Standard Manufacturing SG22: For Target Shooters

Pistols chambered in 22 LR have endless uses from teaching new shooters to plinking to serious target use. Whatever you use it for, the 22 LR should have a place in your gun safe. The Standard Manufacturing SG22 is designed for shooters interested in accuracy while target shooting, but it’s also a pistol made to appeal to a broad range of gun owners. To learn more about the pistol, read on.

Standard Manufacturing SG22
The Standard Manufacturing SG22 is designed as an homage to the classic target pistol aesthetic while offering modern capabilities and reliability. (Photo credit: Standard Manufacturing)

Standard Manufacturing provides some details of the SG22:

The SG22 is chambered in .22LR and possesses the classic styling and design elements of the quintessential guns of yesteryear. This John Browning design features a 1911 style magazine release, comfortable wood target grips, smooth action, and adjustable sights, making the SG22 ideal for target shooting.
The Master Gunsmiths at Standard Manufacturing hand make each SG22 individually machined from solid blocks of steel to the highest precision tolerances, not modern manufacturing techniques. Each gun requires many labor-intensive hours of polishing, stoning, and fitting. Only the most experienced gunsmiths can accomplish this; as such, very few gunmakers in the world have the capability or craftsmen to make a gun of this level. We anticipate a great deal of demand for this limited production model, at the time of this printing, the retail price of the Standard Manufacturing SG22 starts at $999 and can be purchased through your local gun shop, through all major distributors, and directly from us.
Standard Manufacturing SG22 case colored finish and walnut grips
The SG22 is available with a case-colored finish and walnut grips. (Photo credit: Standard Manufacturing)

The gun was created to be reminiscent of the Colt Woodsman designed by John Moses Browning in 1915. Its classic lines and overall aesthetic absolutely call to mind the beauty of the Woodsman while its modern features increase its appeal even more. The SG22 is available with either a blued or case-colored finish. Walnut grips with textured side panels for a firm hold while shooting are featured on the gun regardless of finish.

The Standard Manufacturing SG22 is shown here with a blued finish and textured walnut grips.
The Standard Manufacturing SG22 is shown here with a blued finish and textured walnut grips. (Photo credit: Standard Manufacturing)

Features of the SG22 include a fixed front sight and adjustable rear sight. According to the gun maker, the sights were specifically designed for superior performance while target shooting. Angled serrations at the rearward portion of the slide make manipulating the slide easier. The trigger is curved and the trigger guard is rounded, which can help reduce the risk of snagging. This gun has a 10-round capacity.

A fixed front blade sight and adjusted notched rear sight come standard on the SG22.
A fixed front blade sight and adjusted notched rear sight come standard on the SG22. (Photo credit:


  • Caliber: 22 LR
  • Barrel Length: 6 5/8 inches
  • Magazine: 10 Round
  • Sights: Fixed Front and Adjustable Rear
  • Grips: 2 Piece Walnut
  • Finish: Case Colored or Blued
  • Overall Length: 10.25 inches
  • Weight: 2 pounds with an empty magazine inserted
MSRP varies but starts at $999.00. Standard Manufacturing states the SG22 is a limited-run pistol, so if you want one, get on it.
What do you think? Does the SG22 remind you of a classic Colt Woodsman? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.
Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.

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