We have a S&W 22A, which was our first .22, if you don’t count the Spanish compact that my wife inherited, or my Winchester single-shot .22 rifle I inherited. It’s a nice little pistol. shoots well, accurate, etc. I’m not that fond of the ribs on the back of the slide you grab to work the slide. It seems too slippery. It got better with some skate board grip tape on it, but even that slides around a bit.
We also picked up a couple of Ruger 22/45 Lites at a local gun shop auction. I didn’t realize that one was a MkIII, and the other a MkIV until I got home. BIG difference in the disassembly! The MkIII has an odd hammer spring/lever that has to be assembled a certain way, or the weapon is unusable. It’s nothing that can’t be practiced, or helped a bit with a Majestic Arms ‘speed strip’ kit. We got the speed strip kit for the MkIII, which much-improved tear-down for cleaning! The MkIII was a ‘NRA special’, which while I think it just meant it had extra badging on the grip, it also shot much better than the MkIV.
We installed the Volquartsen trigger kit in both, as well as a Tandemkross compensator and charging handle halo. It turned them into a couple of VERY nice target pistols! I’ve added a Tru-Glow red-dot to the MkIII. With the sight, it makes shooting the thing like cheating!!
Here’s the MkIII. It was the red anodized model. Kind of garish, but it has kind of grown on us:
We call it Marvin’s Ray Gun, because of it’s futuristic looks and color. Wished it was lime green now.
As said, we love both the Rugers, and like the S&W. The Rugers are notably lighter than the S&W, meaning you can shoot them pretty much all day long. The ONLY thing I don’t like about them is their limit to only 10 rounds!! You’re out of bullets long before you’re out of fun!!