2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Ruger...is .22 "the new black"?

In the span of a month you've announced the SP101 and LCR in .22 and now the SR22 as a .22 auto to complement your other Mark III .22 pistols....what gives?  Is .22 that big of a seller that people can't live but without the thought of another three .22 pistols on the market?

Just wondering....

And you thought it was a Walther...didn't you?!?

5 comments:

Adam said...

Could be the gun industry catching up to the economic...downturn.

Hey, you like to shoot but can't afford the ammo? Buy a tactical-ish looking handgun chambered in 22LR and blast away! Cost you beef jerky money versus rent money!

That's one of the "secrets" behind the longevity of the Ruger 10/22, Marlin 60, Winchester 77, etc.

Adam said...

Could be the gun industry catching up to the economic...downturn.

Hey, you like to shoot but can't afford the ammo? Buy a tactical-ish looking handgun chambered in 22LR and blast away! Cost you beef jerky money versus rent money!

That's one of the "secrets" behind the longevity of the Ruger 10/22, Marlin 60, Winchester 77, etc.

Huey said...

Adam you probably hit the nail on the head there..... .22 AR's and the like...what's next..a sub caliber device for a barrett?

Adam said...

I wonder if it's a matter of retooling the SR9/40 line and popping in a smaller action/barrel for the 22LR? If the basic design can handle a 9/40/45 it can handle a 22.

Looked at the models online and they don't appear that similar, unsure about internals. Anyway, some further thoughts.

Adam said...

To your comment on .22 AR's and Barretts, they can have their place.

I understand 22 conversions for ARs if you want to practice tactical exercises and concentrate on improving your movement etc, and you're not so concerned with ballistics. The break-even point is few hundred (thousand) rounds, but it is there. I'm sure there are other reasons but that one jumps out.

A sub-caliber Barrett device is much more...idiotic. Practice movement drills by humping the Barrett up hills and yonder dales? Please. And what sub-caliber round would you use? 458 win? I'm pretty sure whatever caliber you pick would be cost-prohibitive to use. I'm unaware of any conversion kits, and nothing shows up with my Google-Fu, so it would have to be one-off. And if the whole point of the conversion is to save on 50BMG ammo cost you're still losing because of the ballistic differences between 50BMG and round X.

Ok, responded to a very humorous quote in serious fashion, so I have fed the internet trolls. Enjoy!