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Thumb Mag Release for Ruger mkI, II

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by PotatoJudge, Jan 23, 2007.

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  1. PotatoJudge

    PotatoJudge Member

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    I recently installed the Wilson Speed-Jector on my Ruger Standard. The Speed-Jector consists of a thumb operated mag release to be used with a new mag catch. It comes with a new lower screw for the grip that is shortened so it doesn't interfere with the mechanism and a template for altering the grip.

    Well, it took about an hour of messing with stuff to get it working smoothly. First, the new mag catch was too wide, so I sanded and polished it on my 1x30 belt sander up to the 3 micron belt. With that working smoothly, I began tweaking the transfer bar (that's the name I made up for the main part of the Speed-Jector, if you've got a better name let me know). I had problems with it binding on the grip frame and slipping off the hook on the mag catch, but after bending it properly it works well. The grip was easy to modify, just mark where to cut from the template and cut with a knife or file. It could be used with a solid grip, but for that I'd use a dremel with a router attachment.

    I would like to see it designed with a little more leverage in the unit for easier use, but it works well as is. The release must be depressed to insert or eject the mag, and is easy to use once you get used to it. The magazine pops out like it was spring loaded (which it in fact is).

    Funny thing is, at the HGCA gun show this weekend I was digging through some reloading stuff and found a few more of these but made by Red-E Products. They were obviously produced at the same plant, but weren't as nicely polished as the Wilsons. I went ahead and got a couple more of these and cleaned the rust off with the sander. My thinking is that this allows for the best of the mkII and the mkIII, without any of the mkIII's safety features.

    It's been overcast here in Houston for a while, so these were the best pics I could get.

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  2. lee n. field

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    Interesting. There was something similar to that for the Makarov, for a while. My recollection is that that was easily damaged. This looks sturdier.
     
  3. Sistema1927

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    Looks like an answer in search of a question.

    Does anybody need to speed load a Ruger .22?
     
  4. wally

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    Yeah cure looks worse than the disease. They make a cheap and easy to install extended release for the bottom that worked well when my wife complained about breaking a nail removing the mag from my MKII.

    --wally.
     
  5. CWL

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    Sound's like messin' with a proven rugged design = trouble.

    I also wonder why there is a need for speed loads on a .22lr.

    Please update us with a test report after 500-1000 rounds.
     
  6. Baphomet

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    Much as I would like a thumb-button style mag-release on my MKII, I must agree. The $10 extended mag release I had installed works just fine and is neatly concealed under my Turner grips. I assume this Speed-thing works only with factory (or factory shaped) grip panels?

    Love the idea. Hate the execution.
     
  7. PotatoJudge

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    Installing it sounds harder than it actually was. After I got it tweaked it's worked great. Really, there are only two things that could potentially go wrong. The mating part of the transfer bar could slip inward and miss the mag release. A little outward flexion of the metal and that's easily avoided. The other posibility is that the mag could be held at a different height than with standard heel releases, causing reliability issues. This also would be adjustable by bending the metal lip of the catch.
    It does limit grip choice, but on the other hand it makes a fine thumb rest. I would like to see the thumb pad enlarged, or have some kind of slip on cover that enlarges it. In fact, with a drill and tap that could be easily done. I do have two others to mess with and only one Ruger. The design could very easily be made in a left handed version also.
    As to "who needs to speed load a .22" I would say that the guns are used in competition, but most of those guys have huge target grips on them that would preclude the use of the Speed-Jector. I guess it's like a lot of things, no real need, just wanted to try it out. Sitting here playing with it, it is pretty cool.
     
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