ISSC M22 Air Pistol
A small step down in caliber and a big step up for airguns
By Dennis Adler
Mirror images, the ISSC M22 Gen2 .22LR semi-auto (right) and ISSC M22 .177 semi-auto (left) offer two ways to train for handling Glock subcompacts, only with more affordable ammunition (and more affordable guns!)
It is unusual for a new pistol and a matching .177 caliber airgun to come out at nearly the same time, which in gun years can be years, but in this instance 2016 for the M22 airgun and 2015 for the ISSC M22 Gen2. (The original M22 model was produced from 2009 to 2014 and replaced by the improved Gen2 version last year).
With exact measurements to the .22LR ISSC model, and almost identical features, the .177 caliber blowback action semi-auto provides an affordable alternative to even the .22 caliber model, while offering one of the best all around semi-auto airguns of the year.
The airgun is a 1:1 reproduction of the ISSC M22 and is also a fully licensed design, so it bears all of the .22LR model’s markings, including cal. 22lr which is unusual for an airgun. (Perhaps a bit too accurate as this can be confusing to someone not familiar with the gun, but when you depress the magazine release and a combination CO2 and BB magazine drops out, instead of a .22LR magazine it’s pretty clear). In size, weight, and features the airgun also uses a polymer frame and metal slide, and like the .22LR, has identical controls, a blowback action slide, molded-in finger grooved frontstrap, a working hammer, and blade trigger safety. Oddly, for the airgun the ambidextrous manual thumb safeties (a redundant safety feature of the .22LR since it has the blade trigger safety) are non-functional on the airgun and just molded into the slide. The CO2 version does have the same dustcover accessory rail as the .22LR, making the airgun suitable for training with short (compact) lights or lasers. And training is one of the key points about the ISSC M22 airgun.