Gun Report

Walther P22 No. WAP22003 22 LR

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We liked just about everything about the P22 except for its accuracy. We wanted more, though what it provided is probably enough for most shooters. The gun ran well with a variety of ammo, but as its manual noted, it didn't cycle reliably with light match ammo.

Walther P22 No. WAP22003 22 LR

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The busy yet business-like look of the P22, along with its reliable performance and comfortable feel won our hearts. Ruger tried to copy this busy, angled look, and came close. We liked the Walther better.
There's also a rail under the muzzle for a light, sort of a Picatinny rail, with one notch. A variety of lights can be put on there.
This is what you see when you line up the P22's sights. There's a lot of gap in the rear, so there's a lot of light on both sides of the front blade. That makes it fast to use, though for some it's less precise than the narrower Ruger rear sight. The sights are plastic. Three sights came with the gun, numbered 2, 3, and 4. The gun shot a touch low for us, so we elected to change the front sight. We chose number 2. Removing the original sight was easy by poking it out with a screwdriver.
Although it was very easy to get the P22 to this configuration, it required the use of an accessory to get the long recoil spring back in place. We suspect Walther could easily change this by redesigning the recoil spring. The slide stop is protected by a ridge on the frame just below it. This prevents objects like your shirt from getting under the slide stop.
Here's the Walther's recoil spring with its rod, and below that is the slave rod to permit easy assembly. The wrench allows the user to remove the barrel. There are also two spare sights of different heights, a blank sight to fill the hole for reasons that escape us, the gun's safety-storage key, and the rear grip piece that permits a flatter or rounder grip.
The Walther's grip treatment was, for us, much better than that of the Ruger. The Walther had good traction - and a speed bump (arrow) at the very front of the strap, where shooters need it.

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