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Finally finished with my custom Ruger MkII. Pics

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Orion8472, Jul 10, 2014.

  1. Orion8472

    Orion8472 Well-Known Member

    The finish is a Tungsten Cerakote done by Tactical Armz out of Springfield, MO. Grips are ones I found at a gunshow. Sights are the latest and final piece of the puzzle. Williams Fire Sights.

    Trigger is a Volquartsen.

    Here are the pics:


    Last edited: Jul 11, 2014
  2. bikemutt

    bikemutt Well-Known Member

    That's the nicest looking one I've seen, what a beauty!
  3. CoalTrain49

    CoalTrain49 Well-Known Member

    I like it. I have one with the tapered target barrel. I shot it last summer for the first time in 15 years. I forgot how accurate they are. Clays at 50 yards don't have a prayer. More fun than should be legal. Very best 22 pistol ever built IMHO.
  4. Orion8472

    Orion8472 Well-Known Member

    Thank you, bikemutt. I only wish I had a camera that can take better quality pics. I guess I need to update. :eek:

    CoalTrain49, yeah, these things are nearly boring due to their great accuracy.
  5. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member


    Great looking Mk.II; especially with the Tungsten Cerakote finish. Grips look great too. Very nice total package.
  6. Barry the Bear

    Barry the Bear Well-Known Member

    Im not a fan of any .22s period but I love tje looks of that gun!
  7. Orion8472

    Orion8472 Well-Known Member

    Thanks again for the comments, guys! I am quite happy with the finished piece! :D
  8. Drail

    Drail Well-Known Member

    Sure hope you got a bunch of rimfire ammo. Has the trigger been tuned any?
  9. 340PD

    340PD Well-Known Member

    Beautiful job. Easily one of the nicest Rugers I have ever seen. My MK's have been shot tens of thousands of times by me and my students. Great gun.
  10. Orion8472

    Orion8472 Well-Known Member

    Drail, it is a Volquartsen trigger, but really not sure how "tuned" it is. It really could stand to be a bit, I think. And yes, I have a fair amount of 22lr to put through it, but I really don't shoot much of it these days.

    340PD, thanks for the input. I appreciate it! :)
  11. 340PD

    340PD Well-Known Member

    Unless you have the actual VQ trigger, not just the sear, you cannot adjust anything that I know of. The VQ trigger will allow you to adjust the pre travel and also has a trigger stop screw adjustment.
    Here is a VQ trigger in a VQ lower on a MKIII 22/45.

  12. Orion8472

    Orion8472 Well-Known Member

    It might just be the sear then. Although I really like that trigger. . . . . . . . :uhoh: . . . . . . maybe my Mark II ISN'T done yet! :scrutiny:

    Update: Actually, I think I'll just keep the trigger that's in there. It's an older one, so it may still be Volquartsen, . . . just not what they have now. It pulls quite well, so I'm happy with it.
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2014
  13. Outlaw Man

    Outlaw Man Well-Known Member

  14. show_me_2nd

    show_me_2nd Well-Known Member

    Darn, now I wish I'd never sold mine. Nice pistol.
  15. zerobarrier

    zerobarrier Contributing Member

    Very nice. I really like the color on yours. I just added those fire sights on my mkIII 22/45 lite. They are awesome aren't they? Big improvement over the factory ones.


  16. tuj

    tuj Well-Known Member

    This is my "MKII". I put that in quotes, because the only Ruger part on the gun is the magazine. Pac-lite upper, VQ frame, VQ fire control parts, VQ bolt and extractor, VQ volthane grips, Burris FF3 RDS.

  17. Orion8472

    Orion8472 Well-Known Member

    Nice looking pistols, guys! :cool:
  18. ritepath

    ritepath Well-Known Member

    Nothing beats the usefulness of a good 22 pistol.

    Except when you can't find 22 to feed them. I have 3 that haven't been shot in over a year. I have one or two more on my must have list I'd buy....if 22 would ever show back up in normal supply in correct prices. Overall I have 7 22's just collecting dust and a (pre scare) supply of 8-9k of ammo that I can't do anything with.
  19. Orion8472

    Orion8472 Well-Known Member

    I hear ya, ritepath . . . . . .and feel for ya.
  20. gb6491

    gb6491 Well-Known Member

    The factory trigger on some Mark 1/II pistols (those with adjustable sights) came with an "over travel" adjustment screw. The procedure to adjust it is cumbersome:

    Text from the now defunct: http://geocities.com/felixthefish.geo/mkii_overtravel.html
    "Overtravel Adjustment of the Ruger Mark II Target Model:
    If your MKII came from the factory with adjustable sights, then it's a target model, and it has an overtravel adjustable trigger. Overtravel is any distance that the trigger moves after the fall of the hammer, and it is probably the most crucial aspect of trigger pull in a target gun. The reason is that you can learn to overcome a creepy trigger, or a heavy trigger, but once the hammer falls, any motion of the gun will move it from the point of aim, and no one's reflexes are fast enough to stop moving as soon as the tension on the trigger is released. The overtravel screw is a royal pain to get too, so expect to spend a couple of hours doing this. Learn how to disassemble and reassemble the gun, including taking the receiver tube off the frame. To remove the trigger, you have to take out everything but the sear and magazine release. Read these instructions several times before you start, and look at the exploded parts diagram; it will help.


    Location of the overtravel adjustment screw.

    Once you have the trigger out, clean the frame in front of the trigger very well, then take a small allen wrench and unscrew the set screw on the front of the trigger 1 full turn, reassemble the gun, and see if pulling the trigger drops the hammer. If it doesn't, then unscrew it a turn at a time until it won't fire any more. You now have a negative overtravel, and we'll slowly search to find the exact threshold where the hammer falls. Once the hammer stops falling, screw the screw in 1/2 turn, assemble, and test. If it still fails to fire, screw in 1/4 turn; if it does fire, screw out 1/4 turn. Repeat the process with 1/8 and 1/16 turns, in if it fails to fire, out if it does fire (any programmers out there will recognize the binary search algorithm here :). At the 1/16 turn level, the overtravel will be down to less than 1/100 of an inch. Once you get it as small as you'd like, apply a drop of LockTite or SuperGlue to keep it from moving, then try once more to make sure that it didn't back out any. Now take it out to the range and see how much better you group."

    That said the Volquartsen trigger (pre and over travel adjustments) or Clark trigger (over travel only) do not require dis-assembly to make adjustments and are nice upgrades.

    You can also modify the stock trigger to allow over travel adjustment without dis-assembly by drilling and tapping it for a set screw.


    BTW, nice work on that MKII Orion8472:)

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