I’ve shot exactly two .22 pistols in my life, both Rugers. One was a MKI, and since I was about seven at the time I couldn’t make much of a judgement about it. The second one was a Ruger MKII, rosewood butt, 6" bull barrel. I can hit with that gun SOOOOO much better than I can with my Glock 19 that I’m packing up the Glock in favor of a .22.
I hit 1 out of 10 with the Glock, and 8 out of 10 with the .22.
So, now I’m on the market. I’m thinking about the Ruger .22, 6" barrel, blued, with a trigger job.
I have since found out that the Cold 41 .22 is generally considered to be a superior gun. Being unable to test one out, I have zero practical experience with this. And, the colt runs about 2.5x the price of the Ruger.
My purpose is plinking at the range, hunting small game out to ~50 yards, and knocking the eye out of a bird flying.
I could really care less about “stopping power” and other human-hunting terms, since I doubt I’ll ever be pointing this weapon at another human.
What’s the Straight Dope, peeps?