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Ruger Mk III

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Tommygunn, Sep 10, 2010.

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  1. Tommygunn

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    Having had a birthday last week .... and a wallet slightly more engorged than usual .... :D I decided to buy a companion for my Browning Buck Mark.
    So I bought a Ruger Mark III. It has a 5.5" "bull" barrel (I think that's what they're called; it's a "target" model) and is nice shiny blued.
    The store where I purchased it, Academy Sports, interestingly had two nearly identical Ruger Mk III's. The only difference I noted was the one I bought had thicker grips; the other had grips that seemed nearly flat with the frame. I don't quite "get" that. Anyway, the fatter gripped version felt better in my hand so that's what I wound up with.
    Now I need a range trip ..... and .... it's suppose to be a rainy weekend here.:(
    But hey ... I can be patient!:D
     
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  2. Confederate

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    Nice buy.

    I have the Mark II in stainless and one AMT Lightning. The Mark II is 6 7/8-inch, and I have one in 4-inch.

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    1953 ad for Ruger Mark I.
     
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  3. Armored farmer

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    I am the proud owner of a MKII target model. It is deadly accurate. If it ever failed in any way...I don't remember it. I have had it around 20 yrs. It has defended me from countless squirrels, snakes, skunks, raccoons, and tin cans. It is my truck gun.
     
  4. Tommygunn

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    Here's a photo of the one I bought:
     
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  5. Average Joe

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    I have a MKIII and love it.
     
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    My MKII Target is my go-to fun gun. I have ran countless rounds through it to and the only thing I've had to replace was the extractor. It's dead on accurate and was very affordable.(~100.00 used)
     
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    My brother just bought a MkIII with the polymer "45" frame. Blued, wood grips, and the 5.5" barrel. It's a great looking gun. I think he bought it new for 250. Took it apart last night to inspect the internals and clean it. GAWD what a pain. It took a few hours and some internet vids. LOL In fact, we are going to go shoot it right now. Looking forward to it.
     
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    Great rivals

    The Buck Mark and the Ruger MK series guns are two of the great fun guns. They will both last forever. You can never shoot them to their full potential, unless you are a fantastic shot. And for the money there is no better way to spend money and time enjoying your shooting experience.

    Hope you have lots of ammo and a good place to go play.

    Congrats on the new gun.
     
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    "The Buck Mark and the Ruger MK series guns are two of the great fun guns."

    They both look nice. Any idea which one has less plastic?
     
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  10. Jesse H

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    Look into the Volquartsen trigger, hammer and sear for a nice upgrade. I recently installed those in my 10 year old Mark II (22/45) and love it!
     
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    I have the same gun and I love it. It's an absolute tack driver.

    I had some extraction issues when I first got it. Turns out a lot of folks have trouble with extraction/ejection because of the loaded chamber indicator. I removed the metal tab effectively disabling the LCI, and it has been very reliable since.

    Some folks complain about the field stripping of Ruger .22 autos, but once you get the hang of it it's really easy. I hope you love yours as much as I love mine!
     
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    Spent the $6 bucks on a VQ MkII hammer bushing and remove the mag disconnect---best upgrade to the MkIII there is.
     
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    And to think that people complain about the Glock grip angle! That is just ridiculous.
     
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    AR its the same as the Glock and your beloved AR !
     
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    My MKI (Standard)
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    nice pickup tommygun!

    i have had my 22/45 since 1996 or '97. i don't know what mk that is, (mk II i think) but it has been an outstanding shooter.

    funny you mention that you have a buckmark, and then decided to get a ruger. i have a ruger and have been thinking about adding a buckmark.

    which buckmark you got?
     
  18. Tommygunn

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    I think its the URX or URL? model. It has nice rubber grips with finger grooves (some people don't like these but they fit me very well) a 5.5" bull barrel with the green plastic light guide on the front sight.
     
  19. M2MikeGolf

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    Great buy, Tommygunn. I'm a big fan of the MarkI/II/III Ruger's. I've had a few, and really want a MarkIII. I think they may be the best .22 auto pistols on the market. I have a MarkII target right now, and cannot upgrade since I live in Germany, new guns are problematic here, for lots of reasons. All of the Mark IIs I've owned were tack drivers, and after different sight options, I finally found a great (but sadly, expensive) combination, the aimpoint R-1 (silvered version of the T-1). I recommend that T-1/R-1, it's like it's made for the Mark II/III series, but like I mentioned, it's wallet buster.

    Enjoy that Mark III!
     

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