Gun Report

Walther TPH .22 LR

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Our test pistol's fit and finish appeared to be very good. However, it malfunctioned with two kinds of .22 Long Rifle ammunition. The tang didn't prevent the slide from biting the shooter’s hand.

Walther TPH .22 LR

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Grip Thickness Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Span Single

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The Walther TPH was equipped with a magazine catch. Although it was ambidextrous, right-handed shooters found the catch slower to operate than the magazine releases on the other pistols in this test.
The Taurus PT-22 came with an 8-round magazine (left). The Beretta 21A’s 7-round magazine (middle) had a small floorplate. The Walther TPH‘s 6-round magazine (right) didn’t have a loading button.
Engage the safety. Pull the trigger guard downward, then push it sideways and allow it to rest against the frame. It’s a good idea to hold the trigger guard there with a spare finger. Next, pull the slide fully rearward and lift it upward and off the frame, and allow it to glide forward until it clears the barrel and comes off the gun. Remove the recoil spring from the barrel. Reassembly is the reverse. Just be sure the small end of the recoil spring goes onto the barrel first. Cock the hammer, then pull the trigger guard down and again push it to the side and hold it there. Be sure the safety is engaged, and pull the slide onto the front of the barrel as far as it will go, compressing the recoil spring. Press the rear of the slide down onto the frame and gently let the slide return forward to battery. Pull the trigger guard down slightly and allow it to return to its normal position. This operation was a bit fussier than that of the other two guns.

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