Ruger’s just been on a .22 Long Rifle tear; in less than a year they introduced the Single-Ten, official high-capacity 10/22 magazines, and more recently the SP101 and LCR revolvers in .22. Their latest, the SP22, has a lot of promise; promise that makes us go gimme gimme.
See, the .22s to have come out in the past several months are nice, and we can appreciate them for all that they bring to the table. But the SR22 is different. It’s a completely new, original design, and it doesn’t overlap with anything else Ruger makes. Except, well, the SR-22.
Ruger also makes this rifle, the SR-22, a .22 Long Rifle AR-style carbine, which we think could cause some confusion since all that separates the two completely different firearms is a hyphen. The SR22 needs a nickname, a la Papoose. Maybe if people started calling it the Ruger Hyphen…
Anyway, the SR22 is a compact, lightweight, automatic .22 pistol that promises something over any SIG Mosquito or Walther P22, and that’s reliability. We know there are plenty of people out there who have one of the above mentioned plinkers and it has a round count in the tens of thousands and it has never, not once, failed to fire, stovepiped, or flung brass anywhere but in a tiny, perfect pile that looks like cord wood, but if that’s you, you know you’re secretly the exception.
Jeff Quinn got his mitts on one and he’s impressed. We will admit he is often impressed by firearms, so the trick with his reviews is to gauge where, exactly, on the impressed scale between ten and 50, does he land. With this Ruger, it’s easily in the high forties.
“Right off the bat, this pistol is reliable. I usually report on reliability, accuracy and such after a description of the weapon and detailed specifications, and that will come, but first of all, this pistol is a keeper. Reliability in a compact 22 pistol is not a given, and some on the market are pretty finicky about ammo. Not this SR22 Pistol. I fed it nineteen different types of 22 Long Rifle ammo, foreign and domestic, standard velocity, high velocity, and hyper-velocity, and it fed, fired, and ejected every round offered to it.”
So yeah, we want to play around with one. We also like the fact that it weighs less than 18 ounces, comes in between one and 1.3 inches wide, and has an 8lb/4lb DA/SA trigger and ambidextrous controls. We like that is has an MSRP of $400 and a real-world price of $300 (ish, it’s new, it might run you extra) and the fact that it has interchangeable backstraps and a modern, rugged design that looks like the SR9 and the P22 had a lovechild.
But we really just want to see one of these compact .22 autos to fly, and we have high hopes for the SR22, despite it’s name. And since you’re going to ask us, we’ll go ahead and ask Ruger: when are we going to see an SR22 with an extended, threaded barrel?