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Ruger SR22 Pistol

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Striker, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. Striker

    Striker Well-Known Member

    Anybody have any experiences yet with the Ruger SR22? Looking for the good, the bad, and the ugly.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Bush Pilot

    Bush Pilot Well-Known Member

    I've had one for a few months and can't really say anything bad about the gun. I just plink with mine and that was the main reason for the purchase. I can honestly say I haven't experienced any problems (FTF/FTE etc..) even when using bulk pack ammo. Probably have 2000 rounds down the barrel.
  3. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    About 2K rounds down mine, also. No bad, no ugly. Thing shoots Federal bulk pack into about 2" at 25 yards, eats 'em like a kid eats candy. It'll put RWS Target into 1.5" at 25 if you care, just had some lying around and tested 'em. Federal is my plinker, general use ammo of choice. :D Fits in a large pocket, only 17 ounces, great pocket kit gun.

  4. Striker

    Striker Well-Known Member


    How does the thumb safety work? Looks like up for off safe and down for on safe (opposite a 1911?).
  5. F-111 John

    F-111 John Well-Known Member

    That's my primary beef with the SR22 and why I probably won't buy one. The thumb safety is also a decocker, but it is bass ackwards from most every other frame mounted safety. It's action is as if it were a slide mounted safety/decocker ala Beretta 92FS.
  6. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    Yes, it's UP for fire, down for safe, and like my P85, I move iit up before holstering, off safe, and carry it like I do my KP90DC when I'm in the field, long DA pull to fire. Unlike my Ruger P guns, though, the safety is where it should be, on the frame like the Sigs have, very convenient methinks. I just think of the "safety" as a decocker without a spring. I provide that spring with my thumb. I carry all my weapons ready to fire, be they my revolvers or my DA or DAO autos, on the first pull of the trigger. I have no safety to worry about when I draw the gun.

    I don't use my SR22 for cheap carry gun practice. I have molds, a lead pot, and dies and presses, one Dillon progressive, for that. I can cast and handload 9x19 or .38 or .357 or .45 Colt or .45ACP, etc, free lead out of the back stop at the range, for under 3 bucks per 50 rounds. What I use the SR22 for is fun, carry when fishing, plinking (that's the same thing as fun), and eventually I might get a rabbit or squirrel with it on one of my hikes in the woods, never know. :D But, I really bought it for a fishing carry (replaces a zinc wonder, a Phoenix Arms HP22) and fun plinking.

    Oh, and I have divested myself of 1911s, not really my thing now days. They're okay for a 100 year old design. I moved on. If I'm going to carry a 100 year old design, it'll be one that's perfected, a revolver. :D I don't even like the feel of the grips on the things, too thin for their length. I could buy fat grips for one if I really wanted to, but I don't. But, it's also my love for revolvers that keeps me away from single action pistols. I like to keep it simple with the same manual of operations, at least on the first shot.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2012
  7. Inazone

    Inazone Well-Known Member

    I bought my SR22 as soon as they started reaching dealers, and I like it a lot, but my experience with ammo has been different from others. It likes bulk Winchester, CCI Mini-mags, Remington Viper and Federal Spitfire fine - all flat nose or HP - but I experience frequent FTFs with round nose ammo such as Federal Lightning or Champion, Remington Thunderbolt and Winchester Wildcat. Oddly enough (or maybe not so odd), my Walther G22 loves the round nose stuff but struggles with the very ammo that the Ruger loves.

    This hasn't limited my enjoyment of the SR22, but it just reinforces the fact that two guns of the same make and model may not like the same ammo, especially in the .22 world.
  8. ritepath

    ritepath Well-Known Member

    I've only had mine a couple of weeks and 500 flawless rounds. So far I've run 5 different types of ammo. 3 match grade RWS, Eley, Wolf, 2 federal bulk without even a dud so far.

    Time will tell how it holds up.
  9. Striker

    Striker Well-Known Member

    Thanks all!
  10. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    I liked my first one so much I bought a second one. ($299 at CTD)

    I have a Crimson Trace on one SR22 (and many other guns).

    I do a LOT of point shooting and low light laser practice. 3-5 evenings a week.
    The SR22 is my primary (point shooting) practice gun. The magazines are always loaded and it's just a matter of picking them up and stepping out to the backyard range.


    I have 7 magazines (I want more) which I'll dump with 1 to 10 shots at a time (on the move). Then I'll reload these 7 mags 1-3 times.

    I seldom clean the gun, although it is simple to clean.
    I have no idea how many (trouble free) rounds I've put through those guns, but I have gone through a good number of Wal Mart 550 bulk packs of Remington and Federal.

    The SR22 is without a doubt the best gun of it's kind I have ever seen.

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