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Old 08-21-2014, 07:51 PM   #1
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Default Any experience with the 4" Mark IIIs?

LGS has one with a flash suppressor/comp on the front. No sights but it is a Mark III with the steel bottom end. I just let go of my stainless 5.5" Mark III the other day. I still have a bunch of mags and while I didn't hate the Mark III, I really like my Browning better.

It is definitely a more tactical looking gun but the weight and balance fell good. What is the take on the accuracy of the 4" barrel vs the 5.5" models? This would be mainly a steel challenge/range toy.
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LGS has one with a flash suppressor/comp on the front. No sights but it is a Mark III with the steel bottom end. I just let go of my stainless 5.5" Mark III the other day. I still have a bunch of mags and while I didn't hate the Mark III, I really like my Browning better.

It is definitely a more tactical looking gun but the weight and balance fell good. What is the take on the accuracy of the 4" barrel vs the 5.5" models? This would be mainly a steel challenge/range toy.
I have an alloy framed 4"-er and an all steel 5"-er. No perceptible difference in practical accuracy. Hard pressed to choose I'd go for steel. Sounds like a good one to me.

The flash suppressor is for the show. All it does is trap dirt, and possibly make the gun muzzle-heavier. But it is removable, and muzzle caps are available.
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What would your price to buy be? This one will be just a little under $400 with my normal discount. I'd be a few $$$ ahead with selling the stainless.
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Under $400 is fair for a NIB target model if you want to use optics and are happy with the stock grips (usually fat rubber). But add an estimated $50 for a set of adjustable fiber optic irons, and another $30+ for decent wood. Custom mods add up quickly. If you don't think you need em it's a Strong Buy.
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This one isn't even cut for sights. The rail is the only attachment point for a optic. It does have a set of overmolded rubber grips. I've already got 6-7 magazines that will fit the gun.
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Usually target models are at least tapped for iron sights. Look for the tiny filler screwheads on the barrel.
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The actual competition Ruger Mark III has a 6.88" barrel. If you plan to compete a longer sight radius is an advantage.

Here is a target model for $269.

http://www.sportsmansoutdoorsuperstore.com/products2.cfm/ID/44839/10107/ruger-2245-mark-iii-target-22lr-molded-5.5-in

Bull Barrel target model $279
http://www.cdnnsports.com/ruger-22-45-mkiii-22lr-5-5-hvy-bbl-2-10rd-mags.html#.U_cj0GMkTKc

Fluted barrel
http://www.cdnnsports.com/rugerr-22-45tm-mkiii-22lr-4-5-threaded-2-10rd-mags-9718.html#.U_ckd2MkTKc

Not in stock - competition model
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_49_1815/products_id/14287/Ruger+10112+MARK+III+Competition+10%2B1+22LR+6.88% 22

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Thanks for the links but those are all 22/45s. Had one once and hated the feel of the no weight bottom end and heavy top. Felt completely out of balance to me. The Rugers I'm talking about are Mark IIIs with a metal lower.

The model I am looking at is a Talo edition and the MSRP on Rugers' site is $514.
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The 22/45 and the Mark III are often labeled as the same gun. Most of the 22/45 or mark III's at buds have a metal lower. The metal lower runs about $40 more than a polymer lower.

This gun is labeled as a 22/45 but the model number says Mark III. Catalog Number: P512MKIIIRP. That gun has a polymer lower. I was just using it as an example of how 22/45 and Mark III pistols are mislabeled.
http://www.sportsmansoutdoorsuperstore.com/products2.cfm/ID/87677/10140/ruger-2245-mark-iii-target-22lr-wood-laminate

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Default Just to clarify

Are you talking about this
http://www.guns.com/2012/09/21/talo-distributors-exclusive-ruger-2245-blacklite/

Or this

http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/product/8-TALO-RUG-3601
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