A little while ago I purchased a Walther P22 Semi-Automatic pistol. I read review after review with mixed opinions on this pistol. Some reviews even
called this pistol the worst .22LR pistol ever built. I have a vastly different experience with this pistol.
First lets start with the design of this weapon:
This is the actual weapon purchased
The model I purchased includes a removable compensator, adjustable sights, ambidextrous magazine release on the trigger guard, a picatinny rail for
mounting laser and lights, ambidextrous slide safety , magazine safety(won't fire without mag inserted). The pistol design overall is very
aesthetically pleasing to boot.
The nitty gritty
I read so many reviews on this weapon. One of the biggest complaints is that this weapon does not do well with less than absolute Grade A ammo. So I
did what anyone testing a weapon would do. I bought the crappiest, cheapest, dirtiest, lead round nose ammo I could get my hands on. Armscor 40gr LRD
.22LR. Worst crap I ever fed a gun, even worse than steel case Wolf .223 Rem, and I bought 1000 rounds of it.
The next biggest complaint on the list that I was willing to address was the accuracy and the notion that somehow the accuracy suffered after 100
rounds, especially if the rounds were "dirty". So I decided to spend the first 500 rounds simply target shooting to see what kinds of groups I could
get at 6 meters, 10 meters, 15 meters, and 25 meters.
For the purposes of setting conditions I thoroughly cleaned this weapon the day before and lubed it with Teflon wax spray lube and it sat for the
night. Took it out this afternoon to an indoor range in my area and brought all of my cleaning supplies fully expecting this weapon to fail as soon as
it got a little dirty.
I loaded the two ten round magazines that came with the P22 and set my first target at 6 meters. I aimed center mass and squeezed the double action
trigger slowly. 11lbs later I let the first round fly and BAM! dead center hole right on the 'X' in the center of the man sized silhouette. Let the
next 19 go at 4.7lbs and all fell within a dime sized hole.
I then placed the target at 10 meters. Same results.
At 15 meters the rounds began to spread to a nickel-sized group. Not bad for a .22 pistol.
At 25 meters the rounds were hitting at a half-dollar-sized grouping and I went for 40 rounds just to make sure I got my 100.
The spread is exactly the kind of performance you can expect from a .22LR pistol of any make. The accuracy was not degraded with all the fouling and
lead residue in the barrel. I continued to repeat these results 4 more times with a total of 500 crappy, dirty, garbage rounds down range.
I then moved on to the real deal. I stopped shooting for accuracy and began trying to break the damned thing with the garbage ammo I purchased. I
thought firing this 500 more times as fast as I could, getting it hot, and even limp-writing it would cause a failure..It had to.
Not one. I fired 500 more rounds through it at my new paper target as fast as I could. The spread was a little larger...About the majority of the
man-sized target...Still within the silhouette. I counted 496 rounds within the black 4 outside the black where I had aimed for the head. It was about
3 inches to the left and spread about 5 inches apart. This test was performed at 15 meters. Not bad for rapid fire.
I did not experience a single failure in 1000 rounds of the most dirty and crappy ammo I could find. This turned out to be one of the best .22LR
platform firearms I have ever owned. Maybe your mileage may vary. Who knows what these other guys are doing with this weapons. Perhaps the type of
lube? Bad mags? I used the Walther factory mags it came with. Loved them.
I've tried to break this gun. To make it do what so many said it does. I couldn't get it there within 1000 rounds, and I don't think I could have with
Based entirely on my personal experience, I recommend this weapon for a plinker, small game, and would even use this weapon for limited self-defense
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