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Ruger Original Standard .22 Pistol Versus MKIII Standard?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by nero45acp, Jul 23, 2009.

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  1. nero45acp

    nero45acp Member

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    I'm going to buy my first Ruger Standard .22 pistol and I'm trying to decide between an excellent condition original Standard for $225, or a NIB MKIII Standard for about $300. I'd appreciate any info/opinions on if one is generally considered to be better than the other. Thanks.



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  2. Shear_stress

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    More or less the same gun, depending on the features. The MKIII has a lot of fussy safety features I don't really care for, but that's up to you.
     
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    I had an MKIII for plinking, it was amazingly accurate but the safety features get annoying. There's something wrong with a design that requires you to insert a magazine and then pull the trigger for take down/reassembly.

    Now I shoot a Buck Mark, and while I wouldn't hesitate buying a Ruger .22 again, it would not be the MKIII generation.
     
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    Shooting wise the Rugers are all similar unless you car about the magazine disconnect and loaded chamber indicator on the Mark III. The main things to consider when shopping for a Ruger Standard .22/Mark I versus a Mark II/Mark III are:
    1) The Mark II/III have a catch that holds the bolt open after the last round.
    2) the Mark II/III has a bevel that allows you to more easily grab the bolt to cock the gun. Mark I on the left; Mark III on the right
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    3) The Mark I comes in two different frame versions. This won't matter much unless you want to change grips (I did; if you care get the A-100 frame)
    4) The Mark I has a 9 round magazine; Mark II/III have a 10 round magazine
    5) The Mark I has the magazine release in the heel of the butt; II/III have a magazine release button.

    Most of these differences may not seem like a big deal, but if you shoot a lot having (1) and (2) plus an Ultimate Clip Loader sure helps keep your hand from getting worn out loading the gun. If you want more details read this
    -hype
     
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    I'm loving my old standard. It feeds everything I give it and shoots where I point it. It's just a joy to own and satisfying as all heck to shoot!
     
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    Note that a Volquartsen hammer will remove the magazine disconnect on the Mark III.

    I prefer the Mark II, but you don't have to live with that annoyance if you have a Mark III. And Mark II's aren't going for cheap from what I've seen.

    I use a Mark II for match shooting, so the 9-round magazine of the Mark I would be a real PITA.:)
     
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    The all metal Mark II pistols have the heel magazine latch; only the 22/45 had the magazine release button near the trigger guard (as all Mark III versions do).
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    Greg
     
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