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Old January 24th, 2012, 08:47 PM   #1
 
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22/45 production discontinued?

Had a guy at work ask me if Ruger was going to discontinue production of the 22/45. I told him I had not heard that before and that I would ask those much more knowledgeable than me. Anybody heard any such rumor? I hope not.



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Old January 24th, 2012, 09:35 PM   #2
 
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No.
It actually sells fairly well for Ruger.
Still in the 2012 catalog.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 03:45 AM   #3
 
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Some changes. The stainless fluted 5 1/2 inch barrel Model # 10146 is gone.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 05:43 AM   #4
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What Bliss said.
They reduced their 22/45 lineup to just a couple of models.

They have the 22/45 Threaded Barrel with 4.5" Barrel in two options:
1. Fixed sights with the receiver drilled and tapped for a weaver-style rail (provided)
2. No sights with picatinny rail on top of the receiver as well as below the barrel (so you can mount an optic on top and hang a flashlight up fornt for all of those late-night skunk-hunting expeditions through the neighbor's garden)

They also have the 22/45 Target Model in three options:
1. 5.5" barrel with integrated grips (not user-replaceable) and fixed front sight, adjustable rear
2. 4" barrel with integrated grips (not user-replaceable) and fixed front sight, adjustable rear
3. 5.5" barrel with replaceable grip panels and fixed front sight, adjustable rear

They removed the fluted barrel "Hunter" models and the slab-side barrel "Competition" models.

It seems odd that they kept the 22/45s with the integrated grips but got rid of the Competition and Hunter models that had replaceable grip panels and unique barrel designs. I suppose "unique" doesn't sell well in this tight economy.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 06:18 AM   #5
 
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What Bliss said.
They reduced their 22/45 lineup to just a couple of models.

They have the 22/45 Threaded Barrel with 4.5" Barrel in two options:
1. Fixed sights with the receiver drilled and tapped for a weaver-style rail (provided)
2. No sights with picatinny rail on top of the receiver as well as below the barrel (so you can mount an optic on top and hang a flashlight up fornt for all of those late-night skunk-hunting expeditions through the neighbor's garden)

They also have the 22/45 Target Model in three options:
1. 5.5" barrel with integrated grips (not user-replaceable) and fixed front sight, adjustable rear
2. 4" barrel with integrated grips (not user-replaceable) and fixed front sight, adjustable rear
3. 5.5" barrel with replaceable grip panels and fixed front sight, adjustable rear

They removed the fluted barrel "Hunter" models and the slab-side barrel "Competition" models.

It seems odd that they kept the 22/45s with the integrated grips but got rid of the Competition and Hunter models that had replaceable grip panels and unique barrel designs. I suppose "unique" doesn't sell well in this tight economy.
I was hoping all the 22/45's would come with replaceable grips, I thoguht they were bring out a 4.78 tapered barrel with RP grips, not true, they currently have one with the "integrated" on GOG's, should I jump on that now?
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Old January 25th, 2012, 06:25 AM   #6
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I didn't know they made a Tapered Barrel 22/45. I thought the tapered barrels only came on the standard MK series for the more "Lugeresque" look...

Would be interesting to see...
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Old January 25th, 2012, 06:26 AM   #7
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Also, the integrated grips can be replaced with some "milling" work to the side panels. Also you can always use slip-on grip covers.
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I've heard some speculation at two LGS that the non-RP models were getting dropped soon. I don't know their sources, but somwhat makes sense. Maybe Ruger will expand what's available with a RP frame?
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Old January 25th, 2012, 08:11 AM   #9
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No offense to Ruger as I'm a huge fan of their firearms, but the non-RP grip frames seem a little ridiculous. Why would they limit the user to only having the exact grips Ruger has put on the gun? Obviously they're not highly appreciated as most people have found a way to drill and tap and grind their way to new grips.

I'd be glad to see the non-RP model frames go and just have RP models available.
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Okay, now that Marlin Mike has me looking, can someone tell me what the difference is between Ruger's model P512MKIII and the Cabela's model P512MK3LC? They look the same to me.
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Okay, now that Marlin Mike has me looking, can someone tell me what the difference is between Ruger's model P512MKIII and the Cabela's model P512MK3LC? They look the same to me.
Not much, height, weight and OAL on the Cabela's version are a little bigger. Cabelas version is not MA or CA approved for whatever reason.
Ruger® 22/45™ Distributor Exclusives Rimfire Pistol Model 10152

Ruger® 22/45™ Target Rimfire Pistol Model 10107

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I just bought the 22/45 with the non replaceable grip panels. I wish I had the one where I could replace them. The grip is a little too thin for my liking.
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I just bought the 22/45 with the non replaceable grip panels. I wish I had the one where I could replace them. The grip is a little too thin for my liking.
If you do some Googling you can find guys that will mod the gun for you. I think you just remove the receiver portion of the firearm and send them the frame. Your other option would be to use a slip-on grip from Hogue or Pachmyr (spelling on that last one might be wrong).
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Cabelas version is not MA or CA approved for whatever reason.
There's obviously no real functional difference, but the fact that it's a different model number probably means it has to be tested as that model number, which isn't worth it for a low-production version.
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Not much, height, weight and OAL on the Cabela's version are a little bigger. Cabelas version is not MA or CA approved for whatever reason.
Ruger® 22/45™ Distributor Exclusives Rimfire Pistol Model 10152

Ruger® 22/45™ Target Rimfire Pistol Model 10107
I was actually just looking at these on Cabella's site. They have pics showing both models.

It looks like theirs has 3 mags and the rail that comes with it.

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