Threaded barrel .22: Ruger 22/45...?


July 19, 2012, 09:41 PM
Hey guys.

My fiance's son has expressed an interest in firearms (I own quite a few and am working on talking his mother into carrying concealed), so I want to get him a decent .22 handgun. I know that there are way too many good ones out there to try and do a comparison, and I really like the look of the Browning 1911-22... but I want something I'll enjoy playing with too, and the idea of putting a suppressor on a 22 for backyard plinking sounds really fun.

So my research led me to the Ruger 22/45 - threaded barrel, Ruger reliability. But I really like that Browning 1911-22. Are my chances of finding some sort of drop-in aftermarket threaded barrel that will fit in the 1911-22 realistic, or should I just settle for the Ruger?

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July 20, 2012, 11:46 AM
Unlikely there will be any barrel maker tool up for the Browning 1911-22.
I just don't think the numbers are going to be there to do it.

The Ruger is your best out of the box bet.


July 20, 2012, 12:09 PM
Agree with RC.

I own the "steel" 22/45 Threaded Barrel model with fixed sights, and yesterday I worked with the new Lite version with adjustables.

The steel version has not displayed any type of reliability problem other than failing to cycle with one particular subsonic load.
The Lite pistol was taken out of the box & without any lube added ran through the afternoon session of roughly 240 rounds split evenly between shooting with suppressor attached & without it, with the only malfunction being the very first round fired where the case didn't eject fully.

Both guns come ready to go, with no other expense in aftermarket barrels needed, and the steel version would long outlast the aluminum frame & slide on the Browning 1911-22, in my opinion.
Ruger says the Lite version should have the same service life, but too early to determine conclusively in general use.

July 20, 2012, 01:41 PM
I'm betting the Ruger has the better accuracy....I don't have a Browning 1911, but my Ruger does better than my other 22 1911's...and just about every other 22 I have.

July 20, 2012, 02:07 PM
Something went seriously wrong yesterday with the Lite.
Best 5-shot group at 25 yards was a half inch.
With the suppressor mounted.
I have no idea what happened, best averages overall were around 1-2 inches.

July 20, 2012, 02:10 PM
Dennis.. that Ruger is now trash.. send it to me, along with the suppressor and I'll take care of them. ;) :neener:

July 20, 2012, 02:53 PM
Thanks, I do appreciate the offer. :)
But, the gun'll be going back to Ruger when I'm done with it & the suppressor cost me enough time, money, and effort to hang onto it for the steel pistol it was originally acquired for.

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