by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Air Venturi M22 pistol
Air Venturi ISSC M22 BB pistol.

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • Daisy Premium Grade BBs
  • Air Venturi Copper-Plated Steel BBs
  • Long trigger pull
  • The trigger
  • H&N Smart Shot copper-plated lead BBs
  • The sights
  • Overall impression

Today we find out if the ISSC M22 BB pistol from Air Venturi can shoot. As I always do with BB guns, I shot at 5 meters and used the UTG Monopod to rest my hand. This resulted in a steady hold, though I must comment that the second stage trigger pull is so heavy that it took concentration to remain on target.

Daisy Premium Grade BBs

First up were Daisy Premium Grade BBs. The first two shots landed higher, then the rest of the shots walked down to about 1.5 inches below the point of aim. They were also slightly left of center. Since this was the first group I didn’t know what to make of it, but as the test progressed it turned out that the point of impact was where the last 8 Daisy BBs landed.

Ten Daisy BBs made a 1.674-inch group at 5 meters, but if we look at the last 8 shots the group measures 1.069-inches. That is pretty close to what the other BBs did. I am willing to chalk those first two shots up to getting used to the gun.

Air Venturi M22 pistol Daisy BB group
Ten Daisy Premium Grade BBs went into 1.674-inches at 5 meters, but the last 8 went into 1.069-inches.

Air Venturi Copper-Plated Steel BBs

Next up were 10 Air Venturi Copper-Plated Steel BBs. These all went to the same place — a spot just left of center and about 1.5-inches below the aim point. Ten Air Venturi BBs went into 1.052-inches, which is similar to what the last 8 Daisy BBs did.

Air Venturi M22 pistol Air Venturi BB group
Ten Air Venturi copper-plated BBs went into this nice round 1.052-inch group.

The most interesting thing was the point of impact. It was in the same place as the Daisy BBs, which makes me think this gun is very repeatable.

The trigger

Holding the gun on the monopod emphasized the trigger pull, which was heavier than I like for good target work. It’s a combat trigger-pull that will do better in rapid-fire than with deliberate shots. But thanks to the monopod I was able to hold steady on target. It just took more concentration.

H&N Smart Shot copper-plated lead BBs

The last BB I tested was the H&N Smart Shot copper-plated lead BB. I expected these to strike a lower on the target, which they did. The impact point is 2.5-inches below the aim point and just as much to the left of center as the other BBs. Ten BBs made a 1.61-inch group at 5 meters, but as you can see the preponderance of them went to the exact same place.

Air Venturi M22 pistol Smart Shot BB group
Ten H&N Smart Shot copper-plated lead BBs went into this 1.61-inch group. Most of them are clustered pretty close.

The sights

I said in Part 1 that I thought the sights were going to help me shoot this pistol, and indeed they did. They were clear and sharp and I had no problem keeping them lined up on the bull. I think if I owned this pistol I would shave the front post down a trifle to bring the impact point up to the aim point.

Overall impression

Let’s be honest. If it’s a Glock air pistol you want, this is it. It’s so close to the Austrian firearm in look, feel and handling. Even the trigger feels the same. As a trainer, I have to give the ISSC M22 high marks for realism and authentic controls. Sure, it costs more than some others, but you get realism for your money. For some shooters, that’s important.