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Does The M&P 22 Have A Threaded Barrel?

January 22nd, 2011 | Posted by Tobias in Gear | News

Although it isn’t mentioned anywhere on Smith & Wesson’s site, it appears the new M&P 22 could be coming with a threaded barrel. This is probably because the M&P 22 isn’t actually manufactured by Smith & Wesson. S&W has farmed out the production of the M&P 22 to Walther who makes the popular P22 which in time will prove to have been a good or bad decision. One thing I really like about Walther’s P22 is the fact that all of them come with a threaded barrel. The P22 comes with a little wrench that hooks on to a small recess on the end of the muzzle which allows you to remove the insert and add an inexpensive thread adapter/extension that is used to screw on a suppressor. What a great feature since getting a new barrel for some others 22 pistols like my MKIII 22/45 is more than the gun itself.

Anyway, from the pictures I’ve been able to scrounge up from the M&P 22 at SHOT it appears to have the same type of Walther barrel with the pre-threaded barrel, which in my opinion makes the M&P 22 a much better value. Now this doesn’t guarantee the M&P 22 I’ll get will have that since the SHOT pistol is probably a prototype, but here’s hoping that it will. To see what I mean take a look at this picture I found in the M&P forums. I put it through Photoshop and blew up the end so you can see what I think is a Walther threaded barrel insert.


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4 Responses

  • Steve says:

    what does threaded barrel mean, don’t they all have the groving inside, i guess that’s not what you are referring too?

    • Tobias says:

      Steve-
      The groves, or rifling, are inside the barrel and spin the bullet to keep it moving strait. The threads I’m referring to are on the end of the barrel which allow for attaching a suppressor.
      I hope this explains it better.

  • Rob says:

    The Smith’s do in fact have a threaded barrel which works with the same adapter made for the P-22. They sound almost as good with a can as the P-22 does. I’ve only heard it shot with the Liberty Kodiak TL. The slide appears to be billet AL and the mags are made by Walther as well but hold 12 rounds! Nice touch. For the price a nice little pistol thats suppressor ready..By no means a Model 41 but nice little piece.

  • Tobias says:

    That’s great to hear, Rob! I was afraid it may only have been the one at SHOT show but it sounds like the production models are threaded as well! Now if I could just get my hands on one.