Ruger Mark II "Katrina" at 25 yards

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by beeker77, Feb 3, 2020.

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  1. beeker77

    beeker77 Member

    Jan 12, 2006
    San Antonio, Texas
    This Mark II was recovered from his family home by its original owner after a month under water in Metairie, Louisiana, following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He immediately plunked it into a bucket of motor oil for several weeks while working to salvage other family items. Gave it to me here in Texas about 4 - 5 years ago as he was about to move again. You can see the Katrina-immersion surface damage in the photo; no functional degradation.

    I'm a rifle shooter, but recently thought I'd try it out in a local bull's eye pistol event. Shooting Federal Gold Medal Ultra Match UM22 ammo (two-hand hold as I got familiar with the match flow), it seemed to do okay, and it was certainly fun to experience its still-flawless performance.

    First target is slow fire. Second is rapid fire.



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  2. Trey Veston

    Trey Veston Member

    May 30, 2017
    I had one of those decades ago. One of the few pistols that was more accurate than the shooter.

    Great backstory on the pistol...
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  3. earlthegoat2

    earlthegoat2 Member

    Aug 28, 2008
    SE GA
    Immersion didn’t seem to have caused many problems in its shooting characteristics.

    Just bought a Ruger MKII “Target” over the weekend. It’s the one with the longer tapered barrel instead of a bull barrel or slab side. Been wanting one for a bit and was delighted with the $250 price tag. Can’t wait to try my hand at some bullseye shooting.
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  4. Waveski

    Waveski Member

    Jan 28, 2014
    43 north
    Great pistol , great story. My compliments to the guy who had the presence of mind to immerse the wet Ruger in a bucket of oil.

    My long tapered barrel MK1 is my steel plate competition pistol. Stock trigger. I'm down to 3.2 seconds for ringing 5 targets ... not a club winner but better than average ; I give the credit to the MK!.

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  5. 94045

    94045 Member

    Oct 28, 2018
    Great story.

    Glad I reread as initially I thought it spent 10 years in the bucket of oil. I was going to mention the usual recommended oil soak is somewhat shorter.

    .Seems to have weathered the abuse well.
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