Smith & Wesson 22A Bull barrel


May 24, 2008, 01:05 PM
I was wondering if anyone knows about the Smith & Wesson 22a. I want a 22 pistol to shoot. I got an ad in and Gander Mtn. has them for $200 with the 5 1/2"in. bull barrel.

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May 24, 2008, 04:49 PM
My dad has one. Grip isn't the most comfortable but its a solid 22 auto for the price.

May 24, 2008, 08:40 PM

Rey B
May 24, 2008, 11:58 PM
Solid gun, very accurate, and a good price. What's not to like?:D

May 25, 2008, 12:46 AM
I taught my wife how to shoot using one. Accurate and reliable. She has since moved on to other guns but keeps coming back to that 22A.

May 25, 2008, 09:35 AM
It is a good value on a fun accurate gun.
If you plan on using the rail be sure your choice of optic mounts is compatable with the rail. In general all Weaver individual ring mounted dots/scope will work. You will be able to find a place on the rail to work with these. Cheap red dots that have a intergrated Weaver/Picatinny mount will need some mods on the red dot and may need some mods on the rail slots to work.
Early guns broke the frame. The plastic recoil buffer is thin and prone to wear. They are available from Brownells and cheap get plenty. For consistant firing the recoil spring should be replaced every 5k or so. Easy to clean. Mags are reasonable and reliable. The mag release on the front of the grip is strange but easy to use. :)

trader vic
May 25, 2008, 10:12 AM
I have one & it is a lot of fun & very accurate & reliable. For the money it is hard to beat. I would buy another in a heartbeat. With the high cost of ammo anymore, it's the only way to go. NRA PATRON LIFE MEMBER

May 28, 2008, 10:48 PM
Thanks to everyone for the info. I think I might get one.

May 30, 2008, 06:29 PM
I'm very happy to see all the positive feedback on this gun;
I did the unthinkable today on my lunch break and bought one without first researching it online, just the advice of the gun-store owner (very trustworthy guy though).

Time to go buy a brick of ammo and kill some paper. Should be an excellent weekend :)

Harley Quinn
June 29, 2008, 06:41 PM
Bumping this to get some more input. I will be picking mine up next week and shooting, it also. The bull barrels that are available, anyone interchange them and what optics do you like or do you just shoot open sights?


June 30, 2008, 08:42 AM
I love mine. The barrels interchange easily. Put a cheap red dot on it and it's an absolute tack driver.PLUS it has a lifetime 100% warranty from S&W.

Harley Quinn
June 30, 2008, 10:41 AM
Thanks, that is exactly what I was looking for regarding information.

June 30, 2008, 11:50 PM
I used to have one but sold it to get my Beretta 92. It was a good gun for a while but later suffered alot of jams and misfires. At one point, i had a jam or misfire after each time it fired correctly. you really cant expect firearms that use 22LR to be reliable, unless you buy expensive ammo, but this gun was a below average gun IMO.

Harley Quinn
July 1, 2008, 12:19 AM
I will shoot only the 40 grn ammo in it that is hi vel 1255+ will be condition.
Copper coated or lead will be fine I believe. I am interested in how others cleaned it with a rod or a snake of sorts. Some drop weighted string down the barrel and do it that way. From the breech or the front, "she no matter":) if you do it with the string.


July 1, 2008, 09:08 AM
The barrel comes off very easy and can be cleaned from the breech. The manual will have instructions.
With HiVelocity ammo you may need a new buffer fairly often. Brownells has them, a couple of bucks each, get a bunch.
Rod or Bore Snake your call. I scrub the chamber with a brush and bore snake the bore. The slide and firing pin channel are open and easy to clean. Cleaning is as easy as it gets. :)

Harley Quinn
July 1, 2008, 09:22 AM
I pick it up today, I'll read what they send with the pistol. If the 36 grain works pushing the slide back and is cheaper, I'll use that.

The reason I use the 40 grain in my kit slides is to make sure you are getting as much recoil as possible for they are moving the whole slide and not just a very small portion like the 22's do. Thanks for the information about the buffers.


September 7, 2008, 10:10 PM
Ok I might order one Tuesday but was wondering 51/2" bull barrel or 7" light barrel. I was leaning towards the bull barrel because it only $20 more but is still only $285 total. Is there any differences. I was thinking a 7" might be better because a 22 would get better velocity.

September 7, 2008, 10:50 PM

Harley Quinn
September 8, 2008, 12:25 AM
I have shot mine numerious times now, and really enjoy it, the sights (open) are black on black, so I painted the front one fluorscent green :)

Used both the 40 grain and the 36 grain, worked flawlessly all the time...Hundreds of rounds through it not a problem, none, zip, nada...

I have the shorter barrel and it is just fine, depends on you and what you want, the pistol is heavy at 32 oz's with out the bull barrel. I really like it...


September 8, 2008, 01:11 AM
I like mine. Shoots Blazers, CCI Minis, Federals, and bulk Rems without a blip. Accurate with factory sights.

September 8, 2008, 06:59 AM
If anyone else wants to put their 2cents in about the barrel please do. I know the 22A isn't a lot of money but I still want to get the right gun and not be disappointed.

September 8, 2008, 07:09 AM
i have both a 22A and a beretta NEOS while there both ugly as sin i like my beretta a tad more grip is nice and comfy and i think buds has the neos for around $200 or so

September 8, 2008, 08:55 AM
Mine has the 5 1/2 barrel. I love it.

It runs on Federal bulk pack you buy at Wally World most of the time (Wifes Rugers choice ammo).

I've also run it on Winchester Bulk pack with no problems.

It has even run on Remington Golden bullets Bluk Pack with no problems.

It hates the light hyper velocity "Sptifires" thou (misfires every 2 rounds or so for some reason, but her Ruger runs fine on them).

These Smith 22A's are fine plinking pistols and even (dare I say) capable of being competitive (with proper ammo) at most local club level matches. I really like mine well worth the $200.00 I paid.

September 8, 2008, 06:40 PM
Thanks I am still wondering about the velocity difference between the different length barrels. would the velocity I would gain from the longer barrel be worth it. I ask if it is worth it because I was planning on the 51/2" bull barrel because I don't think it will make a dramatic difference seeing this is for plinking at the range. Though I want the more accurate one.

September 8, 2008, 08:43 PM

September 8, 2008, 09:45 PM
If you like the 22A, get the bull barrel. It will do just fine and the price is good. I really don't think the bull barrel or the standard barrel shoot that much differently. Besides, if you don't like the bull barrel, you can get a drop in replacement for about $100. I did that with my 5.5" barrel, added a 7" barrel. Now, I sort of have two good shooting 22A's.

September 8, 2008, 10:35 PM
Ok I will go order it tomorrow and maybe a saiga 308 later in the week. My next range session is going to be really fun.

September 9, 2008, 12:30 PM
If you can, you should hold each before you buy, that way you can get the one that feels best to you. As far as the length goes, I prefer the longer barrel as I shoot open sights and am often hunting with it. The longer barell gets me longer sight radius, slightly better FPS at the muzzle and more than anything, I like the looks of the longer barrels.

I'd say if you cannot hold them both, then for range plinking, just buy the one that looks best to you. For the duties it is going to perform, I doubt either/or will make that much of a difference over the other. Just my thoughts...


September 9, 2008, 06:35 PM
I didn't get it ordered .I didn't think there would be a big difference.
When I was in Gander Mtn. I held the bull barrel model. I am not sure but I think the guy I was going to order from had the standard barrel. [Not Sure Though]

Harley Quinn
September 9, 2008, 09:20 PM
If you get the longer barrel, you can get this shorter one here.


September 9, 2008, 11:01 PM
Thanks, but for that price I could spend an extra $20-30 and get a whole different gun.

October 17, 2008, 12:42 AM
Was reading this thread and noticed some of the scopes. What scopes could anyone recommend for the 22A? Moderately priced of course...

December 11, 2008, 09:34 PM
Does anyone thread or have a barrel adaptor for threads for this model. would like to find a way to put my can on it.:confused:

April 29, 2009, 09:34 PM
Bought the 22A about 2 weeks ago, Shot 100 rounds the day I purchased it. Shot Aquilla 40gr Match Pistol to test accuracy. Shot 50 rounds from a rest at 25 yards that a fifty cent piece could cover. Used a MicroDot sight.

Yesterday took it out again, loaded 8 rounds of same ammo. It ran through the magazine and locked open in a normal manner. I then picked up my SIG Trailside to shoot. Noticed a small spring on my bench towel. Examined the just shot 22A and found the extractor and extractor plunger to be missing.

Emailed the address listed in the manual and explained the problem, asked for shipping advice. No answer yet, will call tomorrow.

I will say it is super accurate, not very happy with the extractor problem.

May 11, 2009, 07:21 PM
its been a while for me since being on the board... looks like i'm late to the party... Lol's

anyways ... i have been looking at the 22A myself although its been out for some time i just took notice.. late as usually...

so whats the take good buy .. maybe .. bad
any new remarks found i'd be interested i hearing.. the shop i saw the S&W at has the model 107437 silver sides 5 1/2 brl in stock i just need a purchase stub an good news on this model anyone ??


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