Re: Beat that horse
There are several ways to buy your first 22 pistol. The common way is to find a cheap one only to find after using it for awhile that it is not exactly what you need. Manufacturers know this so they produce a cheapy version with a few short cuts to get the costs down, like plastic sights, plastic trigger guards, and other parts made of plastic or pot metal that look just like really good parts.
My advice is to first determine your needs, such as Plinking, paper punching, competition, hunting. Buy only the model that fits those needs, remembering that if you pay a bit more you will get a better gun. Plastic is just OK for frames but steel or aluminum is better. Pot metal (Zinc alloy) is a no-no as it has no longevity and wears rapidly.
In both the Buckmark and Ruger MK series line of guns there are bottom feeders, competition versions, and models in between and the prices vary greatly. In both thef Buckmark and Ruger MK series you get what you pay for. The better more expensive models are definitely better in terms of potential accuracy, better triggers, better sights, and better durability. Buy whatever you want but don't buy "cheap". Buy what fits your needs and desires. A cheapy gun that does not meet your needs is a total waste of money if it sits silent.
Do some research and get the gun exactly for your needs. Price is not everything.