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Ruger 22/45 Mark III 22LR 4" Blued ADJUSTABLE SIGHTS 
by Scott M
Date Added: Thursday 05 July, 2012
First order of business: THE SERVICE.
When I bought this gun a few months ago, it was my first dealing with Bud's. I was well satisfied with the service, the condition of the gun immaculate, and the overall experience was a pleasure. Do yourselves a favor though: make sure you have a decent and reliable FFL lined up for the transfer. The people I used out here in the middle of Nowhere, KS were pitiful, although they at least were capable of completing the transfer after much hassle on my end. This does NOT reflect on Bud's, who lived up to their end of the bargain above and beyond all expectations that I had. Excellent communication, good pricing, and the ability to check the status of your gun from the second you order it until it is in the hands of the transfer agent. KUDOS, BUD'S!!
Second order of business: THE PISTOL ITSELF.
What can one really say? It's a Ruger, so it is a tank. The finish on the metal parts is spectacular and without a single blemish. There is little to say about the polymer finish on the receiver, except that it's a polymer gun, and it looks like one. The action was smooth, and has become more refined over the last few months of semi-regular shooting (maybe 1000 rounds thus far). The trigger is very nice for such an inexpensive pistol, and the sights are easy enough to work with; even though they are black-on-black. The accuracy I can obtain is outstanding, and this weapon can easily keyhole several shots with iron sights and a standing freehand stance at 25 yds. Overall, I am very pleased with the pistol. It is everything I expected, and nothing that I did not. Even though it's a poly frame, it is as reliable and functionally flawless as any other Ruger I've ever fired; with the only failures being ammunition failures.
Here are a few things about the weapon that you need to know, however. First, do not buy this gun looking for a 1911 trainer. This pistol is NOT a trainer for Mr. Browning's masterpiece, nor was it designed to be. The grip profile is similar, but much more narrow than the 1911, as well as the thumb safety being similar only in placement and movement. The weapon does not feel, balance, or shoot like any 1911, and should be treated as the utterly different creature that it is. Second, my particular 22/45 does NOT drop magazines free when the release is used. Every magazine, including a few extras bought from the good folks at Ruger, absolutely REFUSE to let go of the magazine channel until they are manually stripped free. Third, while the sights are pretty good, they are not "hi-viz," or anything of the like. These are black-on-black target sights (i.e., the old "fence-post"), and are not fiber-optic or even dotted sights like one may expect on a target pistol. These are not flaws, but points that NEED to be addressed in the interest in fairness.
Overall, the service from Bud's was outstanding, and the pistol itself is very high quality for the price; worth every penny. If you're looking for a semi-auto plinker or target pistol in a small caliber, look no further. You will NOT be disappointed with this pistol.