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Old 02-23-2012, 10:50 PM
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Default Ruger SR22 pistol

Here's a little review for a new gun on the market. I went looking for a new .22 pistol recently for my girlfriend to shoot. I have plenty of .22s of course, but nothing that fit my needs. I wanted an inexpensive, compact semi-auto with DA/SA, thumb safety and decocker. That way I can train her on various pistol functions and two trigger pull weights on a single platform.

I decided on the new Ruger SR22 pistol. It is very compact and friendly to small hands. The trigger pull is okay, and improved noticeably after a few hundred rounds. Most importantly it has been 100% reliable. This phrase is used a lot, but for a .22 is was an honest concern for me. The last thing I need is constant malfunctions while I am trying to build good shooting fundamentals in her. Other 22 semis can be finicky about ammo and have occasional failures to feed or fire. This one does not.

She loved shooting it. I kept a slow pace and asked her several times if she wanted to keep shooting or was getting tired. All she wanted to do was load more magazines and shoot more. This was exactly the reaction I wanted. Her targets showed excellent results and I knew this pistol was a good match for her.

Don't worry, she shot a good S&W at the range too. But the smile on her face shooting this little Ruger made the purchase price well worth it. She was dropping hints about making it "her" gun on the first range visit.

Oh yeah, I had a lot of fun shooting it too.

Anyone else shooting the SR22 pistol?
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Old 02-23-2012, 11:54 PM
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I'm thinkin about a .22 pistol, but read some bad comments about the Sig Saur .22 malfunctions, and many of the others are too large to suit me.

How would the Ruger fit someone with large hands and long fingers?
What seems to be the going price on them?

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I highly recomend the Ruger Mark II-also good for large hands.
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The SR22 might not be good for someone with very large hands. It's a small pistol, hold one at a store before buying. Ruger does include a larger grip. Another nice thing is they include two magazines, two pinky extensions, and a pouch for the gun. Everything I need for the range bag.

Street price is around $320 to $350.
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Thanks for the info - next time I'm in a gun store that has one I'll have to try it out for size. My hands aren't huge, but kinda long. The larger grip may do the trick.

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S&W has just brought out a .22RF version of the M&P. Looks just a little smaller in the pictures, I haven't seen one in person yet.
Product: Smith & Wesson Model M&P22 - 12 Rounds
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Looks just a little smaller in the pictures
Not much difference in the actual specs

The 22 is 7.6" long and weighs 24oz

The 9mm is 7.63" long and also weighs 24oz

Product: Smith & Wesson Model M&P22 - 12 Rounds

Product: Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm
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Is the M&P 22 really single action like it says?
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I wasn't interested in a cheaply made Carl Walther import. The Ruger has a good weight balance, is very solidly built, can be dry fired, and just in general was a much better purchase for me.
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I highly recomend the Ruger Mark II-also good for large hands.
I taught my kids how to shoot with the Ruger 22/45...Had my gunsmith smooth the trigger..1,000's of rounds through it and it never failed to fire. The kids used open sights then i would throw my 2X scope on it, zero it and shoot steel and bulls-eye with it.one of the guns i've sold and regret doing so. I will own another one...just my 2 cents...
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