New For 2023: Smith & Wesson M&P 22 Magnum

posted on July 11, 2023
SW MP 22 Mag 01
Image courtesy of Smith & Wesson.

Smith & Wesson has been on a bit of a tear this year when it comes to releasing new products. In addition to updates to its M&P rifle and handgun line, the company has introduced two new and unique models that were outside the typical S&W box—the folding FPC carbine and the M&P 5.7 pistol. To that list, add a third—the Smith & Wesson M&P 22 Magnum.

The M&P 22 Magnum is a polymer-framed, semi-automatic pistol chambered in the rimfire .22 WMR cartridge. The pistol uses the Tempo gas-operated, rotary locking action originally developed for the M&P 5.7. It is fired by an internal hammer and has a flat-faced trigger and manual safety. Both the safety and slide-stop levers are bilateral, and the magazine release is reversible for left-handed operation.

Its stainless-steel slide and 4.35” stainless-steel barrel have an Armornite finish. The pistol uses dovetail-mounted sights, with a fiber-optic front and notched rear. The slide is also cut for a direct mount of optics that use the Shield RMSc footprint. The frame’s dust cover has a four-slot Picatinny rail for mounting accessories.

A close-up view of the black trigger on the Smith & Wesson M&P 22 Magnum.The M&P 22 Magnum shares many features with other pistols in the M&P line, including a flat-faced trigger and reversible magazine release. Image courtesy of Smith & Wesson.

The M&P 22 Magnum uses a 30-round magazine, two of which are supplied with the pistol. As semi-auto rimfires are known to be picky eaters, Smith & Wesson has thoroughly tested the new M&P with a variety of ammunition and has signed off on 14 cartridges with bullet weights from 30 grains to 50 grains that the pistol feeds reliably. Among them are popular .22 WMR loads, including Speer Gold Dots and CCI Maxi Mags. 

The Smith & Wesson M&P 22 Magnum laying on a shot bullseye target with an empty black magazine next to it.The M&P 22 Magnum is cut for optics that use a Shield RMSC footprint. Magazines have a capacity of 30 rounds. Image courtesy of Smith & Wesson.

The Smith & Wesson M&P 22 Magnum has an overall length of 8.4”, a height of 5.9” and weighs 22 ozs. It has an MSRP of $649. For more information, visit


Jacob Dickert Rifle (1)
Jacob Dickert Rifle (1)

A Riflemaking Mecca—Lancaster County, Pa.

Lancaster County was the center of longrifle manufacturing for several decades and as such, offered employment for a great number of workers and saw the rise of great names in riflemaking. No real assemblage of early American firearms is complete without Lancaster-made rifles.

New For 2023: Walther Arms PD380

Walther rolled out its PD380 late in 2023, updating the company's previous PK380 handguns with design details borrowed from its popular PDP series of pistols.

Preview: Scent Thief 24-oz. Field Spray

For centuries, hunters have made remarkable advances to help them close the gap on their intended quarry, whether it be thoughtful camouflaging or well-contrived products and tactics.

Gun Of The Week: KFI Firearms Impala Plus NERO

Watch American Rifleman staff on the range in this week's video to see the details of the semi-automatic Impala Plus NERO shotgun, an affordable design with a dependable, proven action.

The Armed Citizen® Dec. 8, 2023

Read today's "The Armed Citizen" entry for real stories of law-abiding citizens, past and present, who used their firearms to save lives.

Review: Christensen Arms Modern Hunting Rifle (MHR)

Christensen Arms' Modern Hunting rifle is the company's latest bolt-action, designed to be easily customizable and made for use in the outdoors.


Get the best of American Rifleman delivered to your inbox.