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22/45 Lite or MKIII Target for Steel Challenge?

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So I have decided that I really want to start shooting Steel matches from time to time, both because they are cheaper than USPSA and hey, I can shoot a .22 which is always fun.

I was down at my LGS today and was looking at a 22/45 Lite. They seem to be a nice gun, and I really like the idea of running that light short gun for the faster transitions, but then I got to thinking about recoil (even though there is hardly any with a .22) and maybe the steel gun would be better than the plastic? Do the .22 caliber compensators make a difference, the tac-sol design doesn't seem like it would keep the gun flat at all with holes all the way around.

The other thing to think about is my dad has a MKII, so if I got the MKIII then we could share magazines.

Lastly, I shoot a Glock 35 for USPSA, and the grip angle of the Mark series guns is closer to a Glock than the 22/45 1911 grip angle. Would it mess me up to go back and forth from such different grips?

Sorry for so many questions, thanks in advance for all the help!

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Some of it depends on skill level. I shoot the 22/45 Lite the fastest, however, it is too light for my boys still. They do better with the smoother (because it is heavier) MkII. My wife shoots a 22/45 in the standard weight and does not like the Lite at all.

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I see. Do you feel like the steel gun shoots flatter than the 22/45? Do you have a comp on the Lite? At my local shop the Lite is 409 and the standard 22/45 with bull barrel is 350. I figure if the lite with a comp shoots just as flat as one of the mark guns then maybe I should just get the steel gun for the grip angle.

Do you like the Lite because it transitions faster?

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I shoot a 22/45 Target and love it. Make sure you get the model with the changeable grips. Shot 10.60 on Smoke and Hope this last weekend.

C-More Red Dot

MaddMacs Trigger job 1.75lbs

Rim Edge C-More Mount

Rim Edge Thumb Rest Coming

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Tried the lite with and without a comp...no difference for me. The Lite transitions a tad faster for me, but is too twitchy for my boys right now.

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UFO, do you feel like the bull barrel soaks up some of the recoil or do you not notice either?

MarkCO, I guess I will need to try and find one to shoot side by side with my dad's MkII, and see if I can tell a difference. If I can't, then I guess I will get the steel gun so I can share magazines. When you say too twitchy do you mean like they blow past the target and have to come back to it, or that they have a hard time holding the sights on target?

Thanks for the help guys!

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I don't see or feel any barrel flip, by the time I'm on the next plate, it's ready to go. Also don't feel like the weight slows down my transition at all.

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Cool to know. I like the idea of a threaded barrel for a comp (partly because it would look cool and partly because if I wanted to put a can on it I could) but if the bull vs lite barrel doesn't make a difference in muzzle flip or transition time then it's hard to justify the extra 60 bucks....

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If you put a compensator on it you'll get bumped to open, something to consider if you were planning on sticking with iron sights.

I use a 22/45 model 10150 for steel challenge and it works very well for me. It's heavier than the Lite, but with the short barrel a lot lighter than the MK III. I haven't compared it to a Lite to see if I'd notice a difference on transitions.

I shoot a G34 in USPSA and the grip angle is different, but I don't have much trouble going back and forth. I prefer the 22/45 grip to the MK III.

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I was planning on putting a dot on it and shooting open regardless, so that part doesn't much matter to me. Good to hear that you can change back and forth, it gives me hope.

I like the 22/45 grips and the ability to use 1911 grip panels, but was concerned about the grip angle. But hey, maybe its less of a big deal than I am making it out to be.

Thanks for all the input guys.

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I am running a mark ii with a tacsol upper on it for open Rimfire and it puts a little weight in the hand and none in the front end so it transitions wellll

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Sweet looking pistol you got there. I really need to just go shoot a few different setups this weekend and see what works for me.

Hopefully I can try out a few different pistols, since I will be at my first steel match on Sunday!

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The MK's will be closer to the grip angle of your Glock. The MKII & MKIII mags do not interchange. You can always add a Tactical Solutions upper to your dad's MKII.

www.tacticalsol.com

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I was under the impression they weren't interchangeable either, but the guys at the gunshop assured me they were. I bought one and in testing today it worked fine. You just have to hold the magazine catch instead of just pulling it once. YMMV.

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I would go with whichever grip suits you more, and as others have suggested, there's also the option of an ultralight Tacsol upper if you go for the MkIII (or a MkII). Different sights would probably yield the most benefit compared to shaving weight off the upper.

In keeping the gun flat, you have to remember there's a certain amount of time you'll take to get the gun between targets. One comp vs. the other might make a palpable difference on followup shots, but Steel Challenge is not a game about followups.

Slightly related, have you considered a MkII over a MkIII? They last basically forever, so there's no need to worry about buying it used, and I'm a fan of the MkII's lack of lawyer BS (LCI, mag disconnect). For your money, you could pick up a MkII for less than a new gun, and have some left over if you want to slick it up with new sights, trigger components, or a new upper.

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I just picked up a 22/45 lite yesterday and 10/22 today so I am set for NSSF. I want to get a fiber optic front sight for the 22/45. Any suggestions?

ETA: Stopped by local gun shop and picked up Hi-Viz sight. I think I'm going to like it.

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Anybody have contact info to so I can get a Rim Edge C More mount for the 22/45??

thanks, John

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