Apex Gunsmithing
20Feb/16

Detail Strip Guide: S&W M&P22 Full Size

The popularity of .22 as a training tool exploded a few years back just before the great ammo drought, ushering in a golden age of rimfire lookalikes mimicking popular defense handguns.  It seemed like the next logical step up from expensive conversion kits that nearly cost as much as a standalone rimfire pistol by themselves and were often difficult to find in stock.  For a while every .22 lookalike pistol that hit the market seemed plagued with issues, the Walther P22 and Sig Mosquito were at one time famously problematic as they fought through their growing pains.  It took Smith & Wesson a few years to catch up, but they appear to have spent their time wisely and learned from the failings of other guns to make the M&P22 a reliable little package.

I recently had the opportunity to compare the newer Compact model alongside the full size example that I'll be ripping apart in this guide, so I've included a few notes along the way to highlight design changes on the newer pistol.

This guide also covers removing the magazine disconnector "safety" which can be omitted with no negative effects on the gun's function and no parts or spacers are needed.

It looks and feels like the M&P, but it doesn't work like one on the inside!

It looks and feels like the M&P, but it doesn't work like one on the inside!

13May/14

Review: CMMG Bravo SS .22LR Conversion

Remember back when .22LR was 6 cents per round and there were 20 bricks on your local gun shop's shelf for $19.99?  Prior to the great ammo drought of 2013, conversion kits were just picking up steam and hitting the market left and right, with perhaps the best of the bunch made by CMMG.  Luckily I still have a stockpile of .22lr, so let's forget about the ammo woes briefly and see just what a mid-tier .22 conversion brings to the table for AR-15 owners.

Charging handle not included on our test kit.

Charging handle not included on our test kit.