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.