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Just bought the Ruger MKIII 22/45 512 today

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by online poker player, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. online poker player

    online poker player member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Just so nobody gets confused:

    The exact model is the "512"

    It is NOT a Ruger MKIII

    It IS a Ruger MKIII 22/45 model 512 (technically not EXACTLY the same as just a regular MKIII)

    Okay, anyway, so I already own two rifles (and I am a very solid marksman with them (I used to shoot competitively when I was age 10-11 (I'm 22 years old now)), but this was my first time buying a handgun.

    So to buy it I had to take the 30 question multiple choice test (I was pretty sure I would get a perfect 30/30, but I managed to get a 29/30 (there was a question regarding gun transferring between a brother and a sister, and I thought this would fall into the "intra-family" category of gun transfer, but apparently parent-to-child counts, not sibling-to-sibling, so I got a 29/30 lol (you need to get a 23/30 or better to pass the test)).

    So anyway there it was... a Ruger MKIII 22/45 model 512. Brand new. 5.5" barrel. Blued. Adjustable rear sights. 32 ounces. 9.5" overall length. 10 round mag. Supposedly will eat $10 550 round bricks of federals right from the getgo without a hiccup.

    Cost: $269.99

    I decided I HAD to buy it, obviously, lol.

    So I did.

    Anyway, so now begins the 10 day wait, and then next saturday morning I get to go in and pick it up.

    So now that I have some time to relax and chill out (I was so pumped up about finally buying my first handgun (I've only shot handguns less than half a dozen times in my life, but I've shot rifles about 100 times (about 200 rounds per time (so like 20,000 rounds of rifle shooting, but only a few dozen shots of pistol shooting)) so although I've already seen and done quite a bit with the rifles, handguns are pretty much totally new to me, so I'm very excited about my first visit to the range with my very own handgun and a big friggin brick of federals to plow through lol.)

    ... I have had some time to think about the one maybe not so fun part about this gun....

    ... completely stripping it down, and putting it back together...

    Now, I've been watching youtube for about the past 1 and a half hours, and I've seen a couple videos of people taking apart ruger MKIIs and MKIIIs or 22/45s and so forth (seemingly effortlessly) but when I read the comments under the videos, like half of the comments are usually along the lines of

    "Nice to see it works for you... mine never worked again after I tried putting mine back together."


    "I wish I'd never bought this thing. This video isn't helping. Nothing you show in the video works for me. I did it all, I even used the mallet. This thing is never going to be operable again. Bleh..."

    or similar

    So I'm a little nervous.

    Does anyone here specifically own a Ruger MKIII 22/45 model 512?

    If so, what has your experience been as far as disassembly/assembly?

    Any advice? Any good vids or article or anything I should read? Do you think the gun shop I bought it from will show me how to take it down and put it back together when I'm picking it up? Do I really need to clean it after every time I go to the range?

    I'm scared lol. Is this gonna be like a disposable camera, or is it actually possible that me, a first-timer dis/assembling anything other than a bolt action rifle, will actually be able to take the thing appart and put it back together, and use it again afterwards?

  2. briansp82593

    briansp82593 Participating Member

    Feb 5, 2007
    Liberty MO
    follow the instructions very carefully, then, **** of cali :D
  3. online poker player

    online poker player member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Getting the eff out of cali will be fairly easy, since I go to college in Arizona. (P.S. from what I understand, AZ is lax as heck on firearms rules compared to cali, so probably for my next couple guns I buy, I'll buy them in AZ. I'm thinking I'll probably be getting a couple home-D guns in AZ, since my appartment was apparently burglarized while I was here in los angeles, a couple months ago, and if they try to do it while I'm in my place in Arizona, they are gonna be looking at the wrong end of something nasty.)

    I'm thinking about getting whatever the shortest legal length mossberg 500 pump action 12 gauge is that I can legally purchase in Arizona, as well as most likely some Glock 9mm which I'll fill up with hollowpoints. I'm not gonna be using either of those guns at the range though.

    The Ruger is going to be my gun for the shooting range. The mossberg and glock would just be home defense guns, since I personally enjoy shotgun shooting at the range, for whatever reason (no it isn't the kick, I just don't like it nearly as much as pistols or rifles, it seems less about pure hand steadiness/control and more about reflexes and fast-pacedness which I don't like as much). and the Glock actually WOULD have been what I would have bought for my first handgun, but the problem is that 9mm ammo simply costs WAAYYYYYY more money per round than cheap as hell 550 round Federal .22lr bricks, so instead of spending $100 on ammo when I go to the range with a Glock, I'll be spending $5 on ammo instead. Pretty big difference. Thus the Glock would just be for a secondary home d weapon, and I guess I'd empty like half a clip per visit to the range on the Glock, just so I'd actually be able to use it if the **** ever hit the fan, and I for some reason needed to use it instead of the shotty.
  4. rxraptor02

    rxraptor02 Member

    Jan 21, 2007
    I have the MKIII hunter. A little different than the 22/45. but they all have the same internals.

    There are a few very good websites for the MKIII's.

    The fieldstrip is the hardest thing and getting it back together. I used this site---> http://www.guntalk-online.com/fsprocedures.htm

    I took mine apart then put it back together a few times then cleaned it.

    I also shot 100 rounds of CCI-mini mags to start. I read they were the better brand and most guns will shoot them. I was able to shoot the 100 cci-mini mags without issue then switched to the federal 550 count stuff with no issues.
  5. BryanP

    BryanP Senior Member

    May 25, 2003
    Lavergne, TN
    I have a an older MKII series 22/45. Honestly? Don't bother disassembling it if you don't have to. I use a boresnake, a toothbrush and occasionally I use some patches pushed around like swabs on the end of a toothpick to clean mine. Still shooting with no problems.
  6. fineredmist

    fineredmist Active Member

    May 3, 2006
    Wethersfield, Ct.
    Ruger .22 pistols will go for a very long time before they need to be cleaned. I have put several thousand rounds through mine without any cleaning and with little if any problem. When I feel it needs cleaning it gets a bath without disassembly. Unload the pistol, remove wood grips if so equiped, lock the slide open and spray brake or carburator cleaner into the slide from both ends until it flows out. Dry the slide with compressed air and then do some detail cleaning around the breach face, bolt face, trigger and anywhere else you desire with Q Tips and your choice of liquid cleaners. Put a small drop of lube on the guide rod and you are finished. If you use too much lube you will only gum up the works faster. This is a simple blowback design and they get "dirty" quickly and if you over lube it will gum up the action. Shoot it, enjoy it and don't worry about taking it down to clean.
  7. Euclidean

    Euclidean Active Member

    May 24, 2005
    Well I'm not sure what version the 512 is, but I do own a Mk III 22/45 with the 4.5" barrel and fixed sights. I can't imagine our guns are terribly different even if they're not the same model.

    Takes practice. I've seen the takedown for the Buckmark and the Neo and the 22A, and to be honest I don't think any of them are what I'd consider to be "easy". The Ruger's probably the worst of the bunch but that's not saying much.

    I'm not a mechanically inclined person, and I can do it.

    Previous poster provided a good link.

    You should ask. There are a few people out there who do it all the time who can strip one of these things in no time flat and reassemble it just as quickly. If nothing else, it would have helped me tremendously the first time seeing someone else do it. I think I actually figured it out from a video on Youtube or something like that.

    No. I do, but it's not necessary. Swabbing the bore and cleaning all the crud you can reach with the pistol still assembled works.
    I figured it out, and I am not a gunsmith nor do I play one on TV. I'm not particularly quick, it takes me a few tries usually to get it all lined up just right.

    But the thing is, I know I can do it, and that's a huge psychological boost. Once you successfully do it one time, a light bulb goes off in your head and from then on it's not nearly as bad.
  8. Bullseye57

    Bullseye57 Bullseye

    Jun 11, 2006
    You've made a good purchase. I see that someone has added a link to one of my web help pages. I do also have one just for Ruger 22/45 maintenance, here's the link to that page


    Take a look over the pictures and descriptions, they will assist you if you have any problems. I can't tell you how many thankful folks have written me showing pictures of their guns disassembled in front of their computers with the 22/45 help page displayed in the background. There are just a few tricky steps but once you learn them tearing these pistols down and reassembling them is a simple task. If you end up getting stuck you can contact me through www.guntalk-online.com and I'll be happy to talk you through the procedure. My signature is also a hot link over to that forum, just click on it.

    Good luck with your new pistol, you'll get plenty of enjoyment from it.


  9. Jolly Rogers

    Jolly Rogers Active Member

    Feb 19, 2008
    Northern Virginia
    Bears repeating. Best web info out there on Ruger rimfire semi auto pistols.
    Bullseye will personally help people out that have issues with field/detail stripping these fine guns. Great photos and directions. After you own it for a while you will probably want to remove the mag safety. Its a PITA and complicates tear down. I fixed mine and it only takes 15 or 20 seconds to field strip it now. No problems.
  10. 3KillerBs

    3KillerBs Active Member

    Apr 28, 2008
    NC Sandhills
    A local gunshop offers cleaning for Ruger .22s and suggests every 6 months to a year depending on how heavily you use it.

    My Mark III Hunter is working fine despite being cleaned with a boresnake only about once every 1000 rounds.

    Before I owned it, when we borrowed a pair of Ruger .22/.45's to practice with and qualify for our CHL's we put a good 1000 rounds through them without cleaning and they didn't even seem to notice.

    BTW -- there is a strong possibility that the Remington "golden bullets" won't feed. It jams once every 10-20 rounds in two of the three guns I just mentioned. My Hunter model loves Federal bulk pack and doesn't object to Winchester white box though.
  11. kamagong

    kamagong Active Member

    Apr 20, 2006
    I own that exact gun, it's an excellent choice. It was my very first firearm.

    Taking the 22/45 apart is not difficult as long as you follow the instructions. If you don't you'll spend the next hour or two trying to figure out what you did wrong. So do yourself a favor and keep the instructions handy when you're reassembling the pistol.

    Since you have the option to get guns in Arizona, buy as many as you can get while you are there. They'll be cheaper, and you can choose from a larger selection in AZ.
  12. WC145

    WC145 Senior Member

    Oct 28, 2006
    I just got one a couple of weeks ago and haven't bothered trying to take it apart and may not for a while. I can get to most of the stuff that needs cleaning and, worst case scenario, it'll be a good timne to test some of the spray cleaner.
  13. online poker player

    online poker player member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Thanks for all the advice guys!

    I think I'll probably be able to figure it out, using the website links you put up.

    And as for AZ, yea, I'll be back there before January (which is when Obama will make buying guns all super duper illegal or whatever if he actually does that, which he probably won't (but might, who knows) so I'm gonna try to stock up on a couple of monsters over in arizona just for the hell of it most likely, just so then, worst case scenario, I'll already have them, and if they later become impossible to legally purchase, I'll never have to worry about it, since I'll already have conveniently legally bought them, and then accidentally lost all of them in the ocean while out on a fishing trip when my box of guns accidentally fell into the ocean accidentally according to me, hahaha.

    Anyway yea, this ruger will probably be tons of fun to learn on. Plus it's just absurdly cheap. I mean, I think even after taxes and everything, 3 hours worth of online poker, at my longterm winrate in $/hour already more than pays for the gun. Whereas with some S&W i would have burned through a couple day's worth of profits. Plus this thing is supposed to be more accurate and reliable than most of the super expensive .22 pistols from what I hear, so should be awesome.
  14. passintime

    passintime member

    Apr 6, 2008
    Shoot it a lot before disassembly. This will loosen it up a bit and help when you put it back together. If you try to do it right out of the box.....well, good luck. It will be tight, but i've never NOT been able to do it.

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