So I called my favorite local gun shop at about noon today to see if they had a Ruger 22/45 with a 5.5 inch barrel and the blued finish. The guy goes to check and comes back and says they have one. Great. I decide to leave work a little early (4:30) to go pick it up. I get there and there's 1 other person in the gun shop. I'm sure you can see where this is going... I walk over to the case where the .22s are and take a look. There's a target model MKII and a MKIII hunter with an empty space between them. I talk to the guy at the counter, who turns out to be the guy I talked to on the phone. He swore they had one when I talked to him, so he goes to ask the other employee if they've sold a 22/45 today. It turns out the guy that was in the gun shop when I arrived just bought the thing! That's all. I just wanted to tell my story of woe. What are the odds that a gun shop would sell a certain gun within a few hours in the middle of a weekday? They did have some really nice Sigs that I was oogling, I'm starting to like the 229 Elite.