Originally Posted by ScottA
If I was looking for an inexpensive 22, I'd probably be gravitating toward the Ruger SR22 or the S&W M&P.
I agree. I've shot both and came away extremely impressed. I just helped my mother with her 1st handgun purchase...an SR22. The Ruger is pretty tiny (about the size of a PPK, maybe even smaller), while the M&P is closer to a service size pistol. So size probably dictates which is the better fit for any given shooter.
I have the GSG 1911, and generally wouldn't recommend it.
The Ruger and Browning target pistols are another viable option.