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colbad
February 16, 2014, 09:14 PM
Got a call from the LGS that my two tone Sig 229 was in after a 14 month wait. While looking over the inventory found a Walther P22 in the used section that looked new for $235. My son has been bugging me for one so we bought it. I think I am more excited about that find that finally getting my Sig.

I have heard lots of good and bad on the Walther and some issues with internal plastic parts breaking. Anyone have any first hand experience with the P22 reliability and what it might or might not like to eat?

Chris_B
February 16, 2014, 09:26 PM
Here come the haters. They'll tell you it's alloy junk.

I have a P22 that would have a failure to fire every 500 rounds or so. It needs new springs now but I have been quite happy. I never use the longer barrel. Seems that the people who have trouble have had it using the longer barrel.

Ammo...use whatever it likes. Mine prefers CCI minimags and Remington Golden Bullet. Minimags of course have been more reliable than the bulk RGB

Google "P22 Bible" and download it.

colbad
February 16, 2014, 09:35 PM
Interesting...... it was the long barrel sight radius and counter weight that made it so attractive. It was so light and had good sights for my daughter to shoot as well when we hit he range. I usually shoot a lot of the Remington Golden so will have to see how that works.

I am always leery as to why someone traded it in. My initial suspicion is that its a jamomatic. Does not look like much wear at all on it. For the price I thought I would take a chance.

Also ordered up the new Glock .380 while in the buying mode. Have a bunch of .380 ammo but nothing to shoot it with. Figured for $300 I would play a little with it and see if I like.

Dragline45
February 16, 2014, 09:43 PM
My buddy has a P22 and it has always been reliable when I shot it. Not as accurate as my Ruger 22/45, but good enough for range work. He asked me to clean it for him one day, and what a pain it was to reassemble. You need a special tool to get the recoil spring back in which he lost, so I had to use a shishkebab skewer to get it back in.

colbad
February 16, 2014, 09:48 PM
Will have to remember to add a shishkabab skewer to my range bag:)

DannyB1954
February 16, 2014, 09:51 PM
My Walther P22 is not very reliable. Here is a link to a good manual for tuning up the p22. I haven't done all the stuff. It just upsets me that the manufacturer releases this type of weapon that requires work to make it work.

http://www.spentbrass.com/pistol/walther/p22/P22_bible.pdf

Here is a video on how to reassemble without a special tool
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FS8WRiRqbtw

Cheapshooter
February 16, 2014, 10:23 PM
My P22 has always functioned fine with the right ammo. Fortunatly, It likes bulk Remington Golden Bullets. Unfortunatly, like many other varieties of 22 it's nealy non-existant. It does run good with CCI Mini Mags as well. Federal American Eagle has been OK, but Federal Champion hasn't functioned at all.
Many of the haters will point out the past problem with cracking slides. Most often on te extended model you have. A lot of It has been traced to the steel extension piece not meing fitted properly, allowing thge ZAMAK slide to slam into It.
Over all, I think they are great little guns for the money.
Another forum with lits of P22 info. http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=48
With a member with the username 1917-1911M being the Guru of the P22
His P22 Bible can be downloaded, and is a must have for owners of the little walther.
http://gunlink.info/forums/index.php?topic=19.msg26#msg26

Chris_B
February 16, 2014, 10:24 PM
oh- I also find that the sights drift on my in windage after a couple hundred rounds.

mags are a common problem. People say the "B" suffix mags are best. Perversely, my P22 loves the "A" mags that came with it, and it steadfastly refuses to feed from the "B" mag I have!

One thing I use on my P22 that I feel has contributed to reliability is Remington dri-lube instead of conventional wet oil

JERRYS.
February 16, 2014, 10:46 PM
I got one for my daughter in 2010(?) it hasn't missed a beat.


http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff256/JerryS357/100_5715-1.jpg (http://s242.photobucket.com/user/JerryS357/media/100_5715-1.jpg.html)

SHE3PDOG
February 16, 2014, 10:49 PM
You'll want to use some higher velocity ammo in order for it to cycle properly. I find Winchester's M22 cycles the action nicely on semi auto 22's, and so does Federal's Automatch.

Cheapshooter
February 16, 2014, 11:00 PM
You'll want to use some higher velocity ammo in order for it to cycle properly. I find Winchester's M22 cycles the action nicely on semi auto 22's, and so does Federal's Automatch.
Higher, but not hyper. I tried Agulia Supermax hyper velocity, and It didn't function at all. Not once. The Light 30gr bullet, although at high velocity, didn't provide enough recoil to fully retract the slide. Ejecting the spent cartridge, but not picking up a fresh round.

SHE3PDOG
February 16, 2014, 11:04 PM
Higher, but not hyper. I tried Agulia Supermax hyper velocity, and It didn't function at all. Not once. The Light 30gr bullet, although at high velocity, didn't provide enough recoil to fully retract the slide. Ejecting the spent cartridge, but not picking up a fresh round.

Ya, 1750 FPS is a little much for this application. I try to shoot for around 1200 FPS in my semi 22s. Seems to work well.

JERRYS.
February 16, 2014, 11:08 PM
I've used Remington hyper velocity Yellow Jackets without issue.

Chris_B
February 17, 2014, 12:39 PM
:) Mini-mag and RGB are high velocity

AndyWest
February 18, 2014, 12:28 AM
Yes, haters abound for the P22. I have the 5" barrel nickel version and have had good luck with it. I've mainly shot mini-mags (40gr 1235fps) and the CCI "AR tactical whatever" 325 packs. From what I gather, it's a fine pistol with good ammo, and super easy to maintain. Any complaints about the shishkebab PALE in comparison to dis/re-assembling most other 22s.