The Smith & Wesson 22A is a polymer and aluminum alloy framed, blowback operated .22 caliber pistol. Its brother, the 22S, has a steel frame. Barrel lengths between 4″ and 7″ are available, including a 5.5″ bull barrel. A variety of grip options are also offered, including the rather nice “soft touch” grips
We get the question “Is the (insert gun name here) a good gun or a bad gun?” a lot. Typically our answer is, “What do you want to use it for?” and so long as the reply to that question is not “Shooting” or something as generic, then we give them an answer with as much heartfelt truth as possible. In the case of the S&W 22A, my normal reply is “Both”.
I don't post much on this forum but I wanted to share my experience with my newest toy. This weekend at the gun show I bought a Smith & Wesson 22A-1. It is a pretty practical gun: polymer frame, 5 1/2 inch bull barrel from the factory, fully adjustable rear sight, top scope rail. There is not much of a following with these but I found a good deal, $240 new, so I figured I would give it a shot. I tried it out at the range today and it completely surprised me. I was able to hit a 1" grouping at 10 yds, freehand, right out of the box. It is extremely well balanced and comfortable. I fired 150 rounds of bulk .22 ammo through it with not one single problem. It is the easiest gun I have ever taken apart and is a breeze to clean. I don't know why it isn't more popular but I figured I would help out anyone in the market for a new plinker