I certainly wouldn't call this ugly:
My Ruger Mark III Competition Target.
Since that time though she has fired my SW model 66, 2 1/2 inch roundbutt and my Colt Combat Commander in .45 ACP.
The Taurus has become her plinker and "snake gun" with shotshell ammo, and she has "claimed" the SW model 66 for her own now.
What's the practicle difference between the Bull barrel and the Hunter on ruger models????
I think it's probably general concensus that the Ruger is a great .22 pistol. I'd recommend the Mark II or III, both great guns.
I've got a S&W 22A as well but I wouldn't recommend it. The third round I ever put through it caused the action to blow off and the spring went flying off somewhere, I had to buy a new. Ever since it's jammed a lot. Maybe I just got a bad one, so don't let me deter you from getting one.
I think the Ruger's go for close to $500 but I'm not sure since I didn't buy either of mine. I have seen good used one's at gun shows though that go for around $300.
Take a look at the Beretta U22. My wife and I will be taking her new one to the range Monday.
Academy has them at $219 and $269 in the Dallas area, they have some stores in GA so it might be worth checking them out.