This started in the "Entry Level .22 Pistol" thread over in the General Firearms Discussion forum. I stated that my 22/45 was a dud. I was asked why I said it was a dud, and this was my reply, which outlines the problem and some steps I took to address the problem. A few members managed to stomach my ramblings and were kind enough to offer some suggestions that I hadn't considered which may identify and correct the problem. Recoil spring too stiff/strong. Ejector damaged/out of spec. Extractor damaged/out of spec. (Less likely) Magazine not feeding properly. (Less likely) Ammo, insufficient velocity/poor quality. (Less likely) I'm going to concentrate on #1 and #2, and originally decided to leave the bolt locked back for a week or so to hopefully relieve some of the resistance, but instead I decided to strip the pistol and inspect it. Upon inspection of the ejector, I noticed that it appears to be bent..... Looks like it is bent to the right. The receiver is inverted in these photos, so you're seeing it upside down, installed on the frame the ejector is slightly bent to the right. The forward facing tip of the ejector is squared and appears to be in good shape, it isn't rounded or chipped, and it is firmly attached to the receiver by way of the rivet - no wobbling at all. Does someone know if the 22/45 and Mark II use the same ejector? If so, does it look about the same as mine? I measured the length of the ejector from the back to the front tip, and it measures exactly 0.800". I'll start crawling around the web to see if I'm in spec, and if the ejector should be bent like it is. Just thought I'd post up where I'm at with this thing.