p226 .22lr kit vs. Walther p22

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by VitSports6, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. VitSports6

    VitSports6 New Member

    736
    0
    0
    Ok, So I am looking for some sort of .22lr pistol, I have a p226 in .40S&W.
    Should I consider the .22lr conversion kit over another pistol? I would like to stay in the $350.00 or less range, I can find a kit with threaded barrel for about $270, But I don't know if I need the threaded barrel as I don't have a suppressor, But one never knows.
    I don't know anyone who has a conversion kit and I know some of the drawbacks of the p22, Just looking for a little guidance.
    I would be open to other pistols in the $350- range if anyone had a thought.
    Please and thank you.
     
  2. JonM

    JonM Moderator

    20,110
    19
    38
    ive got the sig p220 conversion for 22lr. highly recomend it. its the only pistol conversion ive kept cuz it works and works damn well.

    the 22/45 threaded barrel works very well with a few simple mods

    the sig/gsg 1911-22 works very well too.

    those are the only full size i can honestly recomend

    oh and get the threaded version. supressors are fun!!

    silencerco sparrow on 22/45 250 rounds 10 yards

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2011

  3. VitSports6

    VitSports6 New Member

    736
    0
    0
    Good to hear, I am leaning toward the conversion kit, Especially if I can find the kit for $270 again.
     
  4. TGReaper

    TGReaper New Member

    123
    0
    0
    p226 .22lr kit

    I can not comment on the Walther but I do have a P226 in 9mm/ 22lr.
    The 9 mm top end has been completely reliable and accurate I have had absolutely no malfunctions with this unit.
    The .22 top end was a little different, this was my own fault and not the pistol. My dealer advised me to break in the .22 with good quality high velocity ammunition, I did not. When I got a chance to shoot it all I had on hand was Fed.bulk pack,and the reliability was less than impressive. Generally this was one or two fail to feed per mag., due to the slide not traveling all the way to the back. This problem went away after about 300 rounds and for the next 300 there have been no malfunctions even using the same bulk pak ammo.
    Over all the 226 is a very impressive combination pistol.
    TGR
     
  5. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

    2,706
    1
    0
    I had a Sig P226 22lr and found it to be a very good rimfire. There were two things I didn't like however:

    1) Mine had some minor issues with cycling some bulk ammo.
    2) I didn't like the cost and scarcity of adding extra mags.

    If a P226 centerfire is your primary carry/duty/defense sidearm, I think it's a no-brainer to go with the Sig. If you go this route try the Federal semi-auto bulk (white & black box, 325ct). It ran well in mine.

    But I decided I'd rather just sell my $300 Sig kit and invest about $450 in a dedicated rimfire from Ruger or Browning (it'll be my next addition). The Walther is also supposed to be a solid little gun.
     
  6. group17

    group17 New Member

    295
    0
    0
    2 guns are better than one IMO.
     
  7. VitSports6

    VitSports6 New Member

    736
    0
    0
    Thanks again all.
    Good info on the high velocity ammo for a break in period, I hav no idea what kind of info would come with the conversion kit.
    My p226 is not my daily carry, I leave that up to a XD40sc.
    I agree sometimes 2 guns are better than one, Like I mentioned that my p226 isn't my daily, so I don't need it for trigger control or anything.
    My main concern was ammo cost, However, My wife asked me how much .40S&W ammo I could buy for $300+ :rolleyes: dangded women!
     
  8. JonM

    JonM Moderator

    20,110
    19
    38
    reply: i dont intend to stop shooting forever after that 300$ worth of 40sw is gone.

    *be prepaired to pay big price for winning logic argument...
     
  9. slammr

    slammr New Member

    14
    0
    0
    Walther sux. Don't waste your money.
     
  10. VitSports6

    VitSports6 New Member

    736
    0
    0
    care to expound?
     
  11. JonM

    JonM Moderator

    20,110
    19
    38
    Everything ive seen with em the are decent little 22s if a bit on the short grip side for me.
     
  12. VitSports6

    VitSports6 New Member

    736
    0
    0
    I have handled one, It isn't any worse than my XD40sc for size, I know they can be picky on ammo, But to say they simply suck, I don't get it, Its not like a Jennings or anything :D
     
  13. ZombieKiller83

    ZombieKiller83 New Member

    422
    0
    0
    Only complaint i've seen with the Walther P22's is they are extremely picky with ammo and mags are sometimes difficult to find. My buddy has one and it will only shoot CCI Mini mags reliably but it works great with those rounds!
     
  14. VitSports6

    VitSports6 New Member

    736
    0
    0
    Welp... My friend came down a bit more on the Walther p22, So I pick it up tonight.
    When I say he came down, It will run nearly the same as the cheapest price on a conversion(mid $200's)
     
  15. JonM

    JonM Moderator

    20,110
    19
    38
    cool thing with it is since you bought it used you can get the money back and get the conversion if you dont like the walther :D
     
  16. VitSports6

    VitSports6 New Member

    736
    0
    0
    correct!
    However, Said money's were removed from the top secret stash, I still have thoughts of a conversion with suppressor :D that or maybe a Glock 20 or 29, Hankerin for some 10mm as well...


    EDIT...
    I have never owned a Glock, But its an easy pill to swallow for the cost over other 10mm on the market.
     
  17. JonM

    JonM Moderator

    20,110
    19
    38
    ive been enticed by the colt delta elite 10mm but the thing that stops me is it is stainless.
     
  18. VitSports6

    VitSports6 New Member

    736
    0
    0
    Yeah, I'm not much for stainless either.

    did a quick search...
    Delta Elite in black, But its a European site.
     
  19. VitSports6

    VitSports6 New Member

    736
    0
    0
    Which Gun gun site, Has some interesting info on many pistols, I take a peak at it from time to time.
     
  20. armsmaster270

    armsmaster270 New Member

    755
    0
    0
    I have a 226 but put the 22 kit on my 1911