Picked up a 22 Ruger today


August 31, 2007, 04:40 PM
Little story behind this one.

Been Wanting a Ruger mark whatever forever. Saw a mark II in the paper for $150 along w/ a Llama .45; same ad. Got $350 out of the bank in hopes of getting a package deal, was hoping the 45 was a 1911 style. Called after the specified time and was told they were both gone.


So I've had this $350 riding shotgun with me for a few days now. Got off work early today and swung by a pawnshop that is never open when I am off work.

4 pistols in the case, one of them is this Ruger. Priced @ $185, I offered $150 and brought her home with me.

Standard as far as I can tell. Mfr date of 1971 per Ruger's site. She's clean (now), wondering if she had ever been cleaned in her 36 years of existence. Little rust at the end of the muzzle, but it cleaned off with some oil and brass brush.

Did I do good?


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August 31, 2007, 04:44 PM
Very nice, thats a good buy for $150, happy shooting!

August 31, 2007, 05:14 PM
The sooner you buy these the happier you'll be:



I paid the same price for the same gun (mine's a 1976) a little over a year ago and haven't seen a better deal since.

August 31, 2007, 06:10 PM
Best place for Ruger .22 accessories:


Free shipping too...

August 31, 2007, 10:06 PM
Can anyone tell me compatibility of mags between the generations of the mark pistols?

August 31, 2007, 10:11 PM
Can anyone tell me compatibility of mags between the generations of the mark pistols?

Stop by for all your rimfire questions:


September 1, 2007, 02:20 AM
Decent deal, I have a 4" like it from 1957. Gave an ex friend 1 like yours awhile back. I don't like MkI's though as much due to 9shot mag different from the MKII's and III's and they don't lock back on the last shot. Did you enjoy disassembling/reassembling it?:)

September 1, 2007, 03:00 AM
You done good.

IMO, that Ruger Standard MKI is a whole lot more gun than the new MKIII .

1971 and that MKI is a great gun, and make back when. So much better gun than many of the newfangled offerings over hyped and and way overpriced for what you get for the money.

-Fixed sights, rugged, proven magazines, and flat works.
-New shooters can use this gun better as it is more ergonomic , and not being a big gawky "target" gun, fatigue does not set in, and therefore more quality time, and fun time shooting.
-New shooters have simple, no goopy gadets, gigets or fuzzy dice to distract.
-Easy to tote.
-Great teaching tool, plinker, field gun, serious situation gun, useful if you should get hurt and have Physican's Orders on no recoil, such as neck, back, detached retina surgeries.
-I/we have taken lots and lots and lot of small game, handgun hunting with a bone stock Ruger exactly like yours.
[matters get serious, this gun will get game for the pot, and be concealable if need, and one can have a lot of ammo in a pocket, and stored not taking up much room]

Now the ammo of '71 is hard to get.
I do not recommend "bargain" ammo.
IME/IMO, no need for Stingers (Ruger has a warning to not use it anyway) or any of the fancy ,smancy, hyper, super hyper ammunition anyway.
All marketing hype anyway.

Quality Standard ammunition works fine, runs these guns and a little checking will show the "why" of downrange accuracy , and affect.
The old standard pressure Win T22, Rem, Fed , PMC, Fiochhi , CCI loads are fine.
The "hi velocity" loads by Win , item number X22LR , used to be the loading that worked across the board in any .22.
Winchester is trying to go out of business, this load is NOT the load of yesteryear.

CCI is the other load that consistently runs guns and accurate. It may not be THE most accurate, but a safe bet, this ammo will run the gun, and be accurate to use for range, small game and the like.

No need for expensive target ammo.

Nope, you done good.
These Older Rugers just work, like the High Standards, Colt Woodsmans, and other proven guns of yesteryear.

Just hold onto it, never loan it out. These real guns are getting harder to find.

FWIW the last Five owners of MKIII i know of, got them fixed by Ruger , and then sold them.

They are /have replaced with guns such as yours, the Buckmark, High Standards, Colt Woodsmans.
Or going to older wheelguns.
Just these older MKI andMKII are less money than the others.

September 1, 2007, 03:19 AM
Mags for the Mark I are unique to that model, max of 9 rounds.

CCI mini-mags should work well.


September 1, 2007, 08:36 AM
Did you enjoy disassembling/reassembling it?

Not particularly. :D

Came apart real easy. Going back together took a while (at least to get right).

I didn't get any manual or anything, just GUN. Searched around online for a bit and found some instructions and a video. This helped. Did it a few more times just to get the hang of it. Hopefully I won't forget in the future.

Question: The bolt can be a bit rough to get started coming back and sometimes hangs up midway through the return to battery.

This is after averything is cleaned and lubed up proper. Any ideas?

September 1, 2007, 08:50 AM
igpoobah: Sir; just such a unit that started me believing that a target could be hit.:) with a pistol. Now several [many] years my fondness hasn't diminished.

Did you do good:)
Now if its that rarest of Possibilities that YOU feel you didn't get a good deal:D
Well now Sir: I'll be glad to relieve you of such a bad investment.:)
Of course we will have to discount the cleaning bill.:rolleyes:

Good Shooting:

September 1, 2007, 11:10 AM
I answered this question recently here. http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=196586

The 1971 Mark I has the magazine button on the right side of the frame. Originally these came with M-9 (9 shot) magazines but you can use M-10 mags in your pistol. You just have to ensure you get the ones with follower button tracks on both sides of the magazine and swap the button over to the side you need.

Hope this helps.


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September 1, 2007, 11:21 AM
Bullseye57 - thanks, I found that thread last night after being referred to that site by another post in this thread.

Found another thread over there that said that one can order the old style mags from Ruger for $20 a pop.

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