[SHOT 2016] Smith & Wesson SW22 Victory Pistols

SW22 Victory pistols from Smith & Wesson

The SW22 Victory pistols are the newest members of Smith & Wesson’s line and the .22LR semiautos look more than capable of upholding the brand’s reputation. Every SW22 Victory comes standard with a 5.5″ match grade interchangeable barrel for superior performance and a stainless steel frame.

SW22 Victory frames feature a Picatinny-style accessory rail for mounting optics or other accessories. Takedown of the modular design is quick and easy with a one-screw system. The thumb safety is steel-reinforced for extra durability. The pistols have an overall length of 9.2 inches and weigh 36 ounces.

SW22 Victory trigger stops are adjustable to prevent overtravel and provide a perfect shot and quick, accurate follow-ups. Both the front and rear sights are equipped with a fiber optic insert and the rear sight is adjustable. The grips have textured panels for a sure grip and finger cuts for easy magazine removal.

Three models of SW22 Victory are available: stainless steel, stainless steel with a threaded barrel (1/2-28), and Kryptek Highlander finish. They come with two 10-round magazines.

When I was at the Smith & Wesson booth, there was always a bit of a crowd around the SW22 Victory displays and it took a while for me to get a chance to get decent photos. There is little doubt that this gun will be getting plenty of buzz during SHOT.

SW22 Victory pistols from Smith & Wesson

SW22 Victory pistols from Smith & Wesson

SW22 Victory in Kryptek Highlander finish

SW22 Victory in Kryptek Highlander finish

Shelby Murdoc

Murdoc is a freelancer who writes at various publications and web sites including Shooting Sports Retailer and GunPundit.com.


  • 6+ inch barrel, please.

    Also, if these things do well, man oh man… We have a great opportunity to compete with the king Ruger .22LR pistols.

    • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

      Volquartsen already sells aftermarket barrels.

      • 5.5″ fluted and carbon tension bull barrels.

  • Richard

    Why’d they base the styling on a Type 94 Nambu, widely regarded as one of the worst pistols ever made?

    • GomeznSA

      Perhaps because looks can be deceiving? 🙂
      I just wonder if it uses proprietary magazines, IOW, will mags from other S&W .22s work in it?

      • Richard

        If that was SW’s aim then it’s a great disguise for a quality gun.

    • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

      The Ruger MK series of .22lr pistols was designed after the Nambu and Ruger was founded on the reverse-engineering the Nambu pistols.

      Ruger is one of the most successful firearms companies and the MK series is one of the most successful pistol designs in the history of forever.

      Yeah, I don’t think anyone will care.

      • Richard

        The Ruger Mk I looks nothing like a type 94. Ruger based the design on the type 14 which also looks nothing like the 94.

        • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

          Meh. I don’t see it. It looks more like a Buckmark to me than anything else.

    • You might mean type 14.

      • Richard

        The proportions remind me more of the Type 94, mainly the large slide/bolt and the little pistol grip.

  • Uncle Festet

    It looks like it says Sweet Victory on the side if you don’t look closely,

  • Zachary marrs

    Some ugly guns grow on me

    Not this one

  • LV-426

    So I take it, no GEN 2 M&P in the booth??

  • maodeedee

    It’s very clunky looking. Who was the design school dropout responsible and who did he or she have to sleep with and blackmail to get the job?
    Couldn’t they have made a gun that looked like a Colt Woodsman? Now that is what a 22 pistol should look like.

  • grifhunter

    Oh Jeez, pick another name. High Standard should sue for co-opting their Victor pistols’ name in principle. A High Standard Victor would out shoot that thing all day too.

  • Blake

    Here’s 22Plinkster’s review of the Victory: https://youtu.be/Ng-0FGrvBTg

    Pretty impressive, especially given the price…