[Review] Beware of the ISSC M-22

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[Review] Beware of the ISSC M-22

Postby Denny1944 » Thu, 27 Aug 2009 12:02:06

I don't want to badmouth or be all pissy about a new gun that has just come on the market, however, I owe it to my fellow shooters to pass this along.
The M-22 is designed as a mini-glock look alike. That is fine. It seems to be reasonably priced as it sells in the upper $300s. Now, let me pass along my evaluative comments:
Pro's: Nice design concept
Great safeties
Outstanding addition of a "decocker"
Comes with two slide return springs (one for low velocity ammo and one for high velocity)
Nice presentation/storage case.
Very simple and easy to field strip.

Ok you are saying, then what is lacking?

Con's: The pistol stovepipes or jams about 1 in 5 rounds. Consistently!
(yes, I tried 4 grades of ammo varying from match to cheap! same same)
The pistol is small for my paw! Way too small!
Safety in trigger is ribbed and rough, in fact, slightly painful!
Overall, the pistol seems somewhat flimsy especially when you consider you
have laid down nearly 400!
The magazines are just cheap made. I also think this is the source of the ammo
not feeding, jamming, etc.
Final observations and comments: The M-22 in concept is really neat. The designer sure put enough safeties and what should be good features into the firearm. It is a shame, however, they skimped on a couple of things which just make the pistol unreliable, frustrating to use and could be potentially dangerous.

By the way, the firearms emporium was great. They gave back near full credit (minus restock fee) and were readily amendable to trade up to a known reliable pistol. I give them praise for their good faith and helpfulness. In the process, they came out about 200 bucks ahead and they have a happy customer. :-)


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Re: [Review] Beware of the ISSC M-22

Postby allingeneral » Thu, 27 Aug 2009 12:06:16

Thanks for the review, Denny.

Here's a picture of the firearm if anyone is interested:

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And a link to their site if you want to read about it.
http://www.issc.at/m22.html
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Re: [Review] Beware of the ISSC M-22

Postby bossgvr4 » Thu, 27 Aug 2009 14:45:41

A Walther P22 woulda kicked that things A$$ for $50 more.

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Re: [Review] Beware of the ISSC M-22

Postby allingeneral » Thu, 27 Aug 2009 15:17:30

Yessiree! That will be the next handgun I buy. The kids should really like it. Hell, I'll probably like it too!
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Re: [Review] Beware of the ISSC M-22

Postby BluemontGlock » Thu, 27 Aug 2009 15:19:44

Fired my P22 yesterday... it IS one great little shooter...
was feeding it Federal Lightings and CCi Stingers...

no one is going to stop and say "oh its only a .22" when this is rattling off... and i find the single action pull on this pistol to be
light, crisp and clean = accuracy...

I really like the ambi mag release, i tend to use my index finger on my right hand to action the release, not corrctly alingn'd with my thumb..

I did shoot a few bullseyes at 40 ft and just continue to be impressed by the design... although not picutred above, the mag extension really lets you get a good grip on it... even yesterday, in sticky 93' heat...
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Re: [Review] Beware of the ISSC M-22

Postby Denny1944 » Thu, 27 Aug 2009 21:28:30

Rick:
Howdy! Glad to be of help re. the M-22.
The trade up/buy netted me:
Ruger MKIII Govt Competition Target Pistol: competition grips, 6 7/8" barrel
and all the goodies that come with the Ruger. :-) Needless to say, I am one
happy camper.

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Re: [Review] Beware of the ISSC M-22

Postby clohman » Mon, 22 Nov 2010 13:26:45

I had the same feeding problem with the SIG Mosquito. Using CCI Blazer ammunition, I've not had any misfeeds with either the ISSC or Mosquito. I teach NRA Basic classes every other weekend and use these guns for students - about 300 a year. BTW, the Walther P22 digests everything.

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Re: [Review] Beware of the ISSC M-22

Postby cabrera » Thu, 07 Apr 2011 19:22:01

ISSC M22 22 cal

I just picked one up for $199 new and out of the box I knew right away I liked the feel of the M22. The weight of the M22 was balanced and the stock grip and its divided finger sections fit my hand perfectly. I could toggle with my thumb the safety action and slide release & magazine release without an issue.

The M22 comes stock with a FULL Weaver rail vs. Glock, which only has 1 notch in their rail and an adjustable rear sight for training purposes. Basically it’s a 22 cal Glock 17 (same size overall) training clone. I feel they did a really nice job with regards to the polymer frame and action as well as iron sights.

It has a single stack 10 round magazine and a large magazine well. The slide release, magazine release, & takedown lever are similar in style to the Glock. The biggest difference is that the M22 is a single action only pistol. The most obvious difference to a Glock is that it has a hammer & safety/decocker. Other safety features it has are: a magazine safety which will not allow the chambered round to fire with clip removed and a drop safety (firing pin safety) which is only disengaged when the trigger is pulled. If, after a fall, the hammer was released, then the firing pin would not be activated. It also has an integrated trigger lock.

What I really liked is that it has an adjustable rear site with Glock type U shape notch as well as a larger front sight but similar in style to the Glock 17.

After inspection was over, I took it to the range and tested it. The loading of the ten-shot magazine was easy. The magazine spring worked well and didn’t need to be beat in to load easily like other cheaper .22LR.

Those wide white sights allowed me to group nicely on the first few shots. Double & triple tapping was a breeze due to the M22 4 Lb trigger pull. The recoil was the same as all .22LR, nothing major. I shot another 12 magazines through it and each time grouping got tighter. One big observation: I did not have a single misfire or jam whatsoever. I was firing CCI Mini-Mags & Remington Thunderbolts.

Overall I was impressed with the Austrian engineering and attentiveness to detail in its design. The level of safety in all the components and the relatively low cost of 22LR ammo make this gun a great buy for economical target practice and training.

Technical data
Caliber .22LR
Capacity 10 rounds.
Action Single Action
Trigger weight 4 lbs.
Trigger travel 0.16 in.
Overall length 7.00 in.
Overall height 4.80 in.
Overall width 1.00 in.
Barrel length 4.00 in.
Sight length 5.50 in.
Weight (W/O magazine) 21.4 ozs.
Weight empty magazine 2.7 ozs.
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