Survival Gear Review: Walther G22 Bullpup

g22_bullpup_shooting_actionIn the world of low-caliber rifles, the G22 Bullpup is a great choice. The rifle is accurate, sleek, and reliable. For survival applications, such a rifle may be lacking.  No matter how cool the rifle, how can you expect a .22 LR to be a workhorse? This gun will never be powerful enough to bring down big game or seriously deter assailants. Even with 11 round mags and quick reloads, the G22 Bullpup simply does not have enough utility to be a contender as a survival rifle. By Sam, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache When holding the weapon it feels very comfortable in your hands with the similar designed Walther P22 pistol grip and gel like inserts along the forward hand grip.  Weighing in at just under 6 lbs and overall weapon length of 28.4-29.5 inch barrel length is 20in varying on model choice of threaded barrel.  The Walther G22 is capable of a .25 in grouping at 50 yards with the proper ammunition.  Every time I take this gun out it has never failed me and trust me, my G22 has seen some tough times. Outside of more pragmatic uses, the G22 is great. As a plinking rifle, the G22 is a wonderful choice. The gun is accurate, lightweight, and features rails for after-market customizations. In fact, the G22 is capable of .25 inch groupings at 50 yards. For these reasons alone, the G22 is well worth adding to your armory. Whatever you do, don’t expect the G22 to bail you out in a survival situation.  Unfortunately, the G22 is no longer commercially available but it can still be purchased used.


Weight 95 oz (2.7 kg)
Length 28.4–29.5 in (72–75 cm)
Barrel length 20 in (51 cm)
Width 2.2 in (5.6 cm)
Height 8.7 in (22 cm)

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  • Ray December 29, 2016, 8:45 am

    The .22 is the first, and longest lived metallic cartridge. I dare say that more game has been killed with the .22 LR than any other cartridge in history. The .22 also holds another distinction. For over 100 years it was Americas #1 man killer. It has been used by every military in the world as a survival weapon and tool of “covert opps”. Even today the “useless” .22 LR is a tool of the urban sniper, in war torn “hot spots” around the world. It may not be “cool” or an “assault weapon” but it beats the crap out of a sharp stick , and in the hands of a rifleman is a deadly killer. I have witnessed both feral hogs and Wile-E-coyote shot dead with single .22 shots to the head. So YES IT WILL kill game. Native hunters in Alaska kill Moose with them with boring regularity. There are many over rated weapons in the world. Even more over rated cartridges. The 165+ year old .22 rim fire is not one of them.

    • Christian Gains December 29, 2016, 7:29 pm

      DAG-NAB-IT Ray! You beat me to it!

      Yup! Defending the multi-use .22 is as simple as reading the infamous “Unintended Consequences”, by the venerable John Ross. Packed with TRUE STORIES of achievements by REAL RIFLEMEN…Some with the .22 Cal. LR

      And, I’d like to note that, that little, (breakdown), AR7,(.22 Cal.), has been the “SURVIVAL WEAPON” of the U.S. Air Force, Navy, & Army Air corps since the Korean War! AND was the “gun dejure” of the Mafia “hit men” through the ’20’s to the 70’s!

      To quote the now famous declaration dealing with fighting: “It’s NOT the size of the man in the fight, it’s the size of FIGHT IN THE MAN, that matters!”

      The venerable .22 has won the OVERALL FIGHT for killing capability often enough that it ought NEVER be taken off the “LIST”!

      And a parting thought: In the 1980’s my children’s Grandmother was agaust to learn that hunters no longer displayed the ability to down a ten point Buck with a single shot from a .22 Cal. Rifle, but rather, had to use a .308 Cal. “MONSTER ROUND”, (as she called it). AND then, “back in the day”, in Tennessee, [the land of the awesome “Tennessee Long Rifle”], you were considered a wimp if you couldn’t put down a Deer at 100 yards, with one .22 Cal. round.

      You see, “BACK THEN”, it wasn’t the size of the round, but the ACCURACY of “RIFLEMAN” that was applauded & cheered, because, (as the logic went), “If’n you’ins kin nail’a Buck at a’100 yrds., you kin hit ANYthing, & is saving $$$; but! If’n you’all cain’t, you’s wast’in $$$ & time!”

      In a survival circumstance, a quiet, deadly accurate, and expertly handled .22 will keep you alive, for LESS $$, & less exposure! But, of COURSE, that emphasizes “EXPERTLY HANDLED”…JMHO tho.

      • TPSnodgrass December 29, 2016, 10:19 pm

        You are correct that the “lowly .22”, is the gun de jure, however, your post seems to indicate that the AR-7 “family”, of rifles went as far back as the 1920’s, this is historically incorrect.
        While “wise guys”, and certain intelligence agencies of the Western world have wielded the .22LR pistols to great affect in removing various people from the gene pool, for decades now, it remains a solid performer in real life. The jello-junkies would say otherwise, however, I’ve not ever found a single volunteer willing to be shagging any (or a single one)rounds from a revolver or pistol with the .22LR round.

  • alfred December 29, 2016, 1:07 pm

    I know how dangerous a .22 can be. My Dad killed a dog at appox 400 yds ( he didn’t intend to kill it, but he did. It took 3 days for that dog to die ). I worked in a packing house stockyards and two of the tools that we used to put down crippled and sick animals was the lowly single shot .22 pistol and single shot rifle. The distance for using these two items ranged from mere inches to maybe 10 to 20 feet depending on the animal and how ornery ( wild ) it was. I worked with more than one person who bragged about how they would ” spot light deer ” at night and use a .22 to get drop the deer. Was it legal, no it wasn’t, but then again that was almost 40 yrs ago that I heard that.

  • Mouse_Traveler February 10, 2017, 12:57 am

    I know more than a couple old timers here in Iowa that regularly take big corn fed deer with a .22 mag rifle. One, to save money on ammo, and two, because they can do it and dont see any reason to let those shooting skills degrade. This “review” was very sloppily written in my opinion and doesn’t really give much useful information about the firearm it is supposed to be about. :c


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