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Old September 16th, 2011, 05:29 PM   #1
 
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Mark 3 vs 22/45 which and why?

I can get one. Which and why that is the question?? Plinking is the reason.



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Old September 16th, 2011, 05:32 PM   #2
 
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I own both, but would lean toward the 22/45 if I could only have one. You can't go wrong with either one.
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Old September 16th, 2011, 05:45 PM   #3
 
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I own a MKIII Standard 4.75" barrel and a Ruger 22/45 RP. If I could only have one, I'd choose the 22/45RP. Why?

1. The 22/45 RP model has a 1911-esque grip, and feels good with the cocobolo grip panels.

2. The 22/45's front sight is easily swapped. I put on a hi-viz front sight. The MKIII Standard has a fixed front blade.

3. The weight of the bull barrel on the 22/45 mitigates recoil better.

Both the 22/45RP and the MKIII Standard are excellent weapons. The pro's of the MKIII Standard:

1. Classic look

2. Has a Luger-like feel to it

3. It has the most natural grip angle. Holding it feels as if you're just reaching out pointing your finger.

4. Metal frame on the MKIII Standard
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I also have a MkIII 22/45 with the cocobolo grips,and I'd agree with much of what JaPes says, with the following exceptions:
1. I prefer the grip angle of the 22/45 to the standard MkIII (as well as the feel and look of the replaceable wood grips - I didn't like the std model 22/45 grips)
2. I'm not sure the metal frame of the standard MkIII is really an advantage over the polymer MkIII 22/45 - mine certainly seems strong enough and feels solid.

I think the real issue is which feels best to You, and which look You prefer. You can't really go wrong with either one. Good luck and enjoy the one of your choice!
Better yet, get both!
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I also have both.

While I do like the .45 grip angle of the 22/45.
I also like the weight of the steel frame of the MK.

I would most likely pick the MK pistol over the 22/45 every time.
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I recently traded my MK III 22/45 for a stainless MK III Target (stainless frame). I found the extra weight of the frame to be quite an advantage. Both are very accurate but I much prefer metal over polymer. The grip angel is no big deal ... after a few mags of ammo, either one feels very natural to me. Good grips are way more important than the grip angle.

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Simply said,If your a fan of 1911s the 22/45 works,I like the steel frame more,But if wish list could be had A S&W sigma the grip and pointing ability is very good for a low priced generic S&W,could a Ruger MK-III be made with the sigmas grip design,I would be all for it.
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To me neither the 45 grip model or the luger model are good pointers. But for me the glock colt sa luer 45 auto are grossly bad pointers. For me the 2 best pointers are ruger bisley sa and ruger redhawk 71/2 on the bisley and 51/2 on the redhawk. By the others being bad pointers with themI will miss a 11 inch paper late at 5 feet. I practice 3-4000 rounds with any gun before I declare it a bad pointer for me.
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One wonders why they don't offer a steel version of the 22/45.
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I have a MKIII Target bull barrel,MKIII Hunter and a MkIII 22/45 slab side barrel and I dont think I could choose one over the other.
I think whenever one you choose you will be happy they are all Great shooting pistols
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2. The 22/45's front sight is easily swapped. I put on a hi-viz front sight. The MKIII Standard has a fixed front blade.

3. The weight of the bull barrel on the 22/45 mitigates recoil better.
Important points if one had to choose between a the standard MKIII with tapered barrel and a 22/45.

Of course, one can buy an MKIII Target Model with 5.5" bull barrel as I have. As far as I know it's identical to the 22/45 with 5.5" bull barrel, except for that hefty bull barrel/receiver is attached to different frame.

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The pro's of the MKIII Standard:

1. Classic look

3. It has the most natural grip angle. Holding it feels as if you're just reaching out pointing your finger.
Yes, it certainly does look good. You see it and you instantly know it's a Ruger from across the room. And that grip angle does feel really natural. It simply feels right in my hand even though the angle is so different from any other gun I've ever held.
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I recently traded my MK III 22/45 for a stainless MK III Target (stainless frame). I found the extra weight of the frame to be quite an advantage.
I love hearing that from a gunsmith, since I'm quite fond of weight too. It's just nice hearing a firearms expert agrees with me.

They're so nicely balanced that one doesn't really notice that they're heavy.
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One wonders why they don't offer a steel version of the 22/45.
Lack of demand I'd assume. Though you'd think 1911 purists that the 22/45 allegedly is made for would be up in arms over a plastic "dishwasher safe" gun!

I'd tend to suspect many who buy the 22/45 simply prefer the more conventional grip angle & lighter weight and aren't 1911 fanatics. After all, the 1911 fanatics probably aren't big into Ruger, seeing how Ruger didn't even come out with their first 1911 till 2011.
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2. I'm not sure the metal frame of the standard MkIII is really an advantage over the polymer MkIII 22/45 - mine certainly seems strong enough and feels solid.
I think both the metal frame and polymer frame are stout. From a practical perspective, they both do the job. A good polymer frame has been proven to be stronger than a metal frame.

From an impractical and irrational perspective, the metal frame feels more comforting. It's like holding a Glock 17 and Beretta 92fs. I love them both, but the 92fs just feels better in the hand.

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Better yet, get both!
^ Best advice yet. Get one, then save up and get the other.
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It really comes down to personal preferences.

I have one of each. 25 Years ago I had a mk1 for a couple of years on long term loan from a family friend. I liked it a lot and always meant to buy a mkII bull some day, but 1911's and other obsessions took precedence.

So earlier this year I picked up a used mkIII Competition Target model. I really enjoy it, and was getting my girlfriend into shooting it, but it was too heavy for her after a few shots.
So, I had the perfect excuse for a trip to the gun store (Justification is the strongest human urge, bar none !).
I picked up a /45 stainless Hunter model with a 4.5" bbl. When I saw it, I thought it was too cool -not- to buy.

I have to admit, with a thousand or more rounds through both now, I like the 22/45 better. You can tell by the mag loadout I have for them. I have three mags for the competition, and seven for the 22/45.
I like the feel and angle of the 22/45 grip better, which is just my preference.
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