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M&P 22, Ruger sr 22 or Walther p22?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by slash415, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. slash415

    slash415 Well-Known Member

    I am looking for a semi .22 handgun under 500$. After some research, I found these are my three favorites. I would like some help with deciding on which one to get. Thanks for any help.
  2. thefish

    thefish Well-Known Member

    I can't speak to the others, but I have a SR22, and it's great. Shoots pretty much anything, but I prefer federal.
    Interchangeable backstraps
    Takedown is simple.
  3. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    I have the M&P22. Great for inexpensive practice for the centerfire M&Ps.

    I cannot speak for the others though.
  4. weblance

    weblance Well-Known Member

    I have the SR22P, and its a good gun. The M&P 22 is a lot bigger. I also have a Bersa Thunder 22 and its excellent as well. Consider adding the Bersa to your list. I would pass on the Walther.

  5. helitack32f1

    helitack32f1 Well-Known Member

    I have the SR-22p and used to have a Walther P22. There is no comparison in the quality between the two, the Ruger is just in another league. The P22 I owned was an early one and was just a heap of garbage. They have made changes since then but the material quality and design are still major steps behind the Ruger IMO. The Ruger fires everything I have put through it where the Walther actually came with a list of ammo not to use in the gun and to this day I hear it is very picky about the ammo used.
    I have no experience with the M&P 22 but have read good things about it and would choose it over the Walther. But I might actually choose a good hammer over the Walther too.
  6. mnrivrat

    mnrivrat Well-Known Member

    In that batch I would go for the Ruger and pass completely on the Walther.
  7. David E

    David E Well-Known Member

    My P-22 works great, but I may have one of the few that do.

    M&P holds 12+1, so that's a plus. I have centerfire M&P's, so I'll buy one eventually.
  8. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    Between the three, I would go with the Ruger SR22 first, the S&W M&P second, and the Walther in an extremely distant third and last place.
  9. Recon Ron

    Recon Ron Active Member

    Ruger eats anything, Walther is picky and the M&P is not the same as normal M&Ps.

    For those reasons go Ruger SR22.

    Shot all three, personally own SR22. Buddy has P22. And Sold M&P.
  10. mgmorden

    mgmorden Well-Known Member

    Never shot any of those, but given my experiences with other Ruger .22 pistols I'd probably go for the Ruger SR22. I've heard mostly bad things about the Walther (though I will say that I have a cousin that has one and hasn't really complained too much).
  11. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I have a Walther P22.

    The Ruger SR22 is what the Walther P22 should & could have been.
    But it isn't.

  12. bearman49709

    bearman49709 Well-Known Member

    I own the S&W and a buddy owns the Ruger. I have shot his Ruger and don't like it at all. If you can rent them you can try them out before you buy.
  13. vossman

    vossman Member

    M&P all the way. It's a great pistol.
  14. Steve H

    Steve H Well-Known Member

    I have two Ruger SR22's they are good little fun guns.
  15. carbonyl

    carbonyl Well-Known Member

    I haven't shot the S&W or the Walther but I've had the SR22 for three months now and have put A LOT of ammo through it. I like everything about this gun, the look, feel, weight, and accuracy. This gun is a pleasure to see hold and shoot. :D:D:D
  16. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    +1. They're in different leagues. I liked the P22.

    I love the Ruger.
  17. TennJed

    TennJed Well-Known Member

    weblance, is yout Bersa ammo picky?
  18. USAF_Vet

    USAF_Vet Well-Known Member

    Another gun to consider in your price range is the Sig Sauer Mosquito.

    I got to shoot one a few months back. They are a bit finicky on ammo (they like CCI mini mags) but the only other complaint I had was that they are not very left handed shooter friendly. Ergo's were good, accuracy was what you'd expect from a Sig. As a lefty, I wouldn't buy one for me, but if you are a right handed shooter, they are a real nice gun.

    QUICK_DRAW_McGRAW Well-Known Member


    I might be biased.
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2013
  20. Grunt

    Grunt Well-Known Member

    I have both the SR22 and M&P22. Both have been quite accurate for what they are and have been very reliable even with cheap Wal-Mart bulk ammo. The only stoppage I've had was a failure to eject with the SR22 when I intentionally limp wristed it just to see if I could cause a stoppage. The P22, Bersa and Mosquito have been considered but I passed on them based on reports of being finicky when it comes to ammo selections. One other thing I like about the M&P over the SR22 is that it is an excellent trainer for my full sized M&P45 as well as the ability to use the same holster for both. Holster selection for the SR22 is a bit more lacking though. :(

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