It only makes sense that one of the leading duty and self-defense pistols should have a rimfire counterpart. Carry an M&P9 to keep from getting robbed; practice with an M&P22 to keep from going broke. The M&P22 has a 12-round magazine, a 4.1-inch barrel and weighs 24 ounces. MSRP is only $419 and it drew quite a few questions yesterday at the Smith & Wesson booth.
Smith & Wesson M&P22
Since 1961, the O.F. (Oscar Frederick) Mossberg company has sold more than 11 million of its Model 500 pump-action shotguns, making it the most popular shotgun of all time, if not one of the most sold guns in any category, period.
In retrospect, Smith & Wesson had nobody to blame for the situation but themselves. The company didn’t invent the subcompact, lightweight, single-stack nine, of course. Walther and Beretta had preceded the original Shield to market by a few years with the PPS and the Nano, respectively, and Kahr had more or less created the niche back in the 1990s.