5 Best Walther P22 Accessories and Upgrades (2023) Read This

Laura Gangler

Often purchased as a first gun, the Walther P22 is great on its own. But when owners get the itch to personalize this fun range gun, options abound, making it hard to know where to start. This past week, our team sifted through more than 40 of the most popular Walther P22 accessories and settled on 5 top picks that are just as useful, affordable, and reliable as the WP22 itself.

Whether it’s your first gun, or the latest addition to your collection, consider upgrading your experience with this iconic semi-auto handgun with any of these picks for the best Walther P22 accessories and upgrades.

EDITOR’S CHOICE: MAGAZINE

Walther Arms P22Q Magazine with Finger Rest

Why We Picked It

The Walther P22 comes from the factory with two standard 10-round capacity magazines. However, I prefer to have additional mags filled and ready to go. That way you can spend more range time shooting and less time reloading.

The top-notch quality and workmanship was the first thing I noticed about this Walther P22Q magazine. The durable nickel-plated finish can withstand normal usage and stay in good condition.

The finger rest improves the comfort of this already ergonomic gun. The affordable price point means I can have several ready to go. With its 10-round capacity, this mag legal is legal in all states (as of the time of this writing). [1]

If loading tiny .22 cal rounds is difficult, or you want to spend more range time shooting instead of reloading, do yourself a favor and get a mag loader like this one from Maglula.

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EDITOR’S CHOICE: MAGAZINE EXTENSION

Tandemkross Wingman +5 Magazine Bumper Extension

Why We Picked It

Installing the TandemKross “Wingman” bumper extension enables your Walther P22 magazines to load five extra rounds.

In addition to the nice 50% increase in ammo, these bumpers extend the bottom of the magazine, providing a noticeably better grip and improved handling especially for those of us with larger hands. The extra length and weight makes controlling recoil even easier. It doesn’t hurt that it also improves the look of this gun.

These workhorses are also a big help for seating the magazine securely into the pistol frame. 

The only downside is that installing the bumper removes the magazine follower button so the last round hold open feature is disabled. I have no issue with this tradeoff. 

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EDITOR’S CHOICE: HOLSTER

Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB Holster

Why We Picked It:

While the P22 is not likely your EDC, you may use it for concealed carry drills. In that case, it’s important to have a holster that can stand up to training. The Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB Holster fits the bill for Walther P22. This steel core holster is stable and retention is spot on. The toolless, screw-free clips make adjustments for cant and ride height a breeze. This holster accommodates various carry preferences, making it versatile for different situations.

While this holster provides excellent retention and a smooth draw, comfort is where this holster really shines. CoolVent™ neoprene used in the holster base lives up to its name. It wicks moisture away from the skin and allows for increased airflow, especially in hot weather.

One of this holster’s standout features is its compatibility with over 500+ gun models. I appreciate the flexibility this offers, especially if you own multiple firearms. Plus, Alien Gear stands by the durability of their American-made IWB holster with a 30-day trial period and their Forever Warranty.

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EDITOR’S CHOICE: LIGHT AND LASER

Streamlight TLR-8A Weapon Light and Laser

Why We Picked It

Small game hunters often use the Walther P22 making the compact and lightweight Streamlight TLR-8A Light and Laser a must-have. Even with its small footprint, the 500 lumens white LED brightly illuminated the area and the green laser accurately locked on to targets in a variety of lighting conditions.

The updated rear switch was easy to activate for both right or left handed users and the “safe off” feature prevents accidental activation (so you never give away your location). 

I like that it attaches and detaches easily without having to put my hands in front of the muzzle. Made from anodized machined aluminum this light and laser is durable plus it’s water-resistant so you can worry less if using this in harsh weather conditions.

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EDITOR’S CHOICE: MAINTENANCE

Universal Handgun Cleaning Kit

Why We Picked It

Since many first-time gun buyers choose the Walther P22, it is important to include this cleaning set as a reminder to properly maintain your investment. This universal handgun cleaning kit provides everything needed to clean almost any handgun. This set is useful for your first gun and your next.

The 16 piece universal set includes all the primary tools I regularly use to maintain my handguns including phosphor bronze bore brushes and brass jags for .22, .357/.38./9MM, .40, and .45 Cal. Plus large and small bronze slotted tips, nylon brush, metal gun cleaning pick and 100 gun cleaning patches. The 2-piece brass cleaning rods thread together to form a 10.5″ rod, keeping the kit compact for easy carry in the 6.5″ x 3.6 ” padded case. This gun cleaning kit does not include solvent or oil so be sure to keep your favorites on hand.

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Your Guide to Buying

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Magazines

With a range gun like the Walther P22, make the most of your range time by bringing along extra pre-loaded magazines.

Capacity

You don’t have to settle for the 10 round capacity since excellent options for mag extenders are available giving you an additional five rounds and increasing the length of the grip for better handling.

Compatibility

After-market magazines for the P22 can be hard to find. The very best we have found is the manufacturer’s own. In general a P22Q magazine will usually fit a Walther P22.

Loading

Don’t forget a loader to speed up loading time. These handy devices help take the pressure off your thumbs and make the chore a bit more enjoyable.

Lights

If you are using your P22 for small game hunting or in low light conditions, a mounted light is a necessary upgrade.

Luminosity

Allowing you to identify your target in any lighting condition, a bright gun mounted light can ensure you are able to move swiftly and safely through your environment. Look for one with at least 300 lumens (500 is preferable).

Weight

Look for a lightweight option with a small footprint so you aren’t adding unnecessary heft. 

Ease of Use

Choose one with ambidextrous controls or buttons that you can easily reach.

Battery Life

Using these bright lights will eat up battery power quickly, so opt for one that has a long battery life.

Lasers

Red Light, Green Light

The main question with a laser is whether a red or green light is best. Like it or not, it depends. If you will be using it in brighter lighting conditions or shooting at longer ranges, a green light is ideal. If you will be using it in lower lighting conditions and at closer ranges, a red light laser can be your go-to.

Compatibility

Make sure it is designed to fit your P22 securely and the switches can be activated quickly and safely allowing you to maintain focus on your target. 

Durability

Find something that can withstand changing weather and corrosion. 

Battery Life

If you choose a laser/light combo, look for one with good battery life. Using the light along with the laser uses battery time much faster.

Holsters

While the Walther P22 is not generally considered a good concealed carry gun, many use it for target shooting and concealed drawing drills, making a holster for your Walther P22 a must.

Drawing Ability and Security

Used to carry your gun on your person, holsters securely attach to your belt, waistband, or a strap making your firearm accessible to withdraw for immediate use. 

Related: How to draw a pistol from your holster

Materials

Typically made with durable materials such as kydex, nylon or leather that holds its shape to helps secure and protect your firearm when it’s not needed.

Related: Breaking in a Leather Holster

Concealment 

The type of holster you choose will depend on how you intend to wear it. Outside the waistband (OWB) holsters are often worn by police, military, and those who choose to open carry. In areas that allow for concealed carry, inside the waistband (IWB) holsters are ideal. 

Fit and Comfort

Make sure the size works for your stature and the way it attaches is comfortable for the way you carry. It also makes a difference if you are going to be active (say hunting, on the range, or going about daily activities) or if you will be sitting (like driving for long distances or waiting in a blind).

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Our Team's Selection Process

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Overall Performance

Our team tested on the range and at home to narrow down our list of the best Walther P22 Accessories. To make the list, each accessory or upgrade had to perform at a high level but also be user-friendly.

Weapon Compatibility

We selected each item based on its compatibility with Walther P22 and gave additional consideration if it could be used with other handguns or rifles. 

Product Quality 

We considered the quality of each item when selecting the best Walther P22 Accessories and Upgrades. Since these will get plenty of use on the range in training exercises, durability was a primary consideration.

FAQs

Yes, a silencer can attach to a Walther P22 with a threaded barrel. Depending on the design of the silencer, an adaptor may be required for mounting. Your choice in ammo will also affect reliability when using a suppressor. 

The Walther P22 is not considered a good concealed carry gun for most people. It does make a great gun for training and would be suitable for use in a concealed carry class. The P22 is best suited for target shooting or small game hunting. 

The Walther P22 semi-automatic pistol is chambered for .22 LR (Long Rifle) Rimfire ammunition.

And Our #1 WALTHER P22 ACCESSORY IS…

Walther Arms P22Q Magazine with Finger Rest is our number one Walther P22 accessory. Its nickel-plated finish can withstand normal usage and stay in good condition. The finger rest improves the comfort of this already ergonomic gun. The 10 round capacity makes this mag legal in all states [1]. Best of all, the affordable price point means I can have several ready to go.

Get the most out of shooting and owning this iconic semi-auto gun by making a few upgrades from our list of the best Walther P22 accessories. Whether you use your Walther P22 for training at the shooting range or for small game on a hunting trip, a few add-ons make this gun really fun.

Our #1 Recommendation

Walther Arms P22Q Magazine with Finger Rest

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3 thoughts on “5 Best Walther P22 Accessories and Upgrades (2023) Read This”

  1. Great roundup of Walther P22 accessories and upgrades! As an avid P22 user, I’m always looking for ways to customize and improve my pistol. I’m particularly interested in the Streamlight TLR-1 HL flashlight upgrade, as it offers a much brighter and more reliable light source than the standard P22 light. I’ll definitely be adding that to my shopping list. Thanks for the recommendations!

  2. Great post! I’m considering purchasing a Walther P22 and this information is super helpful. I’m particularly interested in the optics upgrades, as I want to improve my accuracy. Can you recommend any specific brands for these upgrades?

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