Reviewed By: Randy R on 11/08/2012
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
The S&W M&P22 is a Full-size handgun! It is identical dimensionally to the standard M&P series centerfire pistols and so should not be confused with other, smaller scale weapons. This thing fits the hand perfectly and other than the .22 sized hole in the barrel, appears identical to any center fire. It has ambidextrous safety and slide release, and the mag release can be easily reversed. Fit and Finish is excellent, though many old timers will not like the billboard-like markings along both sides of the slide. Function is clean and smooth out of the box! This is a Single-action pistol that mimics the function of it's larger caliber, striker fired siblings. The M&P is hammer fired and makes use of an internal firing pin block as well as a trigger block safety. Being hammer fired it also has the external, ambidextrous thumb safety.
The M&P22 has a polymer frame and does not have an adjustable back strap, though I suspect it will fit most hands quite well. Function is smooth and without grittiness. I pumped 200 rounds through it on day one and it fed and ejected ALL without issue! I LIKE this pistol, and I like that it is the exact same size and shape as S&W's larger caliber line.
I live in California and required the "CA approved" model. Buds was very good about shipping the pistol quickly. This is a GREAT "little" (meaning full size) pistol that cannot fail to impress!
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