We didn’t think we would like this little gun, but we really do. It is so much fun to shoot you can’t help but smile ear to ear when shooting it. Our initial concern was the size of the little pistol –most of the smaller frame guns do not shoot well if you’ve got beefy grips, but this little number was not bad at all.
To begin with, the gun looks like many different guns out there. At a quick glance, a novice shooter might think that he or she is looking at something that could easily be a Walther, Sig, Ruger, EA or any number of smaller frame gun models on the market today. That is in no way saying that these pistols are all the same. The Ruger SR22 really shoots well and mostly fits the hand, thanks in part to a choice of two included replaceable grips and a grip extender to hook onto the magazine. The magazines are relatively standard, but have a good feel to the bases.
All the controls are simple, easy to find and obvious for what they are. The sights are nicely made are fully adjustable for both windage and elevation (not too much of that out there in .22’s). We have no real complaints about the trigger considering that this is a plinker – there’s a little creep and a little travel – but nothing to become frustrated about.
We’ve got to disassemble one of the SR22’s \and found it intuitive and relatively easy to do. Like all .22 pistols, it will require attention when it comes to cleaning.
Circling back to the fully adjustable sights, this feature allows an okay shooter to become a great shooter when practicing with a pistol that can conform to the way you need it to place ammunition on a target. No one should ever underestimate the value of fully adjustable sights.
The few negatives we have are simple things like a frame that is slightly little too small and there aren’t many accessories out there for conversions of any kind. There is a small utility rail under the muzzle at the front of the frame that helps this negative a little.
But that being said, let’s not forget…
This is a REALLY fun pistol to shoot. The ammo is cheap so you can shoot all day long and then some. It has great control and transitions fast. Why would you want to count the quarters with every shot of a Glock 9mm or more with a 1911 when you can have just as much fun pinging metal plates from five yards away with nary a thought about the ammo?