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Walther Model G22

by Jim Wilson   |  January 3rd, 2011 8

The G22 .22 Rimfire autoloader incorporates a “bullpup” design with other innovative features.


If you’re like me, when you think of Walther you think of guns like the classic Walther PPK and the newer Model P99 service pistol. Walther (Dept. ST, 2100 Roosevelt Ave, Springfield, MA 01104; 800-372-6454; www.waltheramerica.com) recently threw us all a curve when the company introduced the innovative G22 carbine.

The Walther G22 is a magazine-fed semiautomatic carbine chambered for the .22 Long Rifle cartridge. The G22 is the first Walther .22 rifle to ever utilize the “Bullpup” design that moves the action back into the rear of the riflestock. This design makes for a very compact carbine that makes use of a 20-inch barrel but with an overall length of only 29.5 inches. The G22′s interesting features don’t stop there.


Walther’s G22 proved to be plenty accurate. Its best 50-yard group average was 1.25 inches.

Innovations Abound
Since the action is back near the shooter’s face, a left-handed shooter can’t shoot the G22 without getting smacked in the face with the bolt handle. To solve this problem, Walther simply offers the G22 with right- or left-handed controls, and the customer orders the gun that suits his shooting style. Actually, the G22′s stock is set up so that the carbine can be converted from right- to left-hand use; however, Walther advises that only an authorized gunsmith should carry out this adaptation.

The gun’s synthetic stock has a large thumbhole, and incorporated in that thumbhole area is a large lever that serves as the magazine release. On either side of the carbine, just above the trigger, is an ambidextrous safety and safety lock. Bright orange firing indicators pop up on either side of the action when the gun is off safety and ready to fire.


SPECS
Walther G22
.22 LR Semiautomatic Carbine
Manufacturer: Walther
Model: G22
Operation: Blowback-operated autoloader
Caliber: 22 Long Rifle
Barrel Length: 20 inches
Overall Length: 29.5 inches
Weight, empty 5 pounds, 9 ounces
Safety: Slide safety; cocking indicator; integrated lock; magazine disconnect
Sights: Adjustable; Weaver-style universal accessory rails
Stock: Synthetic Bullpup design
Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds
Finish: Matte black, green
Price: $420-$530

Integral to the carbine’s stock is a carrying handle that also functions as a rear sight platform, much as those found on the AR family of rifles. The entire rear sight assembly rises vertically for use when iron sights are indicated, or it can be lowered completely out of the way when a scope is mounted.

The rear sight blade is actually a disk that incorporates six different elevation settings on the rear sight notch. Rotating the sight disk allows the shooter to find the right sight setting to compensate for differences in ammunition and range. The top surface of the carrying handle is grooved for use with Weaver-style optical sight mounts.

The front sight also sits high in its own sight assembly, with the front sight blade being dovetailed into battery so that adjustments, or sight substitutions, can be easily made. On the bottom edge of the front sight assembly is another set of Weaver-style rails that will accept the Walther laser. In addition, the bottom of the stock’s forearm also sports the Weaver-style universal rail for mounting a bipod or other shooting accessories.

Even more interesting innovations are at the rear of the G22′s stock. Using spacers that are provided with each G22 carbine, the shooter can alter the length of the stock to suit his personal requirements. Two large Allen screws in the butt of the gun are removed and spacers are added or removed until the desired length of pull is reached. Also, on the rear bottom edge of the G22 stock is a compartment that holds an extra 10-round magazine.

More Than Just A Plinker
When it came time to run the G22 carbine through its paces, it took me a little while to get accustomed to the manual of arms and the operation of the Walther G22. It had been some time since I had shot a gun of the Bullpup design. In fact, the last one I fired was the old High Standard Model 10B 12-gauge police riot gun.


The magazine release is integrated into the stock (left), and an extra magazine is also located in the stock (far right).

But once that period of familiarizing myself with its operation was out of the way, I found the G22 to be a fun gun to shoot, and I have to admit that I used up a lot of my test ammunition shooting rocks, sticks, and empty shotgun shells that littered the local shooting range.

This particular G22 liked the CCI Mini-Mag ammo best, and groups averaged 1.25 inches at 50 yards. All the details of this shooting, including a complete list of the ammunition that I test-fired in the G22, can be found in the accompanying chart, but I should say here and now that all the loads functioned flawlessly in the G22 and gave good field accuracy.

You don’t need an excuse, or a reason, for choosing a particular gun for your plinking fun. When it’s your day off and you want to go plinking, you just take whatever suits you and have fun. And while the Walther G22 certainly qualifies as an interesting plinking gun, I can see some other uses for this carbine.

It should make an excellent small-bore carbine for the camper, backpacker, and fisherman. Its short overall length means that it can stow away in a backpack or boat cabinet pretty easily. And its five-pound, nine-ounce weight won’t add too much to the heft of all the gear a fellow has to pack. With its 20-inch barrel, the G22 should collect all small game very handily and accurately.


Shooting Walther’s .22 LR G22
Factory Load Muzzle Velocity (fps) Standard Deviation (fps) Extreme Spread (fps) 50-yard Accuracy (inches)
Aguila 30-gr. Solid 1725 41 73 1.75
CCI 36-gr. Mini-Mag HP 1297 14 27 1.25
Remington 37-gr. HP 1187 30 63 1.50
Winchester 40-gr. Match 1088 38 74 1.75
Winchester 40-gr. Power-Point 1218 23 54 1.50
NOTES: Accuracy is the average of five five-shot groups fired from a sandbag benchrest at 50 yards. Velocity is the average of 25 rounds measured 15 feet from the gun’s muzzle.

Another use for the Walther G22 carbine is as a pickup truck gun for farmers, ranchers, and other rural dwellers. Again, the short overall length of the G22 makes it handy to maneuver safely within the confines of a truck cab. A well-placed .22 Long Rifle hollowpoint bullet will generally take care of small pests, varmints, and feral animals that often plague the rural citizen. And the relatively low report of the .22 LR cartridge won’t unnecessarily disturb the neighbors, should that be a concern.

Walther’s G22 .22 LR carbine is simply fun to shoot. It’s obviously very well made, and the numerous innovative features make it a very interesting firearm to work with. In fact, it would appear to me that the Walther G22 could be scaled up just slightly and be offered in 9mm and .40 S&W. Now that would be a great concept, wouldn’t it? One could have a G22 for plinking and a G9 for home defense.

  • Usman Gul

    G22 is a lovely weapon for a target shooting, very convenient to use, portable- occupy little space, enhanced magzine capacity, add on as many accories as possible, like – laser light, telescope, left hand grip, can be operated with both hands (provision is there for left or right hand shooters). Lately i have used G22 for a Russion dove shoot, which gave me a wonderful result , on return i managed to have a bag of 70 Russion doves. I am keen to buy G22 accories, please guide me how to have them in Pakistan(is there any dealer here).

    Thanks ….. G22
    I am proud of Walther !

    • ward

      Just bought a G22 used, cheap too. Local gun club shoots plates with .22 rifle and I had nothing to compete with was the reason. As to comment, "Walther G22 could be scaled up to a 9 and or .40 … well duh ? I would buy a .40 in a New York second {which is faster than a 9 any day}

  • julian david

    hace mas de tres años compre esta carabina y es perfecta pues la caja de 50 cartuchos solo cuesta 18 mil o ahora 23 mil pesos colombianos, lo del aseo si es un poco dificil pues se debe tener mucho cuidado con dos resortes muy pequeños, en cuanto a la mira telescopica compre una mira tasco de 3x9x50 y la verdad gasto mas municion cereandola y ese cereo se pierde con cuelquier pequeño golpe, en cuanto al poder si me tiene muy desilucionado pues le he disparado a patos pisingos y a palomas y a guacharacas y salen volando como si nada. en ocaciones he tenido que disparar hasta 3 y 4 veces a una paloma guarumera antes de que caiga al suelo y a las guacharacas ya no quiero dispararles

  • don

    have a problem the first shell gets jamed when cocking gun

  • Andy Thompson

    Are Walther G22's still made

    • Coty hoover

      Yes they are and I am currently selling Mine if interested email me at cotyhoover@aol.com

      • brent

        how much and were?

  • wilson

    Cuanto te costo esta carabina? yo estoy en calo y me interesa comprar una

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