View Full Version : Ruger MKIII Vs. 22/45

10-12-2011, 4:05 PM
Anyone know the major difference between the two?

10-12-2011, 4:26 PM
The 22/45 has the angled grip of a 1911 along with it's saftey etc. modeled on 1911. For me it's much more comfortable to shoot than a plain mk. 3.

Tank 57
10-12-2011, 5:30 PM
22/45 lower is plastic.MKIII is metal and costs more.Grip angles are different,would suggest trying both if possible.

10-12-2011, 6:27 PM
Just make it easy and get both:43:

10-12-2011, 7:58 PM
Mechanically, they are basically identical. The 22/45 has a polymer grip frame with a grip angle more similar to a 1911. It also takes a different magazine, similar to the MkIII but with a larger base plate.

10-24-2011, 10:52 AM
LOVE my MKIII rather than the 22/45. I tried both and I like both grips, but I'm an all steel guy if I can help it. I love the weight, it has a 6 7/8" barrel with a VQ compensator adding even more muzzle weight which helps keep on target for quick follow up shots. Shooting red dot or irons, its just a tac driver!

10-24-2011, 3:27 PM
I recently got a MKIII hunter and absolutely love the thing. Mine came with the cocobolo wood grips which felt good, but I'm giving the Hogue brand a try at the range tomorrow.
Personally I didn't like the plastic feel of the 22/45, and although it is designed to feel like a 1911, I really don't think it does. But thats just my opinion, and I really don't know sh*t :D

10-26-2011, 2:42 PM
I like the feel of steel as well. The plastic on the 22/45 is slick and though the angle is the same as a 1911, the thickness isn't and it doesn't feel exactly true to the 1911. They are cheap though, especially when they go on sale.

10-27-2011, 5:31 AM
I have both, I like the 22/45 better, personally, because of the magazine release position. Both are target models and are sweet shooters.

11-09-2011, 9:20 PM
the 22/45 has a poly lower and is angled where as the 3 has larger grip and you can change the grips out on the mark 3 where i havent found any for the 22/45

11-10-2011, 3:17 AM
The 22/45 RP models have replaceable grips. However, I don't believe any are on the CA Roster, so they are more difficult to come by.

I think there are also custom shops that will modify the 22/45 to take standard 1911 grips.