Stepped up to the Mark II 22/45 model


February 11, 2010, 09:39 PM
I've been aggrivated by my Ruger MkII 5.5" blued pistol recently, been fighting light strikes and stovepiping, also, my H&R 949 has been less than accurate, I wasn't happy with either of them, so when I stopped off at my gunshop this evening, I spied *this*;
it came with the box, manual, and an extra mag, the gun itself is in great shape, strong rifling, smooth, clean action, nice crisp trigger, and the Ruger Eagle on the back of the bolt is a nice subtle touch

I especially like the grip angle, just like my Kimber Custom II, 1911 pattern pistols point very naturally for me, I also like the mag release being on the side, instead of the heel of the grip, the polymer frame, meh, don't really care either way, I would have preferred a steel frame, but Ruger doesn't make a steel framed 22/45...

I especially like the fact that it's a Mark II revision, lacking all the "Lawyer/Nannycrap" features, according to the serial #, it's approx. a 1993 vintage model

So, I traded the Mark II and H&R 949 for it, and not only didn't it cost me a thing, the gunshop actually owed *me* $8 in return ;), the only thing better than a "free" gun is one that the store pays *you* for :D

I got a new-to-me gun in better shape** than my old MkII, *and* got free dinner out of it (McDonald's, admittedly, but free is free.....)

**the old MkII had bluing wear on the muzzle, a few spots of surface corrosion in the nooks and crannies, a scuffed up rear grip portion where the mainspring housing fits, and it had light strike issues, and stovepiping problems, the stainless 22/45 is in far better shape

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February 11, 2010, 09:46 PM
Very nice..

Now order up a bushing/screw kit for a 1911, get the dremmel out and sand the center insert flush and put some 1911 grips on it.

Then its really like shooting a 1911... did it to mine, mine has 70k down the pipe now. Fantastic gun!, i clean it in 5k intervals.


February 11, 2010, 10:14 PM
I've been looking into 22/45s ately. I need a .22 handgun and these seem pretty good, considering the prices I see them at (I also like the 1911 grip angle)

However, I've heard that they can be finnicky and jam; i've also heard that there is a "at-home job" that works wonders at corrected such issues. Can anyone fill me in? :)

February 11, 2010, 10:17 PM
Also try looking at the Browning Buckmark Camper. It can be had for $300 and is extremely reliable as well as accurate.

February 11, 2010, 10:29 PM
I'll play!

Same grip job mah' boy kingofthehill did. It feels very "nineteenelevenie."

I'm only at 30-35k, but it still gets cleaned infrequesntly like his. Good pistol!

February 14, 2010, 03:49 PM
Range report on my MkII 22/45;

Before I took it to the range, I field stripped it, and removed the gripframe from the reciever, it appears to have been unfired, there was no signs of use, no gunpowder residue, no crud buildup on the chamber face, it was spotless, so, I'm assuming that this pistol was originally unfired (either that or the previous owner did a stellar job of cleaning, as there wasn't even the tiniest bit of evidence it had ever been fired

So, on the assumption that this was an unfired gun, here's the range report

Functioning; 95%, out of 100 rounds shot, there were two failures to feed, due to me not slapping the mag in fully, that was my fault, one misfeed that dented a cartridge halfway up the brass, not sure how that happened, and one round was a partial dud that fired when re-chambered and fired a second time (bad primer)

I know all brand new guns have to go through a break-in procedure, so I'm not dissapointed in the three failures it had, once it's had time to break in, i'll be expecting 99.99% reliability from it (no firearm can ever be 100% reliable, it's highly statistically improbable), this 22/45 however, *HAS* been more reliable than the old Mark II I swapped for it

Accuracy; it was cold and windy (28F with wind chill, wind from WNW at 17 MPH), and my hands were a bit chilled, so I wasn't shooting as well as I could have, but this pistol *was* able to shoot a few one-holers at 15 yards, most groups were half-dollar sized, I'm sure it'll perform better in less windy and warmer conditions

This pistol was also more accurate than the old MkII

I'm quite happy with the performance of my MkII 22/45, it's a keeper, the only mod I want to do now is to remove the ball detent on the bolt stop to allow slingshotting the bolt, as that's one feature I do miss from the old MkII

February 14, 2010, 10:58 PM
I have the 4" stainless bull barrel model. I dont know if its the most accurate handgun I own but, its the one that I can shoot the most accurately.

You know those "bad range days" everyone gets from time to time? I have never had one with the 22/45. I have gotten into of the habbit of bringing it just in case I'm having one.

By far my favorite gun to shoot. Only propblems I ever had was with the sights. The front sight screw liked to work loose, and the rear sight pin liked to walk loose. 1 drop of blue locktite per issue and it never happened again.

Enjoy your new toy.

February 15, 2010, 07:56 PM
I have a 22/45 and it shoots very well. The only thing I don't like is having to load the magazines so often.

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