Originally Posted by Glock 1
I have a chance to buy several of them in varying models but I did not know they made synthetic frames. Anything I should be aware of? Anyone have one they can give me feedback on? Good? Bad?
I didn't know the MKIII was offered in polymer frames. I know the 22/45 is. As far as the polymer framed 22/45's go, there's nothing to worry about.
1. Disassembly & reassembly can be frustrating the first few times. Follow every sequential step in the owner's manual to the letter.
2. At first, the slide stop pin can be a pain to reinsert. As the finish on the pin wears away, it becomes much easier.
3. The trigger isn't bad. You can pay for an after-market Volquartsen to get a smooth trigger (side benefit is it deletes the mag disconnect). You can also just shoot a few thousand rounds to wear in the stock trigger nicely.
4. A non-marring hammer & appropriate size wood dowel are your friend.
5. If you experience extraction issues, replace the O.E.M. extractor with a Volquartsen exact edge extractor.
6. The MKIII & 22/45 have a magazine disconnect & loaded chamber indicator. Some individuals get their panties in a bunch over this. Truthfully, it's not a problem.
7. Break in period. I can only speak of my experience with a MKIII & 22/45. I broke each in with 200 rounds of CCI Mini-Mag. I now shoot whatever .22lr in it with no problems.
8. Cleaning. I used to clean the darn things after every range session. I was challenged by a friend to clean my MKIII only when I had function issues. Much to my surprise, the pistol made it through three 550rd bricks of Federal without issue. Now I clean every couple bricks or so.
9. Whatever model you get, I advise choosing one where the front sight can be replaced with a Hi-Viz fiber op. It's an inexpensive mod, and very worthwhile. As much as I like shooting my MKIII Standard, I like shooting the 22/45 with the fiber op front sight more.
10. McFadden Ultimate Clip Loader. Get one. Just give it a very light spray of Rem-Oil in the channel. Rounds just drop into the mag. I can load 4 mags in about 1 min.
11. .22lr pistol Boresnake. Easiest way to do a quick clean.
12. If you get a 22/45, I highly suggest you get a RP (replaceable grip panel) variant. The 1911 style grip panels make the 22/45RP more comfortable in the hand than the regular flat side grips.
13. Stay away from Remington Thunderbolt .22lr LRN ammo. That stuff leaded up my barrel so bad that within 30 rounds, I had keyhole-ing.
That's all I can think of right now.