The beauty of the Smith & Wesson M&P22 is that it is built onto a full-size M&P frame. This makes transition training literally seamless save for recoil. While full-sized M&P handguns are striker fired, the M&P22 incorporates an internal hammer, but the trigger pulls are not grossly dissimilar.
The M&P22 incorporates the same pivoting safety mechanism integrally designed into the trigger as its big brothers, but also includes an ambidextrous manual frame-mounted safety in the manner and location of the 1911.
The M&P22 comes with either a 10- or 12-round magazine, depending upon whether you live in a free or enslaved portion of the United States. A California compliant version is also available.
The sights are sturdy and unobtrusive while being nicely visible. The rear sight is adjustable for both windage and elevation. The front blade sports a white dot, while the rear sight is unmarked.