Well the rule in my house is whoever got the last gun makes its the others turn! I got the last gun and in order to keep my wife interested in shooting and to have some fun, I bought her a Ruger SR22 LR pistol. I knew they were new and I had seen some real good reviews, so I purchased one for her (my turn next ) and surprised her last week after she got home from work.
The pistol came with a great gun lock, two magazines, a case to store the pistol and a good instruction book. It has interchangeable handles that can be pulled off fairly easy to change the grip for different hand sizes. It also has two magazine extensions to make the magazine a little longer for bigger hands. For the price it was a great deal. I paid $329 at Cal Ranch for it and bought some of the ammo they have on sale too.
The pistol shot well. It needed some sight adjustment which was expected and after almost 150 rounds not a problem with any ammo feed issues right out of the box with some minor cleaning, no matter what brand it used. It is a medium/smallish size pistol but was comfortable in my hands and hers. I have to say I'm glad I got it for her because now I can use it too! It is easy for my wife to load both magazines and the pistol with her weak hands. With all the positives there are some negatives. The decocker seems a bit scary to me. Once a round is loaded and the pistol put on safe, the hammer snaps down hard like its going to fire, but the firing pin is blocked. Maybe its just me, but a hard snap like that on any weapon scares me a little when its loaded. I played with it to make sure I could trust it and it seems to work well so far. That's the worst thing I could find about it. The next is the tear down for cleaning. It comes apart real easy, but to remove the barrel, you need to undo a allen head screw from the trigger area. It is a polymer frame gun and is light weight. The cleaning isn't so bad but I don't like the idea of having to undo a screw to remove the barrel. The safety is stiff and should loosen up over time. Ruger makes great weapons and this one is bound to be a hit too once it is on the market and more available.
It is a DA/SA with a easy to reach hammer! Trigger pull feels crisp and breaks easy in single action. Double action is rather tough with what feels like at least a 14 lb pull on the trigger.
Overall, I am well pleased despite some of the issues with the decocker and barrel. Its something I can/will have to get use to with the pistol. It is accurate and reliable so far and it is reasonably priced. It was easy for my wife to load, cock and shoot. It was a lot of fun and with the cheaper ammo, my wife can get out and shoot more. As she gets more confidence in herself and her weapon handling, I can work her up to a nice 45 that maybe I can borrow