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Ruger MKIII 250??

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by VegasAR15, Sep 12, 2010.

  1. VegasAR15

    VegasAR15 Well-Known Member

    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?
  2. Tommygunn

    Tommygunn Well-Known Member

    New?!?! GRAB IT!!!!!!!!
    I just bought one and paid more for it and still consider it a good buy!
  3. pikid89

    pikid89 Well-Known Member

    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
  4. VegasAR15

    VegasAR15 Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. pikid89

    pikid89 Well-Known Member

    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)
  7. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    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.
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2010
  8. pikid89

    pikid89 Well-Known Member

    -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
  9. PigButtons

    PigButtons Well-Known Member

    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
  10. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    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. :)
  11. VegasAR15

    VegasAR15 Well-Known Member

    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.
  12. Confederate

    Confederate Well-Known Member

  13. Confederate

    Confederate Well-Known Member

    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.


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


    Two guns everyone should own.
  14. ghitch75

    ghitch75 Well-Known Member

    just got this last week for 250.....i added the V-Comp Hi Viz....

  15. Tommygunn

    Tommygunn Well-Known Member

    The Mk II and the Mk III seem almost identical .... what makes the Mk II so superior?
  16. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    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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