Smith and Wesson has introduced a new pistol into their popular M&P line, the M&P22 Compact.
First impression: If you're one of the many people who own and carry the popular M&P Shield in either 9mm or .40, this is the perfect gun to have as a training gun/practice gun/plinking gun. While the dimensions of the M&P22 Compact aren't exactly the same as the Shield, the new gun feels like a Shield in your hands and would make an excellent gun to help newer shooters accustomed to smaller guns. The MP22 is longer than the Shield and is slightly wider, but the grip and ergonomics feel 100% like a Shield.
The safety is larger and easier to operate than on the Shield, and the trigger weight on the gun we tried was about 8 pounds or so, with no stacking, a crisp break and decent resent. Sights were the standard 3 dot style and the accessory rail on the front of the gun is longer than the Shield.
If you're looking to get more practice with your carry gun or want a gun that's fun to shoot without the snappier recoil of a mini 9mm, the M&P22 Compact should be on your shopping list.
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