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What do u think about the smith and wesson 22A

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by glockky, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. glockky

    glockky Well-Known Member

    Was thinking of getting a smith 22A and was wanting to hear your experiences with them. thanks
  2. intercooler

    intercooler member

    Accurate. They are good shooters but have had some frame issues.

    I get mine back from S&W this week. It is a limited edition 5.5" fluted bull barrel with 3 magazines. I will make you a deal on it. Will be like brand new!
  3. glockky

    glockky Well-Known Member

    can u send me pics
  4. dmurdach

    dmurdach Well-Known Member

    I have had mine for quite a while and have put a lot of rounds through it. just a standard 22A and have had no issues with it. Have had several different red dots on it ,sometimes I just have to tinker, and now it wears a Burris Fastfire III. My Dad has a Buckmark and the Smith is just as accurate. Fun gun to shoot!
  5. glockky

    glockky Well-Known Member

    price? what kind of frame issues have u had?
  6. intercooler

    intercooler member

    This is it. They replaced the frame with a new and I don't plan on firing it when I pick it up. I'm going to list it here soon after:

  7. intercooler

    intercooler member

    I bought a good amount of wear parts that will come with it as well like buffs, spring, etc...

    The frame broke towards the back.

  8. glockky

    glockky Well-Known Member

    what kind of price u gonna have on it? i have found one with the pretty wood grips i really like. Did the frame just crack?
  9. intercooler

    intercooler member

    I'm probably going to list it at $275 firm. You can't get this one anymore and it was standard with 3 mags and case.
  10. intercooler

    intercooler member

    Out of the blue just busted. Read up on the wood grips. I never swapped to them because of horror storys of hitting the relase button.
  11. glockky

    glockky Well-Known Member

    anyone else like them ? hate them?
  12. m3mh0g

    m3mh0g Well-Known Member

    I have had one for 4 or 5 years. Got it at Cabelas for $199 on Black Friday. I put a $30 barska reddot on it. I love it terribly accurate. I can put 30 rounds in inside of 2" at 15 yards. I have talked 3 other friends into getting the same setup and no complaints from anyone.
  13. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    Yup, but S&W takes care of you paying the shipping both ways. Mine was one of batch in late 2005 and had to go back.

    Its my favorite .22 pistol and we've got them all Ruger MK II, 22/45, Buckmark, Neos, P22.

    I've run ~10,000 rounds a year through it for the six years I've had it and S&W sent me free parts to fix it (firing pin broke) and paid both ways again to fix it when the aluminum sight rail cracked at about 55,000 rounds.

    So despite having had to send it back twice, once pretty much out of the box, and then again 55,000 rounds later I still love it for the way it shoots! And both times it was out of my hands less than 10 days door to door.

    Mine is the 7.5" fluted bull barrel model. It has a green fiber optic insert front plain black rear and is one of the few guns I've no need to use an optic on despite the 60+ year old eyeballs.

    Its the most reliable of all with cheap bulk pack ammo and it is so "open" I very rarely take it apart for cleaning -- just clean the slide and barrel faces with a Q-tip and Hoppes, some Hoppes down the bore and a bore snake, and a few drops of oil in the slide frame contact points and I'm good to go again.
  14. Fishbed77

    Fishbed77 Well-Known Member

    I've never been particularly impressed with them. I think a Ruger Mark III or Browning Buck Mark is a much better choice. They are more durable, the Buck Mark has a better trigger, and the Ruger opens up a whole world of customization options.
  15. mrhill

    mrhill Active Member

    Love mine. Have shot about 8000 rounds with out any problems. A friend's frame broke on his about 12000 rounds. But S&W took care of him. They are extremely accurate.
  16. skt239

    skt239 Well-Known Member

    My wife's grandma's friend has one that he brings over to shoot on occasion. It's accurate and fun to shoot but can be picky about ammo. No surprising for a .22 so not really a big deal.
  17. Ala Tom

    Ala Tom Well-Known Member

    I had a S&W 22A for a year or so. I didn't like the way it spit shell's out both sides. I got it for cheap practice with my M&P 40. It handled in a similar way except for recoil. I liked the trigger and found it similar to an M&P trigger. I had two problems: a few ftf's with cheap ammo (not with Minimags) and frequently when pulling back the slide on an empty gun it would stick. Tried different lubes. Finally just traded it in on a different gun. I am considering buying a Ruger 22/45 if I get another .22 but have not tried one. Not much use for a .22. IMOP any useful gun has more power and recoil. It's best to practice with your main gun.
  18. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    A friend has one, and IMHO they are inferior to the Ruger MK II/III, and Browning Buckmark. They may be cheaper, but you get what you pay for, and if it is something you want to keep long term, I'd get the Ruger or Browning. I have four MK II's, which a few I've been shooting for 20 years, with no issues. Very accurate and tuneable too.
  19. jmr40

    jmr40 Well-Known Member

    I have looked at them. After talking to the dealer at a local gun store I cannot think of any good reason to choose one over a Ruger or Browning. He no longer carries them. Too many complaints. Either the Ruger or Browning have solid reputations.
  20. Fishbed77

    Fishbed77 Well-Known Member

    My thoughts exactly.

    Now the S&W Model 41 - that's a whole 'nother story.

    I wish S&W would bring to market a nice, well-built rimfire target pistol design that splits the difference between the expensive Model 41 and the 22A (the potmetal Umarex-manufactured M&P-22 doesn't count). They had the 422 at one time, but it has been discontinued and had some problems of it's own.

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