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Walther P22

Semi-Automatic Sport Pistol [ 2003 ]

In production since 2002, the Walther P22 semi-automatic pistol is another viable .22 LR chambered handgun available to sport shooters.

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 08/23/2023 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

The Walther P99 is a .22LR (rimfire) semi-automatic, blowback-operated pistol offering from Carl Walther GmbH of Germany. It is a largely conventional and traditional semi-automatic handgun design with pistol grip ergonomics, rectangular slide assembly (ribbed at front and back for better grip of the unit), and over-frame forward and rear iron sights. The typical Walther pistol "chunkiness" is apparent in this compact firearm. The trigger sits at the middle of the gun's length and the magazine well is the pistol grip handle itself. The ejection port is seated at the middle of the frame.

Production of the pistol began in 2002 and continues today (2023).

The gun breaks down into five major components comprised of the slide, spring, barrel assembly, lower frame, and magazine. Ten-rounds are held in the spring-loaded magazine. Safety mechanisms are integrated in both manual and automatic forms.

The company currently markets the P22Q and P22CA ("California") models in the lineup. Both are available in a variety of finishes / configurations including "Nickel", "Laser Set" (with under-muzzle laser aimer), tactical-style "FDE", "Angel Blue" (lower blue, slide silver), "Military" (lower OD Green, upper black), and "Tactical FDE" (muzzle attachment). The CA adds the "Target Nickel" and "Target Black" models with extended muzzle component.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Carl Walther GmbH - Germany
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Compact design for close-quarters work or general self-defense.

Overall Length
160 mm / 6.30 in
Barrel Length
87 mm / 3.43 in
Weight (Empty)
0.95 lb / 0.43 kg
Semi-Automatic; Blowback
One shot per trigger pull; self-loading or auto-loading action aided by internal mechanism; trigger management (and initial cocking) typically required by the operator; subsequent shots are aided by the unlocked / moving bolt.
Gas pressure from the rearward movement of the ignited cartridge case provides the needed bolt movement, ejecting the spent case and stripping a fresh case from the magazine.
.22 LR
*May not represent an exhuastive list; Calibers may be model-specific dependent; Always consult official manufacturer sources.
10-Round Detachable Box Magazine
Iron Front and Rear.

Material presented above is for historical and entertainment value and should not be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation - always consult official manufacturer sources for such information.

P22 - Base Series Designation.
P22CA ("California") - Variant.
P22CA FDE - Black slide, desert frame.
P22CA Angel Blue - Silver slide, light blue frame.
P22CA Military - Black slide, OD Green frame.
P22CA Nickel - Silver slide, black frame.
P22CA Target Nickel - Silver slide, black frame, muzzle extension.
P22CA Target Black - All-black finish; muzzle extension.
P22Q - Variant.
P22Q Nickel - Silver slide, black frame.
P22Q Laser Set - All-black finish, under-barrel laser aiming device.
P22Q FDE - Black slide, desert frame.
P22Q Angel Blue - Sliver slide, light blue frame.
P22Q Military - Black slide, OD Green frame.
P22Q Tactical FDE - Desert finish, muzzle component.

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