Walther P22 Field Strip

Discussion in 'How to' started by commodore_dude, Aug 24, 2007.

  1. commodore_dude

    commodore_dude Active Member

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    As requested by Tinkerhell, I found a pretty detailed video about how to field strip the P22:

    http://www.archive.org/details/walther_ ... inspection

    It seems to be pretty comprehensive, and it DOES answer the specific question I got at 14 minutes in (the guy doesn't talk about it but you can watch him do it), which is how to make the damn recoil spring behave when you're putting the slide back on. I was very confused once I got mine apart the first time as to how to reattach the slide, because the spring does not want to stay straight! The annoying thing about the instruction manual is that it covers "Disassembly and reassembly" on page 8, but the only assembly instructions consist of "Assembly is in reverse order" to the provided disassembly instructions. After a few more sections, however, salvation is provided at the top of page 11 - "For running the slide onto the receiver, use the mounting pin."

    The mounting pin is a small plastic rod that comes in the parts bag with a new P22.

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    If you insert this through the slide into the spring before you reattach the slide, it becomes INFINITELY easier. I still always have to fiddle with it a bit to get the slide to fully attach, but the worst is over.

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    The pin will pop out of its own accord as you get the slide into place. If you weren't aware of this pin before, go try it and tell me that's not 100 times easier.
     
  2. budder

    budder Moderator Staff Member

    Before I found that pin, it was taking me 5-10 minutes to put the gun back together. :shakes fist:
     

  3. ThetaReactor

    ThetaReactor Active Member

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    Once you've figured that part out, it's easy. Unless you've got the long barrel. Then you're fussing about with a hex wrench to get the weight off the front end.
     
  4. budder

    budder Moderator Staff Member

    And the other trick is to learn how far back to pull back the slide to slide the disassembly thing at the front of the slide. On mine, the "F" of the safety is just behind the grip.
     
  5. Tinkerhell

    Tinkerhell Active Member

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    Cool! Thanks. I have that little piece but thought it had something to do with the extended barrel. I'll try that next time!
     
  6. tace

    tace New Member

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    Now, how do you remove the barrel?
     
  7. tace

    tace New Member

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    Turns out, there is a barrel shroud to remove first. I have less than 500 rounds through mine and there is already wear in the slide. Is this thing supposed to be disposebale? I get the feeling Walther (S&W) will be replacing things before it goes out of warranty.

    I just hope the M&P and the P99 aren't built this way.
     
  8. CtheHammer

    CtheHammer New Member

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    It has been observed that on most P22's the trigger bar ears are rough and will eat into the zinc slide. To combat this you can disassemble the gun, and sand down/smooth over the front edges of the trigger bar ears and this should fix the problem. I did it with mine and while I didn't quite do it enough, it did almost entirely fix the problem.

    For information on completely disassembling the P22 and doing this sort of work take a look over at the rimfire central forums where under the Walther section one of the "stickies" has to do with the "P22 Bible" which is a big long PDF detailing all of this.

    Hope this helps.

    C
     
  9. 47Cowboy

    47Cowboy New Member

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    Walther P22

    Questions for other P22 owners,

    Accuracy and if acceptable, what brand of ammunition.

    Laser, anyone have one

    Laser plus light (really cool) have both standalone and plus light.
    "makes a great housegun with light and Rem subsonics"

    Neat little gun and lots of fun. Great for first time shooters ie: ladies and youngsters. (use the Rem subsonics which do not have the muzzle blast of standard or high velocity rounds.)

    Quote of the day:

    "An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." --Col. Jeff Cooper

    47Cowboy
     
  10. tace

    tace New Member

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    You don't want a .22lr as your housegun especially with subsonic rounds. If you are ever against a real threat those rounds will probably just piss the BG off.

    It seems that the P22 likes snappy copper pleated ammo best, like the Stingers.
     
  11. 47Cowboy

    47Cowboy New Member

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    P 22

    TRUE! however, one would be better to put several rounds in a "goblin" with a 22 rather than miss with a 357! (Plus!! you can put a "can on this puppy!)
    Seriously, I very much understand the lack of one shot or two shot fight stopping ability of the lowly litte 22 but again, I must interate that, desipte the lack of "stopability" in a one or two shot situation and for those out there not used to the muzzle blast/recoil of a serious calibre the 22 is still a viable choice. Many, if not most humans cannot function past the first round of a 38/357/40/45 in a closed enviorment, house or car unless with lots of training. Better to continue the engagement with a low powered weapon that you are competant with than to be totally disorentated. BTW, the laser, bright light in the face of ones adversairy does help. With these features a two shot sequence to the head with a 22 could very well be "your saving grace" :wink:
    Just my 2 cents worth!
     
  12. CtheHammer

    CtheHammer New Member

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    I've currently got a big box of Remington Golden Bullets that I am shooting through. I shot about 50 Federals through mine and I'm not doing that again. I could see the dirt flying out of the muzzle and all over the place with the Federals (nothing like that with the RGBs, they were much cleaner). I have heard the same thing about Stingers being good and I've also heard regular Mini-Mags aren't bad either.

    C
     
  13. budder

    budder Moderator Staff Member

    Re: P 22

    Well, Stingers are the only thing that feed reliably through my P22. However, if you're dead set on using the P22 as your house gun (pun intended :?), spend the extra money on training, not fancy toys. The training will get you much further and, I hope, help you feel more comfortable shooting a bigger round for HD.
     
  14. 47Cowboy

    47Cowboy New Member

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    P22

    Hi Budder!

    Sorry for the lapse in replying.

    In response to your concern of this being my housegun NTW (not to worry) :)
    My personal bedroom gun is a Para LDA with Magsafes that stays under my pillow and then there is the true house gun beside the bed. . .a Remington 870 pump shotgun youth model in 20 ga with 3 inch high brass no. 5 shot. Weapon also has light on foregrip, is short and very nasty. Also the no. 5 pellets will not go runnin' around the neighborhood like ball ammo.

    Oh, for goblin problems outside the house my Bennille HK M1 super 90 fills the bill just right. 3" No. 4 buck with 8 rd extended magazine and light of course.

    The P22 is what I use to introduce those folks who never have fired a pistol etc. I also use a Ruger Bearcat and TC Contender to demonstrate the different types of handguns. (ie: Pistol, Revolver, Single Action and Double action along with the TC single shot.)

    One lady was quite happy with the training and bought a .P22
    Last week she graduated up to a P99 40!

    Well, I see I've done it again. Get to talkin' and don't stop, sorry :oops:

    Happy Trails,

    47Cowboy
     
  15. blind_shake

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    Re: P 22

    The quote I know is, " I'd rather hit with a .22 then miss with a .44."

    I have a P22 I put just about everything thru mine and Stingers are the best for it. I use it myself as a warm up gun at the range and I will soon be introducing my GF to guns with it being her first one to shoot.
     
  16. 47Cowboy

    47Cowboy New Member

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    Walther P22

    Yeppers! you are correct :D

    The quote was about a 44 and not a 357. . . .oh well "us old folks" jest' tryin' to git by :D :D

    Happy Trails :oldtimer:
     
  17. ICP_Juggalo

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    I bought one (P22) for the sole purpose of putting a suppressor on it. Gonna put a new barrell on my 10/22 so it can accept a suppressor too.
     
  18. 47Cowboy

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    Check in with "Buzz" at C3 Sports in Dallas. He is a ClassIII and has the cans for the P22 in stock (or did) Nice folks. Bought my P22s from him.