Beyond the Bond films, Walther has a serious following among firearms enthusiasts. While the .22 LR is not a primary self defense round for most, practice and plinking with a .22 LR pistol is another story. Bob Campbell puts the Walther P22 through it s paces at the range and has a few choice opinions.
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