A perfect, low cost trainer for .45 caliber shooters, the 22/45 Rimfire Pistol from Ruger delivers Mark III performance with the grip, feel, and fire control locations of the classic 1911 .45 caliber design. Utilizing the Mark III's internal cylindrical bolt construction design, the 22/45 delivers higher accuracy potential than conventional moving slide designs by ensuring permanent alignment. The loaded chamber indicator gives visual and tactile indication when the chamber is loaded, while the magazine disconnect prevents discharge when the magazine drops out. The precision-molded Zytel® polymer grip frame provides a lightweight base for the alloy steel receiver and 5.5'' bull barrel. Checkered grip panels for sure handling. With precision-adjustable rear sights and fixed front sight for dependable target aquisition, the 22/45 also comes drilled and tapped for easy installation of Weaver®-style scope base adapters. Manual safety. Internal safety. Easy-to-grasp tapered bolt ears. Weight: 32 oz. Capacity: 10 rounds.
Rated 5 out of 5 by RetLeo Ruger Mark III 22/45 evil features conquered!
The only complaint I’ve heard about the Ruger Mark III 22/45 is the evil pin that can be the problem field stripping and reassembling, so I did my homework.
I read the manual that comes with the gun, watched the videos on Ruger’s website and decided to take it apart and clean the factory gunk off of it.
The evil pin is actually the bolt stop that’s connected to the mainspring housing. Pulling out the mainspring housing was a snap but It took a couple good hits with a brass mallet and non marring drift punch to get the evil pin out so I could the finish disassembly. Putting it back together, the problem was first getting that pin back in and putting the connected mainspring housing back where it belonged. After about an hour I managed to get the pin back in but still couldn't get the mainspring housing back in.
Six Youtube video’s later, about 40 minutes worth, I learned the reassembly secrets, such as where the hammer need to be, how that evil pin actually goes back in and what part the magazine and trigger play in getting the mainspring housing back in, and managed to complete the reassembly.
I disassembled and assembled it another few times and took it apart a couple days later and put it back together with only a slight struggle.
I shot it last week for the first time. Great little pistol! The sights were off, a little low and to the left and the adjustable sights took care of zeroing it in. I shot up 200 rds of Federal Champion brass plated and 200 rounds of 35-40 year old Remington Mohawk lead bullets and had no feed or ejection problems. The magazine disconnect makes taking the magazine out a pain but after a few times it came out much smoother. If it becomes bothersome, the magazine disconnect can be removed, although it would probably void Ruger’s warranty.
I took the gun apart without needing a punch to get that pin out, cleaned it and easliy put it back together without incident. The more times I took it apart and put it back together, the easier that pin came out and went back in.
After I was finished I looked at the manual again. It actually has all the info needed to field strip and reassemble the gun. Unfortunately, it isn’t written in a manner in which the info jumped out at me, but it’s there. It would have gone a lot better had I’d noticed the step putting back the mainspring housing for the Mark III 22/45 is different than for the Mark III, where it says, “For 22/45 models, skip to 7A.”
I like puzzles so I didn't mind what it took to finally figure it out, hence the 5 star rating. I recommend this pistol but only if you have the patience and time needed to figure out how to take it apart and put it back together. Learning how is certainly worth the effort.
January 5, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by nomoreruger would not buy again
bought ruger 22/45, shoots fantastic- however the dis-assembly and re-assembly of this gun would keep me from buying it again. i have many guns, all types, this is by far the most difficult gun to re-assemble i have ever seen. i do not believe this one will be in my gun safe long.........very disappointed. watched video's, read manual multiple times, possible defect? will be sending it back for repair and it will be gone. think about it before you buy it, i read many reviews stating these problems before i bought it- will listen closer to reviewers next time. i repeat- i would not buy again.
November 9, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bent73 Great pistol
This is a great little pistol that everyone should have. Great for the range or plinking. I'm sure you can even do a little bit of hunting with it.
The only drawback is the breakdown. Make sure you follow every detail in the instructions when breaking it down. It's easy to miss a step.
Aside from that, I just love this pistol. It shoots like a dream.
July 10, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by joethefish love this gun
I bought mine years ago when they first came out. Its worked perfectly ever since and is the most fun gun ive ever had. For a .22 pistol in this price range you simply cant beat it.
October 7, 2011
You have to get a threaded barrel to add a sound suppressor, so yes you would have to get the barrel threaded to add a suppressor, Ruger dose sell MK3 model with a threaded barrel but I do not know if Bass Pro carries it or not.