Bought a S&W M&P 22

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Captains1911, Jul 17, 2012.

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  1. Captains1911

    Captains1911 Member

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    I found a deal for one on Gunbroker that I just couldn't pass up. I already own some other rimfire pistols (Mark III, P22, NAA), but nothing that has the full size and feel of a defensive pistol (I carry G19 and G23) to use for cheap practice / training purposes. I must admit I have never actually handled one, it was somewhat of an impulse buy, but most of what I've read suggests it fills this role well. Hopefully I'll have it in hand by the end of the week. Anybody have experiences with these, good or bad? It comes with only one 12 round mag, and the mags seem awfully expensive, anyone know where I can find them at a reasonable price?
     
  2. LightningMan

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    I too have an M&P 22 pistol, and really like it as a training tool for practice, as I carry a M&Pc in a .40 S&W. That said, I and a few others I know have found that shooting lead ammunition spicificly Blazer seems to cause leading in the barrel. For me, I only shoot plated ammo in mine, but even mine is picky about which brand. For example Federal 550 rd. bulk packs seem to have a lot of FTF & FTE, Winchester bulk 525 rd packs also have the same instances but not quite as much. The best bulk pack ammo my M&P thrives off of is the Remington 525 rd Golden bullets. (I know, go figure) Another issue which isn't a biggie, is when loading the mag, push the that round slightly forward, this helps when relieasing the slide lever to chamber that first round. I believe this is because (especially the 12 rd mags) the mag spring is exerting a lot of force on those 12 rds. and the recoil spring/slide mass can't overcome that. I know if I don't give that first round a slight nudge, my slide will simply stop with the bullet nose stuck against the feed ramp. I can push the slide forward and it will chamber but why when you shouldn't have to. Hope this helps, LM.
     
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    I wanted to add reguarding Federal bulk ammo, I don't know whats up with it but maybe quality has slipped, anyway I was at the range one Sunday morning when a shooter I know (Randy) had just gotten his Ruger SR22 back from a trip to the mother ship, and was trying it out. He wasn't happy, as the pistol wasn't cycling like it should. He told me he was going to have to send it back again. Thats when I noticed he was shooting Federal bulk ammo, and I said; here before you do try this ammo ( Remington golden bullets) I gave him a 100 rds. They worked flawlessly, the pistol never missed a beat. FWIW. LM
     
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    I've had one for a while now and it's a really great 22lr pistol. It feels great in hand and I've never had a problem with any ammo. I generally shoot high quality stuff but I've shot some 30 year old Western Auto ammo I found and the M&P liked that.
     
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    I have a Browning Buckmark .22 that i've had for a while. About one round per mag usually misfires. Last week, I picked up an M&P22. LOVE IT. Lighter pistol, students/ladies can shoot it longer without getting fatigued. I pushed 300 rounds thru it right out of the box, not cleaned. Flawless. Zero FF/FE. I'm going next week to pick up another. :)
     
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