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S&W 22A upper and slide...what is made of??

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by saturno_v, Jul 25, 2012.

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  1. saturno_v

    saturno_v Member

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    What kind of alloy is the upper and the slide of the S&W 22A is made of?? It does not feel like steel to me...

    The inner barrel itsels does not seem to be a steel piece interted in the alloy outer shell...it looks like a single piece...so are barrels and chambers made of alloy possible in a low pressure 22 LR firearm??
     
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  2. intercooler

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    The frame is Aluminum. Pretty sure the slide is Steel though.
     
  3. saturno_v

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    But the black finishing on barrel/upper and slide seems "painted", typical of light alloy construction and not blued as typical of steel construction....
     
  4. Canuck-IL

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    You might try the S&W web site - they actually manufacture them.
    Material: Aluminum Alloy Frame
    Stainless Steel Slide

    /B
     
  5. intercooler

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    You mean the upper rail where you mount the scope? Also Aluminum on that.
     
  6. jogar80

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    The slide is steel. It is painted black, probably because blueing it would raise costs. The 22a is a great gun at a low price
     
  7. saturno_v

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    Totally agree...I got mine on sale for $199 at Cabela's. Very accurate, nice ergonomics and top notch reliability...
     
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    ...Or maybe because it's pretty hard to blue stainless.
     
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    Well I don't know if it's stainless or not, I just know its steel
     
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