The Ruger Mark III 22/45 Race Gun
Bill Quick

Racegun – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A racegun is a type of handgun, shotgun, or rifle that has been modified for accuracy, speed, and reliability. Used primarily in NRAAction Pistol (The Bianchi Cup), United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA)/International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) and similar styles of competition, raceguns are typically based on common guns and modified to function the best within a certain set of rules, such as weight, size, and capacity requirements.

Typical modifications include a match-grade barrel fitted with a recoil compensator, electronic optical sights, match-grade hammer and sear, a tuned trigger, and “skeletonizing” (cutouts to reduce mass).

Some of you may recall my tales of adventure with Steel Challenge shooting at last year’s Gunblogger Rendezvou in Reno, and how I hoped to be better equipped, firearm-wise, to compete this year.

Well, thanks to the good offices of one of the DP editors (who is also a practicing gunsmith) I’m now the proud owner of the Ruger MKIII 22/45 target pistol pictured above.  As you can see, I’ve already started modifying it.  So far, I added a Tandemkross slide racker and a Volquartzen barrel compensator, as well as a wraparound Hogue grip with finger grooves.  (Thanks, JB)  And I “modded” the (gawdawful, infuriating, ridiculous, unnecessary, KKKalifornia-required) magazine safety.  I’ll leave it to the more knowledgable among you as to precisely what that “mod” consisted of.  I also stuck a cheap red dot reflex sight on top, but it’s not very good.

Planned for the future (when I finally see some moolah from the book):  A Volquartsen trigger mod/accurizing package, an OKO reflex red dot sight with an 8MOA dot, and, maybe, a set of Majestic Arms cocobolo wood target grips.  The latter is still a maybe at this point, because it would involve doing actual surgery on the existing grip with dremel and drill, which is integral to the piece.  We’ll see.

Anyway, I’ve already taken this baby to the range, and it’s a tack driver.



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Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


The Ruger Mark III 22/45 Race Gun — 15 Comments

  1. Looks pretty cool – I nominate “Master Blaster” as a possible monicker, if you should decide to give it a name – though, you’ve probably got your own ideas on that, of course.

    Looks like it’s gonna be “Happy Trails” time, this year, for a whole lot of li’l steel chickens ‘n rams ‘n such-like…

    Fun, fun, FUN!!

    • It is! Only problem is that .22 LR costs twice as much as it did the last time I bought a bunch, half the ammo dealers in America won’t ship to San Francisco, and I’m down to my last 6K rounds!

      Oh. And there are no places in SF that sell ammo. The places that do sell in the Bay Area are pretty much out of stock as well.

  2. I prefer the High Standard Supermatic Trophy with the 8″ barrel, muzzle brake, and frame-mounted sight-base myself… but then I’m an old fart and set in my ways. Had a complete Olympic set(three barrels – one in .22 short, four magazines)in a case one time and in the ignorance of my youth I traded it off.

    Gimme a heads up when you start running out of small feed-stock. I can probably help you out there…