Ruger’s SR22 Rimfire Pistol Can Do It All

 In Defense

Here’s What You Need To Remember: The SR22 is a well bal­anced rim­fire pistol that can do a little bit of every­thing, from target shoot­ing at the range to light hunt­ing and even home defense. Lightweight and inex­pen­sive to shoot, it is an excel­lent train­ing hand­gun for first time shoot­ers.

The field of rim­fire pis­tols is a crowd­ed one, with a large vari­ety of pis­tols to choose from. The Ruger SR22 pistol man­ages to stand out by com­bin­ing a modern look with ver­sa­til­i­ty to match the user, from the abil­i­ty to cus­tomize the pistol’s ergonom­ics to the instal­la­tion of thread­ed bar­rels. The result is a pistol at home with target shoot­ers or home defense enthu­si­asts alike, and an excel­lent train­ing pistol, espe­cial­ly for younger shoot­ers.

Ruger is no stranger to the rim­fire market, having pro­duced the Ruger Mark IV target pistol and the 1022 semi­au­to­mat­ic rifle for decades. The absence of a do-every­thing .22 LR pistol was a con­spic­u­ous hole in the company’s prod­uct lineup until 2012, when Ruger intro­duced the SR22 at the annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The SR22 is based on the Ruger LCP double action pocket pistol, using the same hammer-fired fire con­trol system.

The SR22 is both a single and double-action pistol, with a round­ed hammer for single action cock­ing. This dra­mat­i­cal­ly reduces trig­ger pull and makes it more accu­rate for aimed shots. The hammer is both skele­tonized and has a round­ed spur for reduced weight and ease of oper­a­tion. The rel­a­tive­ly low recoil and force of the .22 round makes the use of an alu­minum slide pos­si­ble, matched with a poly­mer frame. The barrel itself is stain­less steel. This reduces over­all weight to just 17.5 ounces, or just over a pound.

One of the major advan­tages of the SR22 is a focus on ergonom­ics. The SR22’s alu­minum slide is machined with ser­ra­tions to ensure a pos­i­tive grip when cham­ber­ing the first round. The weapon has a fully ambidex­trous safety/manual decock­ing lever and ambidex­trous mag­a­zine release, making it com­fort­able for both left and right handed shoot­ers. Ruger’s rim­fire pistol also has two inter­change­able rub­ber­ized grips for adjust­ing palm swell size, allow­ing it to adapt to shoot­ers with small­er or larger hands.

The SR22’s stain­less steel barrel is avail­able in both thread­ed and non-thread­ed ver­sions, and is easily replace­able by the user. This allows the use of a muzzle brake or com­pen­sator for com­pe­ti­tion use, but also the use of a sup­pres­sor for an over­all reduc­tion in firing noise. The SR22 is avail­able in two barrel lengths, 3.5 inches and 4.5 inches.

The SR22 also has a number of safety fea­tures to enhance over­all oper­at­ing safety. The pistol has a manual safety and decock­ing lever, giving the user the abil­i­ty to restrict the pistol from firing and bring­ing down the inter­nal firing system with­out dis­charg­ing the weapon. The weapon also has a loaded cham­ber indi­ca­tor allow­ing the user to tell at a glance whether or not a live round is in the cham­ber.

Users aim the SR22 using the built-in three dot sight­ing system, allow­ing quick pick up even in low light sit­u­a­tions. The front blade sight has a single white dot while the rear sights have two white dots and are user-reversible to uti­lize a single black blade. The rear sights are adjustable for ele­va­tion and windage. The hand­gun also has a Picatinny rail locat­ed in front of the trig­ger well run­ning beneath the barrel to the muzzle. This U.S. mil­i­tary-stan­dard rail allows for the instal­la­tion of laser aiming devices or flash­light attach­ments for night or indoor use.

The SR22 comes with two ten-round mag­a­zines and accepts all manner of .22 Long Rifle ammu­ni­tion. A typ­i­cal Remington 40 grain Golden Bullet round has a muzzle veloc­i­ty of 1, 255 feet per second at the muzzle, with a muzzle energy of 131 foot-pounds. At 100 yards, the bullet drops 5.5 inches in ele­va­tion while muzzle energy drops to 92 foot-pounds. Recoil is neg­li­gi­ble, espe­cial­ly com­pared to larger cal­iber hand­guns. The result is an excel­lent intro­duc­to­ry pistol for shoot­ers that can also demon­strate the effects of wind and reduced muzzle energy, two impor­tant fac­tors key to under­stand­ing longer range shoot­ing.

The SR22 is a well bal­anced rim­fire pistol that can do a little bit of every­thing, from target shoot­ing at the range to light hunt­ing and even home defense. Lightweight and inex­pen­sive to shoot, it is an excel­lent train­ing hand­gun for first time shoot­ers. The SR22’s ver­sa­til­i­ty and ease of use makes it a can­di­date for room in any gun enthusiast’s safe.

Kyle Mizokami is a writer based in San Francisco who has appeared in The Diplomat, Foreign Policy, War is Boring and The Daily Beast. In 2009 he co-found­ed the defense and secu­ri­ty blog Japan Security Watch. This appeared last year.

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