The Ruger SR 22 pistol is the latest major announcement just days ahead of the 2012 SHOT Show. The new pistol is one of several new firearms recently announced by Ruger including the LCR-22 and the American Rifle.
SR 22 Specs
The Ruger SR 22 is a double-action/single-action (DA/SA) pistol chambered for the .22 LR rimfire cartridge. The frame-mounted safety is ambidextrous and also serves as a decocker. The pistol is hammer-fired (not striker-fired) and has an exposed hammer.
The magazines hold only 10 rounds, and the gun ships with two magazines. The magazine release is ambidextrous. Extensions can be added to the bottom of the magazines to provide more grip surface.
The Ruger SR22’s sights are adjustable, three-dot style sights. The front sight is a black fixed sight with a white dot. The rear sight is fully adjustable for windage and elevation. Additionally, the rear sight is reversible. This allows the shooter to choose between two dots or a plain black rear sight.
The frame is polymer and the slide is aluminum. The total weight of the pistol (unloaded) is 17.5 ounces.
The SR22 has a 3.5″ barrel with a 1:16 RH twist. The overall length of this pistol is 6.4″
MSRP is $399 if you are looking for a Ruger SR 22 for sale.
At first glance, the SR22 bears a passing resemblance to the Walther P22. However, placement of the safety, magazine release and other details easily differentiate one from the other. Although similarly sized, there are enough differences to suggest that fitted holsters will not be interchangeable.
This is the third .22 LR chambered handgun announced by Ruger in recent weeks. In mid-December, Ruger introduced the LCR-22, which was a rimfire version of the popular LCR revolvers. Previous to that, Ruger announced the SP101 revolver would be chambered for the .22 LR also.
While Ruger has always been popular with rimfire shooters (for example: the Mark III pistols and 10/22 rifles), it would appear they are looking to expand their involvement in that market. Considering that 22 is a popular caliber with both beginners and long-time shooters, it only makes sense that the company would want to maximize their offerings to that market.
Ruger will be at Media Day again this year, so we will bring you photos and videos of the new rimfires in action.
Below is the video released by Ruger on the new SR 22 pistols. The promo video shows some of the benefits and features of the gun mentioned above. Additionally, it shows the guns in action.
Since the original announcement of these handguns, Ruger introduced two new models. One version has a silver anodized slide giving the pistol a two-tone look. The price on this gun is $419.
The second new model has a threaded barrel for the easy addition of a sound suppressor. MSRP is the same: $399. The threaded barrel model appears to have standard sights included, not taller sights that are often needed with suppressors. Many .22 cans are small enough that normal sights can sometimes be used.
If you are looking for a holster to fit the SR22, click here for our full list.
Here are additional photos of the new Ruger rimfire pistols. As new models are introduced, we will include those photographs here as well.