For those who have S&W Victory .22LR pistols...

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  1. Jan 16, 2018 #1

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    I just talked to S&W today, asking if they sell the OEM threaded barrels separately (when I bough my Victory pistol, the threaded barrel version was impossible to find). Barrels are a user-replaceable item on the Victory pistol.

    The report direct from S&W is that these barrels are for sale, or will be, for $59. But there are none in stock at the moment.

    This is much cheaper than the Volquartsen threaded barrels, which are $215 for the carbon fiber one, $327 for the stainless one.

    My OEM non-threaded barrel is very accurate, but I would like a threaded one, well, just because. The addition of a TandemKross compensator on the end of the Victory barrel would reduce muzzle jump, not that muzzle jump is much of a problem with a .22LR. However, in direct side-by-side comparison with a Buckmark Hunter (7-1/2" non-compensated barrel) using identical ammunition, the Victory did have a little more muzzle jump (due to it's shorter 5-1/2" barrel probably). Both pistols have heavy barrel profiles.

    The S&W Victory is an excellent .22LR pistol BTW. I highly recommend it.
     
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    That's good news! I couldn't wait and got the non threaded version. I had a local shop thread it and move front sight back.

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    Oh no!!!
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    You aren't shooting subsonic ammo in a suppressed pistol, are you???
    Don't you realize that if people can't hear it, they can't whine and complain?
    You are depriving them of their democratic way of life!

    thump-thump.
    "Did you hear anything Alice? ...me neither"
    ...but the dog finally stopped barking.
     
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    Thought about buying the S&W Victory at one time...

    But now it has become a toss up between that and the Ruger Mark IV 22/45 Lite.


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    Get both!
     
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    Yea...crossed my mind. :confused:

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    I have a 22/45 tacticle. I wouldn't mind a 22/45 Lite.

    The tacticle is pretty heavy for a 22lr.
     
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    We have both. I chose the Victory, my wife the 22/45 Lite. Her's is a Mark III though, not the newer Mark IV.

    The biggest difference for me is the weight. The Ruger weighs nothing, the Victory is the opposite. I prefer the heavier for target use, my wife prefers the lighter. Both pistols sport decent quality red dots - her's is a Burris, mine a Vortex. Accuracy is a toss up - both are excellent. The Ruger is harder to disassemble/clean/reassemble than the Victory, but when Ruger introduced the Mark IV the Smith's advantage there became less. The Ruger jams more frequently than the Smith. The Ruger cost more than the Smith (at least the Lite version of the Ruger that we purchased). The Ruger design has been around longer and there are more after-market products for it. I like the Smith's OEM sights better (fiber optic), but that's irrelevant given we use red dots now.

    Having shot each others pistols significantly, and knowing what we now know, I would still favor the Smith over the Ruger and my wife would still favor the Ruger over the Smith. In other words ... we're both very happy!

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    Both pistols have been more tricked out since this old picture. New triggers, new grips, Halo charging rings (a Tandom Kross offering), magazine bumpers, extender magazine release, compensator (on the Ruger), etc.
     
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    Real Nice Haertig...!!

    Like an AR...you can do ALOT to make them yours !!


    ...Tell us more about the chosen Optics

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    I like your Victory...more Luger-ish. I remember shooting it was a pleasure. I prefer the fiber-optics if I didn't have the red-dot.

    While not in a pistol, I have had extremely good 10/22 rifle results with the Aguila Pistol Match 40 grain (Eley) ammo, picked up a dozen boxes from Academy for $2.99/box of 50 rds - wish they had had 1,000 rounds on the shelf.

    Photo ten rounds at 25 yards

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