Well, the Ruger .357 was quite an education. It is hellish to shoot, very intimidating (to the shooter as well as anyone downrange) and not cheap. With that gun, I started to understand that it’s going to take a lot of shooting to gain any degree of proficiency and, at $0.25 a pop, the .357 is an expensive way to learn to shoot.
So, today I bought a nice little Walther P-22 semi-automatic pistol that shoots the cheapest ammunition around, the 22 LR (Long Rifle) cartridge. I got one with the short 3.42″ barrel paying $209.00 at Sportsman’s Warehouse, a great price. As with the Ruger .357, the paperwork and FBI background check took only a couple of minutes and I went out the door with gun and ammunition shortly after arriving empty handed.
I can shoot the Federal bulk pack ammunition from Walmart for less than two (2) cents a shot. And the recoil is much, MUCH more manageable.
The downsides include the relatively long and not-very-easy trigger pull and the short sight radius.
But regardless, this is a fun gun to shoot!