Ruger SR22 .22 Pistol

Ruger has just announced a new .22 chambered plinker / tactical trainer pistol. This gun completes Ruger’s line of pistol, they now have a pistol for every occasion.

Unlike its centerfire cousins, the SR9 and SR40, it is a single action with an exposed hammer, not striker fired. It has a polymer frame, adjustable sights, picatinny rails and rubberised grips. The gun will compete with the Walther P22 and the S&W M&P22 pistols.

Caliber .22
Capacity 10
Finish Black
Grip/Frame Polymer
Barrel 3.5″
Twist 1:16″ RH
Overall Length 6.40″
Weight 17.50 oz.
CA/MA Approved No
Sights Adjustable 3-Dot
MSRP (Price) $399

Whilst I like this pistol, I am slightly disappointed that Ruger did not pattern it 1:1 on the SR9/SR40 pistols. The grip, controls and, of course, the action are not the same the larger centerfire pistols. The 10 round magazine is also disappointing but I fully expect that Ruger will announce a larger capacity magazine later this year. My last complaint is the name. Ruger also has a SR-22 rifle, so googling for “SR-22″ will return two years of webpages and videos written about the SR-22 rifle.

The press release …

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to announce the new Ruger® SR22™ pistol, the do-it-all .22 pistol for the shooter who appreciates style and demands reliability. The SR22 is a rugged, scaled-down version of a full-sized pistol, perfect for plinking, target shooting and small game hunting. The lightweight SR22 has modern styling and is fun to shoot while using inexpensive rimfire ammunition.

“Ruger has built a solid reputation for excellence in rimfire pistols with the Mark III™ and 22/45™ product families, and the new SR22 will contribute positively to that reputation,” said Chris Killoy, Ruger Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “This pistol is feature-packed and an incredible value – consumers won’t find a similar product with everything the SR22 offers at a comparable price. It functions with all types of .22 LR ammunition for extreme reliability; once rimfire enthusiasts pick it up, they won’t want to put it down,” he concluded.

The SR22 has light double-action and crisp single-action trigger pulls. Its external hammer is designed with a rounded spur for easy cocking and single-action shooting. The SR22 features a polymer frame and two interchangeable (no tools required) rubberized grips with angled serrations, allowing shooters to select either a slim or wider palm swell option. The aerospace-grade aluminum slide has serrations on both front and rear for better grip and slide manipulation. The easy-to-use underside Picatinny rail features multiple cross slots for variable mounting of most popular accessories.

The 3-dot sight system has a fixed front sight and a rear sight that is adjustable for both windage and elevation. A reversible blade allows shooters to select two white dots or a solid black blade. Other SR22 features include a stainless steel replaceable barrel, an ambidextrous manual thumb safety/decocking lever, ambidextrous magazine release, plus a visual inspection port to determine the load status of the pistol. The SR22 includes two finger grip extension floorplates that can be added to the magazine for comfort and grip. Each SR22 is also shipped with two 10-round magazines and a soft case.

[ Many thanks to everyone who emailed in this link. ]

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • hojo

    Odd they chose to change to a completely different action. On the plus side, at least it appears that they got rid of that ass-ugly take-down pin/plate combo.

  • GeoffH

    Nice looking gun, but the barrel is a bit short and, as the comment above, it would be nicer if they followed the design of the SR9/SR40 pistols to make it a true training gun for the larger caliber SR guns.

  • John Doe

    It’s a double/single action, not strictly single action. Also it looks bizarre…

  • Hrachya Hayrapetyan

    Looks just GREAT …exterior design is awesome !!!

  • Digging each element of the design… don’t really know if it works as a single unit for me though.

  • jd

    If the SR9 looked as sexy as that I’d own one.

  • At 17.5 oz I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s made from the same crappy Zinc alloy that the P-22 is.

    Hopefully this one won’t crack slides the way the Walther/Umarex gun does. Given Ruger’s record lately, I’d wait until after the first recall or two to think about buying one.

    • Woodroez

      The slide is aluminum.

  • Lance

    Looks cute.

  • Sam

    I own a Ruger SR9 and I love it. I have not been shooting as much as I’d like to because of the cost the ammo. For a long while, I’ve been looking for a 22 conversion kit to no avail. I just wish Ruger came out with a true look-alike 22 version of the SR series. That would be a nice training firearm that I can afford to take out to the range more often.

    This SR22 looks very similar to the widely popular Walther P22. It’s great for plinking and showing beginners how to shoot a gun. But I would never buy SR22 since I’ve already have P22. I’m sure a lot of P22 owners feel the same.

    Anyway for training purposes, I just ordered S&W M&P22 several days ago. It’s a full-size gun I can really practice with.

  • Tim

    Not exactly what I would have expected. I also was thinking it was a pistol version of the SR-22 based on the Charger. I was wondering about the Zinc slide possibility too. That’s the main thing that’s kept me away from the Walther P-22. As to capacity, I doubt we’ll see more than 10. Few .22 pistols are and with those dimensions I’d be surprised if there’s room to stuff any more in really. Not that I’d complain if they did.

  • Snakeeye

    Love the comment on a good use for the supplied lock…..

  • Interesting. I’d prefer it to be larger.

  • WeaponBuilder

    The thumb safeties work BACKWARDS!

    **UP** to FIRE??? Most frame-mounted thumb safeties UP is SAFE, and down is fire… Way to create a major training SNAFU.

    Won’t be buying this Ruger. Otherwise it appears to be a pretty decent pistol.

    • Andy from West Haven

      Agreed. They win for slide material alone but that safety/decocker is a deal breaker.

      And even though it looks like a P22 birthed by a Taurus 24/7 I still like the looks of it. But “up” to fire with a frame mounted safety is inexcusable.

    • SilverAxela

      Actually I would say it is about 50/50 on the direction of the safety. Beretta’s have the down is safe up is fire safety on them…. I think HK does as well…

      • Andy from West Haven

        Not 50/50. The Beretta safeties are on the slide. I specified the direction with frame mounted safeties. If I had to guess it’s more like 95/5.

        The HK’s are up for safe, down to fire (like a 1911) and press all the way down to de-cock. That’s for the USP. For the P-30s, the safety will work the same as a 1911 and the decocker is at the rear of the pistol.

        One of my pistols is a S&W 3913. I don’t carry it with the safety on but if I did, hitting the safety during the draw is fairly easy. My thumb automatically comes in contact with it and just a little nudge is enough for it to spring up into the off position. It’s not totally natural but it’s much moreso than pushing up on a frame mounted safety during the draw.

  • J. Grigg

    looks like a P22. I will not be buying this Ruger.

  • Anon

    It would have made a lot more sense to just make a 22 conversion kit for the SR9, and then offer it as a kit or a complete gun.

    But I do see the market for a Walther P22(ish) clone that is better built. If this is that, it will sell well. The LCP is just a better built Kel-Tec, and it is a runaway success; this gun just seems to be following that pattern.

  • Twinkie

    “This gun completes Ruger’s line of pistol, they now have a pistol for every occasion.”

    If only it were true! I’m tired of hearing from the mighty payola machine that is Ruger.

  • JC

    Why would they make it smaller than the SR9 and have different controls? I don’t really see how this could be used as a training/ practice gun. I’m sure it would be a nice plinker, but then you might as well buy a Mk III or 22/45.

  • CrCobb

    I’m disappointed that it is a single-action pistol with a hammer. They probably saved money making it the way they did, but I would have been much more impressed if it was striker-fired like the real SRs, and if it had a real SR frame. But I still want to take closer look.

    • CrCobb

      Press release says it’s double action, so now I’m more interested.

  • JT

    I wonder if they’re going to release a threaded barrel version. They found out that going back to all the “scary” stuff like hicap mags and flash hiders was a good business decision

  • Matt G.

    So they took a walther, yanked the threaded barrel that makes it so popular and made it a little uglier, effed up the safety and called it a ruger?

    Someone please tell me this is made by Umarex just like all the others. That could be the only reason they did it like this.

    • Micah

      I was wondering what made it so popular? Really, why would anyone want to have a gun that they have to pull apart and reassemble with thread locker just to keep the think from falling to pieces? I already have a Buck Mark, don’t need another slap together attempt at a 22 pistol. Comment aside, I do like Walther’s and Browning’s, just not there haphazard 22’s.

      • Cymond

        I have a P22 and there’s no reason to remove the barrel for routine cleaning. The barrel is mounted to the frame. It’s a lot like disassembling a PPKS – take the slide off and clean everything that’s exposed. I also never needed thread locker. I just torqued the barrel nut down and it stays just fine.

        The advantage of the Walther system is that owners can replace the factory barrel nut with a 1/2×28 thread adapter for sound suppressors. A Buckmark requires sending the barrel away to be threaded or an aftermarket barrel like Tactical Solutions. A MkII/III has a barrel that cannot be easily removed from the receiver, so the entire receiver/barrel must be sent to a licensed FFL gunsmith to be threaded. Both options are quite expensive while the P22 thread adapter is a $20 no-gunsmithing part that installs in 2 minutes. That’s an entire suppressor host for under $400, which is about the cost of an unaltered bullbarrel MkIII.

        Personally, I think the MkIII is a nice enough system that I had mine threaded by Adco. It cost $165 plus my shipping to him. Sadly, semi-auto pistols with threaded barrels are ‘assault weapons’ in this state, so both my MkIII and P22 are staying with my extended family.

    • JesseL

      According to the manual ( ), “Threaded barrels are available from Ruger.”

      • Regardless of what the manual says, there is no threaded barrel currently available. I have tried twice in the last month to get one and Ruger CS keeps saying “Next week” or “Next month”.

  • So, Walther and Taurus got drunk one night and named their baby Ruger SR22?

    • Micah

      Sometimes two wrongs do make a right.

  • heinyho

    Watch the gunblast video. I do believe he said the tried 29 different .22 ammo without a glitch. Let me know how the P22 and S&W M&P22 do or did? At the end of the day that is what matters most. This will be my next purchase.

  • ahil925

    I’m guessing that its magazines have zero compatibility with their Mk. ### series pistols?

    It’s neat how many features they put on there, but like Walther’s P22 I just don’t get it. As a target or hunting pistol I don’t need a decocker, a double action trigger, a short barrel, nor do I need a rail to mount ??? (honestly, what would you hang off of that?).

    Lookswise I think it’s been made needlessly angular and aggressive. I can kinda see it as a range toy or a CCW for recoil sensitive given that its supposed to be reliable with all sorts of ammo.

    Need to see how much its actually going to retail for, but I’m hoping its not too close to MSRP else I don’t so too big a future for it.

  • Duray

    “The 10 round magazine is also disappointing but I fully expect that Ruger will announce a larger capacity magazine later this year.”

    I find this sentence perplexing. Can anyone explain it to me? Why would he be disappointed that a compact pistol has the same capacity as nearly every other rimfire pistol on the market, and why on earth would he “fully expect” a different one this year?

    Sig Mosquito: 10 rounds
    Walther P22: 10 rounds
    Ruger MKIII: 10 rounds
    Browning Buckmark: 10 rounds
    Bersa .22 : 10 rounds
    Browning 1911-22: 10 rounds

  • strongarm

    Double/Single Action Trigger, Aluminium Slide, Polymer Frame…
    Ruger will hit the jaçkpot over the eye… This gun has no rival
    on its class…That is the class Walther P22 introduced… Just
    wait others to follow the same way to build the slide of same
    material… Zinc Alloy kinds will dissappear within a few years.

  • Yeah, but what alloy? Makes all the difference.

    Doesn’t matter really, the backward safety just killed it for me.

    • Woodroez

      Ruger’s marketing calls it “Aerospace grade aluminum,” so presumably it’s 6061. I agree about the safety.

      I think they should have made a nice, quality 1911-22. All of the 1911-22’s I’m aware of are made with pot metals and the quality is inconsistent. I think Colt’s is a Umarex, for Pete’s sake.

  • 543

    Why is everyone trashing a gun that nobody has yet had any experience with? Seems premature to judge something before you had a go at it. If the Ruger SR22 will eat any .22lr ammo out there it is a winner in my book because my Walther P22 and S&W M&P22(high velocity ammo only) are ammo finicky, your millage may vary on those guns. My prediction is Ruger will have a HUGE HIT with this handgun. The Made in the USA part and the wide ammo compatibility sold me on at least giving it whirl.

    • Sam

      I guess everyone, including myself, was judging this gun based on the design of the gun–not its performance of how many variety of .22 ammo it can feed and spit out. That has yet to be determined, include yourself if you haven’t owned and shot one yet.

      For me, I’m looking for a design that fits my needs. With a very small frame and having the thumb safety pushed up to fire is not good for practicing for competitive shooting or self defense. I’m looking for a full-size gun to practice drawing from the holster, speed loading, and proper gripping without costing me too much. Preferably the same frame and similar function as my SR9, XDM, or FNP-9.

      Secondly, the trend of safety features that I see in many new firearms seems to be toward internal safety, 1911-style thumb safety (push down to fire), and no manual safety at all. These features are great.

      The thumb safety of SR22 (push up to fire) is not ergonomic and very confusing if you own a 1911 or SR9/SR40, FNP-9, or HK P30S. Image in self defense situation in the middle of the night, you don’t want to try to remember which direction (up/down) to push my thumb safety to fire your gun. I always remember “down” for “deadly”. That’s why I stay away from using Beretta or Sig as self defense firearms.

      Just my thought. Other than that the SR22 could probably a great plinking gun for beginners.

      • Micah

        So….you stay away from two of the best guns on the planet because the safeties confuse you? I don’t know what Sig’s you have experience with, but my P239 and P220 both have half cock safeties (Point shoot, the end). I have a hard time grasping what confusion there could possibly be? Question….do you always remember “righty tighty lefty loosey” when tying your shoes?

      • Sam

        Wow! I didn’t think my comment would invoke anger and insults. I agree that Sig as one of the best guns out there, but not the Beretta. I gave mine away after I bought XDM and Ruger SR9.
        I think you take the “safety confusion” point out of context. No gun owners that I know couldn’t understand the safety feature of the guns they bought in a normal situation. I’m talking about a defensive situation in which you’re under duress, in the middle of night (which implies in the dark where you can’t see well), and having to remember some of your guns’s safety work differently, and having a very short time to react. I just prefer push down to fire or no thumb safety at all.

        To your last question regarding “….do you always remember “righty tighty lefty loosey” when tying your shoes?” The answer is “no”. Don’t be confused with the rule of thumb for opening/closing or tightening/loosing a jar, screw, nuts and bolts–NOT tying shoes.

  • Micah

    I just picked one up today and there is only one thing to say about it (Beautiful). Though it would have been nice in a larger frame, it handles and shoots perfectly. So far I put 100 rounds through it, 90 of which were rounds that were pulled from pockets, rode around on the dash of the pickup, at the bottom of the shooting bag, just dirty mixed matched ammo that would have jammed up my 10-22 or buck mark. The only issue I had was in the clip, one round stuck and I had to re cock. Not to concerned about that since it is new. I have had the buck mark for probably 15 years now, and 10-22’s for a few, and I am yet to shoot 100 rounds through any of them (even expensive ammo) without several jams and feeding problems. I wouldn’t hesitate on recommending this SR-22 to anybody, unless you like to break down and clean your gun every 40 to 60 rounds.

    • Cymond

      Sorry, but sounds like you have some kind of issue with your 10/22 & buckmark. I routinely put a few hundred through my 10/22 between problems, and I put 700 rounds through my MkIII on it’s first day and only had 3 failures (no cleaning, stopped because my thumbs were too sore to load mags).

      On the other hand, I’m glad your SR22 functions for you and thanks for posting a review. I have a Walther P22 that is a sore disappointment (oo small, poor trigger, not so accurate) so I’m hesitant about the SR22. However, it has caught my attention and that 17oz weight is certainly appealing as a trail-gun (vs 42 oz MkIII).


    Its awesome going to buy one tomorrow!!

  • Marcus

    Anybody that gives a Beretta away clearly has enough money that they shouldn’t have to worry about the cost of ammo.I have a Beretta and it’s one of the most pleasant and accurate guns I own. As for the SR22,don’t own one therefore am not going to trash it,but am very interested in exploring it’s features and most importantly how it feels in my hand.As for Ruger,there is a reason they have no written warranty.THEY TAKE CARE OF WHAT THEY SELL!

  • kdfjam

    I just bought one. I love it!
    I think this little plinker is going to be a winner.
    The P22 I have is going to be dumped, this is far better.

  • 1234

    Just got home from the range. My friend just bought the Ruger SR22, we put 100 rds. of 3 different brands of ammo thru it. Sadly…we had failure to eject malfunctions, with each type of ammo!

    • Micah

      I would suggest that your friend get in touch with Ruger, they are very good about fixing or replacing malfunctioning guns. The only failure to ejects I’ve had were with the 38gr Aguila Subsonic HP, and even that functioned great after the first three rounds. I have put Federal, Winchester, Remington, American Eagle, several Aguila’s, and various other ammos through it with very few issues. I will say the mags are a little annoying, you need to make sure that the rounds stagger correctly or it won’t always feed the chamber.

  • Rick Magalotti

    I have a Ruger MKIII and a Buckmark – both are fun to shoot and reliable as hell. I have a Ruger SR9 as well – no problems what so ever with it either – but I got one after the cam block pin problem was corrected. I am satisfied with Ruger quality. I am definitely going to make a trip to my local gun store to have a look. I think I can deal with the safety.

  • GronIon

    I’m not a gun smith but it seems to me the safety/decocker is the way it is because it is stronger from a mechanical stand point. All decockers I am familiar with are down to decock. I own this pistol and with the exception of one faulty magazine this gun has run reliably for about 1000 rounds. All in one day with no cleanings in between. All i did was open it up and make sure there were no bits in there then went to town. Every thing I get from this gun is that it meets in the middle of what most people like about .22s. Not quite as accurate as a full size not quite as compact as ive seen has a double action/single action because its safer and also training reasons. Grant it it does not match any gun in particular as far as battery of operation but to practice the da/sa on any gun is good if you intend to carry a similar pistol. And besides name one other semi auto .22 that can shoot rat shot. Not that its too important but i think it speaks to the pistols capability as an shtf gun in that what ever you got you can shoot. All in a package lighter than some wallets ive seen people tote around.

  • Rick Magalotti

    Yep, GronIon is right regarding a decocker lever; my Beretta 92FS has a decocker lever – down to decock and safety on; up for safety off.

  • Hellboy

    I’ve had my SR22 Pistol for 3 weeks and at least 600 rounds now and operation has been perfect the whole time. It will never replace my MKII Rugers but it is a great little gun for what it was designed for, Tactical trainer and fun time plinking. I have to teach a young gal at work how to use a handgun because she is interrested in getting a gun for CCW and home defense. This gun will be a great starter pistol for her before moving up to something more powerful.

  • Fred Phifer

    For those of you that did not know it, if you go to page 25 of the Ruger SR22 instruction online manual, you will read that a threaded barrel is available from Ruger. I am awaiting their reply has to the cost. It is a allen head under the trigger guard that needs to be unscrewed, remove the regular barrell, and install the threaded barrel from Ruger.

    • Picked up new one this morning -February 20, 2012. Brought it home. Went through the manual. Cleaned it up and off to the range. 75 rounds and a jam. Shell stove-piped and smashed in the action. Shooting CCCI Vmax. The next 125 rounds of CCCI HP went through without a hitch. Can’t get but a 5-8″ group off the bench in a locked rack at 7 yards. Is there even any rifling in this thing? Barely visble at all. My Tauras PT22 can place holes touching each other at that distance (7 yards) on the red (in place of the red). And I can defintely see the rifling in that thing. And those are fixed sights on that Taurus. Heck, my 22lr Davis derringer has more pronounced rifling than this Ruger. I’ve also a S&W M22A (less money) that makes this Ruger look terrible too. From today’s experience, there’s nothing special here. Don’t expect quality results from this one. Should have invested the money in ammo for the other well performers in the drawer.

    • John Brady

      I found threaded barrels at
      I guess they are making these as an aftermarket threaded barrel and are taking orders now.

  • Jonathan

    I just put 7000 rounds through this gun….not one foul up. The SR-22 Pistol is a great gun. I’m waiting for viridian to put out a green laser for it.
    (PS-90, SCAR, PLR-16, AK-47…all with viridian lasers and EO-tech 516’s)

    • Charles Martell

      That sounds like BS.

    • Bob

      Sweet story dood, you must be cool with all those guns.

  • CLY

    Overall I’m liking this gun. Have put 200 rounds through it, brands being CCI standard 40 grain LRN. Some Federal bulk pack, Remington golden bullets both are 36 grain copper HP’s. CCI Blazer Bulk 40 grain lead RN high velocity and some Winchester 333 bulk which is again copper HP. Out of all them I had 2 failure to feeds on the Federal stuff which was weak ammo, It would eject the casing and the slide would not get pushed back far enough to strip the next round out of the mag. I had one failure to eject on the Winchester 333 bulk stuff which was a cracked brass casing.. not sure if that would cause an ejection issue or not. Everything else got ate up and spat out just like my glock hungry for more 9mm. I can’t be more pleased with it. Accuracy overall was more accurate than I will ever be. Was right on out of the box. Was shooting 3″ groups at about 10 yards, would imagine it could get better the more I get acquainted to the gun.
    I did/ do have one minor concern in which I’m watching very closely.. on the bottom of the slide where the slide stop lever is I’m showing wear on the slide. About a 1/8th inch wear mark. Looked at the lever and had a rough edge on it which I thought could cause the wear, so I smoothed out the edge haven’t got to shoot more yet to confirm this. Just looks like when the mag is empty and pushes up on the slide stop that the slide stop could have rubbed a little more rough then normal while the slide continued forward to chamber the last round. Overall a good buy for me. YMMV

  • Mjones

    I bought this SR22 last weekend for 299.99. This was my first hand gun I wanted to practice so I could get my permit to carry one. Shot 50 rounds through it last weekend my husband and I did. Then today got it out oiled it had safety on no clip in took safety off it fired. Took back to store I purchased it at last weekend they seen what it was doing. They took it apart said the safety and hammer had a defect they gave me my money back no problem. They had sold out of them. Maybe I’ll try another one. I really did like the way it shot.

  • Charles Martell

    I have this new Ruger SR22.

    It shoots fine but the trigger will not engage after reassembly unless you wriggle it around with a magazine in the pistol.

    I have only cleaned the pistol twice so I haven’t documented the procedure to figure out the exact procedure to fix it. I do know for certain that if you follow the simple reassembly instructions exactly as in the manual, you will often end up with a non-functioning pistol.

    Additionally, one of the supplied magazines cannot be fitted with the extended finger grip and this same magazine WILL NOT lock the slide open after the last round is fired. The other magazine works fine.

    Now I have to send the faulty mag back to Ruger and wait for weeks to get a remedy.

    BTW, the first SR22 they shipped, my FLL returned it because the trigger would not engage.

    • Nate

      The plastic magazine piece that engages the rubber/plastic grip extension is faulty. I just got my pistol back and even after explaining that I couldn’t put the grip extension on ( backwards worked however ) and that either the plastic piece was faulty or the hole in the extension was off they sent it back with the tech JP ( sorry JP but you signed it ) stating it functioned as designed. Wrong. First he obviously never tried the extension. Second, a call to another tech at Ruger had him chuckling that they had a bad batch of the aforementioned plastic pieces and he would ship me 2 to replace the ones that were off. I wasn’t laughing after wasting another 1/2 hr trying to put on a piece that is a less than a 5 second switch. I should mention it wasn’t sent back for that. It got a new slide and barrel so yeah, some did get thru that shouldn’t have.

  • mark

    I just bought the sr22 shot over 100 rounds of federal ammo through it no problems,I like the gun,I also own a sig p290 9mm which is a awesome gun just a bit expensive to shoot all the time.
    Im not too fussy about what I shoot as Im a good shooter either left or right hand thats the way I shoot you never know!

  • Tony C.

    I’ve read so many good things about the SR22 that made me want one so much that I checked all around town only to find that everyplace in Metro Denver was sold out. Finally found one, picked it up for $320 and put a couple hundred rounds of Federal’s cheapest stuff through it. First I was a bit dismayed by the accuracy, though the sights were spot-on, the grouping was no better than I get with my Hi-Point C9 (4 inches at 20 feet), but considering the short barrel length, was acceptable. What really bugs me though is I’ve had 3 FTF’s where the catching mechanism actually grazes the cartridge (leaving noticeable marring) without pulling it up into the chamber. In this very thread however I saw a comment by Micah, stating “…you need to make sure that the rounds stagger correctly or it won’t always feed the chamber.” Hopefully this is the lone culprit as I know for a fact that I didn’t have the cartridges completely staggered in the magazine. So next weekend I’ll put a couple hundred more rounds through it, being sure to stagger each cartridge, and also bring some better ammo just in case.

    • Tony C.

      Alright! Well, put through approximately 400 rounds through this baby on Saturday. Thoroughly cleaned and lubed before taking to the range. Wow, I’ve never had a pistol so easy to field-strip and reassemble (could’ve done it by touch only!). First put through 100 rounds of CCI Mini-Mag (just the 36gr hollow-points as I couldn’t find any of the round-nose 40gr). Yeah!, no FTF! Then finished off the rest of my cheapo Federal bulk and only one FTF at the very end which was clearly the result of the slide not being blown back far enough to catch the shell. Maybe low powder in the round, or the slide mechanism getting dry or dirty causing more friction, but either way I’m confident in the quality and craftsmanship of this pistol and believe (based upon reviews of the competition) that this is the #1 best value for a .22 semi-auto on the market. Attractive, versatile, reliable and well priced (at $320) to boot. Kudos to Ruger on this one!

  • W3bmstr

    I have had my SR22 for about two weeks and shot the crap out of it.
    I give it a 9.5 out of 10 . I shot Federal ammo in the 525 blue box and
    Remington Sub Sonic , and out of over 2000 rounds I had only 4 FTF
    and that’s OK by me . We are talking about a 22 here and they all have issues no mater who makes them . I’m not looking to win any matches with
    this gun I just want to shoot it . The thing I don’t like about it is the
    magazine safety but that’s just me . All in all it is a great shooting
    little gun for anyone one that picks it up . The safety complaints that
    I read are to me a non issue at least you can work on your sight picture
    and aim for cheap , God Bless The U.S.A.

  • Can anyone tell me what type of rail system the slide travels on, and what the rails are made of. Need to know before I buy one. Can’t find out anywhere. Affects wear factor.

  • inSANEmom

    I am no firearms expert. In fact, I would call myself barely intermediate when it comes to shooting… but I’m learning. I have a fired quite a few different handguns with friends and family… just spending some time at the range. I own a Springfield XD9 that I like very much. But I was looking for another handgun that fit 3 requirements: 1) something smaller to conceal easier than the XD9, 2) something that would shoot less expensive ammo than the 9mm so it wouldn’t cost quite so much for more frequent target practice, and 3) something that my 13 year old son could use to learn to shoot, and possibly my 10 year old daughter as well. I put 100 rounds of cheep ammo through a range loaner SR22 today and it was fantastic. No FTF at all.

    I will admit that twice I went to shoot and couldn’t figure out why it wouldn’t fire… and realized the safety was in the wrong position… opposite what it should be. Even with the red showing, it didn’t “click” at first. It’s just something I will need to be more aware of for sure.

    So from my perspective… this is a great little gun that met all my criteria. I’m happy to have purchased it.

  • I got one of these pistols several months ago. Have run a LOT of rounds through it with no problems at all. I like it very much. It has safety features I wish were on my big bore pistols. I see some have had problems with this pistol and others like other pistols better. I would guess those with problems are the exception and should take it up with Ruger. Others will have problems with anything they get because the problem is not with the firearm. Those that like other pistols should stick to them…..that’s why there are so many brands and types. Get what you like; it’s your business and your money.

  • Dale

    I bought one at a gun show, took it to the range and the take down lever disintegrated after 50 rounds, sent it back to Ruger and they replaced the lever, fired 40 rounds thru it and sent it back to me. I got to shoot another 50 thru it before the same thing happened. By this time the slide was so scratched up I told em they could keep it and just give me my money back. They swung me a deal on the new 22/45 LITE, it will arrive Tuesday. I really hope this one isnt chapter 2 of a bad novel. One thing though, cust svc was on the ball about the whole thing and didnt argue at all with my request. I can keep you posted on whether or not Ruger will receive my redemption after I finally get thru the first brick of .22 that I originally bought for one afternoon of breaking it in.

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  • Fran Stewart

    I really like my SR 22, but right now it is back in the hands of Ruger for the second time due to a broken take down lever. I read where someone else has had the same problem aand sincerely hope Ruger has come with a systemic correction. As I said, I really like the pictol.

  • Armaund

    Hello everyone

    Comments posted have been both informative as well as interesting. In addition, it reaffirms my appreciation of our countries right to freedom of speech and the right to bear arms. I appreciate and have comfort in knowing that we are all individuals with different opinions and insight. These differences are also shown in the companies that produce firearms in an effort to target consumers of every category. Designers and research teams consist of teams having these same differences.

    Because of these differences it creates choices. Choices that individuals can make based on their personal preferences and need. Personally, I wanted a 22lr pistol in semi-automatic, tactical design, well built, dependable, shoots a variety of 22lr ammo, double/single action with safety in mind. These requirements are specific because I wanted to purchase a 22lr pistol for my wife and 7 yr old son as a introduction to pistols with little recoil for plinking fun. Safety features and reliability are a must. The Ruger SR22 was introduced in Jan 2012. Since then it has proven to exceed what most expected and fits the criteria for my purchase.

    I just picked up one Ruger SR22 for my wife and son two days ago (July 6, 2012). We are taking it out to the range this upcoming weekend. I expect great results and will provide feedback either way it goes.

    Thank you all for your insight and sharing your experiences and foresight. This is what Analyst panels are made of but please don’t take others opinions personally and acknowledge it’s their right although we may disagree. We can communicate without insults.

    • Armaund


      I took my 7 year old son to the range on 7/12/2012. I shot a few Federal rounds (about 100) without a problem. No jams, no misfires and no failures to load. I also shot a couple hundred rounds of CCI. When my son began shooting, the first round would fire but the second round failed to load. It appeared to be an under powered round that didn’t kick back the slide far enough to feed the next round. I would load the next round, he would fire and it would not load the following round again. After the fourth consecutive instances I began thinking it was the firearm but decided to analyze the situation in more detail by going through the normal process of elimination. Because of the fact that when I shot the gun it works flawlessly then when my son would shoots it, it would not feed the next round, I began looking at the recoil and noticed that the gun was moving sideways (flopping). I assisted him in holding the gun solid to reduce the effect of recoil with his tiny wrists. The gun fired flawlessly. Then I had him shoot without my assistance and again it wouldn’t feed the next round.

      I found that the Ruger SR22 pistol shoots flawlessly as long as it’s held solid during recoil and is not allowed to move side to side very much. If it wiggles side to side during recoil it slows down the slide kickback motion and prevents it from extending far enough backwards to allow the next round to feed. Once this was figured out I shot another 300 rounds without any incidents. Overall, I like this gun but at first was leading to disappointment.

      I would recommend this gun to a friend.

  • eracer

    “The SR22 has light double-action and crisp single-action trigger pulls.”


    I own one, and it’s a fun gun. But it has a truly HORRIBLE trigger.

    • Just bought two and love them!!!!!!… 120 rounds each with one “fail to fire” each…The double trigger (1st shot) is long travel and heavy…needs to be moded somehow as it does suck.. The single action is fine. Good accuracy, easy to use, wife loves it and shoots it way better them me…damn..

  • Jeff

    Hey Mr.Sir,

    Where was your eye protection during this video? Not good to lose and eye or show this video to a kid.

    Next time, please wear eye protection! You only get one set of eyes my friend! Thanks for the video review.


  • Jetter

    I purchased this SR 22 Model 3601 with CT Laser installed. I have only fired it about 5 or 6 hundred times. I have had no, zero, zip problems of any kind with it. I have always fired ambidexterously with all guns but the recurve bow (right handed only) is my very favorite choice of serious shooting gear. As far as the SR 22 and the Ruger Company, I give them a 10 for customer service. If something does go awry, I have confidence that the good folks at Ruger will take care of me. Safety up, down, none or sideways, who cares? This pistol has fired every type of ammo I put through it with no problem.

  • t smith

    In case anyone is curious below is the response from Ruger on 9/7/12 concerning a SR 22 pistol with a factory installed threaded barrel option:

    Thank you for using the Ruger On-Line Customer Support Request Form.

    This e-mail is in response to your question or comment of 09/07/2012
    Request No: 153689

    Comment / question:

    I am in the market for a new pistol. I have been looking at the SR 22 pistol. However it does not come with the factory threaded barrel option. When will it be available with a factory threaded barrel option?

    The engineering department is still working on the design of the threaded barrel for the SR-22. Different designs are being tested, with various suppressors from many manufacturers, to assure the best match for both accuracy and reliability is achieved. Contrary to popular belief, there is more to designing a compatible barrel for use with a suppressor than meets the eye. The wrong combination can be unreliable and dangerous. While the threaded barrel is mentioned in the manual, the design was not finalized at the time of the pistol’s release. We do not have an anticipated date for it’s availability at this time. We do apologize for any inconvenience and urge you to watch our web site for information on the future availability of this accessory.

    If you need further information, please visit our website at or contact us at:

    Revolvers, shotguns, rifles, 10/22 Charger Pistol: (603) 865-2442
    Pistols: (928) 778-6555
    Serial Number History Information: (603) 865-2424

    Please note: This e-mail is sent from a notification-only address that cannot accept incoming e-mail. Please do not reply to this message.

    Ruger Firearms

  • FatDogDave

    When I saw an SR22 in the display case, it was love at first sight. Just what I was looking for. It fit in my hand like it was hand made for me. Me and this little tigger are going to kill a lot of Zombies.

  • Dave

    Purchased a sr 22 for my wife 2 days ago, went to the range the next day and had a major problem the trigger would just dangle, took it back, was told it was a safety to magazine problem, switched it to another sr 22, this time would jam after about 5 rounds, the slide hit the bullet so hard the it bent the casing, switched to another ammo, no problems fired about 100 rounds through it, the first ammo was CC!, then switched to American Eagle

  • Tom Miller

    I normally shoot a Glock19 but wanted something a little easier on the wallet, just to plink. Well, I bought my SR22 a month ago and love it. I’ve only put a couple hundred rounds through it, but so far it exceeds my expectations. I can’t believe how accurate it is, even at 40 or so yards!

  • Steve.pickens

    I just bought the ruger Sr22 and my first time of shooting it I had a lot of problems with the gun jamming and not ejecting the fired shell.
    I did notice that the clip for this gun dies not hold the shells like my other ruger 22.
    I guessing because of the way they load in the clip that it might be causing some of hour jamming.
    According to what I have read one of the great things about this pistol is that it will shoot about any type of ammo
    Do you have any insight to this problem?
    Steve Pickens