At a Babes with Bullets Clinic, Kay Miculek, head instructor for the group, discusses the merits of the Smith & Wesson M&P22 rimfire pistol with Deb Ferns, BwB’s camp director.
On Kay’s recommendation, Deb purchased an M&P22 from Cheaper Than Dirt. Kay notes that the M&P22 pistol has the same feel and fit of the M&P centerfire pistols she shoots in 9mm and 40 S&W. She says the M&P22 is suited for women who need to work up to centerfire pistol training while building good mechanics.
Introduced in 2011, the S&W M&P22 semi-automatic rimfire handgun is chambered for .22 Long Rifle cartridges. The front sight is drift adjustable and the rear is click adjustable. The pistol measures 7.6 inches in overall length and weighs 24 ounces, mainly due to the lightweight aluminum-aerospace alloy slide.
The barrel is 4.1 inches long and is carried atop a metal frame. The manual safety is ambidextrous, and the pistol operates only as a single action. Like other M&Ps, it has black polymer grips.
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