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Ruger SR22PB Model 03600 22 LR, $399

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We wish Ruger had tried to copy the original PPK 22 pistol instead of Walther's P22. That would have been an original concept, we thought. Still, Ruger did a fine job. Like the Walther, the gun won't fire with the magazine removed. The ambi safely levers drop the hammer, so you can't carry the SR22 cocked and locked. There’s a rail up front for light or laser. Two magazines came with this new Ruger product, and Ruger provided extra finger-extension mag bottoms if you prefer. Like the Walther P22, the Ruger's grip is changeable. The rear sight is fully adjustable, which we liked.

Ruger SR22PB Model 03600 22 LR, $399

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With a takedown very similar to that use by Walther, the Ruger easily comes apart into these few parts. It’s easy to clean the barrel from the rear, though the hammer must be cocked. The takedown latch is just in front of the trigger. Like the Walther, the Ruger had a rail under the muzzle.
The rear sight is fully adjustable for windage and elevation. Walther relies on different height front sight inserts. Most will prefer Ruger's method, we suspect. Both guns have plastic sights. Ruger's front is dovetailed to the slide. The sight picture was perhaps a bit more precise than the Walther's, because the rear slot was narrower.
Ruger provided a zipper-type pouch for the gun, an alternate grip with more bulge to the back, and two finger-extension magazine bottoms that will make the gun look even more like the Walther. Both guns had decent instruction manuals with great exploded views of the guns. The Walther came in a hard case, the Ruger in a cardboard box. Walther had an integral key lock for storage. Ruger provided a big padlock that offered security.

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