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Old 10-22-2014, 06:04   #1
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M&p 22 compact review

S&W has made a decent gun for 22 lr shooters.

In contention for my purchase was the Ruger SR 22 and the M&P " Compact "
The Smith was the one that I chose.

Easy take down, reliability, and ruggedness were my goals, after all a 22 lr will see thousands of rounds in its lifetime.

Only have put 200 rounds through it butit is accurate and very reliable.

I can give this pistol a positive recommendation if you seek the new classification of pistol called " tactical " rimfire pistol.
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Old 10-22-2014, 14:12   #2
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I owned a sr22 for a short while and the long pull on the trigger drove me nuts. How is the trigger on the compact?
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Old 10-22-2014, 20:07   #3
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Congrats!

I guess Umarex finally got one right...
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Old 10-23-2014, 05:16   #4
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I owned a sr22 for a short while and the long pull on the trigger drove me nuts. How is the trigger on the compact?
It has a very light takeup till you hit the break point then it breaks on mine at 4 pounds . The take up is different , but not a factor in shooting as it is so light of a pull.
I really like the take down procedure.

This is my first S&W auto since they went to the MP line due to my objections of what they did to their guns and policies, but it isn't a bad gun.
Wish it did not have the lock , but lawyers will ruin things i guess.

All in all a fun gun that can do duty as a woods gun against rabid animals, wild dogs, and potting small critters, not to mention plinking where allowed when hiking.
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Old 10-23-2014, 05:21   #5
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Congrats!

I guess Umarex finally got one right...
Nope bac, made right here in the USA and the slide is solid Aluminum with steel plates and pins on contact points to prevent wear.
It really isn't a bad gun , this is from a S&W "HATER"
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Old 10-23-2014, 05:25   #6
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Nope bac, made right here in the USA and the slide is solid Aluminum with steel plates and pins on contact points to prevent wear.
It really isn't a bad gun , this is from a S&W "HATER"

I did hear reports that isn't wasn't Umarex. That's cool.

I know Umarex makes the larger M&P 22.
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Old 10-28-2014, 23:18   #7
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What about ammo brands/flexibility? Most of the "tactical" .22's seem to be fairly picky on ammo.
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Old 10-29-2014, 07:09   #8
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So far I have shot
Rem Thunderbolt
Rem golden bullet
Federal solids
Winchester Power Points ( my favorite along with the FEDERAL )
All worked great

Ok now for some cons that the honeymoon is over so to speak

Plastic sights = smith cheaping out on manufacturing process ....no pride
no barrel nut wrench .....come on smith , was a day all smiths came with a screw driver and a quality one at that
There still are some of us old shooters out here that remember quality and customer service
PLEASE PUT SOME GUN PEOPLE IN CHARGE OVER THERE

All my shooting was done at 10- 20 paces ( snake shooting distances. )

When working for it 1 1/8 inch groups free hand standing .
My Ruger Mark 2 is more accurate ....but is a different animal
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Old 10-29-2014, 09:51   #9
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So far I have shot
Rem Thunderbolt
Rem golden bullet
Federal solids
Winchester Power Points ( my favorite along with the FEDERAL )
All worked great........

All my shooting was done at 10- 20 paces ( snake shooting distances. )

When working for it 1 1/8 inch groups free hand standing .
My Ruger Mark 2 is more accurate ....but is a different animal
That sounds like a winner with all those different rounds shooting so well through the gun.

As far as the plastic sights, every Glock comes standard with them, so I guess S&W is trying to be like glock.

I ended up trying the Advantage Arms conversion kit for my Glock 23. It's the older, Target 1923 model and so far, I'm not overly impressed. The good news is that I ended up getting it for free, but I get a stovepipe almost every magazine using CCI Mini Mags & Remington Golden Bullets, which are the primary rounds that they recommend. I'm probably going to sell it & go with a dedicated .22 & the S&W M&P compact is one that I'm seriously considering so I appreciate the honest review.
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Old 10-29-2014, 11:52   #10
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All in all the question is

Would I buy it again knowing what I know....

And the answer is yes

It shoots good and seems like it will last
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Old 10-30-2014, 06:34   #11
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I owned a sr22 for a short while and the long pull on the trigger drove me nuts. How is the trigger on the compact?
Not to hijack the thread, but the trigger on the SR-22 was one of the better features, and one of the reasons I now own 3 of them. In DA, I treat it like I do my Bodyguard, pull 2/3, hold, and fine tune point of aim. In SA, it is very crisp and the short reset makes double taps group really well.

To each his own, and no knocks on your decision to go with a better handgun for your purposes. I got to shoot the S&W 22-A, found it an abysmal cheaply made POS, nowhere near as good as either the SR-22 or Buckmark. Then again, that was also my conclusion on the Sig Mosquito and Beretta Neos.
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Old 10-30-2014, 14:24   #12
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I like the 22 SR a lot.

Will get one in 2015.

Thanks for vouching for it.

Ruger makes a goog product no mistake about that.

The take down lever is it plastic or metal ?

Smith has two 22 pistols now full size and compact

The full size isn't as nice as the compact IMO
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Old 10-30-2014, 14:50   #13
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I like the 22 SR a lot.

Will get one in 2015.

Thanks for vouching for it.

Ruger makes a goog product no mistake about that.

The take down lever is it plastic or metal ?

Smith has two 22 pistols now full size and compact

The full size isn't as nice as the compact IMO
Plastic, but probably the most stress free part on the whole pistol. The only problem I've ever had is remembering to check the lever is down when reassembling, sometimes it gets bumped and the slide will not seat correctly unless it is completely down.
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Old 11-08-2014, 15:18   #14
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Update
Shot 100 rounds Winchester Super X solids ...... no problems

I took it and dipped it in boiling water and closed the frame to slide gap which seemed excessive. It looks better for sure and still functions fine and shoots POA
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Old 11-08-2014, 17:52   #15
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Update
Shot 100 rounds Winchester Super X solids ...... no problems

I took it and dipped it in boiling water and closed the frame to slide gap which seemed excessive. It looks better for sure and still functions fine and shoots POI
Very cool
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Read several shooting reviews. Not just specs rehash. It shoots well.

I have 2Walther P22s. Neither are fully reliable. One is much worse.

Going to gun show tomorrow. Will trade or well the worse of ther P22s.

And get a S&W Compact. Saw one at the last show for $329.
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Old 11-09-2014, 15:31   #17
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Read several shooting reviews. Not just specs rehash. It shoots well.

I have 2Walther P22s. Neither are fully reliable. One is much worse.

Going to gun show tomorrow. Will trade or well the worse of ther P22s.

And get a S&W Compact. Saw one at the last show for $329.
I have never seen one lower priced than that
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Pic of frame slide gap modified
Pic of pistol

It has the suppression adapter with thread protector on it for these pics
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Old 11-09-2014, 16:03   #19
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I held one the other day and liked the way it felt. I had the Full Size and didn't care for it. May give it another try with the compact.

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Old 11-09-2014, 16:12   #20
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I had to :
Mill front sight to get it to shoot POA
Removed mag safety ... way too easy to do less than 60 seconds
Closed frame to slide gap ..... I am anal I guess
And now it is perfect.
I like it a lot.
I have not had any FTF FTE but I clean it after each shoot of 200 + or - 50 rounds or so , it is a pure blow back design and they are dirty by nature.

I like it
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