Featured First Look: Walther WMP David Lane June 7, 2022 Join the Conversation .22 WINCHESTER MAGNUM RIMFIRE DOESN’T GET THE RESPECT IT DESERVES, WALTHER IS HERE TO CHANGE THAT New from Walther is the WMP chambered in .22 WMR – a totally modern and tactical pistol designed for a round that isn’t commonly thought of for anything outside of varmint hunting. Everything about the Walther WMP is designed to bring all of the modern features of a great carry pistol into the palm of your hand. Walther WMP Blacked out rear sight, fiber optic front sight, 4-way ambidextrous magazine release, a ported barrel and ported slide, recessed hammer, single-action trigger, interchangeable optic mounting plates, a full-size frame, and 15-round magazines. Most interesting to me is the 4-way magazine release. A normal cross plug is found just behind the trigger where you would expect it to be, but the edges of the trigger guard itself also acts as a paddle release. This is a long list of features for any duty-style pistol and unheard of in a rimfire. With an MSRP of only $550 and shipping with 2 15-round magazines, Walther has packed a lot of value into their new pistol. While the undisputed king of CCW might be 9mm, there is a call for smaller calibers that are easier to handle in pistols that are easier to rack and manipulate. Be it for people with weak hands or compromised grips or just those of us that don’t like how snappy 9mm can be, the .22 WMR is an interesting choice for self-defense. Walther WMP Great self-defense loads exist for .22 WMR from Hornaday, Federal, and even Speer making this a legitimately viable option. Shockingly, most of these self-defense rounds even come in at a fairly cheap price point at around 45-50 cents per round. Compared to 9mm which sits between 85 cents and over a dollar per round, .22 WMR and the Walther WMP are very interesting. We look forward to getting our hands on one for a complete review. SPECS Caliber: .22 WmrFrame Material: PolymerSlide Material: AluminumOverall Length: 8.2″Slide Length: 8.2″Width: 1.48″Height: 5.66″Barrel Length: 4.5″Sights: Front: Fiber Optic | Rear: Blacked Out SerratedWeight With Empty Magazine: 27.8 OzMagazine Capacity: 15 RdsMags Included: 2 MagazinesSafeties: 3-AutoOptics Ready: YesSite: WaltherArms.ComMSRP: $549 MORE THINGS TO READ Best .22 Magnum Ammo For Hunting And Self-DefenseBest .22 Magnum Revolver: Buyer’s Guide (2022)Vudoo Gun Works V-22M Review: Not Your Granddad’s .22 Magnum Explore RECOILweb:Children of the Civil WarFinally Here: The 1,000 Lumen SureFire X300UShe's nearly a century old - No1 Mk 3 Lee Enfield on the rangeRock River Arms Adds LAR-22 Rifle Line NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Get your pack of 50 Print-at-Home targets when you subscribe to the RECOIL email newsletter. We'll send you weekly updates on guns, gear, industry news, and special offers from leading manufacturers - your guide to the firearms lifestyle.You want this. Trust Us.