New Smith & Wesson Compact M&P 22lr Pistol

Editors note: Below is an article from the Firearms blog. While I fully believe that a 22 has its place for fun and training I seriously question the need for a subcompact 22 that mimics a compact carry gun. Had they used the same dimension as the 9 or 40 compact I could see its value as a training weapon. However with it being 15% smaller and lighter there is little about this gun that compares to the 9 or 40c other than looks. Sure it would be fun at the range but wouldn’t a full size version be better for plinking? Please share your thoughts below.



Smith & Wesson has announced the release of their latest compact M&P 22lr pistol, the “M&P 22 Compact.” The new Compact is the same size as the 9mm and .40 Compact models already popular with shooters. Overview video with suitably motivational music and intro from Julie Golob below.

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Compact .22LR Pistol Delivers Popular M&P Features in a Smaller, Rimfire Package

Made in U.S.A. – Accessories Available – Ammo Rebate with Purchase

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (August 12, 2014) — Smith & Wesson Corp. announced today that it has added a new model to the company’s flagship line of M&P® polymer pistols with the introduction of the M&P22 Compact. Engineered to professional standards, the new tactical rimfire pistol incorporates a variety of features inherent to the design of the full size M&P centerfire pistol in a new, smaller scale version. Manufactured entirely in the United States by Smith & Wesson, the .22 LR pistol provides shooting enthusiasts with M&P accuracy and reliability in a new fun-to-shoot, compact profile. To round out the shooting experience, from now through December 31, 2014, Smith & Wesson will ship 222 rounds of Winchester .22LR ammunition to each M&P22 Compact consumer who redeems the promotional coupon.

James Debney, President and CEO of Smith & Wesson, said, “The new M&P22 Compact gives consumers the opportunity to own and experience a unique tactical sporting pistol engineered with premium features that have made the M&P line of handguns a leading standard in the shooting sports. Target shooters, recreational shooting enthusiasts or anyone looking to add more excitement to their shooting experience can now enjoy a compact .22 LR semi-automatic pistol with all the adaptability and versatility that are synonymous with the M&P brand.”

Designed to be 15% smaller than the full-size M&P 9/40, the new M&P22 Compact is lightweight, comfortable in the hand and conveniently carried. Like its centerfire sibling, the M&P22 Compact accommodates the needs of both left and right-handed shooters with its ambidextrous manual safety and reversible magazine release. Its Picatinny-style accessory rail underneath the barrel easily accommodates after-market lights and laser sights when using in various light conditions and sporting activities. This pistol is suppressor friendly and is standard with a 3/8 inch x 24 threaded barrel with muzzle cap for easy accessorizing. Shooters of all experience levels will appreciate the crisp, 5.8-pound trigger pull with reset which makes shooting the M&P22 Compact easy and fun.

The M&P22 Compact began shipping to select partners in mid-July and is available now for immediate shipment to dealers. In addition, a variety of high quality accessories are immediately available from the industry’s top holster, laser and after-market sight manufacturers. Buyers can instantly personalize their M&P22 Compact with high quality accessories from companies including Crimson Trace®, DeSantis®, Laserlyte®, LaserMax®, Streamlight®, Triple K®, and UM Tactical®.

The M&P22 Compact has an MSRP of $389 and ships complete with two 10-round capacity magazines.

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M&P22 Compact Specifications:

  •  Barrel Length: 3.56″
  •  Overall Length: 6.65″
  •  Overall Width: 1.48″
  •  Weight: 15.3 oz.
  •  Barrel Material: Carbon Steel
  •  Slide Material: Aluminum Alloy
  •  Frame Material: Polymer
  •  Front Sight: White Dot
  •  Rear Sight: White 2-Dot – Screw Adjustable for Windage & Elevation
  •  Capacity: 10+1

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Charles is the editor for 248 Shooter a midwest based gun news and gear review site as well as Online Content Director for On Target Magazine. He is an avid student taking classes from top tier trainers around the country. Charles shares his love for training as well as experience and opinions on some of the most talked about gear and products used by competitive shooters, military, leo and civilians.