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Ruger Mark II vs Mark III - Real differences?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Vegas Silver, May 19, 2008.

  1. Vegas Silver

    Vegas Silver Well-Known Member

    I apologize since I'm sure this question has been posed a number of times. I'm having a hard time finding a similiar thread.

    Can someone explain the differences between a Mark II vs the Mark III? From what I've read so far, it seems the Mark III is slightly harder to strip and has a better looking finish. The Mark II seems to have a slight edge when people recommend them though. After surfing Budsgunshop, they seem to have some Mark II's that are a little cheaper and have a rougher looking finish.

    Any comments are appreciated.
  2. Moonclip

    Moonclip Well-Known Member

    Loaded chamber indicator, magazine safety. I pass on them but for maybe the Hunter version that looks neat or the sadly never made as a production item version in .17HM2.
  3. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    In addition to the above, they moved the mag release from the heel to a button on the grip. I'll stick with the MK II.
  4. DaleCooper51

    DaleCooper51 Well-Known Member

    They also have an integral key lock.
  5. jlh26oo

    jlh26oo Well-Known Member

    Man I am generally anti IL's, mag disconnects, lci's etc, but I might have taken them to get a more accessible mag release (kmkii678gc). I bought my ii right when the iii's were coming out. Knew about the cons, didn't even NOTICE the pro!
  6. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    Cuts both ways, I've a MKI and several MKIIs and plenty of spare mags. Don't have a MKIII because of the added expense of the different mags. I like lots of spares so I can have at least 100 rounds loaded in the air conditioned comfort of home before I go to the range.

  7. armored_pig

    armored_pig Active Member

    Will mkiii mags fit in a mkii?

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