Last week I finally got around to getting my first .22 pistol. Since this pistol is primarily intended to be my wife's training pistol, I let her choose between it and a couple of other .22 semi-autos. She picked the Walther.
Now don't get me wrong, I've always kind of wanted a P22 (I think it's one of the best-looking .22 semi-autos out there, and I like the way it mimics a full-size gun), but the stories online and seeing how a friend's P22 would fail to feed and eject made me wary. Left to myself, I would probably have overcome my interest in the pistol and gone with a different plinker. But since I wanted her to really like the pistol, I went ahead and got the Walther.
I took it to the range for the first time today and ran 400 CCI Mini-Mags through it. I had exactly one failure to fire despite what appeared to be a good strike on the cartridge rim - can't blame the pistol for that - and everything else fed, fired, extracted, and ejected flawlessly.
My face is getting tired from this ear-to-ear grin.
It's a decent training pistol. The only reason they are generally considered junk is the pot-metal (die-cast zinc) slide. No real gun has every been made of pot-metal. For the same price, a Ruger MKIII is all-steel.
Oh yeah, I know it isn't the greatest of .22 plinkers for the price. I was just pleasantly surprised to find that mine appears likely to function splendidly right up until the slide cracks.
Hopefully by that time my wife will be a bit more into shooting.