I can tell you that I'm going to be buying a Ruger 10/22. Hadn't planned to and was actually shopping around for a gun for my 12 year old nephew but was convinced to get him a bolt action as his first gun. It was too late as I kinda fell in love with the Ruger so what was suggested was that I buy him a bolt action and I buy the 10/22 and if he can prove he's responsible with the bolt action then next year for Christmas he might get the Ruger from me. In the meantime I get to have fun with it.
I don't really need it but it switched from thinking about it to wanting it.
I kinda doubt that .22s are going to be on any kind of weapons ban. That's just my opinion so take it for what it's worth.
I didn't know you could bend it like that?