Although it is a .22 LR handgun, the Smith &…

Although it is a .22 LR handgun, the Smith & Wesson M&P15-22P is both visually and functionally true to the AR design, providing an ideal training and/or fun gun without creating conflicts in muscle memory. Seen here with a Vortex StrikeFire Red Dot and ArmaLaser’s Stingray Laser.

Why is there a .22 rimfire like this in the pages of Combat Handguns? Because all work and no play makes Jack a dull operator, that’s why. What, you think tactical types don’t have days off? And just what do you suppose they do with their free time, play shuffleboard?

The Smith & Wesson M&P15-22P is distinctly a fun gun—a cut-down version of the M&P15-22 rifle. That gun has utility as a low-cost trainer for those with limited firearm experience or no access to centerfire-capable range facilities. Though S&W has orders for the rifle in that capacity, a lot of sales are the result of what the gun really offers—big fun. This pistol version may not have a stock and incorporate a shorter barrel, but there is no diminution in the fun factor. In fact, in some ways it is considerably increased.

Gun Details
smith-wesson-mp15-22p-bThe flash suppressor on a .22 is primarily for aesthetics, while the rails provide an opportunity to train with the gear that augments today’s ARs.

First, it looks wicked cool. And looking cool is half the appeal of any fun gun. The M&P15-22P comes with a stubby little barrel with a birdcage flash suppressor attached. The first M&P15-22 rifles didn’t have a flash suppressor and, while such is purely an affectation, the guns didn’t look “right.” Worse, they evoked memories of the Assault Weapons Ban. S&W quickly introduced flash suppressor-equipped versions.

The vented forend has accessory rails all around. Does a .22 LR barrel require venting? Of course not… but it does looks awesome.
Atop the pistol is a Picatinny rail that allows a host of sighting options. Even better is the inclusion of actual sights. While it is becoming the trend to ship tactical-style guns without sights, and while I can see the logic of it in actual combat arms, I still very much like the fact that S&W included them here. It’s nice to have a gun that is ready to go when you take it out of the box. What sights to put on this gun aren’t going to be part of a life-and-death equation, so there’s no reasonable objection to stock sights.

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  • I bought one of the first MP’s out. I have put thousands of rounds through it, many in South Dakota hunting Prairie Dogs. It will jam unless you run Federal ammunition. Recently we were at a shoot and ran 800 rounds in about 2 hours without one jam. In short I love it!!

  • C Randall

    I have had my M&P 15-22p for a couple weeks now and absolutly love it. It is very fun and cheap to shoot.
    There have been reports of ejection problems(I have had none with mine)so I looked up the problem and it is a very simple fix that you can do at home. I do not recommend doing it yourself because obviously “not everyone is the sharpest tool in the shed”.
    Overall very happy with the gun and highly recommend buying one if you like to plink.

  • Dave

    Having put 2000+ rnds through MP15-22 rifle, I can say not one single malfunction. The Bushmaster stays home mostly, & I can’t wait to get the pistol as they are so much fun, cheap to shoot all day, and surprisingly accurate with good ammo. CCi is my fav, but Federal works just fine.

  • I love mine..No jams or malfunctions ever

  • Chris

    I bought this pistol and was super excited! I shot it for the first time today. I was only able to put 200 rounds through the pistol. That’s 8 clips of ammo. Of which I had 28 rounds get pinched on the ejection and the firing mechanism froze and would not fire 17 times. I read lots of great things about this pistol and really hope SW will fix this for me!

  • Tim

    My rifle has been excellent as well. So has the one my wife’s uncle bought in the fall. I
    m looking forward to trying out the pistol in the near future too. Based upon my experience with the rifle I won’t hesitate to try the pistol. Looks like a lot of fun!

  • John

    The rifle is a blast, I have had mine for a while and have no problems with it. M Slater is an idiot. The pistol should be a real fine time to use.

  • M Slater

    I hope it does not have the problems the rifle version had. Just be prepared to ship it back for repair or should I say, “Upgraded to the latest specs.”