All that said, I shot several hundred rounds without problems. I then allowed my kids ages 7, 8, 10, and 11 to also fire. My youngest son is a scrawny, weak little thing, but after I helped him the first few times, even he was able to pull the slide back on his own. All of them handled the kick without issue. I felt this was an absolutely great choice for teaching them to shoot. I highly recommend this weapon for anybody who wants to teach children to safely handle and shoot a gun with something children are capable of actually handling safely and with something that isn't going to kick too badly.
Here are the features I already mentioned in my previous post in the "recommend a .22" thread (I forgot to mention that it also came with a zipper case to keep it in):
Anianna wrote:I handled it some today and love the slide action. On my Sig Sauer .380, I have to work pretty hard to get the slide all of the way back and it requires me to fully grasp the top of the slide. I am able to "finger and thumb" grasp the rear of the slide on the SR22 and pull it back fully, so no chance of getting a finger pinched in the ejection slot.
Some things you guys might be interested to know:
The SR22 has a visual inspection port to see if the chamber is loaded without moving the slide.
It comes with the standard small grip and a larger grip and it is relatively easy to switch the grips
Both rear and front sites include easy to see white outlined dots
Rear sight is adjustable
The trigger guard is oversized so you should be able to use the firearm even with gloves on or if you have really big fingers
The hammer spur is grooved for easy manual cocking if you want to start firing in single action mode
Magazine release works from either side of the gun, so is great for lefties and righties
Magazine disconnect is designed to keep the gun from firing when the magazine is removed even if there is a cartridge chambered
It does have a slide stop (my Sig Sauer does not)
The safety can be operated from either side of the gun and is also a decock. If the hammer is decocked using the safety, the hammer is held away from the firing pin as it is released without having to manually block it.
It came with two mags and a factory supplied locking device
The manual says the gun can be safely dry fired without damage as long as the gun contains an empty magazine
I did a takedown of the SR22 and found it very simple and straight forward. I was also able to get it back together easily (I don't seem to have the strength or dexterity to get my Sig back together myself and generally require my hubby's help with it).
So far, I am extremely happy with my purchase. I will let you guys know how it fires as soon as I get a chance to do some shooting.
This gun is great for anybody looking for a small caliber CCW, anybody who doesn't have a lot of upper body strength, anybody with small hands, for teaching children gun safety and handling, for anybody who has joint issues or another medical problem that makes it difficult to operate firearms that require more strength to operate moving parts, or for anybody who just wants a nice .22 to go plinking with.