Ruger SR22 Pistol

Ruger sent me their new SR22 Pistol for T&E review.  It’s a DA/SA blowback operated autoloader chambered in the .22 Long Rifle cartridge.  The pistol is a fixed barrel design and features an anodized aluminum slide and polymer frame.

Included in box:  Instruction manual, action locking device, 2 magazines, 2 extended floorplates, padded pistol case, interchangeable grip sleeve and one pre-fired .22 rimfire cartridge case.
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Pistol specs:

Manufacturer:  Sturm, Ruger & Co.
Model:  SR22P
Caliber:  .22 LR
Capacity:  10 + 1 rounds
Weight:  16.0 oz. (w/large grip, no mag.)
Length:  6.5 in.
Height:  4.675 in.
Width:  1.30 in.
Barrel:  3.468 in.
Twist:  1:16″ RH (mfr)
Grooves:  6 (mfr)
Trigger pull: 3 lbs. 14.1 oz. – SA, 8 lbs. 12.0 oz. – DA

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Two 10-round mags and finger grip extended floorplates.

Padded nylon case
(Ruger logo is red not pink, poor pic)

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Three dot sights – rear is windage and elevation adjustable, dovetailed front.
(rear sight blade is reversible to solid black)
      

 Visual inspection port to check for loaded chamber.
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Forward slide serrations and Picatinny rail for lights or lasers.
     
Slide and frame are nicely contoured for easy re-holstering.

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Slide stop and ambidextrous manual safety/decock levers.
          
The safety/decock lever offers adequate purchase with positive engagement and disengagement.
Engaging the safety simultaneously decocks the hammer.
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The rounded spur hammer offers plenty of bite for easy cocking.
     
Smooth trigger.
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 Trigger pull average of 3 lbs. 14.1 oz. – SA
(Lyman digital gauge)
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The ambidextrous magazine release is low-profile to prohibit an inadvertent drop.
     
Beveled mag well to assist magazine insertion.
This pistol is equipped with a magazine disconnect.
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Interchangeable grip sleeves.
          
The pistol came with the slim grip sleeve installed and both magazines had the flat floorplates(L).  Both the sleeve and floorplates were replaced with the wide grip and finger extensions(R).

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Disassembled for cleaning and familiarization


Take down lever is located inside the trigger guard.
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Breech and internal extractor.

Slide bottom

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Frame innards.  Fixed barrel.  Note the nicely polished feed ramp.
     
The fixed barrel can be changed out for a threaded barrel available from Ruger.
Barrel bolt is located in front of the trigger.

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Well needless to say so far I’m impressed.  For a little .22 pistol it’s equipped with a lot of features and none are crude.  The hard coat anodize treatment is thoroughly and evenly applied to the aluminum alloy slide.  The polymer frame looks to be of a good quality mold with no sharp edges.  The ergonomic rubberized grip sure feels good in the hand.  If it would have come with just the slim grip I wouldn’t have complained but the wide grip fills my large sized hands all that much better.  The sights are as good and in some cases better than I have seen on centerfire pistols.  Handling it sure feels like you’re holding a quality service pistol, just smaller.  Can’t wait to get it to the range.

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Range report:

Temperature was 54° F.  N-E wind 12 -15 mph.  CCI and Federal ammunition was accumulated for the test.

Velocity results were first priority.
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Shooting Chrony F-1 Master set at 10 ft.

Firing pin strikes appear sufficient.

Velocity results:

Federal .22 LR 36 gr. CPHP………..960 fps.
CCI Mini-Mag 22 LR 36 gr. CPHP…..995 fps.
CCI Stinger .22 LR 32 gr. CPHP…..1053 fps.

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50% sized B-27 Silhouette
Head group is 10 rounds of Federal at 3 yards, offhand.
All torso groups are 10 rounds at 7 yards, offhand.
Thorax: CCI Mini-Mag
X :  CCI  Stinger
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15 yds:

5 round groups were fired supported at 15 yards.

Federal CPHP      -    CCIMini-Mag    -      CCI Stinger
          
Note:  Targets’ Bullseye – 2″ dia.; outer – 8″ dia.

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When I got the word that there was a new .22 pistol coming for T&E I was not all that excited.  I was surprised; I didn’t anticipate this handgun.  I know it’s just a .22 rimfire but much fun can be had on the cheap.  The silhouette target was the first shots fired out of it and after a few clicks to the rear sight for windage and elevation it was getting centered up nicely.  The accuracy is above what I was expecting out of this little blowback autoloader.  I like that it is showing potential with the Federal Bulk Pack load - because it’s cheap and plentiful.  It digested all three loads tested without a single malfunction with either magazine and wanted more.  The single action trigger pull was smooth with a clean break and double action wasn’t bad either.  Everything worked and functions properly, like a quality auto-pistol should.  On top of the reliability, accuracy and feel it’s a strikingly good looking handgun.