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Walther P22, does it still suck?

Discussion in 'Rimfire Forum' started by Bilbo Bagins, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. Bilbo Bagins

    Bilbo Bagins Slacked jawed

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    I'm noticing the NIB Walther P22 at a local gunshops getting cheaper and cheaper. Is this because of the influx of new .22 pistols from other companies? Is it because S&W/Walther never improved on the design?

    Are the one on the shelves now , as bad as the one that had problems back in the day.

    Anyone still have a Walther P22, with a lot of use and rounds downrange, or have they all been traded away.
     
  2. jellis11

    jellis11 Yippee-ki-yay

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    I still have mine. Had it for about four of five years. I like it. I've had some problems sometimes but if I buy quality high velocity ammo it works well. It's not a self defense weapon so I put up with it.

    lol if I knew they were going to keep getting cheaper I would have waited to buy it!
     

  3. shadowman024

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    I have one thats 4 years old bought it used, ive put 13,000 rounds threw it no problems
    It doesn't like the bulk stuff 100% but cci mini mags function perfect. I deal with the failures its a range toy. Ill keep it till it blow's up.
     
  4. USMC03Grunt

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    Recently I was in the market for a small DA .22 pistol for a trainer for my son when I get him this summer. I had seriously considered a P22 and was on the verge of getting one. What was holding me back was the number of reports about beig ammo picky, slide breakage, and a P22 Bible of things that needed to be checked and/or modified for better function. Now some of this may be overblown and some people report excellent results with their P22. Personally though I felt that there were too many bad reports on it and opted for a Ruger SR22 instead. It is a similar size, I believe the alunimum slide is a better material than the P22's mystery-metal construction and Ruger would provide better service in the event of any problems. I have taken it out for test firing and even with cheap bulk ammo, it has never had a problem and the accuracy isn't bad for what it is. There have been reports of breakage on the slide retention lever but I believe that this is an easier fix (should it ever happen) than replacing a slide and if I was Ruger, I would consider changing this plastic part out for a metal one but that has been the only negative reports I've been hearing about it. My dealer also did have a P22 in stock for a similar price but I was just more comfortable in going for the SR22 instead. Now if my experience with coming to a decision on which gun to buy is a common one and the decisions are more often than not the same, yes, I would say that the P22 will continue to drop in price if other guns like the SR22 keeps taking bites out of that segment of the market.
     
  5. shadowman024

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    the only thing i hate about my p22 is the rear sight seems to move quite annoying
     
  6. katana8869

    katana8869 NativeFloridian

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    Bought one for my wife 3 years ago. Together we have put thousands of rounds through it (all brands) and it runs like a top. My SR22 that I bought a few months ago for me fails to feed from the magazine 3-4 times every time I take it out... I am planning on sending it back to Ruger and then possibly selling it off and keeping the Walther.
     
  7. dissthis

    dissthis Gun Fan

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    Got one for my son to shoot (8 at the time); doesn't cycle very well...ammo was cheap from Wal-Mart..
    Guy warned me at time of purchase...but like above it's not for SD so we deal with it...

    Maybe better ammo would help
     
  8. Peter_72

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    I bought a new P22 last month and it has been great, IMO it shoots just as good as the SR22. I have read a lot of complaints about them in the past but I see no signs of unusual slide wear and it handles the cheap ammo as well as my GSG 1911 and the sr22.

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  9. shadowman024

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    cci mini mags always work if you're having trouble, but there more expensive than bulk, winchester wildcat works good in mine which is bulk .22
     
  10. glockrex

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    I've shot several different p22s over the years from different friends, people at the range etc... Never shot one that actually worked reliably. I let those same walther p22 owners shoot my old ruger mark II and they seem shocked that a .22 can function so reliably!

    You could buy more expensive minimags to get your p22 running, but doesn't that defeat the purpose of buying a .22? My ruger will reliably feed the cheapest crap I can put in it! Plus with my ultimate clip loader, I can shoot till the cows come home. :supergrin:
     
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    I have two both from a few years back, $229/ea. They are both flawless with high quality ammo with well over 5000 rounds through each of them. I'm hoping the SR-22 in my future is as reliable and fun.
     
  12. jellis11

    jellis11 Yippee-ki-yay

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    Peter_72 --- Great pic! I have an OD 22 and you have inspired me to take a picture tomorrow. Beautiful little guns!
     
  13. Foxtrotx1

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    My issue is the construction being a zinc alloy.
     
  14. bac1023

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    Its still pot metal junk, in my opinion.

    Mine works well with hot ammo only.
     
  15. bac1023

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    Yep, pot metal.
     
  16. FFR Spyder GT

    FFR Spyder GT Ex-Gunslinger

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    I've had one since 2006 and have fired +5,000rds through mine without a single hiccup except for a dud round.

    I've fired all types of bulk ammo, 50rd box stuff, 60gr SSS load etc.

    I give mine two thumbs up.

    Plus it's a great training pistol for a kid because of the small grip size.
     
  17. bac1023

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    You do know Smith and Wesson and/or Walther don't built the P22, right?
     
  18. H&K 4 LIFE

    H&K 4 LIFE Leonum A Ignis

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    My P22 has never sucked. :supergrin:

    I've owned mine for about 5 years and in that time have put a countless amount of rounds through it. Mine is not ammunition sensitive and eats everything I put into it, including any Walmart bulk pack stuff.

    The inside of the slide looks as if a robot were chewing on it, but the fact remains, the pistol still keeps working. If it does ever break, I am fully confident S&W will repair it under warranty. So I am really not worried.
     
  19. Dave.1

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    I got my P22 in '09 and have never had a problem, although I know others have. Luck of the draw, just like many pistols?

    I did look at the P22 Bible but never did any of the mods suggested, just wanted to learn about the pistol. What I do is every year I take the two roll pins out of the frame and spray the innards down with a solvent (I use M-Pro 7) blow it dry and spray with Rem Oil.

    I stopped counting rounds at 12K.

    Dave
     
  20. Clusterfrack

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    I don't like guns with pot metal slides. I prefer my Ruger Mark III, and will probably pick up a .22 Glock conversion.