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Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday Gun Pr0n #282

It's fitting that today's gun pr0n should have "22" in it, because today's gun happens to be one:


That's a Ruger 22/45 Lite™ Rimfire pistol, fresh off the manufacturing floor (I checked - it was test-fired two weeks ago!). The 22/45 series is designed to more closely mimic the function of the 1911 platform, with the same grip angle and control placement as the greatest pistol created by John Moses Browning (Peace Be Upon Him). It also has the replaceable grip panels (note to self: Procure wood grips), adjustable rear sight, drilled and tapped for a rail, and - best of all - two magazines...

Most noticeable IMHO is the weight - this really is a light handgun. Between the polymer frame and the aluminum slide, it tips the scales at just under 23 ounces. The S&W 22A is 11 ounces heavier; the Browning Buckmark Lite is 28. Only the Walther P22 - with a smaller barrel - is lighter, and even then not by much (7.9 ounces less, but that's without magazine; with mag it's probably only 2-3 ounces). I think this will be a fantastic gun for new shooters - the weight is not going to induce fatigue, and the .22LR isn't going to give much of a flinch.

Who knows? Maybe it'll even improve *my* shooting!

That is all.

10 comments:

Brad_in_MA said...

Jay,

Set the way-back machine to T minus 14 months or so. How'd you like to put the 22/45 up against Miss Cherry? It might make for an interesting comparison.
http://www.ma-rooned.com/2011/07/friday-gun-pr0n-221.html

- Brad

Anonymous said...

I've wondered about such a concept, coupled with low-noise/low recoil ammunition, such as CCI's Quiet .22LR. It won't cycle a standard semi, but it should be possible to fix that with a lighter recoil spring. Anybody make one for the Rugers?

eiaftinfo said...

I've got 4 .22/45s that I use for my new shooter class - everyone should simply have one in their bag. You'll love it!!

As for the "Lite", one of the fellows that comes to our regular Tuesday night steel shoots bought on mid-July. It is truly sweet! And his times did, indeed, come down. Great runnin' gun. Enjoy!!!

wizardpc said...

Is that threaded?

Jay G said...

It is indeed.

I wonder if I can find a muzzle brake for it...

TheFaz said...

If you want to try it with a suppressor on let me know. That's really where it will shine. My 22/45 with the can is a little heavy, but this one will be the same weight or lighter with the can, and probably better balanced too.

SpeakerTweaker said...

That thing looks like a frickin ray gun. Which is awesome. And now, apparently, it just needs The Shoulder Thing That Goes Up. :P

Mr Evilwrench said...

Shoulder thing that goes up? You're talkin crazy there. A barrel shroud would just make it way too dangerous for mere mortals to possess. Thousands, err.. hundreds, err... somebody would, err.. could... die! Nobody would ever die without all these firearms around!

Anonymous said...

IIRC, the birdcage flash hider from the AR fits a standard threaded barrel, so anything that fits an AR should fit the Ruger.

TomcatTCH said...

so it's as heavy as an unloaded Glock? That would mean that a Glock frame and Advantage Arms .22 slide should be lighter right?