Walther P-22 Problems??


November 30, 2008, 02:52 PM
I was communicating with another member about the problems we were having with our Walther P-22's. Overall I really enjoy this weapon, but had a problem rear it's ugly head a few times with the trigger bar. FINALLY it's fixed and working well. Any other problems out there??

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November 30, 2008, 06:58 PM
Do you have the "target" model?
We had issues with the weight on the front working off ... conversion to non-"target" model was provided free by S&W.

November 30, 2008, 07:16 PM
I have had two problems:

1) It is less than fun to reassemble due to wobbles in the long free recoil spring.

2) Failure to cycle either due to cheap ammo or possibly the barrel not being snugged down.

November 30, 2008, 07:25 PM
Are you using the supplied plastic rod to guide the spring when reassembling?
Mine goes together easily with the rod, without, well, good luck;)

November 30, 2008, 07:36 PM
There is a little machine screw in the right side of the frame that can work loose and interfere with the slide. A little loc tight seems to fix it.

November 30, 2008, 07:43 PM
a little trick to get it together


November 30, 2008, 07:59 PM
My buddy has one, and it is really fun to shoot. The only problem we had with it was it failing to cycle about once every 30 or so rounds. But, considering that it is a plinker and not a carry gun, I don't think that uber-reliability is a concern.

December 1, 2008, 07:49 PM
Yes, mine was the target model. I suffered the same fate as apparently others have as well.....that being the very small set screw working it's way loose and the whole extension coming loose. I finally ditched the target setup and went standard.

Yes...the set screw inside the frame ALWAYS needs to be tightened (that is, before I put some lock-tite on it).

Yes...I tried SEVERL types of ammo (ad nauseam in fact).

Again, what really raised my temperature was the "attempt" IN WRITING by Smith and Wesson to call it "Inspected: Passed". Really?? Makes me wonder if they even tried test-firing it more than once. :banghead:

December 2, 2008, 11:50 AM
So, these little things are good, or not good?

December 2, 2008, 04:09 PM
Mine work fine, seems to like Remington golden bullet bulk pack ammo from Walmart...

December 2, 2008, 06:23 PM
Like mine, works fine for me.

December 2, 2008, 06:28 PM
Mine too. Even works when its full of sand.

December 3, 2008, 01:03 AM
No problems with mine. But i did find out that Remington Yellow jackets+P22=Jammomatic.

December 3, 2008, 01:11 AM
When I bought mine the dealer advised me not to shoot my chosen brick federal ammo in it but to shoot hotter-- see more expensive .22 ammo. I've had no problems while following this advice. I have the target model as well.

December 3, 2008, 07:31 AM
My wife absolutely loves hers. I would hate to be the poor soul who would try to take it from her. :)

It does have the rare FTF with cheap bulk ammo. It has never had an issue with the more expensive CCI Stingers... She really loves to shoot these.

A gun that only a woman could love:


Mr. Bojangles
December 3, 2008, 08:18 AM
Love my P22, also the occaisonal FTF with the cheap stuff (about 1 in every 100 rounds), but no other problems. Wouldn't tolerate the FTF with a ccw handgun, but in a plinking model it's A-OK. Maybe if I cleaned it a little more often...

December 3, 2008, 11:40 AM
mine worked well past 10k rounds no problem. cheap ammo ($12 federal bricks, etc.) gives FTF and FTE once in a while, but never had any problem with CCI mini-mags when using it in a plink or steel match.

December 3, 2008, 07:15 PM
I have two OD green P22's and have had continual problems with both. Each gun fails to cycle reliably, regardless of the ammo used. I have put approximately 500 rounds through each one to try and break them in, but it did not make a difference.

There is good news and bad news. The good news is that S&W serviced both of them. When I called there was no hesitation from the customer service rep to have both of them sent in, on their dime. Awesome service.

Bad news... they only fixed one of them. The other one still has the same problem. They were worked on by two different people and apparantly one did not find the problem while the other one did.

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