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Old December 5th, 2010, 05:35 AM   #1
 
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Mark III 22/45 vs Mark III

Can anyone explain the difference (pro/con) between the Mark III 22/45 and standard Mark III? Is one preferred over the other? What's the idea behind the two different models?

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Old December 5th, 2010, 05:55 AM   #2
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Waterlift ... First of all welcome to the forum ... Glad to have you aboard.

Secondly, in answer to your questions, it will be difficult to make a bad decision here because it's like asking the question ... Which is better .... Ice cream or cake, as both the MKIII & the 22/45 are fine pistols in their own right. For most it comes down to personal preference on the following items (as there is no real accuracy advantage when shooting similar versions):
1. Price - When comparing similar models (target, hunter, etc), the 22/45 will typically run about $100 less (unless you purchase the new model with the replaceable grips which is a bit more).
2. Grip angle - While the 22/45 was designed to emulate the grip angle as a 1911, I personally don't have a problem with the angle of the MKIII.
3. Grip feel - The reason that I selected the MKIII512 over the 22/45 was that the 22/45 polymer grip felt very small to me (I expect that the new replacable grip model will resolve this issue for many).
4. Balance - I personally think that the steel grip frame of the MKIII provides a much better balance, and that the MKIII512 bull barrel is the best balanced of all of the MKIIIs that I have handled and shot (many others will disagree on this point ).

With all of that said ... Try to handle as many different versions as possible to see which one feels the best in your hand, and shoot (if possible) a similar version of the MKIII and 22/45.

Hope it helps ... Good luck and let us know what you decide!
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I have a Mark III Hunter and the new 22/45 Mark III with the removable panel grips. I have a Millett red dot on the Hunter, and just use the iron sights with the 22/45 although I did move the optic front sight from the Hunter to the 22/45. Both are fun to shoot, but the 22/45 points a little easier since it has the shorter 4.5 inch barrel. Both are great guns and either one has your first choice would be good.
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I have shot the Mark III and own the 22/45 4.5 inch. I am new to handguns but I found the 22/45 easier to handle due to the weight. I must say I like the grip angle of it better too. There are more accesories for the Mark III but most work for both. My 22/45 has grips that can be removed. I can buy and modify many 1911 grips to replace. I also like the cost savings, though I expect to be in the market for a long barreled Mark III in the future--unless I get way into target and I may stay with Ruger but do a 5.5 inch bull.
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22/45

Was unaware that Ruger had an option for grips on the 22/45. That could have saved me a lot of work in modification of my MK 3 earlier this year. To make the 22/45 really feel more like the 1911 you need a fuller grip. Guess I should have waited a little longer. I changed the sear on mine to a target sear that made a good difference. Also did away with the magazine diconnect that pretty much turned it into a MK 2. Now it is a real shooter. Cp
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Try to handle as many different versions as possible to see which one feels the best in your hand, and shoot (if possible) a similar version of the MKIII and 22/45.
Good advice. I had tried the MKIII at a shooting range and then purchased a MKIII Hunter 22/45, not knowing it was an entirely different grip angle (yes, I know how stupid that sounds, but I'm brand new to pistols). I am selling it and buying a MKIII slabsided pistol, the 22/45 grip angle is just not as comfortable for me

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I purchased the 22/45 RP because it was a great fit for me. I made it even better by adding Williams Fire Sights and a Pearce Rubber Finger Grove Insert. Very easy to install myself and they made a great gun even better. The finger grove insert fits under the wood panels and does not interfere with takedown or the magazine.


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LOVE those optic sights SafetyFirst! Looks like you just cost me another hundred bucks....
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LOVE those optic sights SafetyFirst! Looks like you just cost me another hundred bucks....
No, the sights only cost me 40 something with shipping at Sportsmans Guide.
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The 22/45 grip may emulate the 1911 but that’s where the similarities end. Now as for comparing it to the MKIII I guess its just a matter of which one feel the most comfortable to you. They both use the same barrels so accuracy differences will be negligible.
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They are both as good as each other. It just comes down to what feels good in your hand.
Mine is the 22/45 in stainless. Unmodified, all I had to do was move the rear sights which were way out from the factory. Shoots like a dream. All I have to decide now is what to buy next. Can you ever have enough handguns?
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I like both my Mark III Hunter and my 22/45. I can switch between the two without difficulty.
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