Smith Wesson introduces new 22 target pistol

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Smith Wesson introduces new 22 target pistol

Post by DavidR on Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:36 am

Sounds like a good alternative to the ruger mk ll or lll or others in the same price range.

https://www.ssusa.org/articles/2016/6/24/sw22-victory-review/

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Post by Jack H on Tue Jul 05, 2016 1:44 pm

I think this will be a good gun, but someone has to design a BE trigger job.

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Post by jmdavis on Tue Jul 05, 2016 2:43 pm

The trigger out of the box is not bad and beats most of the MKII and III Rugers that I have seen AFTER they have had a trigger job. Truthfully, the only Ruger I have shot with a better Trigger is my ancient MKI. 

I shot one for the first time a couple of weeks ago and was very surprised at its performance right out of the box. It's alot of pistol for a VERY good street price.

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Post by LenV on Tue Jul 05, 2016 3:53 pm

I must have got a lemon. The trigger was smooth but lifted over 5.5 lbs. I took it apart and found two problems. The trigger spring hooks directly to the transfer bar and holds it up over the safety and magazine safety. Any changes to the spring could result it the transfer bar not being held up and away. The second problem is the hammer spring. It delivers way to much force and drags on the trigger. I destroyed 3 of my snap caps in three pulls of the trigger. I went to the wall anchors and they were smashed but at least they were not shattered like the snap caps. I think some changes are possible in that area but I was not the person to start messing with those springs. I also had a problem with the end of the scope rail that just fits in a notch. I was able (using a bunch of force) to get the scope to move back and forth. I wonder how many pounds/ounces the trigger is on other Victors.

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Post by jmdavis on Tue Jul 05, 2016 4:00 pm

Hmm, I didn't measure the pull, but it was smooth and felt about like my wad gun at 3.5 lbs. A friend bought one for his wife. When they are back from vacation (after Perry), I will bring the trigger scale over and play with that one.

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Re: Smith Wesson introduces new 22 target pistol

Post by Allen Barnett on Tue Jul 05, 2016 6:26 pm

I totally agree with Len.  I looked at the Victory real close as I have small hands and just can't handle the grip on the S&W 41 and many of the High Standards.  I own and shoot a Ruger 22/45 with a Volquartsen trigger and sear and a Mark III Target with a complete grip frame by Volquartsen.  Both of my Rugers have great triggers, break at between 2.25 and 2.5 pounds. (They will lift 2.25 lbs but not 2.5 using old school trigger weights)  I know most people on this forum don't think much of Volquartsen products and I agree to a point,  nothing can beat a trigger job by a good gun smith but finding a good pistol smith is not always possible and Volquartsen works for me at my level of performance.  As for the triggers on the Victory I have handled 3 or 4 different ones and each has been the same.  Extremely long amount of take up,  long "scratchy" trigger pull, heavy pull (I guessing way over 5 lbs) and just feels cheap.  Until someone is able to fix the poor quality of trigger on the Victory I will keep my Ruger's that hold sub x-ring groups at 50 yards from the bench which is better than most gun reviews I have seen on the Victory as the gun writers only ever show results for 25 yards.

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