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Old 09-05-2011, 01:29 AM   #11
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I love my Mark III but I must say that I would love to shoot that GSG 1911 as well.

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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
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Field strip can be a bear -- there are a number of good videos on YouTube; you'll end out looking at them a lot!
Well, I have a Mark II and I can field strip it for cleaning with no problem. What do you guys think makes it such a pain?
What ever you do, just don't mess with the internals. LOL
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If you like the standark MK3 you should also like the MK3 22/45,only difference in the 22/45 is that the gip angle is just like a 1911 not like a Luger that the regular MK3 has.

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I had a 22/45 stainless bull sold it two years ago the worst thing I ever did. Now that im back on my feet i have one more gun to buy then I will be getting another 22/45 or MKII MKIII

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I had a 22/45 stainless bull sold it two years ago the worst thing I ever did. Now that im back on my feet i have one more gun to buy then I will be getting another 22/45 or MKII MKIII
Wat an ahole!! Hahaha, I like the name... I think they r the best .22 pistols made
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Well, I have a Mark II and I can field strip it for cleaning with no problem. What do you guys think makes it such a pain?
What ever you do, just don't mess with the internals. LOL
I agree, it's not bad once you do it a few times. And it's great that females often get it when males can't! But the Mark III is more of a pain than the Mark II because you have to shove in the magazine here and there because of its magazine safety - and the manual didn't tell you this little secret, at least mine didn't. If I hadn't known how to do the Mark I and Mark II, it would have presented a real problem. I think recently Ruger updated the Mark III manual or at least added an errata sheet.

The YouTube videos can be a big help to anyone new to the Ruger.
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This was all very helpful. Thanks for the alternatives.

The 1911 training comments are good; though my 'more serious' gun is a S&W M&P rather than a 1911. For that reason I added a M&P 22 (a gun they recently added precisely for training) to the list of possibles.

The Ruger cleaning concerns are quite valid. It seems complicated to get apart and worse to get together. Youtube is a good resource here. Ruger has interesting videos up on the subject; though the reassembly video is funny due to its complication. The best moment in the reassembly video: "Be certain that the firing pin stop is in the bolt. Without this pin, the first time the trigger is pulled, .... the firing pin will fly forward so far as to irreparably dent the rear of the chamber of the barrel, making the pistol useless." To Ruger's credit; the videos seem to cover a number of common problems as well as how to handle them.

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The decision's not made. I was not thinking of the ruger as a training pistol so much as a fun toy. It looks different. It cocks different. It seems pretty accurate.

Thanks for the hand, and by all means post any other thoughts. They are welcome even after I make a decision and buy something. After all, I can't imagine that I'd only purchase one more gun.
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I don't know about the Mark III, but the Mark II isn't all that hard to field strip for cleaning. Even I can do it. Now, the internals are another story. Even though I did get my gun put back together. It took me a while, but I did it. I have not problem field stripping my Mark II.

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Well we don't want to scare anyone away from the Mark III. Very nice pistol and built like a tank. Very accurate. It is a little tricky to reassemble but not terrible. When buying one get your dealer to show you how to break it down and assemble and you'll be all right. Great guns, that's why I have three! And why one goes out to the range just about every time I go.

Nothing wrong with buying a used Mark II if you find one.

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It's clear that the reassembly video was put together with knowledge of every idiotic customer service call or product return that they've seen. Someone out there put the cylinder back in without the firing pin stop and promptly destroyed their gun.

On the flip side: I can be kind of idiotic, so instructions that tell me what to guard against are really nice. All things considered, those two youtube videos mitigate my concerns about field stripping and cleaning.

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