Ruger SR22 Pistol Review
On January 2, 2012, Sturm, Ruger & Company., Inc. (Ruger) announced it's latest offering in rimfire pistols with the introduction of the new Ruger SR22 Pistol. As most of you know, Ruger has been making quality rimfire pistols and revolvers for many years, so what makes the Ruger SR22 Pistol new and different from their current offerings? The SR22 Pistol shifts away from what I will call their popular "Mark Action" platform which currently includes the Mark III and 22/45 pistols. It is also nothing like the Ruger Charger that was introduced a couple of years ago which is based on the 10/22 action. The SR22 Pistol has styling and features that are more in line with their SR9c and SR40c pistols. Clearly there are some significant differences between the SR22 and other "SR" pistols like rimfire versus center fire, hammer versus striker, etc., but the SR22 Pistol is clearly part of Ruger's new line of "SR" pistols. The photo below gives you a good idea on how the SR22 compares to the SR9c with regard to size and style.
The SR22 Pistol is packed with many features like you would find on full sized pistols such as ambidextrous manual thumb safety / decocker, external hammer, double action / single action, magazine safety, adjustable 3-dot sights, Picatinny rail and the list goes on. Ruger states an MSRP of $399, but based on a quick search of Gunbroker.com, you can find the SR22 for "Buy Now" prices that are around $320 plus S&H and FFL transfer fees. Considering all you get for this price, the Ruger SR22 has the makings of being a great value pistol if it meets the quality and performance of the other pistols in their SR series.
During my reviews I like to compare my results to the manufacturer's claims where possible so the following text in colored italics was taken directly from the Ruger website on 1/28/12 and gives an Overview, Key Features, and Specifications for the Ruger SR22 Pistol. The , and are my way to keep up with details that I have covered in this review with either photos, commentary or both. I may also add commentary after these marks as necessary to explain some items if needed.
This review is broken down into multiple parts with this page providing links to each part along with an overall summary of the specifications, pros and cons, and my final "bottom line" comments. Make sure you take time to checkout the other parts of the review because they contain many photos and lots of commentary. Also, there is an extreme amount of detail in the other parts which is not covered on this page.
As you read these Pros and Cons below, keep in mind that it is hard to keep my particular preferences from creeping in the equation. Therefore, it is important that you take the time to look at the other parts of this review so you can decide yourself on items which may be more of a personal preference.
Pro / Con / Comments?:
I struggle believing that someone wouldn't be happy owning the Ruger SR22 Pistol. Hopefully the photos in this review give you the same positive impression of quality that I've formed over the past couple of months. The SR22 Pistol seems to be reliable with a variety of ammunition and can deliver accuracy for this style pistol. Quality, reliability and accuracy are something I have come to expect from Ruger rimfire products and this pistol seems to be no exception. For those considering a pistol with a threaded barrel, this is definitely one you should consider. Would I recommend the SR22 Pistol? Yes. If you haven't already done so, I suggest taking a close look at the SR22 Pistol the next time you visit your gun store, and as always, I recommend you research your products before your purchase to ensure you get the best quality and value for your hard earned money.