ruger mk III hard to disassemble?


February 8, 2009, 11:04 AM
i've been shopping for a .22lr handgun & heard from 1 guy that the mk III is hard to disassemble for cleaning.
anybody want to respond to this? my alternatives are beretta neos, sig mosquito, & S&W 22s.

thanks in advance for any input!:D

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February 8, 2009, 11:23 AM
I have a ruger mkII and they are not hard to clean. There are more steps involved than most pistols but it really isn't that difficult. Ruger has detailed instructions for disassembly/reassembly on their web site, I just printed the page off and keep it with my cleaning supplies for reference.

Basically, if you want the ruger, buy it. I'm sure you will realize it isn't as hard as "1 guy" made it seem.

February 8, 2009, 11:33 AM
There are a couple of tricks to learn in the re-assembly but they are NOT hard and there are a number of excellent youtube walk-throughs. They are excellent pistols. Mine has a aftermarket barrel and is scary accurate. As a kid I shot junior smallbore with a mark 1. I love these pistols. I strongly recommend one of these, but only if your ammo budget is up to it.


Boba Fett
February 8, 2009, 12:50 PM
I agree with the others; it isn't "hard" so much as it is different. When you need a rubber mallet to disassemble/assemble your pistol, that is different than most other pistols.

And that is probably the most difficult part of cleaning the Ruger. After that it is very easy IMO.

Do be careful how far you disassemble it unless you are really an expert or somehow document/video the process. If you go past the field strip and clean stage, you could end up like me and have to spend $40 to have someone put all the tiny pieces back together for you (I also had it completely taken down, cleaned and lubed while I was at it for that price).

February 8, 2009, 03:29 PM
thanks to the 3 senior members, for all the valuable information.:D
i think i'll go shoppin'!:rolleyes:

February 8, 2009, 03:45 PM
I have a Mark 1 annd Mark 2. The Mark pistols are a great buy for the money and not hard to disassemble and get back together after you do it a couple of times. It's like anything else. You master the knack of it and it is easy after that.

February 8, 2009, 06:35 PM
Nah, it's just the first time you try to put it back together that will make you grey headed. Not bad once you learn how though.

February 8, 2009, 10:18 PM
walkalong - no worries, i'm already gray-headed!

February 8, 2009, 10:36 PM
I owned a mark II in the past and currently own a Mark III. Like the others have said, it's not difficult to do once you know the tricks.

I like to compare it to one of those metal brainteaser puzzles most of us had as kids. Once you know the tricks, it's relatively easy. Until then, it can be maddening. I had to bring my MkII back to the gunshop in a brown paper bag and have him show me how to put it back together. Once he showed me, and I did it myself a few times, never had a problem.

February 8, 2009, 10:42 PM
I JUST did this to my new MKIII. I was really worried. I found that if you RTFM it's really not that hard. Just remember when putting it back together to turn the hammer (little flat rectangular thing) all the way forward for the last step. The rubber mallet thing was kinda weird...I just wacked it on the carpeted floor

February 8, 2009, 11:52 PM
The polymer framed 22/45 MKIII I have doesn't need a mallet to take the grip frame off. Just pops off with a slight push. Not as nice looking as the metal framed versions though...

February 9, 2009, 12:08 AM
I have a Mk. III that has about 2000 rounds through it. I clean the barrel and wipe out the chamber every time I fire it, but I've never actually disassembled it. It's never jammed on me. Never had a single issue, actually. Only problems have been a couple duds with bulk ammo.

Is there a reason I should disassemble and clean it when it looks pretty clean and functions perfectly?

I break down every other auto and clean it regularly, but I guess I just sort of classified the Mk. III, Hi-Point Carbine, and revolvers together as "things I can clean well enough without taking apart."

I've seen some Mk. IIs that have been disassembled a lot and have pretty loose frames. I don't want that to happen to my nice shiny Mk. III.

February 9, 2009, 12:52 AM
There is one thing you may want to get for the MKIII if you do get it.
There is (or was) a company that made a dirt shield for the exposed trigger parts right below the feed ramp. You can also make one if you want.

Big Bill
February 9, 2009, 03:15 AM
I have one (Mark III 22/45) and it is a BITCH to reassemble. Buy a Browning Buckmark instead.

Wile E Coyote
February 9, 2009, 04:23 AM
I wouldn't let something like that stop me from buying a gun if I otherwise liked it. I personally enjoy tinkering with my few guns and learning their idiosyncrasies.

February 9, 2009, 08:21 AM
I think the Ruger MKIII is the finest 22 pistol out there - I LOVE mine. Having said that, it is NOT one of my easier guns to clean. Check out the following video, and you'll never fear the reaper again:

Good luck and happy shooting!

February 9, 2009, 08:27 AM
I wouldn't let something like that stop me from buying a gun if I otherwise liked it.

Me too. Its really easy to do once you actually read the directions and do it a few times. I have three MK II's and they are great guns. Nothing wrong with the Buckmark though. I'd like to get one.

February 9, 2009, 12:18 PM
I have a 22/45 Mark III and to me the field strip is way overblown. Took me 5 minutes the first time but I did watch a video of others doing it first.

I'll let you know about the detail strip as soon as I get a Mark II bushing to fix the magazine disconnect.

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