When I get a firearm like the
Ruger 22/45 LITE in front
of me I always wish I were a lot younger, not so grumpy and I had a more
expansive vocabulary, because the 22/45 LITE deserves to be reviewed
with youthful enthusiasm and lots of exciting descriptive adjectives.
The Ruger 22/45 LITE is a hotrod of a 22 rimfire pistol, just waiting to
be customized and personalized.
Ruger 22/45 LITE
Gold Anodized Aluminum
scope base, two Magazines,
lock and manual.
At just twenty-three ounces, the
Ruger 22/45 LITE weighs
a full ten ounces less than the standard Model 22/45 and is
approximately half the weight of a Mark III target model. Ruger got to that light weight by fitting an
aircraft aluminum receiver to the Model 22/45's Zytel® Polymer frame. The
muzzle end of the LITE has 1/2-28 threads to accommodate suppressors,
compensators and brakes.
Weight reducing aluminum receivers are a popular
modification to Ruger and other brand rimfire autoloaders. By packaging
the Model 22/45 product in this manner, for less than a $39 increase
over the standard steel version of the threaded barrel gun, Ruger saves
Model 22/45 customers the $250 - $350 expense of purchasing an
aftermarket aluminum receiver and the hassle of an ATF controlled
purchase. With Ruger doing the assembly, there is the further assurance
of a good fitting assembly rather than an aftermarket part's more
A hotrod to customize and personalize...
The 22/45 LITE, when set up with a Fast Fire Red Dot Reflect sight and
Pac-Lite Compensator, weighs an even thirty-two (32) ounces. Without
optical sites, the 22/45 LITE has a non-reflective ramped front sight
and a fully adjustable rear sight.
- The Ruger 22/44, with the addition a Bushnell 2-6x32mm Elite handgun scope
and Pac-Lite Compensator, weighs only thirty-five ounces. And, no, I
didn't singe the scope's objective lens. I may have smoked it, but just
OK, so I got a little distracted here. In fact, I got so
wrapped up shooting the gun and adding shooting accessories I missed my
deadline. Not that you guys aren't important, but...
I played around with open sights, red dot sights and a
scope, finally settling on the scope so I could shoot twenty five yard
groups. Yeah, I know, "But Joe, I can shoot two hundred yard sub MOA
groups with open sights". We'll good for you, shooterscooter465, but the
fact of the matter is, a 0.135" wide front sight covers a space
approximately eight inches wide at twenty-five yards, or about four
times the anticipated group size and the red dot is still approximately
half that size.
I made no attempt to zero each ammunition type, so point
of impact shifted with velocity and bullet weight as would always be the
case. I apologize for the mixed targets. I shot the first groups, didn't
like the target layout and finished with the other.
Winchester X 40 Grain Standard Velocity
Multiple Federal and Remington Eley
Mixed Winchester and Federal
Conclusion? Sure, why not...
Ruger 22/45 LITE is an accurate handgun. Great for vegetable patch guard
duty and lots of recreational target shooting.
The gun loaded and cycled cleanly with all ammunition
shot, with the exception of a couple of rounds of SubSonic that is
actually intended for pistols specifically modified for its use.
The LITE is cost effective, especially for folks who like
to tinker and refine with sight systems, compensators, etc. as well as
for the growing popularity of suppressed gun applications.
I give Ruger a lot of credit for getting so many good
guns out on the market, clearly products of people who pay attention to
Most important, it is a good looking firearm, low in cost
and more than a lot of fun to shoot.