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Old 03-31-2012, 04:46 PM   #1
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The Ruger Mark II .22 pistol is a whole lot of fun to shoot and cheap too. 3 cents per shell at Wal-Mart. As compared to 28 cents per shell for 9mm. Used Christmas money I had hoarded away to buy it. ($284.00)

I shoot every Friday. Indoor range 3 miles from home. Outdoor range 9 miles.

I had finally figured out how to field strip the MK III to clean it. .22’s are nasty dirty. (Need a rubber mallet and beat the hell out of it - LOL). Certainly not easy like my Glock 26.

On the Mark III, I added the Williams Fiber Optic sights which made a 200% improvement in accuracy as compared to stock adjustable sights which were black and hard to see especially indoors.

Then I got the bright idea to add Voltrane grips.

When the grips came in I read the “easy” instructions and began…

Day 1

The grip were the easy part. Because the factory bolt lock release needed to be replace with an extended release, I did the field strip and then removed the hammer, sear, and magazine safety assembly. Oops, darn – parts went a flying! Crap. Hands and knees looking for very small parts and springs. A FOD Walk in my office… Two hours later and successful, I started watching some You Tubes about reassembly.

It was then I found out that I could remove the magazine (firing) safety by removing two parts and substituting three washers. Needed to go to Home Depot next day for parts.

Day 2

Couldn’t find the exact washers specified on You Tube but got close.

Because of the washers overhanging the sear and not wanting a full auto pistol, I began filing the three washers to custom fit. A few hours later, I finished and tried reassembling the hammer/sear. The You Tubes were crap as they didn’t show how the sear positioned and I didn’t see it exactly when I took it apart as I was trying to catch flying parts.

I tried several different positions and had to fully reassemble the pistol to test firing. None worked. Blah. Over 60+ years of frustrations, I have learned when it is time to walk away. Was thinking to myself of finding a local gunsmith or sending the damn thing back to Ruger but then because of the illicit magazine safety modification decided Ruger factory wasn’t a good option. Numbed my mind with a bit of Chivas Regal.

Day 3

Got up early, grabbed my diet Dr. Pepper and dove in again. As I was doing the hammer/sear assembly, my fingers slipped and parts went flying again. Crap in a bed……… Back to the FOD Walk. Found two of three washers and the other parts. Had to make another %&#% custom fit washer. Finally located a magnifying glass I hadn’t seen since we moved 2 ½ years ago. Being able to see, I finally noodled out how the sear positioned with respect to the hammer and put the beast back together. YIPPEE – bolt worked, trigger worked, magazine release worked.

Off to outdoor range. On 50” range, I was putting most shots within a tea cup of bulls eye. I shot about 300 rounds of .22 shells.

I also shot 100 rounds of 9mm through my Glock 26 (my CCW weapon). Grouping a 50’ was paper plate size. I usually shoot a 3m and 7m with the Glock. 50’ is a bit long.

5” barrel on Mark III vs. 2” barrel on Glock.

Love shooting both!!!

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Welcome to the MKIII world. Steep learning curve learning to reassemble the dam thing, but after a few times you will be doing it at the range with out a problem. I decided to take mine apart and do a quick cleaning before my shooting buddy was suppose to pick me up to go shooting. I managed to finish putting it reassembled as he opened the door to the house. Not smart on my part but part of the learning curve. Lots of good U-tube videos on the net to help you out. Love mine when I can get it away form the wife. She thinks it's her's now that I put a red dot sight on it.

How long did you walk the Flight Line? I had my fair share of FOD Walks too. Still sucks! Have fun!

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those guns when new are very very tight. as you use it and take it apart it will breakin a bit and become more and more easy to get the receiver off the frame. eventually you wont need any tools to take it down.

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Welcome to the MKIII world. Steep learning curve learning to reassemble the dam thing, but after a few times you will be doing it at the range with out a problem. I decided to take mine apart and do a quick cleaning before my shooting buddy was suppose to pick me up to go shooting. I managed to finish putting it reassembled as he opened the door to the house. Not smart on my part but part of the learning curve. Lots of good U-tube videos on the net to help you out. Love mine when I can get it away form the wife. She thinks it's her's now that I put a red dot sight on it.

How long did you walk the Flight Line? I had my fair share of FOD Walks too. Still sucks! Have fun!
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Oh, mygod. This thread brings back memories. I can take my Mark II down with very little problem anymore. My hands aren't very strong and I still need the rubber mallet but a light tap is all it takes. I think my Mark II might just be my favorite gun.

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Glad everything worked out for ya. But, I have one question what is "FOD"?

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The Mark III definitely is harder to break down than the Mark II but now that you disabled the mag safety that evens it up.

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FOD (rhymes with odd) is foreign object damage- junk that can get sucked into the intake of a jet engine, allowing a 1 cent bit of crap to detroy a $900,000 engine.

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FOD (rhymes with odd) is foreign object damage- junk that can get sucked into the intake of a jet engine, allowing a 1 cent bit of crap to detroy a $900,000 engine.
Ahh, got it. Thanks!
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Now you need to install the MK II trigger kit with the Mk II hammer bushing

During the installation, I took mine apart so many times, it almost easy now!

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