Walther P22 Pistol


Style Compact Pistol
Frame Black Polymer
Grips Integrated
Caliber .22 LR
Capacity 10 rounds
15 oz (425 g)
Length 6.3 inches (16 cm)
Barrel 3.4 inches (8.6 cm)
Trigger DA/SA
Sights Windage adjustable rear sight and elevation adj front
Manufactured Germany by Carl Walther Sportwaffen
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Walther P22 Reviews

187 Reviews


Emilio M. from Fairfax Station, VA on Fri, 10 Jun 2016

Purchased the P22 this week and took it to the range with 300 rds. Only one FTF, 0 FTE. This is a really run gun to shoot. For the price, I would recommend the Walther

Josh O. from Cleveland, OH on Thu, 24 Mar 2016

I bought one of these, brand new, several months ago and finally got around to shooting it a couple of weeks ago. I took 140 shots at 30 feet. 40 with winchester wildcat 40 gr hp that was given to me. 50 with mini mags 40gr rn,and 50 with federal american eagle 38gr hp. As advertised every where the wildcat is junk. Failure to feed and or eject over 50 percent of the time. I am sorry I loaded 4 clips of it. The mini mags went off with no problmes. The american ealge would not feed after the first round in each clip but was flawless thereafter. I do have aftermarket and factory clips but that did not seem to make a difference. And those 38gr american eagles were spot on target. 2 grains what a difference.

Russell V. from West Point, NE on Fri, 15 Jan 2016

Beware of hyper-velocity ammo (re: Stingers) in P22's. I have an older model I picked up used. The previous owner told me Stingers shot the best in the gun. Had some feed issues with it but once I got into a cleaning routine, it fed about everything I put in it. I shot Stingers sparingly due to their expense, but I shot them. The gun (an AD series) had had many many rounds thru it. Out at the rifle range last month, I was shooting Remington Goldens out of it when the slide broke. A clean break from the slide stop to the ejector port, as well as a crack in the front of the slide where it fills out. It's a fun gun, just not very sturdy over the long run. I'm going around with Smith/Walther now on parts. The slide replacement is not free according to them.

Devin M. from Jackson, MS on Fri, 1 Jan 2016

Good advice Renata re ammo choices. I've already discovered the hassle of the recoil spring with mine. :-):-) Still it's a fun shoot. I have two Ruger 22/45's which I shoot regularly for target proficiency, but after shooting them I pull out the P22 for just plain fun I also use mine for CC when in shorts and t-shirts. Light as a feather and thin. Colder weather I carry a Sig P220.

Peter C. from Winfield, IL on Fri, 1 Jan 2016

This is a great starter gun for anyone, but especially a woman. Easy to handle & so much fun to shoot! I've found that CCI brand 36 grain plated ammo works best in mine. I've tried others including CCI stingers, Federal & Blazer ammo, all of which have FTF's and FTE's from time to time. I've also tried unplated ammo which coated my barrel with tiny fragments and made it very dfficult to clean. I do not recommend that ammo for this gun. I do have the newer model P22 made in 2011. It's acurate, easy to shoot, with hardly any recoil. The breakdown & assembly is very easy. A tip, when putting it back together, is to use a strong clip on the return spring & rod to keep it compressed in the slide while re-installing it on the gun. Otherwise, its almost impossible for me. This is a great gun overall. I'm very happy & pleased with it's performance!

Devin M. from Jackson, MS on Mon, 21 Dec 2015

Nice to see everyone enjoying their Walthers. Mine gets an FF only with remingtons. I'm told it is because of a lubricant they put on them at the factory building up. Don't know if that's true or not. Shoots sweet and is easy to take down for cleaning.

Andrew W. from Akron, OH on Mon, 30 Nov 2015

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Brady S. from Davis, CA on Sun, 18 Oct 2015

I purchased a Walther P22 in November of 2010. The pistol also was maufactured in August of 2010. This model came equipped with a factory laser of which I haven't tried yet. As far as action the P22 has been 100 percent reliable after hundreds of rounds using cheap Blazer and Federal bulk pack from Wal Mart. Accuracy has been almost as good as a Ruger 22/45 4 1/2 inch bull barrel hitting a 3 inch swinging target at 25 yards. The main accuracy differance being the shorter sighting plain of the Walther. At close range of 15 yards or under the Walther is deadly accurate. I originally was hesitant in buying the Walther, but as per my test of a new model I recommend it highly although I would not say the same for earier models which I have read must have been full of problems with jams. The small size and the amazing reliability of the newer model P22 would be just the ticket for those who want a .22 for a CCW. I believe that is what I am going to do as the little P22 will slip into a number 4 Mikes or Blackhawk pocket holster and easliy fit in a front pants pocket, jacket pocket or a ladies purse. This will allow me to leave a heavier weapon which is a pain to carry at home. The cheap .22 ammo prices has already given me enough practice to where I shoot the P22 far better than a Ruger SR9C which I also have. If you are interested in what I consider to be the best really small reliable .22 pistol the newer Walther P22 is a winner.

Jason V. from Cincinnati, OH on Thu, 27 Aug 2015

Great plinking/practice pistol! I use it as my practice pistol and really enjoy the recoil. There's not actually much recoil at all, but comparing it to a Ruger Mark or Browning Buckmark there's a noticeable kick. Tons of cool accessories available for this pistol. My P22 doesn't seem to like the Federal and Remington value packs very much. It shoots 100% reliable with CCI Mini Mags and the cheapest ammo I'm able to use reliably is the Winchester 333/555 value packs. I wish they made a high capacity magazine for this gun.

Marco P. from Abilene, TX on Sat, 22 Aug 2015

Excellent little pistol, I bought one back in November. We've put close to 1000 rounds through it, and the only feeding or jamming issues were due to a box of CCI Stingers that had too much wax on them from the factory. I use either the CCI Stingers, or remington thunderbolts in mine. With the smallish frame, light weight, and light recoil, this has been the weapon of choice for friends to shoot a pistol for the first time. As far as for home defense or concealed carry, I've always believed in the adage "the best gun for defense is the one you have." Meaning, any is better than nothing. and train with what you have. While I would prefer she reach for one of the 9mms we have first, the fact that she can dump all ten rounds in the space of a grapefruit just as quick as she can pull the trigger makes me comfortable that she can protect herself with the P22.

Victor K. from Alexandria, VA on Fri, 21 Aug 2015

Absolutly the most comfortable gun i've ever owned, But ever since brand new out of the box i've had trouble with it jamming. Usually starts in during the second clip and I've switched ammo, cleaned it well, lubed it and still nothing seems to help very much. Anybody else having issues like this? Starting to think i've got a lemon

Rod S. from Miami, FL on Sat, 15 Aug 2015

.22 is really for piece of mind or deterrence when come to ccw. Having said that, there have been more deaths from .22 caliber than any other but since .22 does more internal damage over time you will not die as quickly as a larger caliber gun. If you are going to conceal this gun, I'd recommend fragemented ammo that can do some damage but all still lack stopping power. This gun can get you out of a situtation, I wouldnt want to be shot in the face multiple times with it.

Claude B. from Claremore, OK on Sat, 15 Aug 2015

This is a great ccw gun in my opinion. for just plinking use whatever, but for ccw, use the stingers, by CCI. I like this gun. isnt perfect, but it is reliable with the stingers.

Russell M. from North Royalton, OH on Tue, 11 Aug 2015

I got the P22 for Christmas. I shot Blazers (500 rds) thru it. For the first 3-4 magazines I would have alibi's (would not go fully back into battery). A palm hit on the rear of the slide put it back into battery. After that i had no problems at all. I am waiting on my Galco yaqui holster to come in and it will be my new CCW.

Rod S. from Miami, FL on Mon, 27 Jul 2015

nice gun, the Wal-mart Federal 550 box is the only ammo I've shot without having a single problem with this gun.

Norbert R. from Lead, SD on Fri, 24 Jul 2015

I had one of these . 13 pounds of trigger pull !!! That IS a fact. Not the approx 3 lbs that it should be. Applying 13 lbs. did definately affect my aim . Massive Disappointment for a Walther.

Jeffrey S. from Florence, NJ on Fri, 17 Jul 2015

Have the 5 inch version with the factory rail laser. Very dependable and accurate. A good fun gun to take to the range. These guns must be kept clean and lubricated to fire reliably.

Harvey M. from Newhall, CA on Fri, 17 Jul 2015

I bought my P22 for Christmas but didn't get it through all the channels and to the range until tonight. My Fiance and I shot 350 rounds through it right out of the box without a single hiccup. I purchased it with the Walther laser which I suggest since it seems high quality. We have Lasermax lasers on the 9mm and .45 but think this one is a tad better. We shot real tight groupings with it with Wal-Mart Federal boxed ammo. Some of the shots were hitting the edge of the bullet hole just made by the previous shot. Totally happy with it and we will be shooting it a ton more than the bigger calibers.

Wilbert R. from Newport, WA on Fri, 10 Jul 2015

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Antonio Q. from Brockway, PA on Wed, 4 May 2016

Got my wife a P22 for Christmas last year and she loves it. This P22 loves remington ammo but jams often with federal. Overall we love this great little gun.

Patrick T. from Mendenhall, MS on Wed, 30 Mar 2016

Let's be real the only ammo this pistol is happy with is the mini mag. The limp wristing talk is an excuse to get a job interview with Walther. You get what you pay for here...a cheaply made and unreliable plinking pistol.

Jimmy G. from Denver, CO on Fri, 15 Jan 2016

I just looked at the P22 manual and under warranty it quotes the following. Within the first year after the date of purchase, the Walther company will repair or replace your defective weapon free of charge provided the defect was not caused by your misuse or negligence. Please deliver the weapon to an authorized dealer, with a written description of the problem and proof of purchase. If it's been over a year I wouldn't expect it to be free, especially since you got the P22 used. I'm very curious how they handle your situation. Keep us informed. Thanks,

Bryan P. from Springfield, MA on Thu, 10 Dec 2015

My P22 seems to shoot Federal ammo better with no ejection problems in comparison to Winchester and Remington ammo. Trying CCI next. Lost front sight and found a good source for Walther parts at carwalther.com. Have been through about 150 rounds of CCI sent last post. Not a single FTE or FTF since using CCI.

Harvey M. from Newhall, CA on Tue, 3 Nov 2015

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Jerry R. from Philadelphia, PA on Sun, 1 Nov 2015

I usually go through a couple hundred rounds every time I shoot this pistol. I rarely have zero malfunctions but generally just one, sometimes two. This pistol is extremely sensative to limp wristing. Every time it jams, it is usually my fault because I was not holding it correctly and did not have the right stance etc... Don't get me wrong, its still a malfunction, but it is just the way it is and how you shoot it. Great for practicing your draw and moves cheaply, but when I go back to my primary carry Glock 23 I have a whole different level of recoil and muzzle flip to deal with. It wont tolerate limp wristing either, so you just have to practice more. Great excuse to get out to the range every week.

Eduardo L. from Athens, AL on Fri, 30 Oct 2015

I want to love this pistol and do to some extent. But I do have FTF or FTE in every few mags. The return spring seems a bit to light and does not always put the gun into battery. The feel of the gun is excellent in my hand and about the best I have ever had, better than my MKll, S&W 22/32 kit gun, or Buck mark. I am in the process of buying a suppressor for it, YHM Mite. I know many purists do not like this suppressor but for the money its nice. Once great thing about the gun is for 19$ you can buy a threaded bbl attachment and install it your self in 10 min.

Harvey M. from Newhall, CA on Sun, 25 Oct 2015

Anyone else have a loose rear sight? Mine wobbles and when I Google it I find other reports. Is this normal? I was in hopes someone made a better rear replacement.

Phil B. from Opelika, AL on Wed, 14 Oct 2015

The newer guns have been corrected for feed problems. Mag. serial nember for new ones should end with the letter "B". Last 2 letters on barrel year made A =0 B =1 etc. Mine ends in BB made in 2011.

Harvey M. from Newhall, CA on Sat, 3 Oct 2015

Walther P22 almost new for sale. One extra purchased magazine. Black/black with Walther laser. All documents, etc... PM me if interested.

Russell M. from North Royalton, OH on Sun, 20 Sep 2015

I've shot over 600 rds thru mine since I got it for Christmas. I had a few alibi's at first. But now I can shoot bulk ammo; Federal and Remingtion without any issues. I love shooting this fella. I use it as my CCW on a regular basis in a Galco Yaqui holster.

Duane J. from FPO, AE on Fri, 21 Aug 2015

I own many cal. Hand guns from 9mm to 45 acp. I have had to draw my 1911 on a punk trying to mug my wife with a can of pepper spray one nite while getting off work, luckily I was picking her up that nite, she got the most of it in the face by the time I got there, but I drew on him planning to shoot, but then he started to beg when I had him cornered. Police arrived and arrested him. My wife is very uncomfortable with handling firearms, but she wants to learn how to handle a hand gun. I'm still doing research, but I think so far what I've found is the Walther p22 would be a great learner for her small frame, and possibly ccw. To be honest, I would be more frightened to be shot at by a 22 than any other cal. Cause you know that person with a 22 shoots all the time and has good accuracy.

Jerry R. from Philadelphia, PA on Sat, 15 Aug 2015

Pull out a .22 in a dire self defense situation, and you are probably going to get your butt kicked twice as bad or killed. This is flirting with disaster. If you are going to carry, you best be ready to fight for your life. A gun is not pepper spray, when you pull it, you are probably out of options and just about to die. Do you really want a .22 in your hand ?

Jimmy G. from Denver, CO on Sat, 15 Aug 2015

Nobody wants to be shot with any caliber bullet but a .22LR is not the way to go. You can make up a little for poor shot placement with a lager caliber. Example: Someone surprises you in a attack (which is usually the way it goes) and all you get off is one poorly placed shot and you hit them in the shoulder before they can attempt to take your gun away. With a .22, yes they will have to seek medical attention in most cases and it may startle them but it may not end the struggle. Now use the same situation and make it a .380, 9MM or .40. There is a much better chance that the fight will be over or at least give you time to retreat or fire again to end the struggle. I'll stick with larger calibers for self defense. You can talk about well placed shots all you want, but in the real world you may not have time to take that kind of aim in an actual emergency. Especially if the attacker is already within arms reach before you know about a threat. The P22 is a great little gun and I love mine, but I will keep using my P22 for plinking fun, my kids and new shooters.

Claude B. from Claremore, OK on Sat, 15 Aug 2015

Yes I do agree that if someone is on drugs a .22 may not be your best friend LOL only got it for the comfort factor. I have shot many small guns, subcompacts, etc. there is not alot of control when firing a large caliber out of a 3 inch barrel, even a 9mm, I still had trouble being accurate. thats pretty much why i went with the 22. Alot of people love to talk about stopping power. I agree sort of. Yes its nice to have stopping power. But If you have good shot placement, it aint gonna matter. Trust me for home protection i am not using the .22 LOL had to throw that in LOL

David C. from Lafayette, OR on Sat, 15 Aug 2015

I was just in measuring the Walther P-22 and my Glock 27. They are nearly identical in size, width, leangth and magazine capacity, the G-27 has more weight but not uncomfortable, I carry CCW daily. The P-22 was bought for my daughter 2 years ago, She is now 12, to get her use to firearm safety and shooting economically. Just my .2 cents the P-22 is a fine pistol but the .22 caliber lacks the stopping power of the .40 caliber. In the event of an acual emergency I want to have the most reliable stopping power that is comfortable to handle in rapid fire situations. My carry round is a 200 grain Doubletap controlled expansion, this hopefully will stop an attacker quickly. The Walther P-22 I have is very reliable and eats the Remmington goldens like candy and with CCI's high velocity rounds can be formidable, but a little underdressed for large men or a drug induced individual that means to do harm.

Benjamin R. from Saginaw, MN on Sat, 1 Aug 2015

I have walter p22 it shoots great with cci ammo Has great ergonomics fits my hand great, good for Young shooters and well priced hope this helps

Harvey M. from Newhall, CA on Sat, 25 Jul 2015

Nick maybe yours was an older one. Per Walther's specs: •Barrel Length: 3.4 Inch •Overall Length: 6.3 Inch •Includes: (1) Magazine •Sights: 3 Dot Adjustable •Weight: 15.1 Ounces •Trigger Pull: 11 Pounds/4 Pounds 11 lbs. first pull then 4 lbs. after which is about perfect in my opinion. Myself and my Fiance can put shots almost through the same hole. Maybe your grip?

Harvey M. from Newhall, CA on Wed, 22 Jul 2015

I just bought a box of the Aguila Super Maximum for the P22. Is it okay to shoot this hot stuff often 1750/204? I have Federal 1280/140 for most target stuff but just wondering.

Sean W. from Los Angeles, CA on Sat, 18 Jul 2015

Everyone should ahve this as well. When I fired CCI's i had no problem, When I fired Federal Champions it starting jamming after about 60 -75 rounds. When I went back to CCI's, no problems even without a cleaning. I posted an earlier message with a copy of the P-22 bible which shows every flaw and how to fix it on that weapon.

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