Competitive shooting, or sport shooting, involves competitions that are designed to test a shooters skill as it relates to proficiency with firearms – proficiency typically being defined as accuracy and speed. As such, competitive shooters need firearms that allow them to shoot with a high degree of both speed and accuracy. While much of the skill necessary to accomplish this actually lies in the abilities of the shooter, firearms offer configurations that aid the shooter. Components such as the magazine release, trigger, sights and optics can be mounted or positioned in such a way that will aid the shooter with speed and accuracy. The Smith & Wesson Model 22A is one such pistol with a configuration beneficial for competitive shooters.
When it comes to speed, the Smith & Wesson Model 22A is not unlike The Flash. All of the fire controls are cleverly placed to make swapping magazines and releasing the slide a breeze. The ambidextrous magazine release is located on the front of the grip, making it easily accessible for both left- and right-handed shooters. Moreover, it can be depressed with minimal effort and movement of the shooting hand, which can lead to faster reload times.
As noted, accuracy is also a huge consideration when it comes to competitive shooting. The Smith & Wesson Model 22A is chambered in .22LR, the cartridge typically used for competitive shooting and target practice. This is due, in part, to the tendency of the cartridge to yield low recoil and high accuracy. When used with a light pistol, placing shots becomes a bit easier. The Model 22A is also a single-action pistol. This means that the striker or hammer is automatically cocked after each discharge, which provides for a lighter trigger pull and, ideally, higher accuracy. Rounding out features that aid in the accuracy of the Model 22A is the full-length sight bridge with an integral Weaver rail, which makes mounting sights and scopes quick and easy.
The Smith & Wesson Model 22A features a 5.5-inch barrel and an overall length of 9.5 inches. With a stainless steel slide and a frame manufactured from aluminum alloy, the Model 22A weighs in at just less than 2.5 pounds, making it easily handled by shooters of all skill levels. The pistol utilizes a set of iron sights that consists of a Patridge front sight and a rear sight that is adjustable for both windage and elevation. As I mentioned, the full-length sight bridge includes a Weaver rail that makes mounting optics simple. Routine cleaning and maintenance is just as easy with a tool-less, push-button disassembly. As noted, the pistol comes with two 10-round magazines, giving it a "10+1" capacity.
Whether you are looking to begin your competitive shooting career or you are a seasoned veteran looking for an inexpensive practice pistol, the Smith & Wesson Model 22A is sure to please. And at only $319.80, it will not break the bank. Consider the Model 22A for:
- Competitive shooting
- Target shooting
- Much more…