Smith & Wesson has made clear their intentions of expanding the M&P line of pistols. Having received a very popular response from law enforcement and civilian consumers when originally released several years ago, the M&P line offers several of the latest features and design improvements of polymer pistols. These popular features have brought about a strong return of many law enforcement agencies to Smith & Wesson, taking a direct attack on the strong-hold of [easyazon_link identifier=”B001C5ZQTM” locale=”US” tag=”bluesheecom-20″]Glock[/easyazon_link].
The latest addition to the M&P family is the M&P 22 Compact. The M&P 22 Compact combines most of the common features from the M&P line, in a more compact .22 caliber pistol.
Smith & Wesson M&P 22 Compact specifications:
- Overall length – 6.65″
- Barrel length – 3.56″
- Weight – 15.3 oz. (Empty magazine is 1.7 oz.)
- Overall height – 5.03″
- Overall width – 1.48″
- Action – Single action internal hammer
- Caliber – .22 LR
- Frame material – Polymer
- Slide material – Aluminum alloy
- Barrel material – Carbon steel
- Threaded for silencers – 3/8″ x 24 (Takes 3/8″ x 24 and 1/2″ x 28 adapter – not included)
- Sights – White dot front; Adjustable white dot rear
- Magazines – (2) 10-round magazines
- Capacity – 10+1
- MSRP – $389.00.
The M&P 22 Compact maintains several of the quality features that has made the M&P line so popular. These include the following:
- [easyazon_link identifier=”B006PTOBX2″ locale=”US” tag=”bluesheecom-20″]Picatinny[/easyazon_link] style accessory rail on the frame in front of the trigger guard
- Articulated trigger with drop safety feature
- Reversible magazine release
- 18-degree natural grip angle
- [easyazon_link identifier=”B00BHIZ0W2″ locale=”US” tag=”bluesheecom-20″]Ambidextrous[/easyazon_link] manual thumb safety
- Single slide stop (left side of frame)
- Take-down lever (left side of frame)
- Captured recoil guide and spring.
Considering that the M&P 22 Compact is basically a scaled-down version of larger M&P pistols, this option provides a great opportunity for officers or civilian shooters to practice trigger control and the fundamentals of shooting, without the higher expense of more traditional duty-sized training ammunition in 9mm, .40 cal., and .45 cal.
[easyazon_link identifier=”B003F6EMQO” locale=”US” tag=”bluesheecom-20″]Picatinny[/easyazon_link]
The S&W M&P pistols have received high praise for their designs and incredibly ergonomic grips. There have been some complaints about the articulated trigger being a little loose or squishy when pulling. Smith & Wesson did make some modifications after the first series of M&P pistols were released and those remarks were returned. The M&P trigger does take a little getting used to, but I have found that with practice the shooter can become very familiar with the slight difference in pull from disengaging the drop safety to the actual trigger pull.
What do you think about the M&P pistols, and this new M&P 22 Compact offering?