Ruger SR22 22LR Lady Lilac TALO Exclusive
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All Rimfired Up. Sturm, Ruger and Company was founded in 1949 by business partners Alexander ("Alex") McCormick Sturm and William ("Bill") Batterman Ruger. Prior to the partnership, Bill Ruger had previously designed machine guns for the U.S. military during World War II and afterwards, successfully duplicated two Japanese Baby Nambu pistols in his garage based on samples acquired from a Marine.
It would serve as the basis for launching the company when Ruger ingeniously combined the looks of a German 9mm Luger with rimfire engineering from the Colt Woodsman and the operating mechanism of the Nambu. Bill Ruger and Alex Sturm rented a small machine shop in Southport, Connecticut and immediately introduced the world to the greatest rimfire pistol in history-- the legendary MK-I, which still continues to this day in its third generation.
Alex Sturm was married to the granddaughter of President Teddy Roosevelt, was a Yale graduate, a talented artist and business entrepreneur that supplied the capital investment to start the fledgling company. In addition, he personally designed the famous Germanic heraldic red eagle that still serves as Ruger's company logo.
Bill Ruger supplied the business acumen plus technical-know-how as a skilled gunsmith and celebrated inventor. Tragically in 1951, Alex Sturm fell seriously ill and died at the age of 28 just as the company was beginning to gain traction.
After Sturm's passing, Bill Ruger mourned the loss of his old friend and business partner by permanently changing the company's distinctive red eagle logo to solid black (or white, shrouded in black), where it remains to this day in remembrance. Bill Ruger would go on to lead the company to world prominence, becoming the largest manufacturer of firearms in the United States.
A pioneering legend in American industry until his death in 2002, Ruger had a hand in the design and styling of every single gun the company produced while under his direction. To date, Sturm Ruger has manufactured more than 30-million firearms, while also becoming a leading supplier of precision investment castings in diverse industries such as aerospace, automotive and even golf clubs.
The Ruger SR22 is built on an entirely new platform and represents a major departure from the company's previous designs. It is a lightweight polymer framed .22LR that weighs in at just 17.5 ounces and is perfect for any task required-- from plinking, target shooting all the way through small game hunting.
This little pistol is easy to field strip, fun to shoot and will run reliably with a variety of target loads, including value priced "bricks" of .22LR. This is a remarkable feature when you stop and consider that most compact blowback rimfire pistols will only reliably feed high velocity ammunition, where the Ruger was engineered to fire all standard velocity U.S. commercial loads.
Rather than striker fire like most rimfire pistols, the Ruger SR22 is actually hammer driven. This compact, traditional double action pistol has an 8-11 pound trigger pull in double action mode, but resets to a smooth 4-6 pound single action pull for every subsequent shot thereafter.
The gun features a 3.5- inch stainless steel barrel with an aircraft grade aluminum black hard anodized slide. It has a straight blowback action that utilizes an accuracy enhancing fixed barrel design.
Equipped with an accessory rail, the glass filled purple polymer frame has front and rear grip serration groove channels for a solid grasp. Furnished with two wrap around sleeves, the pistol is designed to accommodate various hand sizes.
The Ruger SR22 is engineered with an ambidextrous manual safety that allows decocking the hammer without touching the trigger. Putting the gun on safe prevents the firing pin from moving, even if the trigger is pulled rearward. There is also a loaded chamber port located on the top of the barrel to allow visual inspection of the pistol to quickly determine safety status.
When the magazine is removed, there is a disconnect safety that prevents the pistol from being fired-- even if the chamber is loaded and the hammer cocked back. The magazine release is ambidextrous and includes a steel 10- round magazine.
The Ruger SR22 includes surprisingly good sights for a compact pistol. The white dot fixed front sight is drift adjustable for windage and accepts interchangeable blades of varying heights for different loads. The two dot rear is white outline and very low profile, but is adjustable for both windage and elevation.
While Ruger does not provide a written warranty, the company has always promptly, professionally and courteously repaired the extremely limited number of malfunctioning firearms we've sent them. In our humble opinion, they have a better warranty and service track record than many manufacturer's offering a so-called "limited lifetime" policy (which by the way, is not your lifetime, but what a particular manufacturer perceives to be the life of the gun).
Overall, the Ruger SR22 is a highly portable, compact and well designed rimfire pistol built for many years of ultra reliable shooting.