I am surprised no one has quoted the four golden rules of gun safety yet:
1. All guns are always loaded (meaning, even if you *know* the gun is unloaded, you will still treat it as though it was loaded).
2. Don't point your gun at anything you are not willing to destroy or kill.
3. Be aware of your target and what's around and behind it.
4. Keep your finger off the trigger until you have made decision to shoot.
I have very limited experience shooting .22lr. I rented a Ruger Mk2 and a Ruger sp101 once and absolutely hated shooting both of them. I couldn't get the MK2 to feed properly, which was probably my fault, but the revolver failed to fire lot as well. I know better ammo would have probably made a difference, but I just don't like how unreliable rimfire ammo is. I have a revolver in .38 and a pistol in 9mm, and they have never failed to feed or fire. I personally think 9mm is the best compromise of usefulness, price, and user friendliness.
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