I had a prior history with Ruger, a horror story involving a GP100 that was too awful to fix - Ruger took over a year getting a replacement to me, and that one wouldn't shoot straight - a lot of expensive gunsmithing to get it right. Worst story I've heard of involving Ruger. I had resolved never to do business with them again, directly or indirectly (and, btw, I own 2 GP100's, a PC9, and a 10/22). I'd had a Mark III, but it always took me two hours to put it back together after cleaning, so I traded that one off.
So, very recently, I was in the market for a .22LR semiauto pistol. I'd narrowed it down to the SR22 and a Bersa model. Price was about the same, in what I consider the "cheap" category. I finally went with the Ruger because I understand it's hard to get parts for the Argentinian Bersa. Most retail stores, even those that sell Bersa, don't even stock the magazines. So I bit my lip, hoped for the best, and bought the SR22.
I was very pleasantly surprised. I think they've taken some of the best features of the 10/22 action and that of the Mark III and combined them in the SR22. I like the replacement rubber grip stocks and magazine baseplates that allow you to customize the gun to fit your hand, included in the box. I've put about four hundred rounds through it with one misfire, which I put down to bad primer, and one FTL, using Federal bulk box, American Eagle, and Remington Viper, all copper plated. My only complaint, which I took as par for the "cheap gun" course is that the trigger pull feels a little like it's being dragged through sandpaper. Very slight annoyance. Overall, very accurate, and remarkably fun to shoot. I really got it just for fun, anyway, to kill vicious soda cans and evil paper targets in the side yard.
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