The BUY USED GUNS Team Review the Ruger SR22 Rimfire Pistol Chambered in 22LR
Welcome and thanks for reading another review by the Buy Used Guns Team. We have been busy shooting literally thousands of rounds through Ruger's little 22 plinker and having a lot of fun in the process. We hope you find our review informative and a pleasure to read.
What do I get for my money?
There are basically three different variants of the SR22 pistol available from Ruger (besides the Distributor Exclusives). The standard pistol is the same as our review pistol minus the threaded adapter. You then have the threaded adapter model and a model with a silver anodized finish for the slide instead of black.
The Ruger SR22 is a blow back operated semi-automatic pistol chambered in 22LR. The pistol consists of a polymer frame/receiver, aluminium slide and steel components. Polymer frames/receivers are becoming more common on pistols due to its light weight and low cost. Plus there is no need to worry about corrosion or rust.
You actually get quite a few extras with the SR22. The pistol is supplied with two different sized rubber grip sleeves along with two different sized base pads for the magazines. Ruger has attempted to cater for different hand sizes and they have done well. We wish more pistols came this way. Besides the usual manuals and warranty cards you get a nice little nylon black gun case to store your pistol and a small spanner and thread protector to replace the threaded adapter (threaded model only). You also get a large Ruger padlock for locking up the action if you want a bit of extra security.
Please note the ventilated compensator you can see in the above images was not supplied with the pistol. We chose the threaded barrel model so we could attach accessories thus making the pistol legal for sports and target shooting in our state. The SR22 comes with a barrel length of 3.5 inches making it too short for sports and target shooting in most, if not all, states and territories. Legislation and policies will vary from state to state however we were able to attach a compensator to the threaded adapter increasing the barrel length to over five inches and making it legal for sports and target shooting in our state. You as a responsible shooter will need to make enquiries with your states firearms licensing into the legalities of doing this.
Shooting the SR22
One word sums up shooting the SR22 - FUN! We ran many different brands of ammunition through our pistol and we are happy to report it is extremely reliable. We did not have ANY fail to feeds or fail to ejects with any type of ammo. We did not test any subsonic ammunition. Of course not all ammunition is created equal and being a 22LR semi-automatic there is bound to be the odd malfunction, thankfully we didn't experience any. The pistol was given a quick clean after every 500 or so rounds however this was more so to familiarise ourselves with various parts and take down procedure. We wouldn't be surprised if the SR22 ran fine after thousands of rounds and no cleaning.
The slide stop and magazine release latch were easily reached by our thumbs, as was the manual safety. The SR22's manual safety and magazine release latch are ambidextrous which is great news for left handed shooters. The SR22 is equipped with a magazine disconnect safety which prevents the pistol from being fired without a magazine inserted. You either love or hate this safety feature, we are firmly in the hate camp. There is also a small accessory rail at the front of the receiver, great for mounting lights and lasers to satisfy your inner mall-ninja tendencies.
Generally easy and pretty straight forward. There is a small take down lever towards the top of the trigger guard which must be pulled down. The slide assembly then simply lifts up and slides off the front of the barrel, only issue being if you have barrel accessories attached they will have to be removed first. The guide rod and recoil spring will also come out. This is the best way to clean the SR22 as it gives full access to the receiver and slide.
Size and Weight
There is no denying the SR22 is a small pistol, standing only 4.9 inches high and under an inch in diameter. The supplied extended magazine base pad and larger grip sleeve help to 'beef up' the grip a little for shooters with large hands. Despite having a polymer receiver the entire pistol is quite well balanced and with an overall weight of around 500 grams it is by no means a heavy pistol. We think Ruger were wise to produce the SR22 with an aluminium slide as a steel slide would have made the pistol very top heavy. Younger shooters will find the SR22 a pleasure to shoot, especially with the ability to decrease the grip size for smaller hands.
Magazines and Grip
Ruger supply the SR22 with two steel magazines along with two different base pads for each magazine. One pad sits flush with the bottom of the grip whilst the other has a small lip which extends the pistols grip when the magazine is inserted. Small handed shooters were able to just fit all fingers on the grip with the flush base pad however large handed shooters needed to fit the base pad with the small lip to get a full grip.
The magazines were sturdy and came with a small loading assist tab on the side. The base pads are easily removed allowing for the magazine spring and follower to removed if you so desire. We also liked the ambidextrous magazine release latch, handy for the lefties.
The SR22 is also supplied with two different sized rubber grip sleeves. These are removed by slipping them off the bottom of the receiver which is easier said then done. The grip sleeves were incredibly tight but with a bit of patience we eventually got them changed over. As you may have guessed one sleeve is slightly wider then the other, catering for shooters with small and large hands. The rubbery texture of the grip was also nice, helping shooters to get a firm grip. There is no disguising the fact the SR22 is a small pistol, even with the larger grip sleeve and magazine base pad installed. We would recommend shooters with large hands hold one before buying however It certainly wasn't a deal breaker for us, we still managed a comfortable grip.
Supplied sights were the usual white 3 dot polymer type with a fixed front sight and the rear sight adjustable for windage and elevation. We found target acquisition to be a quick and easy affair. The rear sight is easily adjusted with a small flat head screwdriver.
The SR22 trigger is typically heavy in DA mode however we measured a consistent 4 pound trigger pull in SA mode with a small amount of creep and a long reset. We weren't overly fussed with the trigger however for general shooting or plinking it was fine. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of aftermarket upgrades to improve the trigger pull at the moment. We did find the trigger felt smoother and a touch lighter after a few hundred rounds.
We tested roughly a dozen different types of 22LR ammo through our SR22 and found general accuracy to be acceptable for what is essentially a plinking pistol. We did some accuracy testing using a front and rear rest from a bench and achieved the below 0.60 inch five shot group at 15 metres using CCI Standard Velocity rounds. Most ammunition tested grouped around 1.5 to 2 inches at 15 metres. The SR22 may have achieved better results with more expensive 22LR ammunition but we think that defeats the purpose of this pistol. We doubt many shooters are going to buy the SR22 and feed it expensive premium target rounds.
We have never been let down by a Ruger firearm in this department and the SR22 is no exception. We found the build quality and overall fit and finish of the SR22 to be excellent. The polymer is tough and the anodizing on the slide has shown no signs of wearing or rubbing. There was slight side to slide play of the slide when fitted to the receiver however this did not seem to affect functioning in any way. This would be one of the very few negatives we could find on an otherwise fantastic pistol.
We seem to mention this a lot in our reviews however with proper care and maintenance we are confident the SR22 will give many years of trouble free service.
If you are in the market for a 22LR pistol for any sort of rimfire shooting you would do well to consider the Ruger SR22. There are similar offerings from other firearm manufactures such as Walther and Smith & Wesson, both well known manufactures making quality firearms. We liked the SR22 for its quality and reliability plus its a very nice looking pistol.
There isn't a lot left to say other then the SR22 is a fun and reliable little pistol. You could easily waste an afternoon with the SR22, a few tin cans and a brick of ammo and we think that says it all.
- Reliable and Accurate
- Customizable grip
- Excellent fit, finish and overall quality
- Large handed shooters may struggle to get a comfortable grip
- Lack of aftermarket parts/upgrades
Specifications (as listed by Ruger)
- Barrel length: 3.50 inches (minus threaded adapter)
- Overall length: 6.40 inches (minus threaded adapter)
- Height: 4.90 inches
- Weight: 496 grams (504 grams as measured by us with no thread adapter and an empty magazine inserted)
- Width: 0.97 inches
- Twist: 1:16 inches RH
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