR-15 (PSA) lower. The result is outstanding.
Reliability has been near-perfect though about 700 rounds so far (just one round failed to fire - probably a bad primer), and the accuracy is mind-blowing. Better than any other out-of-the box semi-auto .22LR I've ever encounted (including Marlin 60, Ruger 10/22, Thompson/Center R55, or Remington 552 or 597).
I also much prefer the forged aluminum recievers to the plastic of the S&W M&P15-22, and the modularity of the AR platform versus the SIG.
August 8, 2012, 03:58 PM
Very happy with the S&W MP-22 I purchased two years ago. No issues to date. :)
August 12, 2012, 05:54 PM
Another for M&P 15-22
August 12, 2012, 06:55 PM
I have no experience with the Sig, but have been very happy with the S&W. You didn't ask, but my son has a Colt M4 22 which has been nothing but trouble.
August 12, 2012, 07:13 PM
It has performed flawlessly and it is probably my most fun gun to shoot..
August 12, 2012, 07:46 PM
I love my 522..... shorts flawlessly..... both are great guns.
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