Wednesday, July 1, 2015
A double score on guns and ammo
I had good luck today with firearms and ammunition. I came across an advertisement from a local resident who was selling two Ruger 22/45 pistols, the older Mk II version rather than the current-production Mark III (which I don't like because it's burdened with a magazine safety, a loaded chamber indicator and other legally-mandated excrescences). The price was reasonable, so I bought them both. Miss D. and I now have matching his-and-hers 22/45's, identical to the picture in the first link above.
On the way home, I dropped in at our local firearms dealer to see what they had in the way of .22LR ammunition. They seem to have access to regular supplies of CCI Mini-Mags, which are my preferred brand for all-round use. Today they had something I hadn't seen before.
There's apparently a TV program about alligator hunting called "Swamp People" or "Choot 'Em" or something like that (I've never seen it, but then I don't watch TV). CCI is one of its sponsors, and they've produced this show-branded 300-round pack of their Mini-Mag 36gr. hollowpoint rounds. The shop had recently received a case of it, and had already sold three out of the ten boxes. I relieved them of the remaining seven, also at a reasonable price (more than I would have paid a couple of years ago, but very good by today's standards for high-quality ammo like CCI - it came to about 11c per round). That gives Miss D. and I plenty of ammo to break in our new pistols. (No, I didn't deprive anyone else by buying it all - the shop will have more in stock within a few days. That's why I keep going back there. They seem to have better sources for rimfire ammo than most places.)
Now I have to learn the intricacies of disassembling, cleaning and reassembling the Ruger Mark II pistol. It has a terrible reputation for being very tricky to put back together. I guess I've got a steep learning curve in front of me. If anyone can suggest useful online resources or video clips to make it easier, please let me know about them in Comments. Also, I may want to mount a scope rail on one of the pistols. Can anyone recommend a good product for the purpose, or perhaps a good gunsmith to do the installation if necessary?
Thanks in advance for your help.