New Ruger


July 12, 2008, 08:54 PM
Bought myself a new Ruger MKIII512 stainless today because I just really liked the weight, the way it fit my hand and the looks of that stainless. However I did not do my homework like I usually do, after getting home and reading the manual on disassembly, and reading on it on the internet, this part of the gun I may not like. It looks like the most complicated procedure of any handgun I have ever owned and I have had enough to know.
Is it really as bad as it sounds............???????? Any tips to make easy.....

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July 12, 2008, 08:58 PM
No it's not.

Keep the manual out and follow it exactly, it'll be easy. A plastic mallet might come in handy to knock the receiver off/on the frame.

Key is the hammer strut going into the mainspring housing.

July 12, 2008, 09:57 PM
Try to find some pictures of the disassembly on the internet. If you actually see what is supposed to be where it is a whole lot easier.

July 12, 2008, 10:19 PM
No big deal disassembling a MKII or MKIII if you the follow instructions word by word. One should disassemble, clean & lube before initially before first going to the range; thereafter one doesn't need to clean a Ruger .22 after every trip to the range. Clean only when necessary. That my be after 1000-2000 rounds.

July 12, 2008, 10:20 PM
Here's some links that will help you with your Mark III.

Hope this helps.

Bullseye (

July 13, 2008, 08:15 AM
Be careful when you take it apart the first few times, the machining is new so the edges are sharp.
I know someone who cut their palm really badly with a brand new Mark II. They had to go to the emergency room for stitches. He didn't use a mallet, instead he used his palm to whack it.
"How did you injure yourself?"
"With my gun."
He didn't say "on some sharp metal", which would have avoided the horrified looks, I'm sure. Though, maybe he did enjoy the horrified looks... :)

At any rate, follow the instructions and you'll be fine.

Check out:

Steve C
July 13, 2008, 08:38 AM
A .22 doesn't require regular disassembly to clean every time. I put several thousand rounds through each of my Buckmarks a year and they get a yearly take down and cleaning. They get a wipe down every time after shooting. After about every brick they get cleaned with a small tooth brush and solvent on the bolt and chamber face along with a little bit of lubrication on the sliding metal to metal parts. The trick to keep them running well is to oil lightly since the oil will hold the powder fouling and clean off the areas that get the most fouling that will give you feed and firing problems. I've seen Rugers with loose top ends from wear caused by too much take down.

July 13, 2008, 04:51 PM
Thanks guys for all your advice, the websites you suggested look very helpful. I put some of them in my favorites in case I need some backup.

July 13, 2008, 04:54 PM
Is it really as bad as it sounds............????????Not even close.

Once you accept the fact the hammer strut has to go back in the mainspring housing before it will go back in the grip, you can do it with your eyes closed in about 5 seconds.


July 13, 2008, 05:30 PM
God, that's the next gun I want!!

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