Smith & Wesson SW22 Victory Pistol Review
Part 2 - What's In The Box
July 7, 2016

The new Smith & Wesson SW22 Victory pistol came boxed as shown below.  I seem to go back and forth with my opinion in regard to how a pistol comes packaged (molded case or box).  Since the S&W comes with a Picatinny rail for use with optics, most likely any molded case would not be usable in that configuration, so the box seems to be the best value to the consumer.


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The end of the box had all the critical information such as:

  • Model Name: SW22 Victory Threaded BB
  • Model Number: 040716
  • Caliber: 22LR
  • Type: Pistol
  • Barrel: 5.5"
  • SKU: 10201
  • SN: Shown

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When you open the box lid, the contents were packaged as shown.

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Inside the box were the following items:

  • SW22 Victory Pistol
  • Thread Protector (for this model only)
  • Picatinny Rail
  • Two 10-round magazines
  • Allen Wrench for barrel removal
  • Chamber Flag
  • Gun Lock
  • Safety & Instruction Manual
  • Warranty/Registration Card
  • Join NRA Today card

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These next photos document the "as-received" condition of the pistol.  Basically it was a new pistol and came in a new pristine condition.  Although, there was one small issue with the thread protector (see further below).  Clicking on these photos, or any other in the review, will typically bring up a high resolution photo showing the finer details. 

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The thread protector had a small burr on the end of the lead thread as seen below.  I was able to quickly correct this with a hand chamfer tool so I'm not going to knock S&W for this minor detail.

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First Impressions

The first time you pickup the SW22 Victory, you will immediately feel the heftiness of this pistol.  The all stainless steel frame, barrel and bolt contribute to a heavy handgun.  Although, for a target pistol, this extra weight is a good thing.  Try checking out a Ruger Mark III and you will understand that the weight of the SW22 Victory is in-line with this style of handgun.  My next impression of the pistol was that the grip felt good.  I was a little concerned that the curved rear butt might be too much for my likings, but overall I would say it has a nice feel.  My last impression was the crisp trigger pull.  It is great to get a pistol out of the box in this price range that really has a good trigger requiring no work (for most people), and the SW22 definitely fell in to this category.

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