Smith & Wesson SW22 Victory
- Price: $396.99
- Caliber: 22LR
- Barrel length: 5.5 inch
- Total: 9.2 inch
- Weight: 2.2lb
The Smith & Wesson SW22 Victory is one of the best selling 22 pistols of recent times and a great little gun for plinking, basic target shooting, recreational shooting and small game hunting.
It feels like it has been around forever, but the little SW22 Victory rimfire pistol was launched in 2015. Smith and Wesson clearly wanted a piece of the Ruger Mk4’s pie.
A simple blowback 22 pistol has taken the market by storm. If you’re looking for a 22LR that’s fun to shoot, the Smith and Wesson is now the default choice for anyone that doesn’t want a Ruger Mark IV.
Ruger Mark 4 vs SW22 Victory
We can point to key features on the Ruger and SW22 Victory, but it largely comes down to your personal preference. The similarities are far more pronounced than the differences in truth.
A lot of folks like the slightly higher weight of the SW22 Victory Target, which is a nice counterbalance for the recoil. Over the course of a long range session, you’ll feel that benefit more and more.
It’s no secret that we think the Ruger MkIV is pretty much the best 22LR pistol you’re going to find, and we stand by that. But it’s expensive and not everybody loves it.
The Ruger vs S&W war is basically tribal at this point and pretty much comes down to whether you like the vaguely WW2 pistol styling of the SW22 Victory or the more futuristic design and longer grip of the Ruger Mark IV.
S&W Wins on Price
You can get a number of different models, with specialist and not so specialist applications. The cheaper standard model is mightily close to S&W pricing these days, although you will pay more for the Tactical Lite.
This Smith & Wesson is cheaper. As much as $100 cheaper in any comparable form. And that is a lot. Especially for a company that is rarely the budget option.
If you want a 22LR to hone your technique on the range while burning through much cheaper ammo, knock yourself out. If you like to carry a .22LR on the farm for shooting pests and the occasional mercy killing, or you just like shooting a 22, then this is a real bargain.
Here’s the Technical Information
Key features of the Smith & Wesson SW22 Victory include:
- Barrel: The SW22 Victory features a 5.5-inch stainless steel match barrel that is fluted to reduce weight and improve cooling.
- Grips: The pistol features ergonomic textured polymer grips that provide a comfortable and secure hold on the firearm.
- Trigger: A crisp and light trigger pull helps shooters achieve accurate and consistent shots.
- Magazine: The pistol comes with two 10-round magazines, each of which has a stainless steel body and easy-to-use button release.
- Sights: A fiber optic front sight and adjustable rear sight provide a clear and precise sight picture for accurate shooting.
- Construction: The pistol is constructed from high-quality materials, including stainless steel and aircraft-grade aluminum.
- Modular design: The modular design allows for easy customization and upgrades, making it a versatile and adaptable firearm.
Way Cheaper Than The Ruger
It’s pretty much like the Ruger, but a little rougher round the edges. That’s exactly what you’d expect when you look at the price difference.
The shape is unique, you can rattle through ammunition without worrying about the cost and you can plink all day long without suffering with the recoil. I firmly believe it will make you a better shot in the long run.
You Can Spend More on the SW22 Victory Target
In 2017, we got the Smith & Wesson SW22 Victory Target Model. Performance features a 6-inch fluted barrel, an adjustable rear sight, and a target trigger with a 2.5-3 lb. pull.
The Smith & Wesson SW22 Victory Target Model was designed specifically for competitive shooting and has quickly become a popular option among serious competitors.
SW22 Victory Performance Center
- Caliber: 22LR
- Capacity: 10+1 rounds.
- Length: 9.2 inches
- Barrel: 5.5″
Of course you can go further and get a SW22 Victory Target Performance Center model with everything from a Carbon Fiber barrel to a full Picatinnny rail and asymmetrical compensator.
You can buy a lot of SW22 Performance Center parts. So f you like to play with the gunsmithing tools then this could be
Check out the Performance Center option here in the hands of expert shooter and gun for hire Jerry Miculek.
The Start of a DIY project
Competitive shooters have sung the gun’s praises in the reviews and there
Your 22LR is never, ever going to be your go-to home defense firearm and you just wouldn’t carry it with personal protection in mind. So it really is your training and varmint gun.
So, before you pull the trigger on a Ruger, have a look at this much cheaper option from Smith & Wesson. Then look at the rest of the 22 pistols you can buy too.
Buy Cheap 22LR Ammunition Online
The good news is that 22LR ammo is cheap, seriously cheap. A quick look at Lucky Gunner reveals deals with 5000 rounds for $325. That’s 6.5c a round, which is crazy cheap when it comes to a range gun. It won’t hurt your hand, it should go all day and it’s a great gun for a novice to learn with.
In the event of a SHTF moment, 22LR ammo could be worth more than gold. So stock up while it is super cheap, consider buying a 22LR rifle too and then you’ll always have something not too taxing. So you can focus on technique.