The 22/45 Mark III from Ruger is a very well balanced pistol and it fires supremely well for something its size. It is not too light but not too heavy either. If you are familiar with the 1911 .45 then picture that grip on the 22/45. In fact, this pistol has the same controls (magazine release, slide release, safety) as the 1911 does. The 1911 M9 is a very easy pistol to use and so is the 22/45 so if you are great with one then chances are you will be great with the other.
The Mark III 22/45 is solid and smooth. It has great action with minimal number of jams for a LR so that is very good. The Ruger Mark III is all around solid. There are little to no rattling and in all fairness, most people will say that this weapon is very tight in its triggering but this pistol is put together extremely well. As far as the sights go, they are considered good. Can’t say that they are great but it’s not the worse that Ruger have made. But there is good news, they are adjustable. Most people think that adjustable sights on a pistol are a huge plus and it is. But if you do not need the adjustable sights on the full-sized pistol then you can have it removed. Most people do this because they only use the pistol occasionally. This full-size gun makes people just point in a general direction and shoot.
Why do you ask? That’s because you could practice for literally hours with the .22LR pistol. Repeat this target shooting a few hundred or even thousand times and you will be amazed at how you will pick up a semi-auto and be able to shoot it a lot better because you were able to practice with the Ruger Mark III .22LR. And this is the main reasoning behind purchasing a Mark III: practicing in order to use a full-sized pistol that is a semi-automatic. Keep in mind that this would not be a pistol for hunting. A Ruger Mark III can be considered as a self-defense pistol if you were in a pinch but keep in mind that it is not really concealable but the very first rule of a gunfight is: “Bring a gun.”
The trigger action is great; very crisp and light. Even the accuracy is one of the greatest in the line of the Rugers. Another thing that most gun enthusiasts like about the Ruger Mark III 22/45 is that the pistol has a loaded chamber indicator. If you are unsure what this is, when the chamber is loaded, it is the little bar that sticks out a tiny bit. You can see it when you handle the pistol especially when you are just about to fire. The best thing about this feature is the fact that it does not get in your way at any time.
There are a couple of things that the Mark III can do without though. The first issue is with the magazine. Even though it is dependable, (and this is very important) but when you go to load it, a person will have to push downward on a button. There are some magazines that are like this, where you will have two buttons and this will have you grab them using two fingers, which is much more comfortable.
Another thing is that the magazine slides into the pistol well in a slightly weird angle. Even though you will get used to it, most people like having the ability to jam the magazine into the well without thinking about it. Another issue that people may dislike is the Ruger’s “takedown” method. The pistol has a very odd way of reassembly and disassembly. Overall, the 22/45 is a great pistol to have.