The question was which 22 pistol do I recommend that my friend buy? My recommendation was that he couldn't go wrong with a Ruger MKIII Lite if it was going to be a plinking, small game, house gun and possibly used for carry. Which is what he was going to ask of his jack of all trades 22 pistol. He was dead set on a semi auto so no sense in suggesting a revolver.
He had already done his homework on gunbroker and knew the choices. He asked what about a Browning Buckmark, S&W 22a/s, Ruger SR22, any one of the 1911/22s, Sig Mosquito, Neos and a couple of others that I'm probably forgetting about. I told him that my wife of 40 years (on this very day) was wanting a handgun for pretty much the same reasons and she got the Ruger MKIII Lite in the Muddy Girl Pattern and loves it. I told him that I never even considered getting her anything else. Should have I? I have a couple of Ruger 22 Auto's of my own. A MKII target and a 22 MKIII Lite in Green Anodized. Maybe I'm brain washed.......if you guys/gals were only going to have one do it all 22 auto what would you go with?