Smith & Wesson SW22 Victory .22 LR Pistol

by
posted on January 18, 2016

Small-game hunters and everyone else who appreciates an accurate, easy-to-carry, semi-auto pistol chambered for .22 LR will want to check out the Victory just introduced by Smith & Wesson. We shot the blowback-operated Victory at SHOT Show Industry Day and immediately recognized the handgun’s 5.5-inch bull barrel gives it wonderful balance. The fiber-optic sights seemed to hang on the target—perfect for head shots on squirrels and rabbits. But, should you want a longer barrel or one with a different contour, the factory barrel is removable and the frame accepts aftermarket versions developed by Volquartsen.

The Victory is built on a stainless steel frame fitted with a ergonomic, textured polymer grip. (A version with a Kryptek Highlander camo finish is available.) Takedown for cleaning requires removing just one screw at the front of the frame.  Although the adjustable fiber-optic sights will be plenty good for most hunters, the pistol also comes with a Picatinny rail for mounting small red-dot optics. The trigger pull on the gun we shot was excellent, due in part to an adjustable trigger stop that minimizes overtravel. Finally, the Victory ships with two, 10-round magazines—but judging by the accuracy this pistol produced during our range time with it, you won’t need nearly that much ammo to bring home a limit of squirrels for the pot.

Technical Specifications:

Caliber: .22 LR
Capacity: 10+1 rounds
Barrel Length: 5.5 inches
Sights: adjustable fiber-optic rear, ramped fiber-optic front
Frame: stainless steel
Grip: polymer
Length: 9.2 inches
Height: 5.6 inches
Weight: 36 ounces
MSRP: $409 (stainless steel), $459 (Kryptek Highlander finish)

For more information, go to Smith-Wesson.com.

Latest

Vhita Vuori
Vhita Vuori

A Recipe for Reloading .45-70 Government

Contributor Barb Melloni takes her readers through the process of reloading for .45-70, and her eventually precise result.

NRA-Backed Constitutional Carry Introduced in Florida

Once signed into law, more than half of the nation will recognize this fundamental right. 

#SundayGunday: CZ-USA 712 G3

Get a closer look at the CZ-USA Field Sports 712 G3, the latest addition to our #SundayGunday series.

Recipe: Shane’s Goose Bake

This recipe uses all components of the goose, including legs and thighs, breast meat, and the gizzard, heart and liver. The different textures and flavors often surprise people who actively seek “special parts” from the roaster.

Hardware: Savage 93 Minimalist

The Savage 93 Minimalist combines a classic laminate stock design with modern aesthetics to achieve a lightweight platform with improved ergonomics.

First Look: Alps OutdoorZ Deadquiet Ember Handwarmer

Alps OutdoorZ has debuted its Deadquiet Ember Handwarmer. This handwarmer works in conjunction with the company's Deadquiet Shield Bino Harness, or as a standalone product to help keep hands warm and ready when the temperature take a dive.

Interests



Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.