I've never been much of a fan of the autoloading pistol, so don't have a lot of experience. However, I did buy this Ruger 22/45 a couple of years ago, prior to my grandson's visit, just to have something for him to shoot for experience.
It does a good job of putting bullets where you aim. And trouble free. Not much on looks, but its a nice pistol for a youngster.
It does tend to eat up .22 cartridges.