Ruger MKIII 250??


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VegasAR15
September 12, 2010, 05:49 PM
At Bass Pro right now, wasn't planning on buying anything, but they have the Ruger MKIII, blue, 5.5" bull barrel on sale for $250. Pretty average price, or should I snatch one up?

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Tommygunn
September 12, 2010, 06:09 PM
New?!?! GRAB IT!!!!!!!!
I just bought one and paid more for it and still consider it a good buy!

pikid89
September 12, 2010, 06:14 PM
meh...hit the gun shows for a used mkII...imo they are much better than the mkIIIs

i got a stainless mkII bull bbl for 300 at the last one and that was with little searching effort

VegasAR15
September 12, 2010, 06:17 PM
Don't know if it makes a difference, but it is a polymer one. Steel one right next to it but seemingly otherwise identical is 399.

wally
September 12, 2010, 06:30 PM
The polymer ones are 22/45 with a 1911-like grip angle. The Steel MKIII(or MKII) have a Luger-like grip angle. Buy the style you prefer. But $250 for a new bull barrel 22/45 MKIII seems a good price these days. IT should come with two mags and a scope rail.

pikid89
September 12, 2010, 06:33 PM
If thats the case...then my post is even more notable...find a nice mkII youll be happy you did...much simpler gun (considered the epitome of bill rugers career)

GLOOB
September 12, 2010, 06:42 PM
meh...hit the gun shows for a used mkII...imo they are much better than the mkIIIs


MkIII has a thumb magazine release. +1

It has a magazine disconnect safety, but it's easy to remove. -0.5

It has a loaded chamber indicator in a stupid place. -1

It has the safety warning written on the bottom of the barrel, instead of the side. +0.5

Many of the MKIII's come drilled and tapped, with a rail included. +1.5

This puts the MkIII ahead by 1.5, in my book.

pikid89
September 12, 2010, 06:56 PM
It has a loaded chamber indicator in a stupid place

-10 lol ive seen how dirty my mkII can get after running a brick through it but its easy to clean out
i would hate trying to get all the crud and funk from inside that little chamber flag indicator mechanism in the mkIII

PigButtons
September 12, 2010, 06:56 PM
Did it have the replaceable grips or not? Big difference in price and feel in the 22/45. If it is the RP (replaceable panels) that is about the right sale price. If it is the old style without replaceable panels it is about $25 higher than PistolandPawn.com had them for last month. YMMV

GLOOB
September 12, 2010, 07:13 PM
-10 lol ive seen how dirty my mkII can get after running a brick through it but its easy to clean out
i would hate trying to get all the crud and funk from inside that little chamber flag indicator mechanism in the mkIII
Since it pops right out for cleaning, and it doesn't technically have to even go back in when you're done, I think -1 is sufficient. :)

VegasAR15
September 12, 2010, 09:51 PM
I went ahead and got it. It was $295 with tax and brady. So even if it was a little cheaper online i would have probably paid about the same after shipping and transfer, at least thats what I'll tell myself. No replaceable grips, so I guess it the old version. This is my tenth handgun and my first in .22, so it was definitely time.

Confederate
September 12, 2010, 11:21 PM
Burp!

Confederate
September 12, 2010, 11:23 PM
The Mark II is a better gun in my view, but for $250, I'd take the Mark III.

The thumb release for the magazine isn't a plus for me. It's not a combat piece, but it is a wonderful defense gun. It puts an incredible amount of lead in the air during a very short period of time. Head shots are also very easy. The magazine release on a Mark II is very easy to disengage and unless you've got one magazine in your left hand and are willing to let the one in the gun hit the ground, I can't see the advantage...UNLESS you're trying to develop combat shooting habits.

Everyone ought to have at least one of these guns. They're pretty astounding. They've buried other .22 autos costing much more, plus they're more reliable and robust.


http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh198/jriler/Ruger1953Ad.jpg

This 1953 ad appeared the year I was born. Hard to believe. You
can't argue with success!

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh198/jriler/Rugers_MkII_SS_1a.jpg

Two guns everyone should own.

ghitch75
September 13, 2010, 08:06 AM
just got this last week for 250.....i added the V-Comp Hi Viz....

http://i56.tinypic.com/21cvz8p.jpg

Tommygunn
September 13, 2010, 11:08 AM
The Mk II and the Mk III seem almost identical .... what makes the Mk II so superior?

GLOOB
September 13, 2010, 09:06 PM
The main thing is ownership bias.

If you own both styles of guns, you need to use 2 different magazines. Of course anyone that already has 1 or more mkII's is going to prefer to stick with something that was never broken to begin with. If the mag release had been thumb-activated all along, I'm sure Confederate would prefer it that way without question.

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