This is a VERY old thread....but since the pistol is still in production and I just purchased one....re-reading this thread, and after shooting a friend's Compact 22, I think S&W has corrected all of the very valid complaints. Both my friend's and mine are well made, and the accuracy/reliability show it. Here are my comments on the gun, that picked up on March 1st of 2022.
The barrel looks just fine...good sharp rifling and the accuracy is there as well....~2-3" @ 25 yds from a rest with Mini-Mags or Federal Auto-Match. Winchester yellow box Super-X wouldn't group and leaded up like crazy...but a cpl passes with an old bore brush wrapped with several All Copper Chore Boy strands cleaned it right up...no problems in that regard with CCI MM or Fed AM.
I shot 20 rounds of Mini-Mags, at first, just to try the trigger and learn the gun. Lousy trigger!!! ...but the gun still put 10 shots under a dime at 7 yds, slow fire. With a decent trigger, mine would be a bona fide tack driver. I'm looking fwd to further improvement as the gun breaks in over the next few months. The weight is amazing as well....15 oz. and it sits on the hip like a pocket knife...but I'd agree, that light weight requires a steady hand to wring out the gun's accuracy potential.
Initially, the trigger was abominable...lots of crunchy take up and a mushy release...like Glock with a spoonful of Cheerios thrown in. We thoroughly cleaned both guns then re-greased them with military weapons grease and some Kroil where oil was needed. Much better afterward...but remember both of these were new guns, & fresh out of the box
. Now after ~ 200 rounds the trigger on mine is much better; usable but could still use some improvement.
Reliability: Zero malfunctions of any sort to date. Remarkable, in my view, and I own half a dozen .22 cal. autos...none are this reliable. I've been carrying it for the past several days while walking out with my pointer here on our farm...lots of thistle tops and pine cones to snipe...and good for the dog too...gunfire and all that....
Here's a a pic with the OWB holster I made for it. Best regards, Rod