Walther Updates the P22 Pistol: P22QD

Blue Walther P22 QD

Walther Arms announced it updated the P22 pistol with a new safety and captured recoil spring. Called the P22QD, the new gun is very similar to the old design, though it may have a bit more appeal to some shooters.

With the safety, Walther Arms elected to ensure the gun could not be cocked or carried cocked with the safety in the on position. Instead, a cocked gun is decocked if the slide mounted safety is engaged. When the safety is off and the gun is capable of firing, the system acts as a normal DA/SA style gun. This is similar to the decocking safeties used on guns like the Beretta 92 series and the third generation Smith & Wesson pistols.

FDE Walther P22 QD

The other significant change to this pistol is the use of a captured recoil spring. This should prevent any unintentional launches across the room when field stripping the gun.

Walther Arms is careful to note that the California version of the pistol will not change. This, presumably, is to maintain the gun’s place on the state’s approved gun roster.

If you are not familiar with the P22 series, the P22QD is a handgun chambered for the .22 LR rimfire cartridge. The guns have a 5″ barrel, interchangeable back straps, a picatinny rail and a 10 round magazine. A variety of colors are available.



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  • Giolli Joker

    “The guns have a 5″ barrel”
    Do the ones in the photos really have a 5″ barrel? They don’t look like they do.

    • Geoff Timm

      There are two lengths, 5″ and 3.42″ I do not know if they ever made them interchangeable and sold them in sets. Geoff Who notes there are many confusing variations, I suspect to entice the collectors.

  • gunsandrockets

    Huh. Then no more dry firing the P22. That was an advantage of the old type safety, since you could pull the trigger and drop the hammer with the safety blocking the hammer from the firing pin.

    I like the new tan (khaki?) finish though.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      Main reason I own a SR22 is it’s the only 22 that the manufacturer says dry fire is okay.

      • gunsandrockets

        Doesn’t Ruger claim that for all their rimfires? Or is just some?

        • Harry’s Holsters

          I think it’s only for the SR22. They have changed it with the MK4 series. If they have it’s news to me.

      • kjack

        What the hell are you talking about? Ruger’s Standard, MK I, MK II, MK III, and 22/45 (not sure about the new Mk IV) all require dry firing to disassemble, they were literally built with dry firing in mind.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          The SR22 manual says dry fire is okay. Most other 22s say only for disassembly.

  • Geoff Timm

    It’s about time. I bought my P22 and thought it should have had a regular Walther Safety, hammer drop and safe position. Geoff Who notes there was an “improved” model in the line before this announcement.

  • Lew Siffer

    I loved my old Walther P22, it felt great in my hand and seemed like the perfect little .22. Too bad it was a piece of junk. It kept failing to fire after every few rounds. I finally figured out that the recoil, mild as it was, was jostling the safety into the on position. Traded it in. The Ruger SR 22 isn’t as pretty and doesn’t feel quite as good, but it works.

  • txJM

    Hands down, the worst pistol I’ve ever owned.

    • Al

      Yep, it really is that bad. The worst part of it is the zamak zinc alloy slide, that will break easily. I sold mine when cleaning it with clp took the finish off the slide. The captive recoil spring is for easier reassembly, not because it launches springs – the old method was use a provided plastic rod to line up the spring onto the slide.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        So glad I sold mine when I did. This was era of P22 vs Sig Mosquito, there were no winners but I struggle to think the P22 could have been better at anything.

        • Ed Forney

          Never shoots twice within 6″ of the last shot ! Nice looking though.

          • BeoBear

            Guess I’m the lucky one then. First time I took mine out to the range it couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn, was feeling pretty low about my choice. Decided to clean it and give it another try and I’m glad I did. Second time out it was shooting great groups and performed perfectly. Fast forward about 5+ years and it’s still a fantastic little gun. No breakages, no issues with the finish, no problems with accuracy or reliability and has me considering buying another one. I gotta say, I love this little .22LR. If suppressors ever get unshackled from the NFA, the first one I get will be for this little P22.

      • txJM

        Yep, cracked slide is what made me finally get rid of mine.

      • txJM

        That was the exact problem with mine. Slide crack.

    • Tonewall Jaxon

      the gun made me swear of Walthers….then a got a PPQ….then i bought a PPQ 22. It is an awesome gun…..it actually will fire everytime.

      • txJM

        The problem is that the P22 is made by GSG.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    Captured recoil spring is a big plus but I’m not a fan of anything else.

  • Openmindednotangry

    I have a p22, a first gen early one bought in early 2004 ish. The P stands for Piece of Crap. Don’t know why I haven’t gotten rid of it. Making it reliable has been hobby that I still haven’t quite got right. Should have bought a Ruger.

  • Rogertc1

    Wonder if GAG makes these like the mosquito and firefly?

  • Dr. Bob Thomas

    I have owned 5 of these, all different styles and model years. One after a few thousand rounds of just about any flavor of 22lr, I sent back to the factory for some work. The safety lever broke. They returned a new gun with a letter stating that they wanted to keep mine for themselves! That is GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE. Each has served me very well. I have used them to introduce young people to the world of shooting. The same with my wife and her friends. Add a laser and watch the bullets hit the dot every time. I have found them to be reliable, safe and very accurate. I recommend them highly, and have gifted them to close personal friends. With a supressor, they are a “blast!”