First things noticed were the gold finish and the muzzle cap. The finish is gold anodized because this 22/45 model has a stainless steel barrel sleeved into an aircraft-grade aluminum receiver for light weight. The barrel is threaded to receive muzzle devices.
Manufacturer: Sturm, Ruger & Co.
Model: 22/45 Lite
Caliber: .22 LR
Capacity: 10 + 1 rounds
Weight: 22.7 oz. (w/mag.)
Length: 8 13/32 in.
Height: 5 9/16 in.
Width: 1.15 in.
Barrel: 4 13/32 in.
Twist: 1:16″ RH (mfr)
Grooves: 6 (mfr)
Trigger pull: 4 lbs. 5.5 oz.
When I first opened the box and revealed the pistol I was somewhat skeptical about the gold color. Then it dawned on me that this handgun was not going to be a defensive weapon – nor was it designed to be. The gold anodized finish is not gaudy, just a little flashy and not in a bling sort of way, but more of a customized look. Along with the manual safety, internal safety, locking device (padlock), and loaded chamber indicator, the pistol also is equipped with a magazine disconnect. The grip has the feel of a 1911 with the manual safety, bolt stop and mag release located similarly. At 10+ ounces lighter than the other 22/45 models it should prove to be a handy light-weight pistol.
Temperature was 73° F. No wind. Boxes of CCI and Federal ammunition were accumulated for the test.
Velocity results were first priority.
Federal .22 LR 36 gr. CPHP………….988 fps.
CCI Mini-Mag 22 LR 36 gr. CPHP…..1041 fps.
CCI Stinger .22 LR 32 gr. CPHP…….1144 fps.
After she shot some I put some rounds on paper.
5 round groups were fired supported at 15 yards.
Note: Targets’ Bullseye – 2″ dia.; outer – 4.5″ dia.
Admittedly, before now I have never shot a 22/45, but after firing approximately 165 rounds through it I can now appreciate why there is such a following for these pistols. Besides not having a reciprocating slide and the small caliber the 1911 familiarity is there. We did have two stovepipes with the Federal value pack ammo but all CCI ran without a hiccup. The trigger has a small amount of slack before a very clean break. The blacked-out sights made for a sharp sight picture while punching paper or steel and should work well for plinking. It would make an excellent training tool for the novice and youth. Its light weight and accuracy potential has me anticipating the next range visit. Until this model the weight of the 22/45 series has kept me from considering one for purchase – the Lite has definitely changed my mind.