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Old 05-24-2012, 01:54 PM   #1
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Hey guys! My CZ 75b still has not come in yet. So, yesterday I purchased a new Ruger Mark III to take to the range, in hopes it will pacify me in the meantime. I saw a comment on another forum that you should clean it before taking it to the range even if it's brand new. I thought it should be ready to shoot straight out of the box. Also, I've read some horror stories about taking the gun apart to clean, but then I saw a few YouTube videos that made it seem simple enough. This was definitely an impulse buy, and I want to make sure I didn't get myself into something I can't handle. I love the heavy feel of the gun, but it is a little bit different than other guns I have shot/ field stripped. I plan on taking it to the range Saturday. Any advice/ input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!!
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Old 05-24-2012, 02:32 PM   #2
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If it's NIB, you received an owner's manual. With the instructions and the diagram, that's how I figured it out. Add YouTube to the mix and you should be fine. If yours is anything like mine was, you will need to field strip & clean the packing grease out of it. It's not THAT hard. Once you figure it out, practice it a few times and you should be fine. Ruger must get that packing grease cheap, because they are quite generous with it.
Ironically, your CZ will probably be worse, Eastern Europe must have huge stockpiles of packing grease they are trying to use up... mine was ridiculous.
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Overkill pretty much got it covered. The only thing I can add is the gun gets easier to take apart the more it's disassembled. The parts kinda loosen and it's not as hard. Yes, it's a little more involved than other pistols but it's a great gun and well worth the extra few minutes to get it apart and back together.
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Put a scope on it, and it's a 50 yard tackdriver, with the 6-3/4"

slab-side barrel...
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strange reassembly procedure

Volquartsen trigger kit is awesome... assuming you don't have a safety issue like I did. But they fixed it for me at no charge.

I really like mine.
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Awesome insight! Thanks guys!
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They can be a nightmare to reassemble the first few times, once you figure it out, its not too bad.
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As some here posted, you have to do the 'Hokey Pokey' with a magazine to get the hammer to go down in order to get the mainspring back in. It's not really complicated, I just find it hard to work the main spring release.
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Good to know. I saw on another forum that a guy messed up his hammer strut on his Mark iii when he took his apart, and that made me a little nervous.
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Get yourself a plastic-headed hammer for the first dozen times you take it apart and reassemble it. I already had one of these (http://www.stanleytools.com/default.asp?CATEGORY=SOFT+FACE+HAMMERS&TYPE=PRODUC T&PARTNUMBER=57-594&SDesc=8+oz%2E+Soft+Face+Hammer) which is a little easier to use on the gun than a full-on rubber mallet, and still doesn't damage it.

I would recommend not taking apart the trigger group. I couldn't figure out how to get the hammer, sear, and mag disconnect back in, and I could have looked up a video on how to do it, but I used the excuse to get a Mk II hammer and sear, which dropped in with no modification and are a hell of a lot easier to reassemble. Parts were from Volquartsen, same as Partdeux got his, and they've been great so far, even improving the trigger break a bit.
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