Ruger seems to be on a rimfire roll lately, as they recently announced the new SR22 Rimfire Pistol. The SR22 pistol, not to be confused with the SR-22 rifle, is a polymer pistol chambered in .22 LR. It features an ambidextrous manual safety that also functions as a decocking lever, an ambidextrous magazine release, two grip sleeves to change the grip size, and adjustable three dot sights.
|Slide Finish||Black Anodized|
|Magazine||2 – 10 round|
Walther P22 Copy?
[image align="right" lightbox="true" size="medium" title="Walther P22" icon="zoom"]http://monderno.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/P22.jpg[/image]The Ruger SR22 looks eerily like the Walther P-22, and is very similar in dimensions and specifications. Is it a copy? Well, not exactly. There are some differences, albeit minor ones.
The Ruger SR22 has a slightly less squared trigger guard. It has a button magazine release versus the trigger guard lever of the Walther P22. The SR22 is also slightly bigger and heavier. Despite these differences, I think it’s safe to say that Ruger looked at a good design (the Walther P22) and made what they undoubtedly believe is a better pistol. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time Ruger has done so (LCP anyone?).
Whether it’s a Walther copy or not, I don’t care. I think the SR22 looks fantastic. I don’t think it’s much of a self-defense/concealed carry pistol, but hey, if it’s all you have, rock on. There are only three things I don’t like.
- The SR22 name. As mentioned, Ruger already has an SR-22 rifle, I think naming the pistol SR22 is just bad marketing from a branding standpoint since it creates unnecessary confusion. But what do I know.
- The SR22 name, but for a different reason. When I saw the name SR22, I immediately thought of their other SR polymer pistols, all of which are striker fired (I love my Ruger SR9 by the way, excellent pistol). But this pistol is DA/SA. I thought the same thing when they released the SR1911. But again, what do I know.
- The safety- it’s backwards! On the SR22, you push up to go bang, where as most guns are the opposite, you push down to go bang (1911 style).
The bottom line is that the SR22 looks like a lot fun, and I want one.
I asked Ruger why the safety/decocker was backwards, and it sounds like it’s due to the decocker. Here is Ruger’s reply:
It is not backwards. Because it functions as both a safety and a decocker [lever], you have to push down to allow the sear to drop away from the hammer to bring the pistol back into a resting position. If you look at other similar pistols in the marketplace you will see that they all function this way. A few implement a 3 position safety where up is safe, down is fire, down AGAIN is decock – but we feel that is a poor design as its too easy to do an unintended action.
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