I’ve had a lot of questions lately regarding what firearm I’ll be using for my rimfire training. I’m currently using a Smith & Wesson 622, it’s a family gun and while trying to find out more about it I discovered there wasn’t much information floating around the internet on this particular gun so off to the library I went.
The Smith & Wesson 622 was manufactured 1989-1996, I know my particular firearm to be from between 1992 and 1994 since that’s the only time period when they manufactured them with 12 round mags. The version that I have with a 4.5″ barrel and stainless alloy frame is a field gun weighing in at about 22 oz. They also make a 6″ version that is only an ounce heavier and, in ’96, was manufactured with a ventilated rib as the 622VR. Since that model was only manufactured in ’96 it is considered a bit of a collectors item. Sadly, mine is far more boring than that.
The gun is single action only with an internal hammer and a bladed front site with a fixed grooved rear sites making it a great target pistol (some generations of the 622 did have adjustable sites, mine is not one of them). For me it has always run reliably even with dirty ammo and minimal cleaning. I have run about a thousand cheap Remington rounds through this gun in the past year and have never had a problem with it. Recently I’ve been running about 300 CCI Minimags a week through it and still no issues, not altogether surprising considering CCI is the end-all be-all of .22 ammo. These guns are extremely accurate and often end up with a scope mounted on them for distance pistol target purposes.
Personally, I’m just excited to have a gun that’s easy to shoot and that I know will run. Reliability is always a concern with .22s, however this little gun has always functioned well for me.