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How Good is the Accuracy of a Smith & Wesson 22a?

People that own the Smith & Wesson 22a usually have many positive things to say about the gun and it's accuracy.  It's a relatively inexpensive, good quality semi-auto pistol that often sells in the $200 - $300 price range.  The Smith & Wesson 22A is available with a 5-1/2" and 7" barrel.  An optional bull barrel is also available for even greater accuracy.  Just how accurate is it?  One person who owns one said that he can get 1" groups at 10 yards.  Another person said that he can get 1/2" groups at 10 yards using a red dot scope.  At longer ranges, another person found that he can get 1.5" groups at 50 yards using a red dot scope and resting on sand bags.  In other words, the accuracy potential is there as long as you have the experience to be able to shoot up to the gun's full potential.  It has a magazine that can hold 10 rounds of .22LR with 1 additional round in the chamber for a total of 11 possible shots.  The 5.5" barrel version weighs in at 34.4 oz. and has an overall length of 9.5 inches.  The 7" barrel version weighs 38.8 oz and has an overall length of 11 inches.  The 22A comes with an adjustable rear target sight.  There is a weaver style optics mount built into the top of the slide.

Smith & Wesson 22a  

The frame of the Smith & Wesson 22A is made from aluminum alloy and the slide is machined from stainless steel.  A rubber grip helps improve the ergonomics of the 22A.  The ambidextrous magazine release button is at the front of the grip which is unfamiliar to a lot of people, but most people seem to grow to like the mag release once they get used to it.  A thumb actuated manual safety is standard on all 22A's.  The optional 7" barrel increases the Smith & Wesson 22a accuracy some; however, one person who shot the S&W 22a with both barrel lengths, stated that he recommended the 5.5" barrel.  He found that it was almost as accurate as the 7" barrel version and much easier to tote around with the shorter barrel.  This is a good pistol for fun plinking, target shooting, or small pest elimination.  Overall, the Smith & Wesson 22a accuracy is very good for pistol of this type (especially considering the cost), and many people who own this pistol are very happy with it and highly recommend it.  If you like the 22A, but are looking for a little different style, then there are two other versions available.  There is a version that comes with a wood target grip, and there is another version that comes in camo.

22A Wood Grip     22A Camo

SW 22A with Wood Target Grip & SW 22A with RealTree APG HD Camo

The Smith & Wesson 22A is in the same category of handguns that include the: Browning Buckmark and the Ruger MKIII pistols.  All three of these pistols share similarities in their features and abilities, and they are targeting the same type of people who are interested in plinking, target shooting, and small varmint control.  Generally, people that have owned and shot all 3 of these pistols seem to find them all pretty comparable.  The Browning Buckmark is a step up in terms of fit and finish quality; however, it terms of function and reliability, the S&W 22A, Ruger MKIII, & Browning Buckmark seem to be very close.  Price wise, the S&W 22A can be found for around $250, the Ruger Mark III for around $350, and the Browning Buckmark closer to the $450 range.   Pricing will vary on the exact models you choose, but this is to give you a ball park comparison and was based on some pricing obtained online.  Considering that people say the Smith & Wesson 22A accuracy is good and comparable to these other more expensive pistols, then it makes sense that the SW 22A could be a good choice for someone on a budget.