Alright ladies and gentlemen, I want to get a .22 pistol for plinking and cheap shooting. I had decided to get a Ruger 22/45 because of its updated grip configuration as I was never into the heavily canted grip of the original Rugers. Unfortunately, I have not been able to source one of the base models anywhere. I am not interested in the hunter or target version, as I am looking to stay under $300 for this pistol. My local gun store has the base model of the S&W 22A for $309. I have never shot one, and my range doesn't have one to borrow. What do you guys think about these two? The only things I noticed about the S&W that raised my eyebrows are the plastic handle and the odd location of the magazine release. Other then that, nothing but brand loyalty (I only own Colt, Ruger, Springfield and Remington, and love them all) is holding me back from the S&W. Although, my grandfather's favorite guns were S&W so one of his (a model 66-1) will be heading to me at some point (he passed away). Thoughts?