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Old 02-07-2012, 01:17 AM   #1
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Question P22 California Model???

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I have just purchased a barely used 2010 P22 CA for a resonable price.

I am curious about the difference between the California model and regular models?

I would also like to know if anyone can say if the purchasing the long barrel kit is legal in California? May have to try that question over at Calguns.net...

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Old 02-07-2012, 01:26 AM   #2
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the california model has the barrel nut tightened on with loctite and is missing the 2 grooves that you would normally use a wrench on to remove allowing you to ad an adapter for suppressor or compensator use. other than that i dont know of any other differences
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The P22 was classified as an assault pistol in CA because of the threaded barrel. In order to sell the pistol there Walther had to make the barrel nut a permanent fixture. Something similar to red locktite or epoxy was used. So, while the nut can still be removed by heading it and using pliars, small pipe wrench or by filing wrench lands in it you can't legally perform any of this. I don't think a local gunsmith can either.

You could send the pistol back to S&W I expect and pay them to change the barrel, put on a new undamaged, loctited barrel nut. What a pain. M1911
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:30 PM   #4
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Red face Figures...

"Assault Pistol"??? Yup, that sounds like California...

The other (obvious) difference is the 'CA' marked on the slide.

All of the P22 models expire on the California Approved Roster this year...it will be interesting to see if they recertify the 'Q' model...so then we will have the P22QCA...or the P22CAQ

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