Shot it in his honor yesterday at tin cans, clay pigeons, remains of clay pigeons, remains of remains of clay pigeons, and other small objects. Distances were 25 and 50 yards. Has a TacLite barrel out of Boise. If I did my part, it was hit after hit with cruddy Federal bulk ammo of 40g roundnose lead (RNL).
The joy of its amazing accuracy turned into the horror of reassembly after cleaning. Usually I can get the mainspring housing and hammer strut dance correct on the second or fourth try.
Not this time. Housing closed and latched. Pin went through bolt, bolt slid back, but won’t return. Spring atop bolt must’ve gotten cockeyed somehow in reassembly. Futzing with slide release and/or hand pressure and bolt closes.
OK let’s take it apart and try again. Uh, nope. Maddening part is take paper clip, open lever on back of grip and while it fully extends outward and begins to come out of the grip, the small tab at the very bottom won’t clear the grip to swing assembly free. This makes it impossible to pull down on assembly to get it out of bolt hole and remove the bolt.
This is why I love my Mk IV 22/45. Push button, rotate upper forward, separate from lower, remove bolt, done. Reverse to reassemble.
Yes, I’ve looked at many YT videos on reassembling the Mk II 22/45, but that sucker is jammed tight. May have to slink over to LGS tomorrow or Sat. and plead for help. 😳