Staff Gun Review: Ruger SR22
Staff Review By: Cary Kieffer
It was a good day in my world. I just got back in the door from a bit of informal plinking with the G/F’s son. We took off to Johnsons Sporting Goods in Adrian MI. to buy a new Ruger SR22. I wanted this thing the other day when I was in there but somebody put it on layaway before I could get my hands on it. Then they went and changed their minds. So I got her today. 309$ very well spent.
Initial impressions: She is VERY nice looking. It comes with the usual junk, paperwork, lock, fired casing and a zip up soft case. I was glad to see Ruger included 2 10 round magazines. That was a trend it seemed like companies were getting away from a few years back and it’s a pet peeve to buy a gun and only have one mag in the box. So nice it came with a spare. The fit and finish is great looking and it even has an interchangeable grip. 3 dot fully adjustable sights as well. I was impressed as while the gun is smaller than I imagined it would be it is totally loaded with features. Including a decock as part of the safety, ambi-safety and ambi-mag release. It also has a tactical rail for lights and lasers Nearly perfect. The only thing that was wrong in my opinion was the “lawyer” trigger is WAY to heavy both double and single action and they put a magazine safety in. UGH!! I despise magazine safeties. I will have to see what can be done about that. That’s a bummer. All in all tho, you get a really nice seeming pistol for your 300 bones.
So off to the backyard the boy and I went with a box of 325 rounds of Federal target ammo. We ran about a dozen magazines through it. I am happy to report the trigger smoothed out and seemed to lighten up considerably. It is much better than it started out. Not bad now but hopefully it breaks in even a little bit more. I was pleased though. Plinking was pretty informal today, mostly just watched the young man, coached and worked on his safe gun handling. The SR22 performed flawlessly, which I wasn’t surprised, it’s a Ruger. All in all it seems to be an accurate little gun. He was hitting his plates 85-90% of the time and Mama came out whacked a couple herself. I didn’t shoot any groups but I did back up to roughly 38 yards and was able to hit a regular light bulb out of a lamp I found laying back there. So that’s what?? maybe a 3 inch target? It took 3 shots and the first 2 hit 2 inches left, elevation was right on. I didn’t have a screwdriver to adjust the rear site with me so I just aimed a smidgen right and hit the bulb. I’ll give her 2 clicks of right windage next time I go. I could barely see the bulb from there so I have no doubt this pistol will shoot beautifully. All in all a very good shooting, impressive little gun.
Carry or home defense pistol?? I have been thinking about that, I’m not going too, it’s a 22. Not that that’s bad because we know 22′s will do a number on somebody. I just can handle and therefore should carry a bigger round. If your comfortable only with a 22 then I would say yes, I think this would be an excellent choice for carry if you choose a 22LR. I would put 500 rounds through it first to make sure she ran perfectly and I knew the weapon well enough to employ it properly but after that then yes. I think if your into a 22 then this is a perfect choice. Light, small, accurate, full featured and so far totally reliable. I really am very happy with this thing right off the get go. I think it important to say also that the grip choices, going with the smaller one, I can’t see this being too large for anybody’s hands. I would think the smallest, most petite shooter should be able to get a good hold on this with the small grip.
So wrapping up: Need a cool, sweet looking new plinker?? You found a great one. Are you small or recoil/noise sensitive and need a smooth shooting, accurate and reliable self defense pistol?? Again I think you found a great one, all this and just over 300$. I think one hell of a bargain gun here!! Thanks Ruger! nice work!! (except for the magazine safety) This little sweetheart is going to see a lot of use I believe. It may be time to retire the Ruger MK3, I like it that much.
As always thanks for reading and happy shooting!