Ruger .22 Pistol FAQ

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1) When did Ruger release it’s .22 pistol?
A: The first Ruger pistol, now called the Standard model, was introduced to the public by Sturm, Ruger in 1949.

2) Who designed the Ruger .22 pistol?
A: Bill Ruger designed the Ruger pistol. He incorporated design features from the Japanese Nambu pistol (the bolt design) and the German Luger (the grip angle).

3) What are the differences between the Standard, Mark I, II and III pistols?
A: The Standard pistol (1949-1982) was Ruger’s first pistol design and both models available at that time had fixed sights and lightweight barrels. The Mark I (1951-1982) was introduced as a target model with adjustable sights and a heavier barrel. The main change in the Mark II (1982-2004) was a last-shot, bolt-hold open. Stainless steel was also added with the Mark II line. The Mark III (2005-present) moved the magazine catch from the bottom of the grip frame (European-style) to just behind the trigger guard on the left side of the grip frame. The Mark III also incorporates a magazine disconnect safety, an internal key lock and a loaded chamber indicator. On target models with adjustable sights, the receiver of the Mark III is drilled and tapped for a scope mount that is supplied by Ruger with the pistol.

4) What .22 cartridges can I shoot in my Ruger pistol?
A: The Ruger .22 pistols will fire .22 Long Rifle cartridges only.

5) What is the Government Model Ruger pistol?
A: The Government Model had a 6 ¾ inch bull barrel and was designed for the U.S. military for training and competition.

6) What is a Red Eagle Ruger pistol?
A: The Red Eagle pistols were built from 1949 to 1952, the year that Alexander Sturm died. These pistols were not special in any way other than the emblem on the grip was a red Ruger logo on a silver background. Since 1952, the emblems have been black on silver or silver on black. There was a 50th anniversary model released in 1999 that had a silver Ruger logo on a red background and should not be confused with a Red Eagle pistol.

7) Can I mount a scope on my Mark II pistol?
A: Yes. There are a couple of ways to mount a scope on the Mark pistols. The first and most secure method is to have a gunsmith drill and tap the receiver. This method will also be the most expensive. The other option is a no-gunsmithing clamp-on mount. Clamp-on mounts are available from a couple of companies and will generally be strong enough for the .22LR cartridge recoil.

8) Are there aftermarket grips available for the Mark II pistol?
A: Yes, many companies including Pachmayr manufacture grips for the Mark-series pistols. These grips come in wood, laminated wood and synthetic materials.

9) What brand of ammunition will work best in my Mark III pistol?
A: Like any other .22 semi -auto firearm, you will need to try several brands and types of ammunition in your gun to see which one it prefers. Generally speaking, semi-automatic .22 rimfire firearms prefer high-velocity, copper-plated rounds.

10) My trigger pull seems heavy on my Mark I. Can I improve this myself?
A: There are aftermarket trigger kits available for the Mark-series pistols. Some of these are advertised as drop-in units, but will still require some degree of mechanical knowledge to install. If you have never attempted something like this before, it would be best to take the pistol to a competent gunsmith to have the work performed.

11) What is a 22/45 Ruger pistol?
A: The 22/45 has a polymer grip frame that has a grip angle and feel similar to the popular 1911 auto pistol. The magazine release is also located in the same position as the 1911, just behind the trigger guard.

12) Can I mount a laser to my Mark III pistol?
A: Yes. There are universal mount lasers that will fit the Mark III pistols. A better alternative is Crimson Trace’s excellent laser grip. This grip incorporates a built -in laser and requires only removing and re-installing the grip screws for installation.