Ruger 22/45 Mark III Pistol


Style Specialized Pistol
Grips Integrated Black Synthetic
Caliber .22 LR
Capacity 10 rounds
42 oz (1191 g)
Length 9.75 inches (24.8 cm)
Barrel 5.5 inches (14 cm)
6 grooves, 1:16" RH
Sights Fixed front, Adjustable rear
Manufactured USA by Sturm, Ruger & Co.
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Ruger 22/45 Mark III Reviews

104 Reviews


Tomas Q. from River Rouge, MI on Wed, 13 Jul 2016

I have had my 22/45 for about a month now and I am very happy with it. I purchased this pistol so I could have a low cost option to practice my marksmanship. I have also used this gun to introduce my 12 year old daughter to shooting, she is able to use this gun and it has provided us with a great opportunity to have fun together.

Scott S. from La Grange, NC on Fri, 8 Apr 2016

I'l glad this discussion reanimated because otherwise I can't find it. :) And I had something to pass along. My 22/45 broke a "rebound spring" about the size of an eyelash. This teensy thing is inside the bolt and in a channel under the firing pin - which doesn't look like a pin at all. It pushes the pin back after the pin strikes the cartridge. Called Ruger. Got the usual very nice people. I start to order the part by part number off the exploded diagram in my owner's manual. She tells me those numbers aren't any good. They have been updated. OK, say I, and I move on. I also - as long as I'm ordering parts, in need of an entire new rear sight body. I messed it up myself and didn't care since I use a red-dot mounted above and the rear sight is in a baggie in the gun box. But, might as well have a good one. The parts arrive. The rebound spring is perfect. The rear sight body, not so much. I call back. You only sent me half the rear sight body, I say. The very nice - but different - woman explains that the part number I had ordered was what they sent. What I now describe is the rear sight BASE. The diagram is wrong, she says, and the parts misnumbered. OooooKaayyyyy, says I. I now have (I hope) the correct part en route to me. Just wanted to share and warn people: Make damn certain when you're on the phone to Ruger parts that you and the person at the other end know what each one is talking about. My Instruction Manual has "AP & KAP 5/09 C R7" on the front lower right and "Copyright, 2009 Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc." On the bottom of the back cover. If you have the same issue manual, your parts numbers may not be correct.

Carl O. from Greentown, IN on Fri, 8 Apr 2016

Recently bought my 22/45 and couldn't be happier. Right out of the box it shot a hair high, but one click of the screw fixed it (target model, 5.5 in BBL adjustable sights) and I was surprised to hit my softball sized target 7 out of 10 shots at about 50 yards. I'm not the best pistol shooter, but this one is looking to be my favorite (because I can hit dead on!) I didn't like the magazine disconnect, it rides on the back of the magazine causing it to hang up and not fall freely, but with the help of my Dremel I took care of that! This gun is a PAIN to disassemble and reassemble, and even after a couple dozen times, I still have to use a small mallet.

Juan L. from Stroud, OK on Fri, 22 Jan 2016

I have had my 22-45 Target for about a year now. I have several good quality pistols but my Ruger is the most dependable and accurate pistol I own. Not to mention cheap to shoot.

Harold F. from Latta, SC on Thu, 7 Jan 2016

Thanks for the info!!

Devin M. from Jackson, MS on Sat, 2 Jan 2016

Hey Stephen; If I may ask, where did you get the rigger assy for the 22/45? Was it a "drop in" set up or did you have a smith do it? I'm getting ready to go through the NRA pistol marksmanship qualifications, just for something to do, so thought a trigger modification would help.

Devin M. from Jackson, MS on Fri, 1 Jan 2016

I have been shooting remington bulk hollow points in both of our 22/45's without a hiccup. The lady at Wal Mart said they were going back to carrying firearms and ammo, so hopefully they will have low prices on .22 ammo. My wife loves her .357 for a house handgun, but when we want to play we head to the range with our 22/45's and shred paper to our hearts content. Has anyone ever put a match type trigger in their 22/45?

Jim C. from Spotsylvania, VA on Thu, 19 Nov 2015

Just purchased the gun pictured above. What a pleasure to own and shoot. I have added a Sight Mark reflex sight and it is a tack driver. I've put over 300 rounds through it in a week and it just runs and runs. Well worth the money. If you plan to add optics, this is the model to get, no need for fancier sights. Finding the grip a little too thin for my hands, I also added a Hogue Hand All sleeve grip which solved the problem for under $10.00. I can't get enough shooting time in with this little gem. In fact, I originally went to purchase this gun and my eyes fell on a Beretta 92FS, which I purchased instead. Having constant remorse for not having gotten the 22/45, I went back to the dealer and traded. No regrets, and the 92FS was a fantastic piece, but for another time. If you are considering buying a .22 auto, you will not be disappointed in this gun. The weight resembles a full size auto, to practice with this gun is very consistent with my carry gun. Get a 22.45, you'll look good using it.

Devin M. from Jackson, MS on Mon, 2 Nov 2015

Hey Stephen... The comment about my sore thumb was that after a few hundred rounds, my thumb(s) were sore as H___ . I got the loader Ruger sells and voila, no more sore thumbs. I also got the Uplula for my Sig .45 and that also saved me some grief. I've been asking on other lists...have any of you guys fired sub-sonics in a 22/45? Any particular brand that seems to be accurate and quiet? I'd like to try them but don't want to waste too much $$ testing them all out.

Scott S. from La Grange, NC on Tue, 13 Oct 2015

New gun? Don't do as I once did. New Ruger 22/45. I would pull the bolt back to the lock position (or it would lock there when the magazine was empty), load in a fresh magazine, and then push down with my thumb on the slide-lock button on the left side of the gun. This worked for a while and then the gun had problems with the bolt locking back properly. Even I could see, while cleaning the gun, that the slide-lock part on the left side, inside, was bent or peened over a little, enough to not work right. Ruger fixed this for no charge and told me to stop doing that, that I was only causing abnormal wear on that part. The correct way to release the bolt to go forward: grab it with the left hand (right-handed shooting) by the 'ears' on the back of the bolt. Pull back a little to take the tension off the slide lock. Push down on the slide lock button with your gun-hand thumb. Release bolt to go forward. Save yourself a lot of aggravation and maybe some money too. (And do this on all similar guns. I do the same on my Colt .45 now though I will say that Colt makes a lot sturdier slide lock than does Ruger. I doubt the Colt cares but it's a good habit.) I know everyone here knows this already. I'm only reminding myself not to be stupid.

Scott S. from La Grange, NC on Tue, 13 Oct 2015

Three common failures, in the order in which they occur: - BAD PRIMER: rimfire cartridges have a teensy amount of liquid chemical "spun in" at the bottom before the powder is loaded on top of that. Sometimes the primer material doesn't get properly distributed. SOLUTION: Take the round out and turn it 180 degrees and odds are it will shoot on the second try. After two tries, I toss the round into the live-ammo pipe to get rid of it. - BAD FEED: The round is pushed off the top of the magazine but fails to slide up the 'ramp' and into the chamber. That's where you are getting bent cartridges. SOLUTION: try different ammo. It is barely possible you will have more problems with some types of hollow-point. If the problem really persists, and with several brands and bullet-shapes, have someone (Ruger or a gunsmith) look at the condition of the feed ramp. It's also possible that the magazine is at fault, usually because it has a weak spring. See if the problem occurs only with one magazine and not the other. STOVEPIPE: Round fires by does not eject properly, and the slide slams shut on the empty shell casing sticking out the side of the gun. SOLUTION: Most often caused by a cartridge that did not have the proper amount of powder in it or the powder was damp or something. (Yeah, it can get damp even inside the cartridge. Sometimes. Rarely.) Basically these are 'blowback-operated' guns and need a good recoil to work right. Bad powder equals wimpy recoil. Wimpy recoil means not getting the old cartridge clear in time. I'm afraid the 'fix' for a new gun is about a thousand rounds through the barrel. At least this one uses cheap ammunition. I have two Rugers and they were both persnickety at first. Some types of ammo jammed a lot. Others were worse. Today I could load the bullets in backwards and I think the guns would still shoot. And they shoot anything that comes in .22 LR size.

Devin M. from Jackson, MS on Tue, 13 Oct 2015

Got it. I'll give this sweet thing some time for us to get used to each other; put another few hundred down the pipe and let her settle in. Thanks James...

Devin M. from Jackson, MS on Tue, 13 Oct 2015

After reading what you guys have been saying, I bought a 22/45, 5.5 inch BB today. In general it shoots as sweet as you all seem to describe it. I did notice it jamming, i.e. failing to get the round all the way into the barrel. The slide would slam shut, bending the round. So I'd drop the magazine, pull the slide and get the damaged round out. Annoying, but not the end of the world I guess. Any one else that has seen this with a new there a fix for it? I'll give it 4 bullets...5 if I can correct this annoying jam.

Matthew J. from Little Rock, AR on Thu, 20 Aug 2015

What do you think is a good asking price for a 22/45 MKIII slab side 4.5 barrel, with fixed sights and a rail for a scope.Its just like the one at the top of this page and is only 18 months old. Maybe some of you bought yours used ,or have seen a used one for sale at a gun store. Any info would be great. I`m thinking about selling the gun outright

Forrest C. from Hyattsville, MD on Wed, 19 Aug 2015

Well........, Its a real pain in the rear to field strip, it jams, not very accurate, and not all that cheap. I'll give it 3 bullets for being made in U.S.A.

Bobby K. from Syracuse, NY on Wed, 22 Jul 2015

I have a Ruger .22/.45 and have had trouble with the magazine release. I have to push up on the magazine while holding in the release and then pull it out. Has any one else had this problem? I really like the pistol but this release is a problem.

Taylor W. from Blue Point, NY on Sun, 19 Apr 2015

I have a 6er it is more like a 10/5 but can't vote that. this gun is amazing and out shoots everything...twice. mine is a target so I can mount a scope or more realistically a dot sight. this thing will shred silhouettes at 75yds, and anyone can shoot it. only real gripe is 10rd mags if I could get more I would be very happy. this is also a good trainer for 1911 style guns, including many other standard style guns.

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Todd M. from Anaheim, CA on Mon, 19 Jan 2015

One of the thing about lead bullets is it builds up a slight coating that "seasons" the barrel. The plating of a bullet means nothing once the bullet hits its intended target because the lead is exposed. One can always wear gloves if you are worried about it. I wash my hands when I am done and I only shoot outside or in a well ventilated range.

Scott S. from La Grange, NC on Mon, 19 Jan 2015

outdoor14, do you have this ramp/bending the nose problem with your first shot? Or with ANY shot? I've seen how I can mis-align the last round loaded into the magazine. Rounds below that are apparently properly aligned. The old habit of banging the magazine against the palm of the other hand to properly seat all the rounds is still a good one. I also had a picky gun (my Hunter) when first bought. I even took to saving, in baggies, one sample round and the front of the box it came in, with a note on how good or bad that make of ammo was. Good thing to do as it taught me a lot. At the ammo counter, I could pull out a fistful of baggies and look at them while deciding what to buy from their stock. Today, after shooting I could not count how many thousand rounds through the gun (twice a week X hundreds of rounds for 18 months) the gun will shoot, without complaint, anything remotely resembling a .22 long rifle. I generally buy ammo in bulk at Walmart. For the Hunter this is good enough as I shoot at 7 and 14 meters hand-held. For my .22 Ruger Charger I do use Eley Sport, twice as expensive ($8 for 50) but I'm shooting 25 meters off a bipod and the quality of the ammo at that distance can make a big difference.

Ruger 22/45 Mark III Questions & Comments



Charles G. from Haskell, NJ on Wed, 13 Jul 2016

My gunsmith told me to "not disassemble the weapon". Use WD-40 and compressed air to clean the bolt assembly. I use a boresnake for the bore, bore cleaner plus q-tips and some nylon picks to clean between the bore and the bolt. He said to bring it in when it finally stops functioning and he would disassemble it and clean it. I have about 10,000 through the two pistols and no problems. The guys at the gun shop tell people "do not disassemble this weapon". People buy them and think that they have to disassemble after firing them the first time. They them have problems disassembling and even worse problems re-assembling. I have found that standard velocity rounds do not work well in this weapon. A lot of stove-pipes. I currently us on .22 lr high velocity rounds (1200 FPS). These work the best.

Scott S. from La Grange, NC on Fri, 8 Apr 2016

Copngratulations on your new fun gun. A softball at 50 yards sounds like awfully good shooting. I've heard of people needing mallets to take the pistol down. Mine never did. After a while you grow accustomed to taking the gun down and reassembling it and it ceases to be a pain. It's that tiny dangly-thingee at the back end that gets everyone. As for the magazine, don't overthink it. If you can't put it together with the magazine in, take the magazine out. If it won't work with the magazine out, stick it in. There are only two choices; let's not complicate things.

Charles G. from Haskell, NJ on Thu, 7 Jan 2016

Go to they have them for $21 to $25. Mine came with the pistol.

Scott S. from La Grange, NC on Thu, 7 Jan 2016

You want a "Weaver rail for Ruger 22/45". Here's one: You want the one in the photo at the top of the page. There are others online. You can shop around but they're all about the same.

Harold F. from Latta, SC on Thu, 7 Jan 2016

I have had my 22/45 for about a month now and have only put about 300 rounds through it. Mine did not come with the rail, but it is drilled for it. Where is a good place to find a rail that fits the 22/45? Thanks for the help.

Scott S. from La Grange, NC on Sat, 2 Jan 2016

The gunsmith at my indoor shooting range ordered the parts after consulting with me and my notes derived from an internet search. I knew exactly what he was getting, the cost, and I COULD have done it myself. But he put the parts in for a small added charge. On the other gun I did it myself but the 22/45 has rather more complicated innards. I suggest a little practice, maybe a few hundred rounds' worth, with the new trigger before any serious shooting. It takes some getting used to. And keep the darn thing pointed downrange; it can go off at unexpected times at first. If nothing else it WILL teach you never to put your finger into the trigger guard until the gun is pointed at a target. That's a good habit anyway, and an essential habit with a light trigger pull.

Scott S. from La Grange, NC on Sat, 2 Jan 2016

Dharmabumz: "Has anyone ever put a match type trigger in their 22/45?" I put a 2.5-pound trigger into my Hunter model. Made quite a difference. It was probably a Volquartzen (sp?) but I cannot recall offhand. Oh, and I shoot federal 550-per-box cheapies from Walmart too. Those are good for 7 meters/20 feet, which is what I have the Hunter red-dot set for. (I'm sort of into the precision thing and don't change the range for the gun.) With that ammo I shoot at targets the size of quarters and usually stay inside the lines. Better (and more expensive) ammo does not significantly improve results as I am at the limit for the handheld gun and my own shaky hands. I do use Eley Sport, a cheap (well, their version of cheap) .22 ammo, in my Ruger Charger. Added the 2.5 pound trigger to that one too. I fire that off the bipod at 20 or 25 meters/65-80 feet and use the same quarter-sized targets and ALWAYS hit them square on. (With a scope; the Charger comes with no sights at all and you add your own. I bought the scope at Walmart too, a cheap shotgun scope so it's good for the shorter indoor ranges.) The Colt Commander .45 I leave with its factory 5.5 pound trigger. First off, I regard that as one more safety feature. I want to REALLY WANT to pull that trigger if the time comes. Second, if the time ever comes there's going to be a lot of questions and one that I don't want to have to answer would be, "Why would you have a hair-trigger on a home-defense weapon?"

Charles G. from Haskell, NJ on Fri, 20 Nov 2015

I have 2 22/45 Mark III Target Pistols and put 2000 rounds through one of them and 1000 rounds through the other. Certain ammo has given more failure to fire incident than the other two. Failure to feed problem if from two magazines with weak springs. The failure to feed (Bent rounds) is after the sixth round. The problem occurs on both magazines and none of the other 14 magazines. Both pistols do not like flat nose hollow point. Round nose and round nose hollowpoints work fine. Plus they perfer ammo with a 1200 FPS or higher rating. I had a Mark II bull barrel in the 1970 and loved it. So I bought these two this year and have had a great time killing paper each week at the range. I can fire 10 rounds for the cost of one .45 acp round.

Devin M. from Jackson, MS on Fri, 6 Nov 2015

Welcome aboard zbird! Glad to see another 22/45 lover show up. As you can see from the past posts there are a lot of friendly faces here...lots of useable tips etc. My wife and I both have a 22/45 we shoot and it does improve my eye and not cost an arm and a leg. WalMart mgr yesterday told me they were going back to carrying guns and more ammo. About time. I saw an increase in the quantity of remington boxes of 550 ($15.45 at our store) so I picked up a few boxes.

Willis K. from Hayden, ID on Fri, 6 Nov 2015

Just joined today. From what I have read here there are a lot of friendly people here. I got a ruger 22/45, that I have had for 2 weeks now. So far 200 flawless rounds, I am very happy with it. All of my shooting before my ruger has been 38, 9mm, 45. It is so nice to be able to shoot something and not feel bad about how much money you just thew away. (ammo cost).

Devin M. from Jackson, MS on Tue, 3 Nov 2015

I checked out the tinyurl site. I got a kick out of his describing using a plastic water bottle cap as a loader for his 22/45. Now THAT is some sharp thinking. I'm like you...whatever wally world is selling by the bucket full, that's what I'll buy for plinking. For HD I have heavier pieces so don't foresee using my Rugers for HD. I have a sig p220 .45, a cut down remington 870 12 ga. and a winchester 500 shooting the big 300 win mags, and it would be these I'd use for the heavy lifting. Having said that, I can't afford to shoot them as much as I like to shoot, so Off to our local range with a sack full of cheapo .22 ammo. My curiosity re sub-sonics was from a friend years back who made me some sub sonic rounds I fired in an old remington nylon. I'd go out to the horse paddock in the evening and when rabbits came out I could hit one and the others not freak out and run off. Made for interesting hunting when I had some time to do it. I think I'll see what our local stores sell and try a box of eley or aguila subsonics and see how I like them.

Scott S. from La Grange, NC on Tue, 3 Nov 2015

That el cheapo .22 magazine loader I use: It's not sexy. It's no faster than no loader at all. But I have a happy thumb.

Scott S. from La Grange, NC on Tue, 3 Nov 2015

Oh yeah! I forgot. I, too, use a plastic thingee that pushes down the magazine spring while I load. I don't know where I got it. I had two but gave one to another guy with a sore thumb. Subsonic .22s: I use whatever garbage ammo I get cheap at Wal-Mart in my 22/45 because I shoot that at 7 meters and ammo quality is less important than my ability to hand-hold the gun straight and without wobbling. I should explain. I don't just shoot off a box of ammo at one target and sprinkle it with holes all over. I use an 8x11 sheet of paper with 20 circles on it, each circle the size of a quarter. I shoot three rounds at each circle. With the handheld 22/45 Hunter, and at 7 meters, I rarely miss a circle. For my Ruger Charger - a cut-down 10/22 rifle with a scope on it - I shoot at 25 meters, same targets. This gun is not only fired from a bipod but I put the butt on a foam block. A vice would be the only thing more precise. Here, ammo quality makes a big difference. With el cheapo "buy a big bunch and we toss in an extra handful" ammo I get groups in the two-inch or even more range. With ELEY SPORT ammo I NEVER miss a circle; the weapon is actually more accurate at 25 meters than my 22/45 at 7 meters. At 50 meters I get groups of about one inch, slightly bigger than my target circles. Eley ammo is - far as I know - ALL subsonic. Eley is for target shooting and avoids the wobble that occurs when a bullet drops back below the sound barrier while heading downrange. I have shot plenty of this through my 22/45 Hunter too. Works great. I just don't use it there because I do not need such good ammo at such short ranges. Specs: Eley Sport Ammunition 22 Long Rifle 40 Grain Lead Round Nose Box of 50. $3.49/box at (I usually get a half-dozen boxes free from the local run range in trade for winning the occasional bowling-pin tournament with the 22/45.) Standard velocity load with Eley's legendary accuracy and components, Sport loads are great for shooting at ranges up to 50 meters. Suitable for use in rifles and pistols, it features a lubed round nose bullet. Technical Information Caliber: 22 Long Rifle Bullet Weight: 40 Grains Bullet Style: Lead Round Nose Ballistics Information: Muzzle Velocity: 1085 fps Muzzle Energy: 105 ft. lbs.

Wayne D. from Centralia, WA on Mon, 2 Nov 2015

The Mark III is a politically correct Mark II. To make a Mark III in to a Mark II you must. 1) remove the magazine safety 2) remove the loaded chamber indicator. That makes it a Mark II...kinda. I wouldn't worry about the grips. The grip and grip angle is great and patterned after the German Luger, even though the pistol was copied from the Japanese Nambu pistol of WWII. I got too much money in the pistol to ever get it back if I sell it. The grip and trigger job cost be over $300. If I were you....I'd keep it just the way it is.

Scott S. from La Grange, NC on Mon, 2 Nov 2015

Startling, wasn't it? I had my trigger pull trimmed to 2.5 pounds and it took some getting used to. What do you mean by "they also made it a Mark II"? I have a question, too, about handgrips. My Mark III is the plain-Jane factory model with black grips that cannot be removed. People have told me I need better grips but I confess that I really do not see the point. Is there a point? I'm pretty much at the limit of the weapon and my own innate ability - it's got to where I vary the ammunition depending upon the range I'm wanting to shoot. I do not wish to put on one of those slip-over grips and I hate the thought of buying an entirely new Mark III just to get one with interchangeable grips. But should I? Would it make that much difference?

Wayne D. from Centralia, WA on Sun, 1 Nov 2015

I just got my Mark III back from Volquartsen after having the trigger farfegnugened. They did an excellent job on the trigger. It's now between 2-3 lbs. They also made it a MarkII. I shot 100 rounds through it today I can tell a big difference with the trigger job and the Volquartsen grip. I could tell you that I shoot 2 inch groups at 50 yards, but it was more like 5 inch at 20 yards. It all about the numbers.

Scott S. from La Grange, NC on Sun, 1 Nov 2015

"Be sure to get one that has a smallest-size dot of .5 MOL if possible." I mean MOA, of course. Minute-of-Angle.

Scott S. from La Grange, NC on Sun, 1 Nov 2015

I have a red-dot sight on my Mark III. I have trouble using factory sights on almost any firearm. Bad eyes. But the red-dot? Perfect. Be sure to get one that has a smallest-size dot of .5 MOL if possible. And as big as possible at the rear end too. I use a Nikon Monarch, which is expensive but excellent. I don't see how a 10/22 rifle magazine would fit into a Mark III. I have a Charger (cut-down 10/22 but the same action) and the magazines are much too big. Reassembly is easy once you have done it a few times. How did you get the scarred thumb? I once had "M-1 Thumb" which comes from being slow-witted while inserting the clip into that venerable old rifle. You soon learn to be quicker.

Howard T. from Artemas, PA on Sun, 1 Nov 2015

Dharmabumz There are a couple of You Tube Video's that can/will help with stripping and assembly LOOKY>>>

Howard T. from Artemas, PA on Sun, 1 Nov 2015

Yes, the MKIII is ready for a weaver style top rail and scope.

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