A couple things have been well established and documented on Haus of Guns over the past 15 months.
- I do gun reviews of all sorts.
- I love rimfires… of all sorts.
- I’ve given Ruger a hard time for what appears to be blatant mimicry of other company’s gun designs… LCP = Keltec P3AT, American Rifle = Savage Edge/Axis Rifle, and now the SR22 = Walther P22. It’s not just me that sees this right?
So, you can imagine my sluggishness when it came to holding off on publishing my “Ruger Rimfires” video and post from SHOT Show Media Day at the Range. The rangemaster for the rimfire table was grumpy and short, not very accommodating at all, AND the LCR-22, SP101-22 and SR22 all seemed forgettable in my mind at best. I’m not being a jerk, that’s honestly how I felt though the SP101 in .22 Long Rifle is now on my short list of rimfire revolvers I’d like to add to my collection for introducing new shooters and plinking.
I want to be objective in my gun reviews while not being negative. Which is why I waited to post the Ruger Rimfire Roundup from SHOT… until I got one of these guns in my hand for a full review. Then I can be objective and see past how they look. What’s my final impression after spending an afternoon with their new Ruger SR22 rimfire pistol? Actually I’m impressed. That’s it. Reliability was outstanding with the 6 different types of ammo (CCI Mini Mag, CCI Stinger, Remington Subsonic, Winchester Super X, Federal Lightning, Remington Golden Bullet) we tested for accuracy.. The DA/SA trigger has a long reset in either setting, but is easy to predict and is very comfortable with a clean break in single action. The safety and magazine release button are both ambidextrous and the safety also serves as a decocker which I was both surprised and impressed with. The slide release gave us a couple of issues when it came to releasing and sending a round into battery, but being that it was the only feature on the gun that wasn’t ambidextrous I’m assuming Ruger would prefer shooters use the slingshot method to release the slide (visual info in video).
Other frills include the removable grip sleeve both in skinny and less skinny sizes (would still like one more a bit fatter for larger hands), a fully adjustable rear sight, AND a picatinny rail (yes on a .22) in front of the trigger guard. Takedown is also an awful lot like the P22 and upon dropping the takedown lever on the under side of the frame in the trigger guard I found out the barrel is fixed to the frame much like the Walthers namely the PPK made famous by Ian Fleming’s “Bond” series of novels as his chosen pistol. Disassembly was a cinch to master with a couple of repetitions and cleaning was a breeze too.
Like many .22 rimfire auto pistols the SR22′s magazines are single stack and are equipped with a “button” on each side of the follower so the user can lower it manually and easily insert rounds for speedy reloading. And as fast as you’ll go through .22 ammo with this bad boy, you’ll be thankful it’s there. The first time out with this pistol we ran 200 trouble free rounds through it. Accuracy-wise it preferred the Winchester Super X hands down, but it was accurate enough with all six brands we tested and reliability was the same across the board minus the small question mark about the slide release.
At just over $300 retail, the durable design of this little pistol coupled with it’s comfort, reliability, accuracy and ambidextrous features make it an outstanding option for cheap rimfire trigger time and for introducing young marksmen and new shooters to the game. Would I recommend the Ruger SR22 as a good value to someone interested in this type of pistol at this price point?
Can’t believe I’m saying this, but to answer your question, YES… hands down this is an outstanding value and another excellent entry into the auto rimfire pistol world from Ruger. The SR22 gets two thumbs up from the Haus of Guns crew.