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PSYCHOFREAK3 02-17-2011 07:11 PM

GSG 1911 22 or Ruger mkIII 22/45
Hello everyone,

Still kinda new to the forum, but I am in the process of looking into a firearms safety course and looking for a 22. I currently have a G19 but need something smaller to plink with and for my wife to learn easier on. My options at this point are the GSG 1911 22 for $350 or a mkIII 22/45 for about $280.

Initially I like the GSG for the classic look and feel. I am not exactly fond of the mkIII look and feel. However I do not know much about either pistol, and while I can afford both I am still cost conscious. Any comments and recommendations welcome.

jca1 02-18-2011 12:38 AM

For me it would be the Ruger because of it's proven track record.

Don't know anything about the GSG.

JonM 02-18-2011 12:55 AM

ive got a ruger mkII and a gsg on backorder. the ruger is real picky about ammo. its a good gun but it just feels clumsy. im really looking forward to the gsg getting here.

russ 02-18-2011 01:35 AM

I would add the Buckmark .22lr to your list. When I was looking at the MkIII vs. the Buckmark, it was how the Ruger fit my hand, or more precisely how it didn't fit my hand that made my decision for the Buckmark. It is pretty price competitive with the Ruger.

However, I also have the GSG 1911 and I love that thing. So far mine is not ammo picky at all (but neither is my Buckmark) and has been super reliable.

I really think you can't go wrong with any of these .22 pistols. If you really intend on teaching your wife to shoot with whatever you buy, then take her with you and see what you both feel comfortable with in your hands. That will go a long way towards helping you find the right gun for you both.

canebrake 02-18-2011 02:35 AM

GSG all the way!

GSG 1911-22

MemphisJim1 02-18-2011 02:52 AM

I do not have a GSG...yet. But I do have a Ruger MkII 22/45. I currently have a red dot on it (soon to be superceded by a reflex sight) and hands down it is my most accurate rimfire pistol. Mine is not ammo picky, it just has a voracious appetite for anything I feed it. The only reservation I have about it has to do with cleaning it. Taking it apart for cleaning is a snap. Putting it back together is the challenge. In my early days with it, I could count on a minimum of 1 hour and at least 7 attempts before it was properly back together and ready for the next shooting session. As the years have gone by, I'm setting a new personal best for reassembly. Just last week I had it down to only 2 attempts in 15 minutes to victory. What the manual doesn't tell you is how to have your lips pursed "just so" as well as which appropriate facial expressions and correct incantations are in order at each reassembly step. I'm sure the GSG can't compare in that regard. That said, I love my MkII 22/45, use it frequently to introduce new pistol shooters and get a lot of personal trigger time with it, too. It's a great pistol...just "quirky" on the reassembly side.

M14sRock 02-18-2011 04:41 AM

From a former "Rockfordian" to a current "Rockfordian", I'd buy the GSG.

BUT, the Ruger 22/45 is the Ruger that I like best.

Or, you could buy a Ciener conversion kit for your G19.

russ 02-18-2011 05:51 AM


Originally Posted by M14sRock (Post 448036)
From a former "Rockfordian" to a current "Rockfordian", I'd buy the GSG.

BUT, the Ruger 22/45 is the Ruger that I like best.

Or, you could buy a Ciener conversion kit for your G19.

Whoa, I didn't even see where psychofreak3 is from. Nor did I realize you're from there M14. I grew up north of Belvidere, one set of grandparents lived in Roscoe, and the other right on Riverside Blvd. Small world sometimes.

CHLChris 02-18-2011 07:00 AM

On my list right now, at #1 is the Ruger 22/45 MarkIII 5.5" bull barrel, but I'm willing to have my mind changed.

I have 2 purposes for 1 gun:

-I'm tired of paying for factory .45 ammo to punch holes in paper. I'd like to go to .22lr and definitely want a dedicated gun, not a conversion.

-I'd like to be able to have a small-game hunting gun in my BOB and it might as well be .22lr handgun since that would fit better than a long gun.

Question about GSG: Does the accuracy compare to the Ruger?

I am a 1911 guy so having the exact same platform would be GREAT for training purposes.

danf_fl 02-18-2011 10:45 AM

The only problem I see with buying a GSG is:

Once you own a 1911 style pistol, you want more.

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