Back when I was a much younger man, and I mean MUCH younger, I wanted an RG 22 in the worst way. RG offered the one feature that I desperately needed in a handgun.
They were cheap. About $29.95 if I remember correctly.
I remember seeing them in the case at the local GEM store, right next to the Smith & Wesson Model 28 "Highway Patrolman" in the walnut presentation case. The Model 28 had a price tag that said, IIRC $129.00.
It might as well have been a million.
But $29.95. Well I could at least dream of being able to scratch together that much. I never did. I was so broke back in those days, I wouldn't even ask to see it, just looked through the glass case. A Raven 25 auto was the other "in my price range" gun.
Not too long ago, I saw a like new condition RG at my favorite gun shop. I have no idea why it was there, they normally don't carry that kind of gun. It really wasn't THAT bad. The D/A trigger pull surprised me. It was better than a Nagant revolver I've got (but what isn't?). The S/A oddly enough was AWFUL. I literally could not pull the trigger in S/A mode. I thought it was broken.
I think they wanted something like $80.00 for it. I thought about offering $29.95 to see if they'd take it to get it out of the store.