1st. time shooting the Walther P22QD

snubbyfan

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Well I finally got out to the desert Sunday A.M. to try out a new Walther P22QD I recently purchased, for the first time. Decided not to zero in the sights because it was rather windy but did hit an 8" gong out to about 15 yards, 70% of the time...using Thunderbolts. I shot around 75 rounds. I'm happy with that for now. I really like the single action trigger pull and the ergonomic grips. It's a fun, little, lightweight 22. Lastly, there were no light strikes or failures to feed. Next time out I'll bring some Golden Bullets and see how they do.
Then on to Federal and Winchester.
So far so good.:smile5:
 

Quickdraw

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A little over a decade ago I started out trying to find a 22lr handgun that I could use as a trainer and to start out new shooters. I started with:

Sig Mosquito - It was finicky with ammo, needed high velocity. Needed to be lubed just right using a light but quality lube. External safety was awkward and a pain to use. Has a slide made out of some sort of pot metal.

Then I went to a Walther P-22 - same problems as the Sig.

Then I went to a Ruger SR22 - A slight improvement but pretty much the same again.



Then Walther came out with the PPQ22 and WOW! It eats everything that I feed it. Cycles flawlessly, is accurate and built much more robust than any of the others. The controls on the pistol are very similar to Glock or XDM pistols that I use and use to teach new shooters. When I move them up to a 9mm everything functions exactly the same. 12 round mags are a plus as well. Walther finally made a useable and quality 22 pistol. I've shot everything else over the years and this is the last 22 pistol I'll shoot. As a plus it is suppressor ready although I finally bought some subsonic ammo and haven't been out to try it like this yet.
 

Ricci

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It’s nice to get a .22 pistol that actually runs-congrats OP.

Had a GSG 1911 .22 and couldn’t get it to run a full magazine without issues even with mini mags. The finish on that pistol was flaking off almost immediately.

Had the m&p.22 and liked how it felt in hand and the controls. It ran pretty well on the same ammo but wasn’t the most accurate little guy @15 yards.

With limited options I bought a Browning Buckmark that I’ve been extremely happy with. With good ammo it will shred a 1” bull @15 yards until it gets dirty-about 200 rounds or so.
 

Kinoons

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I have both a Walther ppq 22 and a buckmark with the tactical solutions barrel. Both are pretty damn reliable. Both are a hoot with a suppressor.
 

Quickdraw

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I plan to start shooting my PPQ22 in the Las Vegas Steel Match at DSRPC this month. That should be fun.
 

jfrey123

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My buddy's older P22 with a threaded barrel eats everything we throw at it. It's a sweet little shooter, just feels like a toy after being a Glock guy most of my adult life. I do need to add a .22LR pistol to my lineup eventually.
 

totenschadel

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Mine is on the way, after reading this as well as other reviews regarding the qd, it seems like there's a good chance it will turn out to be a decent training pistol. Right now they are $232 at kygunco shipped, I'm happy with the price, if it turns out to be a reliable shooter, I'll be ecstatic.
 

snubbyfan

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Mine is on the way, after reading this as well as other reviews regarding the qd, it seems like there's a good chance it will turn out to be a decent training pistol. Right now they are $232 at kygunco shipped, I'm happy with the price, if it turns out to be a reliable shooter, I'll be ecstatic.
Golden Bullets and Minimags feed flawlessly...low velocity ammo won't cycle the slide effectively.
If you go to the site listed below you will find a wealth of info. A poster who goes my the name of "1917-1911" has done exhaustive testing and repair of the P22. Take a look:
https://www.waltherforums.com/forum/p22/
 
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totenschadel

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The new p22q and I made it out to DSRPC today. Was pleasantly surprised to fire straight out of the box, a few hundred thunderbolts, Win M-22 and Super X, as well as CCI Blazers with zero failures. I am really pleased with the performance and price of the Walther. We shall see how the test of time and repeated use plays out.
 

Quickdraw

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The new p22q and I made it out to DSRPC today. Was pleasantly surprised to fire straight out of the box, a few hundred thunderbolts, Win M-22 and Super X, as well as CCI Blazers with zero failures. I am really pleased with the performance and price of the Walther. We shall see how the test of time and repeated use plays out.
It will even get better once you give it a thorough cleaning. You Willson discover that you can treat it just like any other pistol. Load, shoot and clean. No reason to give it a 2nd thought.