View Full Version : Walther P22

September 6, 2007, 12:02 AM
Been thinking about buying one as they look fun to shoot. I'm trying to focus on rimfires as ammo prices go up. I have a Buckmark for target shooting and I was thinking the P22 would also be a nice little back up for my .45 compact Kimber. Any thoughts you can share who by nice.

The Tourist
September 6, 2007, 12:05 AM
I think it's an excellent idea.

I have the Ruger 22/45, with the switches and grip angle in the same place as that of a 1911, my favored choice for an all-around firearm.

I take the little Ruger out and to warm up before the bigger stuff all of the time.

September 6, 2007, 05:47 AM
The P22 is my most fun toy, although many people bad mouth it.

Check out this forum dedicated to it: http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=48

September 6, 2007, 08:34 AM
I liked the Bobcat because it was a bit smaller than the Walther. I have been pleased with the Bobcat with its easier top loader and great accuracy with Stinger shells. Carries great in a back pocket too, which I think the Walther with its larger size may not fit as well.:)

September 6, 2007, 09:10 AM
I own a Walther P22 and I like it a lot. Besides myself, my wife and brother-in-law both like it as well. I have never had a problem with it and it was pretty accurate out of the box. It is a great gun for the price.

September 6, 2007, 09:16 AM
The P22 is my favorite toy. Lots of fun to shoot, have had minimal malfunctions (1 or 2 FTE in about 1000 rounds). I shoot Federal and CCA bulk pack ammo and it fires fine in the gun. Not the most accurate with the small barrel but still a lot of fun. It's relatively easy to strip and clean once you know to use the plastic recoil spring guide included for reassembly.

I doubt you'd be disappointed if you got one. Nice gun for a very modest price.

September 6, 2007, 09:26 AM
I have 2, and think they are some of the funnest shooting weapons I have ever handled. Last time out at the range, I ripped a 10 round mag off at a steel plate at 15 yards and I don't think I missed a single round. The ringing of the plate was cool since it was constant.

No recoil whatsoever. Point and shoot as fast as you want and the hits will follow.

Key to these weapons is to keep them CLEAN. These guns (at least mine) do not like to be dirty, even the littlest bit. Once they are dirty, the malfunctions will begin. I think quality ammo helps defy the malfunctions quite a bit as well.

I recommend getting one. Cheap fun!

September 6, 2007, 10:13 AM
I’d like to get one someday. Not on the top of my list, but I think it would compliment my Walther G22 bullpup, pretty well.

A nice kid at the range handed me a brick of ammo and his P22… said he expected me to burn through all the ammo. I fired that thing for quite a while. It was more accurate than I expected, but the real surprise was just how much FUN it was to shoot. It really was about as much fun as I’ve had shooting anything.

September 6, 2007, 12:12 PM
I own a P22. I find the ergonomics of the P22 to be superior to most .22 rimfire handguns; magazines are comfortable to load, controls all are easy to access - once you get used to the odd magazine release.

I absolutely hate the sights. I'm sure a more skilled shooter could get better results out of the P22, but I find that I shoot -any- other .22 rimfire pistol better than my P22.

Pros: Good ergos, fun.
Cons: I'm not very accurate with it, sights are not very good.

September 6, 2007, 01:13 PM
my wife bought a P22 the same day i bought a Sig Mosquito, her P22 has been flawless, Sig Mosquito, well i dont own it anymore :D

September 6, 2007, 10:42 PM
The P22 is a love it or don't love it pistol. Most of the P22 owners love theirs. I'm in the minority of those not too impressed by the pistol. Zinc slide that can wear badly, not very good sights and a design that makes the slide wear badly if the user doesn't disassemble it and do a bit of polishing. BTW, not very accurate.

IMO, for the same money you can buy a much sturdier, more accurate, better built Ruger, Buck Mark or 22A.

Usually, when I mention accuracy it is in the terms of "I can't shoot that pistol accurately" or "I can shoot it accurately." My P22 is some grand combo of it's not accurate and I can't shoot it accurate. An example of my "accuracy" with the P22. On Saturday, I fired about 50 rounds at an 8.5x11 paper with a target printed on it at 15 yards with the P22. The rounds were all over the paper, but the center was pretty clear. I then put another 70 or so rounds into the same target with a Buck Mark Standard. The center of the target was gone and I could see most of the P22 holes.

The P22 wins in light, different and cool. I'm planning to keep the P22 and it will get shot a lot until I learn to shoot it.

September 6, 2007, 11:05 PM
thanks for all the good news everyone!!!! now all I have to do is find one for a super low price.

September 10, 2007, 03:08 AM
I sold mine yesterday.. Its a good gun and certainly cool looking, but as said above, keep it clean! It prefers dry teflon lube. Watch for frame wear and slide seperation from the slide rails..

As for why I got rid of mine--I just wanted bigger gun, like a Ruger mk2 or something of the like..

You'll like it. Oh! And try to buy one thats recently made, 06 or better--they've made many improvements (such as the safety flipping itself to safe on some guns). If you cant, the problems tend to be somewhat rare anyway..07 guns usually come with a new extractor that doesnt fling shells into your face as often :D

One more thing, unless you live in california, make sure you dont accidently end up with a california model..


September 10, 2007, 10:32 AM
...once you get used to the odd magazine release.

It's not very odd if you shoot Hks and Walthers.

chris in va
September 10, 2007, 08:29 PM
One other thing to remember, the P22 is already threaded for a supressor. I have to take the extra step of threading my Kadet for one...