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Brought my new 22 pistol home yesterday.
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I had her in layaway since I picked up my AK back in late October, I finally got the last $230 I owed together and made a trip on Friday to pick her up. This is my first 22 pistol and my Christmas gift (My Christmas monies will be spent paying off bills, so I splurged now.), I bought it so I can afford to plink more often. The other reason I invested in one is I want to desensitizing my mother to firearms. She acts like they're concentrated evil so I wanted to break her of the habit. Oh yeah it's a Ruger Mark III 22/45 for those that don't know, my first Ruger and I love how it feels. Very weighty (I think it weighs more than my M&P 9 with an empty magazine in it) and the build quality is superb. I might upgrade the grips because I want something that fills the hands just a little better, I'd like to get a set of wood grips from the SR1911 and put it on this. I just don't know if these grip panels come off. Oh and a pleasant surprise it comes with a rail for mounting optics but it's not attached, a gunsmith will probably have to install it. Also the rail looks like a Picatinny Style rail but the groves are shallower than on my AR rifles so I don't know if a regular optic will fit on it.

My only two concerns are the break down and stock irons. With the irons they're quite visible but they don't come with painted dots, I kinda wish it did. My other concern is the breakdown/cleaning of this pistol, the place I bought it from said this is the only firearm they won't break down as it's complicated. I knew this going into the purchase but I didn't expect it to be that bad. We will see.
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Cool.

I've never been interested in the .22 semi autos, but one of these days would like an old .22 revolver.

Good luck with getting your mother to the range. Can't beat a .22 for a starting point.
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Right now I am searching YouTube for a good break down video, I just wanted to post my thoughts on my visit to Advanced Arms where I picked it up. I was there on a Friday night and it was packed. Including me about 12-15 people packed the place shopping, it took me about an hour to get in and out. It was quite heartwarming to see such a diverse group shopping for firearms: Men and women, Young and Old, Rich and not so rich, etc. I was especially shocked to see people dressed like they just got back from a high end corporate job buying firearms (I believe he was handling a Stainless Steel Springfield M1911).

I also got within earshot of a few good conversations. One man who served discussed with another man how they drove over P-Mag's with Humvee's and other heavy vehicles yet they still worked. A pair of women asked the girl behind the desk (I feel like an ass, I keep forgetting her name and she is always friendly to me) if they're always crowded like this, she responded "Every day since last Christmas".

Seems the firearm business is booming indeed, a good thing for all of us IMO. Big Grin

It's too bad I wanted to get a chance to ask about finding an M1 Carbine for me next year, I never find that place quiet enough to ask about my future purchases. Sad
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Emptymag;50507 Wrote:Cool.

I've never been interested in the .22 semi autos, but one of these days would like an old .22 revolver.

Good luck with getting your mother to the range. Can't beat a .22 for a starting point.

Thanks Empty, I really want to buy a 22LR Revolver myself. A co-worker has an old H&R Model 929 9-Shot revolver which was quite solid. Before 32 Magnum from PAFOA passed he gave me the history on them and let me know they sell in the $180-$200 range used. I highly recommend finding one as IMO they're a steal for the price. They also produced a break action revolver which was 9-Shot, that seems like a nice revolver too.
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the field strip is complex, but not that hard after you do it a few times.
they can be a bear to get back together just on how tight the tolerances are when new. once they wear in a bit it gets easier to reassemble them. they good thing is they don't need striped that often.
the other thing you want to do is only purchase small lots of 22lr, till you find one that the gun likes. they normally do not like hollow points at all.
my markII will not feed hps at all.
if a revolver is on the list next, s&w's model 17 has to be considered. spendy as they are, they are worth every penny.
my mkII showed up first, but the pre-model 17 i found later has taken top honors as the go to .22 pistol in the house.
the fabrication doesn't stop in the shop, that's what the field guys are for.
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I was never big on .22 semi's until I decided to buy a 22/45. Oh man! I am in love.... being able to go to the range all day for $20.00 in .22 ammo is a delight! plus the 22/45 has the same dimensions and angle as the 1911 Cool

enjoy! You won't regret it
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brian;50571 Wrote:the field strip is complex, but not that hard after you do it a few times.
they can be a bear to get back together just on how tight the tolerances are when new. once they wear in a bit it gets easier to reassemble them. they good thing is they don't need striped that often.
the other thing you want to do is only purchase small lots of 22lr, till you find one that the gun likes. they normally do not like hollow points at all.
my markII will not feed hps at all.
if a revolver is on the list next, s&w's model 17 has to be considered. spendy as they are, they are worth every penny.
my mkII showed up first, but the pre-model 17 i found later has taken top honors as the go to .22 pistol in the house.

I think I will just shoot the pistol without doing a full break down at first. Someone in confidence mentioned to me a shot of CLP should be enough, most firearms come clean and lubricated from the factory anyway. I wonder if the Mark series can be bore snaked from the muzzle without damage? I will have to look into that. Thank you for responding.

jshwak;50621 Wrote:I was never big on .22 semi's until I decided to buy a 22/45. Oh man! I am in love.... being able to go to the range all day for $20.00 in .22 ammo is a delight! plus the 22/45 has the same dimensions and angle as the 1911 Cool

enjoy! You won't regret it

I hear that. I love shooting my 9mm and center fire rifles but I can burn through $25 of 9mm in 30 minutes easy. On the other hand $25 of 22 LR will last me for countless hours. I already have plans on adding a Henry Mares Leg, the Uremax UZI, a Ruger 10/22 with nice glass on it, a revolver and probably another semi-auto pistol in 22LR since I can shoot them so much longer.

This Mark III is only the beginning.
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Same reason I picked up a S&W 22A. Nothing beats shooting all day for less than it costs for a box of 45
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LifeInPa;50509 Wrote:Right now I am searching YouTube for a good break down video, I just wanted to post my thoughts on my visit to Advanced Arms where I picked it up. I was there on a Friday night and it was packed. Including me about 12-15 people packed the place shopping, it took me about an hour to get in and out. It was quite heartwarming to see such a diverse group shopping for firearms: Men and women, Young and Old, Rich and not so rich, etc. I was especially shocked to see people dressed like they just got back from a high end corporate job buying firearms (I believe he was handling a Stainless Steel Springfield M1911).

I also got within earshot of a few good conversations. One man who served discussed with another man how they drove over P-Mag's with Humvee's and other heavy vehicles yet they still worked. A pair of women asked the girl behind the desk (I feel like an ass, I keep forgetting her name and she is always friendly to me) if they're always crowded like this, she responded "Every day since last Christmas".

Seems the firearm business is booming indeed, a good thing for all of us IMO. Big Grin

It's too bad I wanted to get a chance to ask about finding an M1 Carbine for me next year, I never find that place quiet enough to ask about my future purchases. Sad

Funniest thing I have ever seen was last year working the Oaks Gun Show. A guy walked passed our tables and he looked like he drove down from Wall St in his brand new Jaguar. He was wearing a suit that likely cost more than my car. He had the high polished shoes, the silk scarf around his neck, his grey hair slicked back and a pair of sunglasses I found out later retail for over $300. We kind of laughed at how out of place he looked and forgot about him. About a half hour later he walked by again. This time he had a Yugo SKS and four loaded 30 cal ammo cans. We about pissed ourselves at that sight.

Oh and congrats to the OP on the new toy.
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LifeInPA,

I picked up a Ruger 22/45 Mark III on Black Friday. Mine is the same exact one except mine has fixed sights. Field stripping it is a MAJOR pain in the butt. I stripped mine to clean before firing for the first time. You might need a punch and hammer during the process (I did). I didn't get a chance to shoot it yet, but expect to have some difficulties stripping it.
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