Do the latest Ruger Mk III 22/45 magazines work in the old Mk II 22/45's?
I know the reverse shouldn't work because of the mag safety feature on the Mk IIIs.
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March 27, 2008, 10:06 PM
They will work, but the mag catch protrusion tends to hang on the bottom of the magwell when inserting or removing.
Basically the MKIII mag is the 22/45 mag with the MKII bottom
Just realized your title is for MIII vs. MKII and you message body is for the 22/45 vs. 22/45 MKIII. I have both versions of the 22/45 and the mags interchange.
March 27, 2008, 10:30 PM
Sorry, I realize the standard MkII/III magazines are entirely different from the polymer framed 22/45s. I was specifically asking if the Mk II 22/45 models could use the newer AP10MKIII mags.
Thanks for answering my question. Do the original 22/45 mags even work in the 22/45 MkIII? Or just the newer mags in the older 22/45?
March 28, 2008, 01:57 AM
I use them both ways, newer model to older and vice versa. The Mark III magazines will work in your 22/45. You just have to swap out the short plastic bottom block for the longer 22/45 block. The magazine bodies are identically sized. The Mark III mags have the locking bump in the same position as the 22/45 magazines do. When the newer model Mark III came out one of the changes was to move the magazine catch up on the frame like the 22/45. They simply used a similar system for locking the magazines in place.