Ruger Mark III Learning Experience

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by elmerfudge, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. elmerfudge

    elmerfudge New Member

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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!!!
     
  2. Armedacadian

    Armedacadian New Member

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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!
     

  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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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.
     
  4. elmerfudge

    elmerfudge New Member

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    Thanks.

    ~ 6 years of FOD walk-downs as NFO. You?
     
  5. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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  6. jordan89

    jordan89 New Member

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

    Quentin New Member

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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.
     
  8. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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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.
     
  9. jordan89

    jordan89 New Member

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    Ahh, got it. Thanks!
     
  10. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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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!
     
  11. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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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. :D
     
  12. elmerfudge

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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.
     
  13. Armedacadian

    Armedacadian New Member

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    I spent a total of 24 years on Active duty AF. Started out as an Instrument Tech, and finished as a Pro Supper.
     
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  14. elmerfudge

    elmerfudge New Member

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    They took my Intruder away and gave me a desk. Was time to leave.
     
  15. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    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
     
  16. fstkmaro

    fstkmaro New Member

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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.
     
  17. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I bought mine used. Someone had already broken it in for me. I love that Mark II.
     
  18. BlueTurf

    BlueTurf New Member

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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.
     
  19. PlasticGunner

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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
    [ame="http://youtu.be/4fIYIWK0boo"]http://youtu.be/4fIYIWK0boo[/ame]
     
  20. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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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!