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Ruger 22/45 MK III 1911 grip modification

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Hellbore, Mar 4, 2010.

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  1. Hellbore

    Hellbore Member

    Nov 24, 2003
    Hey guys, I haven't been around much lately but I had a question for ya.

    First of all I finally bought a Ruger 22/45 MK III, I have wanted one for years.

    I have read that you can grind down the grip sides and put in bushings to allow you to use standard 1911 grips. I'd like to do this to mine. Anybody done this to theirs? Is it worth it?

    I noticed however, looking at a recent Ruger catalog, that they now sell a 22/45 that already comes with the removable 1911 grips!

    Funny thing is I only see this version in blued steel, not stainless.

    Anybody know if Ruger sells this version in stainless?

    Also, I have not been able to shoot CCI Blazer ammo, the nose of the bullet gets stuck on the feed ramp. Anybody else had this problem? I heard sometimes the problem goes away after the gun has been broken in. Your thoughts? I have run a hundred or so of the Remington "golden bullet" ammo with NO problems, however.

    Also, anybody know a nice leather holster for this gun? I bought a leather holster directly from Ruger, and it's nice, but there are a couple things about it I don't care for:
    1 - The end is open, I was looking for a closed-ended holster. The end is open even though it protrudes past the end of the barrel. Is there a reason for that? Is it so you can shoot with the gun still in the holster or something, in an emergency? Seems like a closed-ended holster would keep dirt and junk out better. That leads me to...
    2 - The holster also does not cover / protect the trigger. When the gun is in the holster the trigger is completely exposed, and I could easily fire the gun with it in the holster, OR a branch could easily snag on the trigger and make it fire by accident :( Sure I can put it on safety when it's in the holster, but I hate to rely on that, if there's a round in the chamber.

    Anyway, appreciate any advice or info...
  2. Comanche180

    Comanche180 Member

    Jan 11, 2008
    Over on RimfireCentral a guy is selling add on grips for your MkIII 22/45. There's a video on you tube by him showing how to do it, pretty simple and inexpensive.
  3. Bill B.

    Bill B. Member

    Jun 25, 2004
    This probably isn't what you wish to hear but is a common issue with .22 auto's in that they will feed some ammo and jam on others. I am guessing that there is a difference in the case thickness between the CCI & Remington and that is making the round "sit" a little different in the clips feed lips = jamming. I have the same issue with a Ruger MK II and the 4 clips I have for it. If I took the time I could "tweak" the feed lips for use with any ammo but I don't. All 4 clips feed Federal Bulk like a champ. 2 of the 4 clips feed Remington Golden Bullet like a champ and the other 2 jam ever other shot. All 4 clips feed CCI Mini Mags like a champ. I have left them alone for this very reason. As long as I know what works I am not going to worry about what doesn't. There may be some adj. instructions for the feed lips on the Ruger clips on RimfireCentral if you decide to try some changes. Best of luck!
  4. Kingofthehill

    Kingofthehill Member

    Jun 25, 2009
    I hope Ruger releases the new frame for replacable panels by itself!... since the S/N is on the barrel, it seems easy enough IMO.

    I modded mine but would like to buy a factory unit if possible.

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