Volquartsen Barrels for SW22 Pistol

Volquartsen SW22 Fluted Barrel

Volquartsen announced a pair of new barrels for the recently introduced Smith & Wesson SW22 Victory pistol. One of the features of the new rimfire pistol is its ability to easily field strip and replace the factory barrel. When the gun was announced, I expected to see follow on announcements about aftermarket barrels – or additional barrels of varying lengths from the company. Volquartsen has not disappointed.

The first of the two barrels is a fluted, stainless steel barrel. The barrel is threaded and comes with a thread protector. In addition, Volquartsen ships the barrel with a forward blow compensator. The fluting is in the company’s I pattern. As Smith & Wesson suggested, Volquartsen confirms this is a drop in installation. The suggested retail price of the new barrel is $295.

Volquartsen SW22 Victory Barrel

The second new barrel is a lightweight carbon fiber tension barrel. According to the company, the system is the same as what is used in the company’s carbon fiber rifle barrels. The tension system adds rigidity to the system but with a significant weight reduction. This barrel is also threaded and comes with a thread protector. It does not come with a compensator, however. The retail price on this barrel is $215.

Volquartsen is well known in the firearms industry for their work with rimfire guns. In addition to barrels, the company also makes lightweight Ruger Mk III frames.

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  • thedonn007

    So, no front sight option?

  • Giolli Joker

    The second option looks cool and while not cheap is not as expensive as I thought.

    • Uncle Festet

      It seems like the better deal.

  • G0rdon_Fr33man

    So one of the marketing points is to NOT use factory barrels? Why not A. Ship them with a Volquartsen barrel, or B. S&W make a kickass precision barrel themselves?

    • Jwedel1231

      Because some people want to modify stuff themselves. A healthy aftermarket drives sales, and the more you accommodate it from the factory the more you sell.

      • JamesG3

        Yep, make this the 10/22 of 22lr handguns and you’ll have a winner.

    • Cymond

      Because not everyone wants the same barrel. If all possible configurations were offered from the factory to please everyone, is would be a logistics nightmare for S&W. It would also mean that customers would need to know exactly what they want before ordering as well as paying for it all up front. Finally, it would be impossible for gunshops to have the right model in stock for customers, they would have to special order.
      Basically, it would turn S&W into one of those companies where every order is custom.

  • Edeco

    Ah, those improve the appearance to me. Hard to explain. Straight, mid-length heavy-profile handgun barrels don’t look good to me, like the Smiths in “Predestination”, blech. The Volq. barrels break up that aesthetic a bit..

  • Bill

    But isn’t this the pistol that’s too ugly to shoot?

  • Renegade

    Anything that makes it look more like a space gun is OK in my book.

  • Sianmink

    They should have made a squared barrel. It would really improve the looks.

    • Giolli Joker

      Give them time… considering the designs that Volquartsen is offering for Ruger pistols, I’d suppose they can adapt plenty of blanks to this platform, they probably just started with easiest options.

    • JoshCalle

      if you want a S&W victory with a square barrel just buy an old 22a.

  • Cymond

    Damn that was fast!
    I’m glad Volquartsen is supporting the Victory. I love the Volquartsen trigger in my Mk3.

  • Charles Brumbelow

    Hey, maybe they can offer a barrel with a continuous sight plain which extends the full length of the barrel plus the length of the bolt.

  • Matthew

    I wonder if they’ll fit the S&W 22A?