Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by GunsAreGood, Apr 5, 2010.
Don't give up
I too struggled with the MkIII 22/45 take down and assembly. The instructions seem complex and at first a little confusing. Well maybe a lot confusing. The part that I cannot keep straight is when to pull the trigger and when not to.:banghead:
Each and every time I take it apart I have to get out the instructions and follow them step by step. And I think that I am an above average mechanic.
The good part is that after the first two cleanings, once after each 250 rounds, I haven't cleaned it since, other than cleaning the barrel with BreakFree and a patch, in over 2000 rounds with no ill effect.
These are great guns once you get all of the little stuff taken care of, mine had some FTE problems early but a minor trim to the inside of the 'round chambered indicator', solved it completely.
Bottom line: great shooter; pain in the ass to break down.
Oh, to get the barrel off of the frame you need a plastic hammer. Give a good sharp whack to the back of the bolt receiver and it pops right off.
As said a rubber mallet goes a long way in removing the barrel from the frame and installing it back also.
Doing the mag disconnect mod to the gun makes putting it back together alot easier as you can skip the "insert mag,pull trigger, take out mag" foolishness.
I can now tear mine down to the last piece and put it back together in less than 10 minutes.
This is the all-steel version, but the fundamentals are the same.
I was trying to take down my new SIG a few months ago after I had gotten it and I had taken them down MANY times before, but I still messed up. I forgot to take the magazine out and couldn't figure out why the slide wouldn't come off. Now, mind you I DID check the chamber and rack the slide several times to verify empty. I knew it was empty. But it's the stupid things that make you pull your hair out. The magazine floorplate just fits so nicely with the bottom of the grips that I didn't even see it. OOPS.
Watch the videos, take your time. They are excellent pistols. Just stick with. it...
This will solve your problem
If this guy can't help it can't be done. Once you do it right you will love the gun.
I had to hold mine at strange angles while I spoke in tongues and calculated azimuths in my head to get that lever to pop back out.
and I'll probably do it again the next time I clean it (which I will avoid for as long as practically possible).
Get rid of the mag disconnect feature.
I'm done with Rugers, I think.
You really need to read and take the time to go through step by step
and finally, why are you complaining, it is WELL KNOW AND DOCUMENTED that the Ruger MK series of pistol take some time and are DIFFERENT in disassemble than many other pistols.
Once I calmed down a bit last night I decided to take another crack at getting it reassembled. I broke out the manual and went very slow step by step making sure to follow every direction to the T. I did have to use a hammer and punch to get the pin up into the bolt but it went. I was missing a crucial step of inserting the mag before I swung the lever back down then removing it before closing the latch. I can still not get the barrel off but I do not have a rubber mallet. I am sure once I acquire one it should not be a problem. I ended up taking the gun to the range today to see how she ran and I was very impressed. I had one FTF but I believe it was because I was shooting hollow points. The gun was VERY accurate as you all already know. I was shooting 50 rounds in the black with no problems. I also like the fact that I shot for 3 hours and still had about half of my 525 bulk pack of 22's. When I got home I was a little apprehensive about breaking it down to clean because of all the problems I had the night before, but I said the hell with it I am not going to never break the gun down because of one bad experience and decided to do it. I popped the latch and swung out the lever and the pin damn near came out by itself. Like I said before I could not get the barrel off but when I get a rubber mallet I will address that issue. The reassembly was easy as pie. Bottom line is it is a great shooter sturdy as a tank and at first aggravating as hell but everything is all worked out and loosened up and I could not be happier with the gun. Thank you all that gave me positive input.
Glad you figured it out! Yeah....Nothing like being frusterated, and someone says they sold all theirs cause the gun was smarter then they were, or sell it and buy brand "X"
also, if you do get it apart, the trick to getting it back together is to sprout an extra arm from the middle of your chest in order to hold the gun at the correct angle (yes it needs to be held at a particular angle) to get the damn thing back together.
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