Do not buy a Smith & Wesson 22a

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  1. J Gatz

    J Gatz XDTalk Member

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    I hate mine its junk. Twice in one week to the Gunsmith at Gander Mountain now its being sent to S&W. Thank god they have the lifetime warranty. when it comes back,Iam selling it! I knew I should bought the Browning or Ruger 22lr pistol :evil:. The stupid slide release lever came out of place and scrathed the gun and broke of a hand grip screw!
     
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    Yup,my son (HAD) one also,he wasnt real pleased with the pistols perfomance,he continually had missfeeds,misfires and jamb ups of every type.Right now he has it on consignment and is looking for something else.
     
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    Good information
     
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    i was just starting to "consider" one of these as of yesterday.
     
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    I've had mine for a couple years now ...works flawlessly. I keep it clean an it functions like it should... I guess you can get one that isn't up to spec. S&W customer service is top notch. I call to ask a question or two when I first got mine and he sent me some extra springs for free.
     
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    This is a classic you get what you pay for scenario. I think Iam going to replace it with a walther p22. They have a used one for 199 at the gun shop on consigment
     
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    I believe the Walthers still use the cheap pot metal slides. (zinc castings) They look cool though.
     
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    Why not one of these,they shoot great,over 600 rounds and I have had 1 missfire,primer was dented though and also only 1 missfeed.

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    When I was looking in getting a 22 pistol I did a bit of reading. Nearly every semi auto is VERY picky about ammo and the good ones seem to require a PHD to field strip for a good cleaning.

    As a consequence, when a local gunshop posted a used S&W 617 revolver for sale, I paid the 450 bucks for the revolver and never looked back. With cheap bulk ammo from Walmart it will group 2 inches at 100 feet, is a breeze to clean, and will shoot anything that fits the chambers. Also did an action job on it and with a 12 lbs. rebound spring the SA break is a bit under 2 lbs., which means that I barely have to breath on the trigger. One of these days I'll probably put in a 13 lbs. rebound spring and take the SA trigger up to about 2.5 lbs but it sure is easy to shoot pinpoint accurate with that light trigger pull. A bit scary, but very easy to shoot well with.
     
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    The gun distroyed 22 lr every 10 rounds it wouldnt finish a 50 round range shoot!!,With out jambs , two clips broke within a couple of weeks shooting twice a week s&w replaced the clips broke again I dont like loosing $$$ like anyone else but didnt want to sell it to anyone!! So i took it to BIG BOX SPORTING GOODS STORE!! WITH A CIRCUS RIDE INSIDE! TOOK A BIG $$$ HIT ONLY HAD IT FOR 4 WEEKS! They gave me 150.00 $$ for it told me it was only 250.00 new , it was 300.00 new from their store only weeks before, I purchased a benchmark Browning they had for 370.00 new or a used one next display case over for 370.00 wow what a discount but my 22a was only worth 150.00 it will be in the case next week for 300.00 IT WAS COMPLETE LOCK BNOX PAPER WORK ORG SAFTY TAG AND ALL!! THANKS DONT WANT OTHERS TO MAKE SAME MISTAKE:mad:
     
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    funny i should read this... i was at my local gun shop last week, and there was someone trying to sell his. when the shop worker asked why, the seller basically said it's a piece. the worker agreed and actually passed on buying the gun.
     
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    Buy a Ruger ,Browning Buckmar or a SW model 63. I don't even like the Beretta Neos.
     
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    I used a smith 22a for rimfire leagues. It was consistently taking out the "x" at 25 yards and I never had a problem with it. I guess to each their own.
     
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    I've owned a 22a for about 16 years or more. It was good enough that I shot bullseye competition with it for at least 8 years. It gave me fits when I could not feed it the CCI Stanard Velocity that it liked but overall it still works fine and makes a few trips to the range every year. My estimate is I put 13,000 to 15,000 rounds through it.
     
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    I have never wanted to trade my Ruger 22-45 for ANY other 22 semi auto pistol....ever.

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