My Walther P22 Review- this little pistol has been a huge hit for Walther. If you look how many variations exist for the P22 alone, you’ll see that Walther released an instant success which garnered a lot of copycats. I was actually trying to find out how many of these Walthers actually sold but never found a decent report. All I know is that it has to be a lot!
Several decades ago, the late Col. Jeff Cooper characterized the double-action/single-action semi-auto pistol as, “An ingenious solution to a problem that does not exist.” As a burgeoning pistolero, I gobbled up everything the good colonel wrote regarding pistol-craft. Fact is, I have never owned a DA/SA semi-auto pistol, and I have pretty much adopted a similar attitude toward this complex design. I tell you this in the interest of full disclosure. Nonetheless, a whole lot of folks do not share Col. Cooper’s and my viewpoint on this. Virtually every new handgun design is either a DA/SA semi-auto or a striker-fired pistol.
I recently tested the Walther P22, a polymer-framed, 10-shot pistol chambered in .22 LR. This is a hammer-fired pistol with traditional DA/SA operation. It has a slide-mounted safety on both sides that blocks the firing pin so the hammer can be manually lowered safely. It also has a magazine disconnect safety so the gun won’t fire without the magazine inserted and a paddle-style magazine release that can be used by right- or left-handed shooters. There is also an accessory rail at the front for installing a light or laser.