Tactical Solutions Pac Lite
On September 15, 2007 I reviewed the Tactical Solutions Pac Lite. The Pac Lite is an aftermarket replacement receiver for the Ruger family of semi-automatic 22LR pistols. The receivers are all aluminum and are machined from a single piece of solid aircraft aluminum. They are very lightweight. The barrels are chrome-moly inserts. Mine is equipped with a integrated rail system that has its own sight. You can mount optics as well. It also has a high visibility fiber-optic front sight and a lower accessory rail for mounting a light or a laser. Here are some pictures.
Pac Lite in Depth
This particular Pac Lite is the 4.5 inch barrel version with the threaded end. The end is threaded in 1/2X28TPI. This is the common barrel threading for 22LR muzzle silencers commonly available in the USA. The upper is considered the receiver on the firearm and therefore must be transferred through a licensed FFL dealer in your state. Removing your existing upper receiver and replacing it with the Pac Lite is easy and can be accomplished in about 5 minutes. Retail price of the receiver is $285 for the pistol. The integrated rail, fiber-optic sight, and the lower accessory rail are extra. The weight of the Pac Lite upper as show is only 8.7 ounces. Compare that to the weight of a MKIII 22/45 with 5.5 bull barrel which weighs in at 18.4 ounces!
For this review I compared two common Ruger semi-automatic pistol hosts, the MK III and the MKIII 22/45. The MKIII is the gun shown in the above pictures. The lower weighs 12.7 ounces while the MKIII 22/45 weighs only 5.5 ounces. The 22/45 uses a polymer lower, thus the reduced weight. Starting with a stock 4 inch tapered barrel MKIII, the factory weight is 33.3 ounces. When the Pac Lite is installed the weight drops to 29.9 ounces. Starting with a stock 5.5 inch bull barreled MKIII 22/45, the factory weight is 32.5 ounces. Using the Pac Lite upper the weight drops to only 22.8 ounces.
Summary and Conclusions
I like the feel and weight of the Pac Lite upper. Tactical Solutions makes a fine quality product at a reasonable price. Coming from the factory pre-threaded makes this weapon a good choice for a suppressor host. In shooting the Ruger pistol with a silencer, I have noted slightly louder meter readings when compared to shooting other silenced pistols. I am performing additional testing on multiple silencer hosts in the near future to confirm my initial findings.
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