USRSOG Race-Dragon project- 22/45 Lite


I first read about the concept of a .22 pistol as a survival firearm is one of my favorite survival books “Six Ways In, Twelve Ways Out” by George Jasper, founder of USRSOG.

“Swack”, as he is known on his forum, makes the argument for a light weight .22 as a survival firearm for military personnel. Discussing the AR-7, Papoose, and Springfield M-6, he argues that a lightweight, accurate pistol is a better choice for a soldier. Well I am not a soldier, but contemplating survival guns is an ever present dilemma of mine and I needed a new .22 pistol for the trapline. At least that is how I justified another pistol.

Years ago, I owned an AR-7 and I thought it sucked. My 50th Anniversary Ruger Mark II was more accurate, so Swack’s ideas made perfect sense to me.

Keeping up with the times, the Tactical Solutions lightweight barrels for Ruger 22/45’s and Browning Buckmarks are now the choice on the forum.

Ruger followed suit, and came out with their lightweight version releasing it first in some crappy gold version. When I saw this year’s black version, I sold my old Mark II and pulled the trigger on buying the 22/45 Lite. Weighing in at only 1.5 pounds, it’s name is well deserved.

So today while roaming around baiting some cornholes for hogs and foraging a bit, I slipped into the woods to see how she would run. I missed my first squirrel at 20 yards, but put the sneak on another two and connected at about 10 yards. A thinner front blade is definitely on the list, as the blade is pretty thick obscuring the squirrel’s head. Disconnecting the annoying magazine disconnect, a gun light, and a suppressor, since it is already threaded, may be in the picture as well.

Is it the ultimate survival firearm? It may be part of the equation. As a secondary to a primary long gun, I think it has great potential. It is nothing the guys over on USRSOG haven’t been saying for years, but I am just excited to have one in my hands.

Special thanks to the guys at Bill’s Outpost for the ordering and transfer help.


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