Hi all, I'm new to these forums I'm excited to see so many enthusiasts. I'm hoping to share some of my purchases and mods with others and get feedback on some future mods and purchases I'm debating.
My experience with guns of all kinds is limited: I didn't grow up with guns, but I've been to the range a handful of times over the past 7-8 years. I've taken apart and cleaned a few handguns - I know basic safety and mechanics, but have had no call for practical experience.
Anyways, the only guns I've known were my fathers and grandfathers and a few I've rented at range. So, I recently purchased my own personal firearm - surprise, surprise - a Ruger.
Specifically, a Threaded Ruger 22/45 (10150).
The idea of having a threaded barrel appealed to the nerd in me (attachments!) which is probably why, in retrospect, I wish I had gotten the 10149. I was originally put off by the rails - I had no experience with them so I didn't realize how simple they are to remove. Since a red dot or scope wasn't my ideal, and I have experience with iron sights, I ordered the 10150. After all, I rationalized, a low profile is more functional and I'm no hunter.
However, after doing extensive internet research into modifications and accessories I wish I had that rail on the underside of the barrel for a laser mount. In fact, I'm thinking of having my local gun smith drill and tap the underside of the barrel for a lower rail/iron sights combo.
It would have been better and simpler to get the model 10149, remove the top rail, install some upgraded fiber optic sights, and slide on a laser pointer.
I hope this post about a tiny flub on my part might help someone else looking into the Threaded Ruger 22/45 - consider what sort of rig you want before you choose between models 10150 and 10149. Even if you take the rails off the 10149, it's nice to have it drilled and tapped over and under the barrel. *note: the 10150 does have drilled and tapped holes on the top of the barrel.
Anyway, here are the rest of my mods: Modifications I've done so far:
I ordered custom made dark Mora wood grips, with Ruger logo.
I ordered TandemKross MkIII Stainless Bushing for the Magazine Mod.
I ordered TandemKross' +1 Bumper Plates for all my Magazines.
I ordered a Tactical Solutions Compensator - flush and matching the finish. Modifications Blowing in the Wind:
Drilling and Tapping underside of Barrel
Buying and Modding a picatinny rail to fit under the barrel
Green quick mount laser
Kanewolf's Slingshot Mod
Volquartsen Accurizing Kit
Permanent 22/45 Extend Bolt Knob (Maddmacs Precision Tactical) Dreams:
Replace TS Compensator w/ Gemtech Outback II or Thunderbeast 22S-1
It's not the most expensive or impressive weapon, but it's definitely got me interested in a new hobby. I'll post some pictures soon.