“Mind your language.”
Yes, it’s that time of year again. That time that all Ruger Mark Whatever owners dread more than being invited by your wife to go see a screening of Dead Poet’s Society. It’s absolutely time to stop putting off cleaning your .22 pistol.
My 22/45 is more or less my summer EDC pistol. Since moving here I’ve killed more squirrels and rabbits and chickens and snakes with it than with all my other firearms combined. It’s precise and reliable and easy to shoot and I personally believe it’s the best value for the money in any .22 pistol. But after a brick or so of cheap ammo it stops wanting to cycle, and there’s nothing to do but take it apart, clean it, and pray you can get it back together.
Some have said “spray it out with brake cleaner and be done.” If I ever lose this antediluvian hard copy of the instructions I’ve carried with me for over 20 years, I might start doing that.
Disassembly is easy as pie. I’m told some individual guns need a mallet to take the barrel/receiver off the frame and put it back on but mine comes right apart. And then I clean each individual part very very thoroughly because I know that if I ever get this damned thing back together and working it’ll be at least a year before I consent to put myself through this again, because reassembly is a freaking nightmare. Even if you seem to have it together, you might very well be wrong.
I know of no other gun anywhere (there might be some, I’m not Ian and my experience is not encyclopedic) where assembly instructions have three separate steps dependent on the pistol’s position. Because the hammer and hammer strut are just rattling around in there, and for each of those steps they need to be in specific positions that can only happen if the barrel is up or horizontal or down. It’s absurd.