I have 22 pistol disease... I love shooting 22s. I love handguns. I am 6 months in on the wait for my tax stamp for my first suppressor, a Silencerco SS Sparrow. I have been preparing for its arrival, by getting my host pistols ready. I have 5 pistols with threaded barrels, but one more never hurts. I decided that anything I buy now will have to have a threaded barrel. I have an SR22P, 22/45 TB, 22/45 LITE, Colt/Walther 1911 22, and a Beretta Neos, all with threaded barrel.
I like to watch the guns being sold on Armslist, just for amusement. I have always been nervous about buying a gun from some guy in a dark parking lot, so I have just lurked. Well, the middle of last week, a pistol I have been curious about for quite a while, showed up for sale about 60 miles from my home. I watched the seller drop the price from $400 to $375, then to $350. I decided to take a chance, and contact the seller. He emailed me within ten minutes, and I set up a meeting. The experience was positive, the man was older and very nice, and I came away with an almost perfect condition Smith & Wesson 422 with 6" barrel, fixed sights, and 2 magazines, for $300.
For those who dont know, this pistol was made from 1987 to 1997. It has been called the "Poor Mans Model 41" and is an excellent 22 pistol. It is considered by many to be one of the best 22 pistols ever made. There has been much debate as to why S&W discontinued this pistol, but the general feeling is it was just to expensive to produce, and profit margins were too small.
It has a very unique design, and the barrel is mounted very low, allowing for excellent control when shooting. It has an aluminum frame and a steel slide, making the pistol very light, weighing in at 20 oz. The best feature as far as Im concerned, is the barrel is threaded and retained in the frame with a barrel nut. A simple adapter, and you can mount any muzzle accessory. Before the high cap magazine ban of 1994, the pistol shipped with a 12 round magazine. After the ban, 10 round magazines were standard. It uses the same magazine as the Model 41, and 12 round magazines are available again. I now have three 12 round magazines, and a 10 round magazine.
I have not shot the pistol yet, I will wait until my adapter and my suppressor arrive. I am excited to have this pistol, its one of the few used guns I have ever purchased, and I think its going to be a lot of fun, and a very unique addition.
The second picture shows one of the strange things about this pistol. It looks conventional, with the ejection port in the center, top of the slide... but thats the area where you remove the recoil spring. The actual ejection port is just above the right grip panel, with the barrel mounted low. It has a 6" barrel, but is only 9" in overall length. Very interesting design...