Thoughts on Ruger Mk III ?

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by BarryNiven, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. BarryNiven

    BarryNiven New Member

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    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?
     
  2. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    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.

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    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.
     

  3. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    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
     
  4. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    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
     
  5. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    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.
     
  6. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    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.
     
  7. Quentin

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    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.
     
  8. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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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
     
  9. woodsong

    woodsong New Member

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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!
     
  10. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    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.
     
  11. Polygon

    Polygon New Member

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    I love my Mark III but I must say that I would love to shoot that GSG 1911 as well.
     
  12. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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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
     
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  13. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth New Member

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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.
     
  14. ahole

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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
     
  15. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    Wat an ahole!! Hahaha, I like the name... I think they r the best .22 pistols made
     
  16. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    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.
     
  17. BarryNiven

    BarryNiven New Member

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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.

    Disassembly: [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGEtudNJua4]Ruger Mark III .22 Pistol Disassembly - YouTube[/ame]
    Reassembly: [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeY9s2TYAOk]Ruger Mark III Pistol Reassembly - YouTube[/ame]

    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. :)
     
  18. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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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.
     
  19. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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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! :D 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.
     
  20. BarryNiven

    BarryNiven New Member

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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.