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BarryNiven 09-04-2011 06:34 PM

Thoughts on Ruger Mk III ?
Just got back from the range where a friend had brought a 50th anniversary Ruger Mk II. What a fun gun. I'm new to shooting, had only ever fired 9mms before today. Now I'm thinking about buying a Mk III for cheaper ammo costs and other fun reasons.

Given that I had fun firing this (I had fun firing this) what else should I consider given that I liked the Mk III?

canebrake 09-04-2011 06:50 PM

GSG 1911 22 or Ruger mkIII 22/45

First let me begin with "I have nothing against the Ruger MK III" but they are just not my style of gun.

Before you make the decision take a look at the GSG 1911-22.

GSG 1911 22LR $332.00 SHIPS FREE

Many of us here have this pistol and to a person, it is the best 1911 format rimfire you can get!

It's the pistol of choice for me when I teach a new shooter our sport.

MrWray 09-04-2011 09:02 PM

Dang this is truely a hard decision the MKII arent really my style either but they shoot like a dream, u can shoot a knat off of a flies but with it. The 1911 is hard to beat though.. I dont think im being much help,lol

jjfuller1 09-04-2011 09:07 PM

isnt too much to think about except price. rugers are a tad more costly. browning has a similiar .22 pistol thats pretty good too. but ruger mk2 or 3 are great. at my LGS there is about 200 300 dollar difference

c3shooter 09-04-2011 09:07 PM

Bought a MkIII about 18 months ago. Mine is the 6 inch pencil bbl. Shoots as well as I do, routinely eats whatever I put in the mags. Controls work well, much better mag release than the earlier Marks. Scored mine from LGS for $250, NIB with lock, 2 mags, plastic case, etc.

sweeper22 09-04-2011 10:01 PM

It's hard to go wrong with a Ruger rimfire pistol. Most will gobble up whatever ammo you feed them

The Browning Buckmark is another fine option. I have a GSG 1911, and it's a decent gun. I consider it a keeper and it's more applicable to "real world" defense training on the cheap than typical rimfire target pistols. It can be a little finicky with bulk ammo and lacks both the pinpoint accuracy and quality finish of the Ruger or Buckmark IMO. The GSG has a very suspect finish, but it does operate almost identically to a 1911...which sounds like an attribute that might not necessarily benefit you.

Quentin 09-04-2011 10:24 PM

I'm a big fan of the Ruger .22s and bought a Mark I 6-7/8" back in 1976. Since then I've added a bull barrel Mark II and Mark III. All three are steel frames. Of the three, the Mark II is my favorite. The Mark III is nice but the magazine safety is annoying and really makes it hard to disassemble/assemble. Of course it can be removed. The tapped receiver is nice if you're adding optics.

Great pistols and very accurate but that 1911 Cane pictured looks good too.

partdeux 09-04-2011 11:29 PM

I bought a used Mk III and love it. Supposed to be a PITA to field strip and clean. I'm almost afraid to try, doing basic cleaning for now

woodsong 09-05-2011 01:19 AM

Field strip can be a bear -- there are a number of good videos on YouTube; you'll end out looking at them a lot!

JonM 09-05-2011 01:28 AM

my mark 3 is about 1500 rounds fired without cleaning no jams yet. that doesnt include dud rounds which arent the gun's fault. im gonna clean it when it finally jams.

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