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The compact model in particular just might be the premier choice for a rimfire rifle. A serviceably short length of pull (12.5"), usable front sight mount, promising trigger, ergonomic safety and magazine release, the uber-dependable and ubiquitous rotary 10/22 magazine, and very reasonable price point are a nice combination of features. If that receiver scope dovetail can permit a ghost-ring rear sight in back and a cantilever Scout scope base up front, one could add those plus a third stud for a Ching Sling, a replacement front sight post, and have a fairly feature-complete .22 Scout rifle.
Yeah, I find that interesting. :-)
Maybe someone at Ruger is listening again. Just recently I met my first SR9, and wasn't prepared for how much good there was in there. It ain't perfect by a longshot, but it's a good deal further along the continuum than anything in the P-series ever was--good enough that if it runs well in hard use, it's arguably a viable competitor to the XD and M&P, which is saying something. Certainly the most compelling original centerfire auto pistol that Ruger has yet offered. And it wasn't too long ago that I ran into Ruger's Gunsite Scout Rifle, which impressed me greatly. And now this.
Please, fellas: do keep this up.