Thanks to minimal recoil and the relatively afforable pricing of firearms chambered in .22LR, both these things will appeal to new shooters, especially women. And the more people involved in the shooting sports the better it is for us all..22lr pistols have not gotten any respect in the last few years. However, try finding one now in inventory at a decent price. Many new women shooters are starting out with them because they are recoil sensitive.
I've been able to build up a substantial number of .22LR suppressor hosts that has allowed me casual and quiet target shooting on my own property whenever I'm in the mood, without having to travel 20+ miles to an indoor range facility.
I'm greatful that numerous manufacturers have been introducing new .22LR handgun models that are reasonably priced, and that are being made out of more modern materials that are lighter in weight - and work surprisingly well. Even Taurus, with their TX22 entry, has had great success, so much so that they recently introduced their TX 22 Competition model with SA only trigger, 5" threaded bull barrel, and optic mount. Some may find it hard to hear or read the words "Taurus" and "Competition" used together in the same sentence, but this new offering from Taurus isn't meant to replace dedicated $2.5K+ Olympic competition pistols, but is instead meant to offer the common man or woman an affordable pistol that can be used for casual target shooting, critter control, or just plain old fun:
Taurus TX22 Competition pistol...
Some may consider this sacrilege, especially on a website dedicated to Ruger firearms, but I enjoy shooting my Taurus TX22 pistol more than I do my Ruger Mark series pistols. The fact that this pistol costs $200+ less than a new Ruger Mark IV and utilizes 16 round factory magazines - is purely academic.