Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by MR WICK, Nov 19, 2021.
I bought mine in 1987, 5½" bull barrel model, and after tens of thousands of rounds and a few odd spare parts like firing pins, it still shoots like new. I have a detachable scope mount for it and the Mk.II has proved to be as accurate as they come; sighted in at 50yd the bullet goes exactly where the 2MOA red dot is, usually dead center.
Surprisingly enough, its "replacement", Colt/Walther 1911 .22 Rail Gun I bought a few years ago, is much better than its sketchy reputation might suggest but it never really replaced the Ruger. A few .22 pistols have come and gone but the Mk.II is here to stay. I originally bought it because all gun stores near me were out of stock on S&W 41, thinking that I'd just shoot it for a while and trade it in for one shortly afterwards.
After a few weeks I didn't want to.
Where the Wrangler lacks is in the sights department and while I agree it’s a gem of a sleeper, the six shooter won’t keep up in competition shooting.
If only Ruger had added the Single-Six’s sights to the Wrangler.
Nothing a well-placed cut or two with an NC router and an aftermarket sight won't fix, don't you think?
Ah but the added expense gets you right back to Single-Six territory money-wise.
So did your buddy make a selection?
Mr. Wick - in your OP, you listed three SA pistols. Now, in Post #53, Skylerbone suggested a Ruger revolver. I concur about the Ruger Single Six as you get two guns, a .22LR and a .22 Magnum. While they are single action, that gives you the ability to focus on your target better. It also can make you more frugal with ammo. Being single action can also be a safety feature for somebody unfamiliar with a SA as you have to cock the hammer before shooting. A fully loaded and charged SA goes off with a simple trigger pull and that can lead to a ND/AD (a Negligent or Accidental Discharge) which can be a potential disaster.
I shot all three a bunch, and own a Mark Iv. If I could do over I’d buy a Victory. They are the best of the three out of the box. The one I shot was without a doubt more accurate than the other two. Again, stock
This way you'll have a practice gun if you ever decide to purchase the PPQ in 9mm.
Why not buy ADD a Victory to the Mark IV?
They're not bank breakers...
Walther P 22 is another one that won't break the bank. Mine likes CCI Stingers the best but also shoots Mini Mags well.
I would rate the guns:
Ruger Mark IV 22/45 Lite
Walther 1911 22
GSG 1911 22
Walther P 22.
It will out shoot the 2 right out of the box and is not finicky on ammo type.
Victorys are more accurate out of the box.
You may find an advantage with the Ruger, for upgrades, and aftermarket parts viability.
Buckmarks are the most beautiful tool to cross the path of men...the rest are just wenches that do the same exact job with less pizzazz....
I have the lightweight Mark IV 22/45 and really like it.
I confess to having a BuckMark for 2 reasons; price, under $220 after clearance price and rebate, and because as a youngster who got an arm (not shoulder) full of 20ga single shot I was committed to never shooting again until my dad’s friend put a BuckMark in my hands to plink with. I immediately forgot my sore arm and the rest was instant nostalgia.
Still, that Browning is plenty accurate and now well behaved with a few tweaks.
Heh. I clicked "like" because I can feel what's going on here. Buckmark was my #3 choice in the 80's and there's certainly nothing wrong with it; it's a class act and a great .22 on its own right, but one of the LGS's happened to have Ruger Mk.II 512 in stock and that happened to be my #2 option.
Underrated, heck yeah. If the red tape situation was anywhere near as sensible as it was pre-EU, I'd grab one in a heartbeat.
But it isn't hence the Buckmark has gone the same way as the $250 mint 6" nickel .22 Colt Diamondback I had to pass on last year. Can't be a$$ed with current regs, and my SWMBO thinks I already have all the guns in the world so it's a bitter-sweet win/win situation for everything. Except for what I really want.
Ruger Standard Model
Ruger MkIV 22/45
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