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Old 04-03-2012, 05:00 PM   #11
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i too felt a little overwhelmed the first time i stripped down my Mark III! it does get easier the more times it is done. just follow the intructions in the owners manual and it will go back together and work.

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i too felt a little overwhelmed the first time i stripped down my Mark III! it does get easier the more times it is done. just follow the intructions in the owners manual and it will go back together and work.
I'd heard from others before I bought it that field stripping was difficult. After breaking it in with 300 rounds of CCI mini mags, I watched a few You Tubes, got out my tools and cleaning kit and went at it. Like my first car, taking it apart was a lot easier than putting it back together.

Now, I've put about 1,500 rounds thru it and the field stripping is getting easier mechanically.

The big problems came about when I removed the magazine safety. But now, the sear positioning is etched into my old fart brain.
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I'd heard from others before I bought it that field stripping was difficult. After breaking it in with 300 rounds of CCI mini mags, I watched a few You Tubes, got out my tools and cleaning kit and went at it. Like my first car, taking it apart was a lot easier than putting it back together.

Now, I've put about 1,500 rounds thru it and the field stripping is getting easier mechanically.

The big problems came about when I removed the magazine safety. But now, the sear positioning is etched into my old fart brain.
Interesting. My big problems came about when I tried to put in a new thumb safety. I know exactly what you mean about the sear. Your story is very similar to mine. I feel I learned a lot about my gun with that little adventure. I think if I had to do it again, it would be easier. Would I want to do it again.........no!! After that little venture, field stripping it seems to be quite easy. LOL
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I got mine recently. Out of the box it was shooting like crap. Many FTF and FTEs, stove pipes, you name it over only two mags. I then decided to clean it and the fun began. Putting it back together was a pain in the neck with a new gun. Anyways, I was able to remove alll that thick lube they put on the factory and finally re-assembled the thing but not before marring some of the finish.
It is a different gun now, with over 500 rounds through it, no additional cleaning and no issues whatsoever. shooting Federal and Blazer ammo.
Nice gun and fun to own.

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I got mine recently. Out of the box it was shooting like crap. Many FTF and FTEs, stove pipes, you name it over only two mags. I then decided to clean it and the fun began. Putting it back together was a pain in the neck with a new gun. Anyways, I was able to remove alll that thick lube they put on the factory and finally re-assembled the thing but not before marring some of the finish.
It is a different gun now, with over 500 rounds through it, no additional cleaning and no issues whatsoever. shooting Federal and Blazer ammo.
Nice gun and fun to own.
I bought mine used. Someone had already broken it in for me. I love that Mark II.
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I remember how my Mark II gave me fits the first few times I took it apart. Now it is no big deal but I had to learn the process before it quit stressing me.

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The 1st time breaking my MARK III 22/45 down really was a pain in the *&#$ but after the 2nd time it was easier, Then after removing the mag safety and replacing it with a MARK II hammer bushing break down and reassembly was cake.

I did the slide release mod the other day and must say it is worth doing, I went out today shot 300 rds with out the sore thumb lol. Before I bought this gun I did alot of home work watching vids and reading what ever I could about the mark 3 and it seemed most people love the gun but were put of with the break down so I knew what I was getting in to. I really like that I do not need and tools to break the gun down.

I have a fiber front and love it, I bought a TruGlo red dot and tried it out to day man this gun can shoot but I do not like how this red dot looks on my 22/45 so I may try a different one.

I am posting the links to a vid on break down and a page I found that will help others completely take this gun apart, It help me with the slide release mod I did. I am sure this will not help you out due to I am sure you know this already but I will post it for any one new to this pistol and reads your post.
Keep us updated on any mods you do to this pistol and how they come out, I am interested to know.
Ruger mark III complete break down
http://www.realguns.com/archives/171.htm

break down vid
http://youtu.be/4fIYIWK0boo

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i really like my Mark III 22/45 target model. it is a pistol that i am truly glad i bought and mine gets shot quite a bit. maybe next year, i might do some mods to mine, but as well as it shoots and the fact it's a fun gun to shoot, the mods are not a top priorty in firearm projects right now. the Ruger is a perfect pistol for a learner or a veteran shooter and is just a fun gun to target shoot with. my only regret, is that i wish i had bought one much sooner!

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