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Ruger Mark I & II

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  1. JohnM

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    Anyone know offhand what the main identifying features are to tell the two apart?
     
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    Mark II has a last shot, bolt hold open feature. Standard, and Mark I doesnt.
     
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    The bolt-hold open latch on the left, top side of the frame

    Less obvious is that the Mark II magazine holds ten rounds and has the follower button on the left side, while the Standard and Mark I magazine holds nine rounds and has the follower button on the right.

    The Standard safety up ("on") locks the bolt, and clearing the chamber requires moving the safety down ("off") to open the bolt, while the Mark II safety does not lock the bolt, and the chamber may be cleared with the safety left up ("on").
     
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    Thanks. I should be able to tell now when I go back and look at it again tomorrow.
    This one doesn't have the adjustable rear sight, wish it did. Grip panels have been replaced with wood target style, really nice ones.
    Pistol is in excellent shape. I forgot to write down the serial number so I don't know the date on it yet.
     
  5. ColtPythonElite

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    Without reading the generation number or lack of on the side you can easily spot a MK I by the lack of the flats machined on the rear of the receiver next to where the bolt ears rest.
     
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    Also, the Ruger MK II will actually say "MK II" on the receiver.
     
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    OK, this one has to be an early Mark I then.
    No marking on the receiver.
    I'm going back over to look at it again later today and to get an idea of age from the serial number.
     
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    The other to consider is mkI vs. Standard. MkI is as above, heavy barrel, target sights, target grips. The Standard has taper barrel, straight grip panels, fixed sights. Many folks confuse the two.
     
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    You're right. I don't quite understand the difference.
    You wouldn't have a serial number range for the ones that would be called a "Standard" and then for when they were called the "Mark I"?

    This is such a sweet looking little pistol I might have to get it. You know how it is. :D
     
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    There is no ser # range. It depends is a target version (mkI) or a standaerd version (Standard).

    If the barrel tapers and has fixed sights, it is a Standard.

    The Standard came first, then mkI but that is kind of the nature calling it "mark I, II, or III"

    Me, I like the Standards, classic lines, original design, weighs less, mine is a 1969 6 inch. 25 yards at soda cans all day. Can be pissy with cheap ammo but I live with an occasional FTF knowing how cheap the ammo was. Put mini mags in it and it runs like a dream.
     
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    Ahh. Thanks.
     
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    So, mine is a Mark-II Standard, right? That's what I've been calling it. It's a tapered-barrel, fixed sighted, Mark-II, purchased new in 1987.
     
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    Since Ruger calls the latest version a "Mark III Standard" I would say yes.

    http://www.ruger.com/products/markIIIStandard/models.html
     
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    It just wanted to come home with me. :)
    1971 build.
     

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    That be a nice Ruger Standard. $$? if you don't mind us asking. Give her. Good bath and go shoot.

    The only thing I will suggest otherwise is the new gen mags with the Ruger emblem seem to work better than chrome-bottomed original ones. There are 10 rounders and 9 rounders although I am not sure why. Both work in your old Ruger you may just have to swap which side the nub for the follower is on depending on when in '71 yours was built.
     
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    +1 to post #9. I bought new grips for my old 'standard' because I read some reviews for Mk II grips that said they would also fir the Mk I. Not the same thing, they didn't fit.
     
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    I did a trade for it, I guess I have about 300 in it if I try to put a dollar value on.
    I do need to get a new magazine, the one I got is badly worn, there's a gun show next weekend and I should be able to find another or two.
    Friend of mine said he had a set of the regular grip panels he'd give me
    Shoots nice though, I'm glad I found it.
     
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    I have houge target mk2 grips on my 76 standard. Mine shoots pretty much anything that fits in the mag. Watch a youtube video to reassemble the gun. your headache will be much smaller.
     
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    Headache? From what?
     
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    Don't sweat the horror stories some people tell about the reassembly of MK pistols. They really are a simple design. Most peoples trouble comes from failing to properly orient the hammer strut when putting in the mainspring assembly...once you learn the angle of the dangle, you have it licked.
     
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    Lot of guns around tougher to field strip than these Rugers.
    Like CPE said, getting the angle of the dangle can be a little tricky, otherwise it's no big deal.
    Don't know if I could do one blindfolded, but I don't have to do such things anymore. :)
     
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    Are the mags. interchangeble amongst the mk1 & 2?
     
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    the earliest mk guns had the thumb stud on the right side of the mag. The mk2's and some of the 1's have it on the left side. Left and right side mags are not interchangable. The frame's are different.
     
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