Okay. I’m not sure if this is good or not, but I’ve totally let feedback from readers and friends turn me 180 degrees from where I was just 24 hours ago.
I’ve gone with a Ruger MkII Target .22 pistol with a 6 3/4″ bull barrel:
The fact that I had heard so many good things about this combined with a pretty decent deal on a used one at the local gun shop made me go with it.
Took me a few tries to get the thing reassembled even after the seller went through it with me at the shop. The Ruger reassembly is a total pain if you don’t know how.
They had a 22/45 and a tapered barrel MkII available as well, but the heft of this one seemed good (and made the Walther P22 feel like a toy, even with a laser attached) and, surprisingly, I decided that I liked the over-angled Luger-like grip on this better than the straighter 22/45.
It came with both the basic black plastic and these smooth wood grips. Not sure if I like these, as I fear that my sweaty hands might not get a good hold. We’ll see.