I had an older Ruger Mark pistol with the Luger type grip many years ago. Just added a Mark III with adjustable sights, bull barrel and 1911 .45 style angled grip to my collection. This one has the stainless slide and receiver and black grip. Always liked Ruger, partly because of the Mark series pistols, but also love their over under shotgun. One of the reasons I like my XD is the 1911 .45 style angled grip. The Mark III 22/45 adds a cheap shooting practice pistol. My daughter also wants to learn to shoot and this seems like a good starter for her. It's more of a range pistol. It is not especially small so not really compelling for concealed carry. Not sure a .22 would be my recommendation for self-defense in any case. Not that you can't hurt or kill with a .22, but it doesn't provide much stopping power without a hit in the right spot. I can see several changes since my older Ruger. The loaded chamber indicator is a nice addition. I hate the need to spoil the looks of the barrell with a lawyer induced warning. The back of the receiver now is beveled to make it easier to draw back the bolt. Disassembly is still a bit tricky with the handle lever lock. Loading clips is easier than with most larger caliber guns. But the biggest difference is the .45 style grip and that feels good in the hand. I was afraid it would change the balance which the original Mark had in spades, but I can't find any fault with the balance or heft in the hand. It came with a scope mounting plate, but I don't really see putting a scope on this pistol. Any others with a Ruger Mark III 22/45? Any comments or advice? Accessories or customizaton options? I've heard of an aftermarket kit for making it easier to take down the lever lock in the back of the grip, but haven't searched that out.