Smith & Wesson 22 A-1


By Samuel Azner

For a more indepth review of this firearm, check out the Gun & Gear Review Podcast that I participated in.  Gun & Gear Review Podcast

S&W 22-A

Claim to Fame:  Accuracy, Plinking and Training.

Target Market:  Tough to say as this is a great teaching firearm that can also be enjoyed and pushed to its limits by experienced shooters. In my opinion it could appeal to most any demographic except perhaps the "tacticool" junkies.

FNB's: (Features & Benefits of this product)

  • Crisp target Sights (front fiber optic)
  • Integrated top rail for mounting optics
  •  Magazine Disconnect (To some)
  • Thumb Safety
  • Thumb Slide release
  • Slide serrations
  • Heavy Barrel
  •  2 Easy loading stainless steel magazines with flush fitting bumpers
  •  Very low recoil due to combination of caliber and a heavy barrel.
  •  Out of the box shootability due to target sights and ease of mounting optics
  • Potential safety benefits of the magazine disconnect

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:  Ranging from camouflage, to all black, to wood and back again.  There are several models to choose from to suit your fancy.     Smith & Wesson

What others are saying?:

Price point:  Depending on location and your local dealers willingness to bargain, you should expect to pay just below MSRP.  Which on an affordable pistol like this, isn’t bad.

MSRP = $329.00 Retail = $275.00

I need it now! Availability:  Not a rare find, but hunting down a specific style may take patience.

Our Rating:

+ Price + Weight and feel + Magazines + NJ and similar state compliant out of the box

-  The “thumb” safety may require opposite hand to manipulate -  Gun came in a cardboard box

Score: 9.090

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