Weapons manufacturers have produced .22 LR training versions of their guns for decades. Rimfire models that replicate the dimensions and feel of their larger-bore brethren can help save you money when it comes time to practice on the range, and they make great options for taking care of small pests.

Walther recently introduced its PPQ M2 pistol in 9mm and .40 S&W, a revolutionary design that’s already taking the industry by storm. In the upcoming March 2014 issue of Combat Handguns, author Dennis Adler gives you the scoop on the new PPQ .22, a rimfire variant with similar looks, dimensions and handling of the PPQ M2. Adler writes, “Following the PPQ design, the .22’s grip angle, frame contours, length, width and height are otherwise identical. The gun weighs roughly 3 ounces less, at 21 ounces unloaded, due to its construction, combining an investment-cast zinc alloy frame with an aluminum slide and steel barrel. Internally, the blowback action of the .22 differs entirely from the 9mm and .40 S&W models by utilizing an evolution of the Walther PPK design with a fixed barrel threaded onto the locking block and frame, combined with a separate guide rod and light recoil spring for ease of chambering and clearing the gun. The trigger pull is also significantly lighter than a PPK/S .22 model’s.”

To learn more, check out the March 2014 issue of Combat Handguns, available on newsstands and digitally December 17, 2013. To subscribe, go to

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