It’s a trend. That is, buying another firearm in the same model, but a different caliber. Why? For the obvious reason, that most models of firearms offer the same locations for controls, the same type of anatomy of the frame and an overall comfort level to users who prefer a particular make and model. Take for example, the Ruger SR22.
Sponsored by Ruger
I own a Ruger SR9 and worked with it at a Gunsite Academy course, sponsored by Ruger, a few years ago, firing several hundred rounds of 9mm ammo through it. Since then, I’ve put several hundred more rounds through it, carried it and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a reliable target or carry gun. It felt natural to acquire this gun in a .22 caliber model.
Why a .22? That’s the real trend in 2020 – buy the gun in a model that you can consistently train with for fundamentals, and that won’t break the bank. Seriously. Have you seen the costs of .380 and 9mm ammo these days?
This firearm is not only great for women with small-to-medium hands, but also for teens who are looking to learn how to shoot handguns, and of course, for the senior market – considering arthritis and other age-related complications.
I have been shooting this gun during practice sessions for a few years now, and it’s the one I lend to friends when they come over to shoot, too. Why?
From Ruger’s own specs sheet, here are the basic reasons:
Never discount the “easy to field strip” quality. Unless you’ve had to get a metal detector out to find an errant spring somewhere on the concrete floor that sprang from the gun when the disassembled, you’ll probably not understand. Trust me.
When I go to the range, and especially for target practice purposes, I especially like to do this drill. It’s the 26662 Drillfrom “Throwing Lead.” I like it because it forces me to focus on my front site. You may add a timer and use a draw from a holster to make it even more difficult. Challenge yourself by turning the target or shooting it in an opposite direction. And, you can download the targets here.
Ruger offers this model in several configurations/looks. Some of the models are offered exclusively by other dealers throughout the country, which may mean it might take longer to get the order.
Prices generally run between $439 and $479. See Ruger’s specific page devoted to the SR22.
Publisher/Editor Barbara Baird is a freelance writer in hunting, shooting and outdoor markets. She is a contributing editor at "SHOT Business," and her bylines are found at several top hunting and shooting publications. She also is a travel writer, and you can follow her at https://www.ozarkian.com. View all posts by Barbara Baird