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Ruger MKII Hiccup

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by aHFo3, Feb 5, 2010.

  1. aHFo3

    aHFo3 Well-Known Member

    The other evening I picked my MKII from the safe to handle while watching TV with my wife before bed. After a couple times cycling the bolt, I noticed the trigger return spring wasn't doing its job, and the trigger was just flopping back and forth, so I did this:
    I've never taken it down this far. I disassembled it far enough to swap the trigger with an older volquartsen trigger, but I thought I may be in over my head.

    After giving it a thorough cleaning, I reassembled it without looking up a youtube video for help :) It turns out the plunger and spring that sits in the trigger itself was bound up and not moving.

    I am having extractor issues with this one (I think) every once in a while it leaves the empty in the chamber. I was thinking of buying the volquartsen extractor. How tough is that to swap?

    Thanks for the help!
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2010
  2. distra

    distra Well-Known Member

    Very easy. You use a dental pick or small screw drive to compress the extractor spring right at the base of the extractor. You then rotate the extractor towards the middle of the bolt and it will come out. Use the new VQ extractor to compress the spring and the extractor will snap in place. Very simple.
  3. alienbogey

    alienbogey Well-Known Member

    Gutsiest move I ever saw, man.

  4. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Well-Known Member

    Yeah.:) You certainly have my admiration.

    I'm usually a DIY guy, but I just dropped off my Mark II Target with a local 'smith known for working up target pistols, and let him do it. Best money I ever spent.

    BTW while you're in there, de-burr all the holes. It makes quite a difference in the feel of the trigger and controls, or at least it did on mine.

    Hey, while you're in there, put in an extended magazine release. Best single mod mine has received, of all that's been done to it.:)
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2010
  5. aHFo3

    aHFo3 Well-Known Member

    I'll make sure to get the extended mag release when I order the VQ extractor. Does anyone know if the new VQ trigger with dual adjustment screws effectively eliminate the take-up? Or is there a better trigger out there? My older VQ only has the over travel adjustment, but it is nice and wide.
  6. alienbogey

    alienbogey Well-Known Member

    I have the new VQ trigger on my Mk II and it eliminates most, but not all of the take up. If you try to eliminate it all the trigger won't reset.
  7. berettaprofessor

    berettaprofessor Well-Known Member

    Full of admiration for the OP; taking apart a Ruger is not for the fainthearted.
  8. Dodge DeBoulet

    Dodge DeBoulet Well-Known Member

    Taking it apart is easy. Getting it back together again is the tough part.

    I thought I'd jammed up my brand new Mark III Deluxe for good, and decided that disassembly was my only option. I very nearly shipped a baggie full of parts to Ruger for reassembly, but managed to scavenge enough info from the intarwebs to get it back together myself.

    Here's the deluxe:


    Soooo glad it's back together . . .
  9. Starcheck55

    Starcheck55 Well-Known Member

    "You can be my wingman anytime."

    there, no one else was going to get the reference
  10. NinjaFeint

    NinjaFeint Well-Known Member

    Maverick: Goose, even you could get laid in a place like this.
    Goose: Hell, I'd be happy to just find a girl that would talk dirty to me.

    Don't be so sure.
  11. aHFo3

    aHFo3 Well-Known Member

    I guess reset is an important thing!
  12. swiftak

    swiftak Well-Known Member

    Wow, I balk at just field stripping my MKll, and MKlll to clean them. You are a brave guy.
    I do like the grips though.
  13. KBintheSLC

    KBintheSLC Well-Known Member

    Just make sure you place the bolt in a plastic bag or something before you remove the extractor to avoid losing the plunger/spring/extractor. Aside from that, it is very easy as stated in post 2. If you get stuck on reassembly, this might be helpful... http://brasstard.com/?p=30
  14. berettaprofessor

    berettaprofessor Well-Known Member

    Probably the worst place and time to figure that you're the only one to get the joke is to comment on a military subject movie when you're in the midst of a bunch of gun owners.

    Most of us got it, I'll bet, but didn't comment....cause we've only seen the movie 15 or 20 times and were afraid we'd get the comma in the dialogue in the wrong place when we quoted back.....

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