Yuppers. We bought one last year as a club gun for noobs, and have a lot of happy about it.
It likes the cheaper end of the ammunition scale - we shoot GECO standard in it with absolutely no problems so far - almost a year - but it does work on subs as well.
It's great value for money, even in this country where you get right-royally ripped off. Back over in the real world - Septicaemia - you can buy the rifle, a reasonable scope and a brick of 500 for about half what you pay for it here.
As such, there is NO similarly-priced alternative in any new .22 semi-auto.
Thanks Plunderer, ive read that the 597's main rival is the Ruger 10/22 but they are about double the price on GunStar! Ive just joined a club in Notts and i think they have a 597, i will get hands on and see how it feels.