Originally Posted by gunnails
Which is no surprise as it is the most common caliber (.22) in the US.
Of course it is. It's a small-calibur, low-cost option that is very appealing to entry-level and veteran shooters alike. The ammo is super-cheap for plinking and target shooting, it's one of the most popular caliburs for competative target shooting (you probably have seen some of the ulta-modified .22 handguns those dudes use, very cool stuff), and the cost of initial aquisition (of the gun itself) is rather low. The recoil is very light, meaning both men and women can use it easily, and it "seems" a safer/less aggressive. more concealable, less "big gun" option.
If/when I buy my own first, it will very likely be this Ruger .22, for many of the above reasons: