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Old 09-12-2003, 11:37 AM   #1
 
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Mk II vs. 22/45

I've been planning to buy a ruger 22/45 as my first target pistol, mostly because they are inexpensive and mimic the 1911, however I'm starting to wonder how they stack up against Mk IIs. Any input would be appreciated. I'm specifically looking at the P512. -Thanks
 
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Old 10-14-2003, 04:59 AM   #2
 
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MKII<-->22/45

I f U have a large hand and can wrap it around the 22/45, then OK, The gun is well made for the price, and is not all that much different except for the mag. release as opposed to the "European" style of the MKII!

There is the usual test, pick one of each up and casually aim, and see which one feels best. I know the kinky handle of the MKII is weird, but Match Pistols are way kinkier, and they have a heel rest.

There are many more aftermarkets for the MKII then the 22/45, and the 22/45 grip gets slippery at the frontstrap. I use Hoque Rubber Finger gooves on my MKII with a VolQuartsen trigger, and extended Mag release, cut and stabilized front trigger guard!

The trigger guard on the 22/45 is real good as compared to the stock MKII, which may give U a hang nail in Fast Draw shoots...mine is custom and not worth the trigger guard aggravating work!

The 22/45 is about 10oz lighter so the single hand shots are bearable, especially if your target is the size of a pinhead!

The internal stuff of both are basically the same except for Sear Spring and some major pins.

Try the Feel Test......... :P
 
Old 11-03-2003, 12:57 PM   #3
 
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my first handgun

The Ruger 22/45 was the very first handgun I ever owned. It was a great gun except a few small things. The gun was very accurate, but the only thing I didn't like was the way the front sight is fixed to the barrel. It catches bad in a holster if you are going to carry it for a vermin killing. By far, I wouldn't recommend this or any .22 for concealed carry. It is an accurate gun, but my only complaint was that this gun was that it would always jam up by not extracting the spent cartidge all the way out. Maybe it was just my gun, but maybe others have had luck. I always kept it clean and couldn't figure why it jammed. That is another thing, disassembly and assembly for this is kind of tricky, but it is easy to do after doing it a few times. All in all, if you want a good gun for plinking and/or varmint killing or small game hunting, this is a great gun for it. I traded it in over 2 years ago for a Ruger P95DC. I wanted something with more power for concealed carry, although it wasn't easy being as it is a big gun. Anyway, for plinking, I would say go for it, but for carrying and personal protection, no.
 
 
Old 11-03-2003, 02:02 PM   #4
 
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Re: my first handgun

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Originally Posted by jasonkdailey
I didn't like was the way the front sight is fixed to the barrel. It catches bad in a holster if you are going to carry it for a vermin killing. By far, I wouldn't recommend this or any .22 for concealed carry. It is an accurate gun, but my only complaint was that this gun was that it would always jam up by not extracting the spent cartidge all the way out. Maybe it was just my gun, but maybe others have had luck.
A lot of people find them flawless, some have to get a titanium extractor, other Mag, Some clip lip bending,,,most are satisfied except for the Clip release that is kind of weak! Usually dry ammo will not extract properly or the Bolt quide spring is too powerful!

As a matter of fact, the 22/45 fans go all the way with BSA "Red Dot", SoLo mounts, and even restructiring the grips to the point of using Colt .45 stock grips and more!

As for the front sight, It's the same as the MKII, in 1985 they were a humongus rake type, I filed it down to fit in a holster for range events, and painted the tip for accuracy. The MKII or 22/45 512 BBL. can be used for CCW, in a vertical holster with stock parts, depending on your height and girth!

Bob
 
Old 11-20-2003, 10:33 AM   #5
 
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Thanks for the response guys, I had almost given up hope of getting any info. Baring absoulotly hating the grip I do plan to go for the 22/45,
 
Old 02-18-2004, 02:50 PM   #6
 
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yeah four months later and still on the first page, bad sign for forums. Anyways I picked it up and it's a pleasure to shoot , although I go through ammo like candy. First off any tips on how often I should break it down to clean it? I've put 300 or so rounds through it and I've only cleaned the barrel and chamber so far.

Secondly, and mostly just so I know, how much do aimpoint sights cost? I was thinking of buying one to switch between guns.

Thanks
 
Old 03-26-2004, 07:44 AM   #7
 
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22/45

After shooting with Army teams in the 50's, I am returning to competitive pistol shooting. In the 50's I used a Ruger Mark I for my .22 matches and found it very reliable...virtually no alibis.

Now I am back into bullseye competition and bought a 22/45 with 8 inch bbl. I wanted the long bbl for the extended sight radius and it was a mistake; the pistol is too nose heavy for me. At the time I bought it I had never heard of red dot sights! For 73 year old eyes, the red dots are the best thing that ever happened to pistol shooting.

But back to the 22/45. I find it very reliable and accurate. I do clean it by field stripping after any shooting but never have had malfunctioning during a match of 90 rounds. It is most important to keep the face of the bolt clear of residue because that can move the cartridge far enough forward that the firing pin cannot make sufficiently good contact to fire the primer. You will enjoy the 22/45 and the price is right!
 
Old 04-09-2004, 10:14 PM   #8
 
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My 22/45 5 1/2 bull barrel is fluted, Clark trigger, & trigger gaurd has had that goofy ledge buffed off, oh by the way skateboard tape works great on the front strap. :lol:
 
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