This was all very helpful. Thanks for the alternatives.
The 1911 training comments are good; though my 'more serious' gun is a S&W M&P rather than a 1911. For that reason I added a M&P 22 (a gun they recently added precisely for training) to the list of possibles.
The Ruger cleaning concerns are quite valid. It seems complicated to get apart and worse to get together. Youtube is a good resource here. Ruger has interesting videos up on the subject; though the reassembly video is funny due to its complication. The best moment in the reassembly video: "Be certain that the firing pin stop is in the bolt. Without this pin, the first time the trigger is pulled, .... the firing pin will fly forward so far as to irreparably dent the rear of the chamber of the barrel, making the pistol useless." To Ruger's credit; the videos seem to cover a number of common problems as well as how to handle them.
The decision's not made. I was not thinking of the ruger as a training pistol so much as a fun toy. It looks different. It cocks different. It seems pretty accurate.
Thanks for the hand, and by all means post any other thoughts. They are welcome even after I make a decision and buy something. After all, I can't imagine that I'd only purchase one more gun.