View Full Version : Modded 22/45

02-28-2009, 12:30 PM
Feels real close to my 1911's, But a whole lot cheaper to shoot
First I started by removing the loaded Chamber indicator.
The reason for this Mod is that sometimes the indicator button inside can hit the spent round as it is being extracted and dislodge it early, causing a FTE.

Next was to remove the Mag disconnect.
This requires removing the Disconnect lever & Spring, then fabbing up new spacers and fitting them to the Hammer pin. I used SS #10 washers for this.


Next is the Sear and Hammer, Stoned lightly to lighen the trigger and to remove some creep, Aparently trigger work is not my calling.
Only lightened it by #1, it is still #4.25 with creep & grit, So I will replace them with a VQ set.

Now on to the Grip Mod:
This Mod will allow me to use standard 1911 Grips, making the Pistol much more comfortable to shoot, as the Factory grip is to narrow.
The Grip Frame is thinned down Aprox. .040 on each side.

Dremel Video, Easy does it ! (http://s19.photobucket.com/albums/b193/hylander7/Firearms/Smithing/Ruger%20MKIII%202245/?action=view&current=MVI_1020.flv)



Next it is drilled 7/32 to except standard 1911 bushings.


Almost Finshed:
I say almost because I still have to get a VQ Hammer/Sear set.
Also I will be changing the Sights to a Ruger Short V in the rear and Marbels Pearl Bead up front.
I love the new feel.
The Black rubber Colt grips will be staying on it, I will later remove the horse in the middle and install Ruger Medallions.
Grip Mod as you can see
Sling shot Mod, Spring Loaded
Replaced Mag Disconnect with #10 SS washers
Removed the LCI



02-28-2009, 12:31 PM
Nice work.

02-28-2009, 12:47 PM
Pretty damm neat there -

03-05-2009, 7:59 PM
I installed the VQ Sear and Target Trigger, #2.25 :cool:
Spring Loaded the Sling Shot Mod.
and added a Simmons Prohunter 4X Scope.



03-05-2009, 9:39 PM
Very nice work! I plan on doing the same grip conversion in the future. You did a clean job with the dremel and I'm wondering if that is the best way to do it or if I should build a jig and use a router to mill the grips flat.

Did you use a straight edge of some sort to guide your dremel drum sander to keep the grinding flat?


03-05-2009, 11:05 PM
when it comes to the grips I'll bet a mill would produce a good result with less effort... but plenty fine job done there.

having done some trigger work my self (on a 1911 though) it takes tons of effort to lighten the pull... mine is just at the weight of the gun it self (40oz right?) it took stoning and polishing the sear and hammer so you even did some good work there :)

03-05-2009, 11:11 PM
First picture that came up had a dremel in it and I recoiled violently. Can't bear to look, and can't imagine what's worth chopping up a 22/45.

03-05-2009, 11:42 PM
Great job. I would have screwed up the grip to no end.

03-06-2009, 3:10 AM
Great job on the grips:thumbsup:

Did you have to recess the grind area or just make it flush with the rest of the area. I'd like to put some Hogues on my old 22/45.

Embrace the Dremel:D

shootin' nuke
03-06-2009, 6:53 AM
+1 for using a mill to trim the grips. Worked with a friend of mine on a similar project, and using a mill gave us a nice even cut. You did a fine job with the dremel, however.