Help with my new Ruger 22/45 Threaded Barrel

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  1. Dutch253

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    I'm really needing some help! I'm trying to find some good sights for my new Ruger 22/45 Threaded Barrel. I got a set of Williams Fire Sights and they look amazing, the website said they fit the MKIII 22/45 (same model that I have) but they clearly do not come even remotely close to fitting. I have searched high and low. Ruger does sell a replacement front sight only but I want a set. I called every single gun store in a 50 mile radius of my house, brownell's, cabelas, gunbroker.com and got nothing! I'm really stumped, anyone know anywhere else I might look?
    On a side note, I took my pistol apart for the first time to clean it, reassembled it and now the slide release wont work, slide sticks when I rack it etc......so theres another $75 down the drain to have a gun smith unf**k it!
     
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    Go Back to your manuel and read it, then with it open in front of you break down the gun again and then put it back together. Sounds like when you put it back together you did not have something in proper position.
     
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    I tried that, I cant even get the take down lever to fold completely out now. Its really strange because when I put it back together I used the manual and didn't force anything in.
     
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    When you did all of that all parts were present and accounted for, if so before you take it to a gun smith, take it back to the gun shop you got it from. See if someone there can help first. also if the gun shop you got it from inturn got it from supplier like Davidsons then it has a lifetime warranty and if so should be repaired or replaced no problem. It is possible that you are just missing some small little step. We recently had one in our shop and it was working fine but we did just have a new Ruger LC-9 that self destructed after 3 rounds. I don't know if you got a lemon or you are just missing some little step.
     
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    You probably have something in wrong ,putting those back together is a pain ,make sure you hold the gun at the angles they tell you to or it wont go together right , first time I took mine apart had the same problem
     
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    Yeah I'm pretty certain its something small that I messed up in the reassemble. Can either of you guys give me some insight as to where to find sights for it? Like I said earlier I'm at wit's end, I checked everywhere I can think of.
     
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    If the Williams Site said it would fit, I would call or contact Williams and see if they can offer an explanation or an option. It may be the wrong sight in the package, or a change in production. At least contact them.
     
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    Any sight or pistol scope that is designed to fit on rails should go right on. The rails on that pistol are standard size so there are lots of different ones that should fit nicely. In the info on each sight may not specifically say for that model pistol but if it attaches via piccitinny rails then it should match right up. Most of the Red dot and Halo type sites should work great.
     
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    Yeah I'm going to call them Tuesday. I'm almost positive the dovetail where the sight sits changed from the previous model 22/45 to this one but the box on the sights say, "fits MKIII 22/45" and thats what I have.
     
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    At this point I'm just looking for some normal fiber optic sights that mount where the pistol's stock sights are, not an optic system. That would be an easy fix all I would need is to buy the picatinny rail and slap on an optic. I was kind of hoping to get the normal sights while I save the cash that a real optic is going to cost me.
     
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    I'm sorry I thought yours was the model that comes with the rails installed top and bottom from the factory, my bad! I guess one should not assume.
     
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    I got the one that had the normal sights on it. If I'm unable to find find any replacement sights I'm going to end up having to buy a top rail and get that Burris red dot I've been looking at I guess.
     
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    Are you trying to open the take down lever with the magazine inserted? That would cause it to only open partially.
     
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    No, I tried both ways. Its at the gunsmith now so I guess all I can do now is wait.
     
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    Got the pistol back from the gunsmith, it only cost me $30. He just ended up stripping it down and putting it back together. Now back to finding either some decent sights or a picatinny rail and an optic!
     
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    SEE Dutch you should have bought a S&W 21A.
     
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    I once asked a gunsmith what the number one repair was that he did the most of. He told me "cleaning and lubrication". :D

    There are plenty of good youtube videos on field stripping and re-assembling the MKIII. Next time you want to clean it, just load up one of the videos and follow along.
     
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    Rub some more salt in that wound why don't ya! ;)
     
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    Believe it or not I swear to God I had the laptop open and a YouTube vid going while I did it.
     
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    Also, just got off the phone with Ruger and a picatinny rail is on the way! My optic/sight problems may have been solved!
     
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    Sorry for not replying sooner, but I don't visit this forum that often. I have this pistol, but mine is the two railed version.

    If you need Ruger help, you really need to go to rimfirecentral...they are Ruger fanatics over on that board.

    Learning how to search for items online is a must have if you are going to use the internet.
    There should be a couple optics options for the 22/45 models since Rugers are very popular 22 pistols.

    http://rimfirecentral.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=211

    Some sights for you
    http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=531261

    http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=16337/Product/FIRE_SIGHTS
     
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    I'll have to check out that other forum, thanks. Unfortunately those Fire Sights you linked do say they will fit the MKIII 22/45 they do NOT fit my gun, something must have changed, I order a set and they didn't fit. I've seen that front sight before but I'd like a front and rear set.
     
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    My first few times cleaning my MkII was a major pain in the rear, but don't fret, you will grow to love that gun. Absolutely one of the greatest 22 semis ever made. Pistols that is.
     
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    I know guys who will tear down a Ma Duece who refuse to take apart w Ruger 22/45. I cleaned mine very two weeks (about 1000 rounds) because the trigger got gritty so I had a lot of practice, i tore his down, did a quick clean and out it back together in 90 seconds.It's all in the wrist, literally. At one pint you have to turn the pistol upside down while moving the takedown lever in order for a strut to seat properly. I had one froze up for months, could not get it to open after assembling. Then one day i fiddled with it an BOOM, it came apart. That is when i learned the tricks.
     
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    Yep, the key is that before closing the takedown lever, the hammer must be fully forward inside the frame, and the hammer strut has to slip into the plunger pocket in the takedown lever.
     
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    That and the sun and moon have to be in perfect alignment! Lol
     

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