I see Smith has a new miniature-size plinker-grade .22 pistol out, and this one's not a 1:1 scale model of a centerfire like the existing M&P22. Well, Umarex and Ruger are laughing all the way to the bank with their P-22 and SR-22 designs, and when it's raining soup, a company would be a fool to not stick a bowl out the window. (cf. S&W Governor.)
I've heard good things about the larger M&P22, and liked the ones I've tried. I'm dragging my heels on buying one as a replacement for my 22/45 simply because the latter gun may not be a perfect "understudy" for my carry gun anymore, but it's just been such a little trouper. I have put an ungodly crap-ton of ammo through my MkIII 22/45 for
several years straight, and that with a cleaning regimen that would
probably have ToddG accusing me of gun abuse; I'm talking chipping big
chunks of carbon out of the receiver with a dental pick a couple times a
year when the bolt starts getting sluggish no matter how much more lube
I glop on it.
If the light-metal slide full-size understudy M&P22 will put up with that, I'll buy two.
Although I didn't get my Ruger from Bud's, this right here is the one I got. I see that they still list a new retail price of
~$250, which I think is pretty near the best deal in Christendom in a
new self-loading pistol. It's a soulless little Sten gun compared to a
Woodsman, Smith 41, or a High Standard, but it seems to thrive on abuse