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Has any one experienced a problem with the p22 when you carry a round in the chamber with the safety on, and take the safety off to fire, the gun will not fire untill you rack the slide and put a new round in the chamber. The trigger will pull but the firing pin does not strike the round. Its as if the safety is still on.
 

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I have to say that I really wonder about whether Walther got this gun right. I read all of the criticisims out there, but was under the impression that they had corrected the problems as the gun evolved. I went to the range and had the keyholing problem I mentioned on a separate string. Between that, the walking safety, the tendency of screws and bolts to come loose over time, etc., I really have to wonder if I threw my money away on a purchase that I thought would save me money. The main reason why I boiught my P22 is that the controls are very similar to my HK (sights, magazine release, location of safety) and I thought I could shoot .22 ammo cheaply, while still maintaining my "muscle memory" that I will need if I ever ned my .45 for home defense.
 

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I have had my 3.5 inch, P22 for over two years. I have shot well over 3000 rounds through it and mine will eat anything. I have shot it both double and single action and have never had a problem. Also, the accuracy is supurb. I can shoot a five shot group that can be covered by a quarter at 50 feet. Maybe I just got the one good P22 that they made, but I really love mine.
 

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The neat thing about owning a Walther is that if it is having problems, give S&W a call, be honest in describing what's happening.  Be nice, polite, and sincere while speaking to the representative.  Be ready to go through processes like "have you tried different ammunition."  More than likely, they'll ask for you to send it in and fix it for you, no charge.  Fail to fires sound like a problem with either a "walking safety" or the firing pin block not releasing (I think that little oval button on the bottom of the breech block has to do with the firing pin as the firing pin will not move until that button is depressed).

Best of luck to you, I'm sure Walther/S&W will make it right.

-stunks
 

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Good advice. When cleaning my P22 after my first range visit with it (when I had the tumbling problem), I noticed some burrs on the inside of the barrel on the muzzle end. I have read somewhere else on the internet that someone else had the same tumbling problem and had the same burrs. If I have the same experience again this weekend, I'll be giving S&W a call. Of course, I think we should treat every one with politeness and patience - our waiters, secretaries, car-wash guys, etc., so I will follow that advice here too.
 

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Yeah its important, as you know.

I'm sure MANY of these customer service reps are bombared with calls from people that frequent internet message boards with ramblings of problems that may or may not exist.  It's their job to sort the legitimate claims from the phoney ones.

The problem is that those of us that have real problems have to jump through hoops sometimes to get problems fixed.  I think being polite and honest, calm and collected, and above all else, showing rationality for calling get one farther than other, more pressuring methods.

And we wonder why prices keep rising on our favorite firearms!

Good luck this weekend, hopefully it's an anomaly!

-stunks
 

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Stunks is Definitely right,

He knows the problems I had with my P99 and he advised me to go through Walther/S&W customer service with the issue. They asked me a couple of questions and after I answered them, they mailed me a Fedex label. I immediately mailed the P99 to them for repairs. A couple of weeks afterwards, I got it back. The service was great and speedy, and now my 9mm shoots like a dream.

Thanks Stunks.
 

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The majority of problems come from ammunition with this gun, I find. 22LR is so easy to buy too cheap. That's fine- I buy CCI or Winchester, but even the "good" ammo is dirty. Regular cleaning is required for this gun- more so because it's fun to shoot more.
 
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