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nathanours
06-30-2012, 19:04
I recently picked up a new Ruger MkIII for $300 from my lgs. They are a great place to go if you are in the Fort Collins area (Rocky Mountain Shooter's Supply). I finally got it to the range today due to the forest fires preventing my access to the normal National Forest land.

The gun shot perfectly, without having a single malfunction shooting over 500 rounds of WWB .22. It groups better than I can, although I am a little out of practice. I could solidly land all shots in a tennis ball sized area at 35 feet though.

After I got home I got my self ready to start the nightmare of a cleaning procedure I have often heard about. Surprisingly it wasn't all that hard at all. I was able to take it completely down using only a nylon punch and a drinking glass to lightly tap on the back of the punch with. I just followed the instructions in the owner's manual and all went smoothly. It took me about 35 minutes total to clean this first time. Anyway, for anyone looking for a great 22 pistol I'd highly recommend it. I love the look of the silver trigger as well for some reason. I would like to get some nice wood grips to replace the black plastic ones. Anyone have some recommendations? Here are a couple pics:

http://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss199/glock19_9mm/IMAG0174-1.jpg

http://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss199/glock19_9mm/IMAG0175-1.jpg

Highspeedlane
06-30-2012, 21:25
Nice score.

I have two MkIII's and they eat and spit out every case. As far as cleaning, after every outing I blow out the crud with Birchwood Casey Gunscrubber and follow up with a little CLP.

TxGun
06-30-2012, 21:34
A few grip options:

http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=31885/Product/RUGER-reg-MARK-II-III-COCOBOLO-GRIPS

http://www.esmeralda.cc/ruger_mkii.htm

http://shopruger.com/Grips/products/13/

http://www.gungripsupply.com/

unit1069
06-30-2012, 21:46
I like the great Hogue grips on my 1991 Mark II and the Volquartsen extractor that replaced the worn stock one when I found this baby in a local gun shop.

hogship
06-30-2012, 23:05
I like the great Hogue grips on my 1991 Mark II and the Volquartsen extractor that replaced the worn stock one when I found this baby in a local gun shop.
http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL431/781008/1425902/392973042.jpg

So do I!........these grips feel exceptionally well with the Ruger pistol grip angle.

ooc

tercel89
07-01-2012, 06:02
http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL431/781008/1425902/392973042.jpg

So do I!........these grips feel exceptionally well with the Ruger pistol grip angle.

ooc

Holy crap that looks awesome ! Did you have that barrel chopped?

fnfalman
07-01-2012, 06:18
I don't have the regular all steel model, but the MkII and MkIII 22/45 that I have, I need a freakin' rubber mallet to pound the upper and lower receivers apart and then to knock them back together again.

hogship
07-01-2012, 06:27
Holy crap that looks awesome ! Did you have that barrel chopped?

The barrel is 3 1/2", and appears to be factory. I bought this MKII used, and I don't have any information on it. The barrel does look shorter than just about anything I've ever seen, so it's possible it was some sort of special run........don't know.:dunno:

ooc

motorcyclist
07-01-2012, 07:19
Own a MKII target that the whole family enjoys shooting. My daughter refers to it as "my Ruger" (she learned that from her mother). First time I cleaned it it took a little time to get it back together, but once you learn it's easy. Shoots like a laser and will go all day on $10 worth of ammo. Well made...what's not to like about a Ruger MK!?

ChicagoZman
07-01-2012, 07:53
My MK II Target is so tight I need a rubber mallet to knock the barrel off the frame. Upon re-assembly I put the muzzle against my work bench and lean on the grip to "click" the barrel back on to the frame.

Other than that, the gun is great.

nathanours
07-01-2012, 18:46
I just kind of smacked the back against the carpeted floor to get mine off. I'm looking for replacement grips that have no thumb rest on either side, are relatively thin, and are $50 or under. Hopefully I'll be able to find something like that.

ChicagoZman
07-01-2012, 19:33
I just kind of smacked the back against the carpeted floor to get mine off. I'm looking for replacement grips that have no thumb rest on either side, are relatively thin, and are $50 or under. Hopefully I'll be able to find something like that.
Just ordered some wood grips (ambi, no thumb rest) from these guys for my MK II

http://www.eaglegrips.com/guns/Ruger-Mark-II-Rosewood-Grips.html

oldnoob
07-01-2012, 19:52
Congrats. I love Ruger Mark series. Super reliable and very accurate.

bac1023
07-01-2012, 20:12
Congrats! :cool:

The Mark III is one of my favorite rimfires.

Raven1967
07-01-2012, 20:52
Grats on the MK III ,I just bought a 22/45 Lite and like it alot.

nathanours
07-02-2012, 15:55
Just ordered some wood grips (ambi, no thumb rest) from these guys for my MK II

http://www.eaglegrips.com/guns/Ruger-Mark-II-Rosewood-Grips.html

I really like the looks of those. Very nice and simple. When they arrive will you post a pic and let me know if they are much thicker than the stock grips?

nathanours
07-02-2012, 16:20
I just got off the phone with Ruger, and they have a nice set of grips that is not listed online that I ended up ordering. I told them exactly what I wanted and they were very helpful in finding something for me. This is a pic from Ruger's website that shows grips similar to the ones I ordered. Mine however, do not have a thumb rest and are half checkered and half polished and have the red and silver inlaid Ruger medallion on both sides. I'll post pics when they arrive in a week or so.

http://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss199/glock19_9mm/19925-L.jpg

CanMan
07-02-2012, 16:39
I recently picked up a new Ruger MkIII for $300 from my lgs. [Quote]

http://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss199/glock19_9mm/IMAG0174-1.jpg

http://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss199/glock19_9mm/IMAG0175-1.jpg
You'll get a lifetime of shooting outta that puppy! Congrats.


[QUOTE=hogship;19149755]http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL431/781008/1425902/392973042.jpg

So do I!........these grips feel exceptionally well with the Ruger pistol grip angle.

ooc

IIRC there was a short run of these made for Davidsons a few years back.

Haldor
07-03-2012, 20:35
http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL431/781008/1425902/392973042.jpg

So do I!........these grips feel exceptionally well with the Ruger pistol grip angle.

ooc

That is what I put on my Mark II (and the Standard I sold earlier this year).

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh168/HaldorPhil/Guns/P1010092.jpg

Can't recommend the Volquartsen sear enough. It made what was a decent trigger pull into something very nice. The sear gives you 80% of the benefit of the accurizing kit.

https://www.volquartsen.com/products/293-target-sear-for-mkii-and-mkiii


Shooting 20 shot groups like this at 7 yards with my old eyes makes me very happy.

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh168/HaldorPhil/Guns/IMG_1128.jpg

nathanours
07-09-2012, 21:14
As promised, here are the new grips:

http://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss199/glock19_9mm/IMAG0185.jpg

I go into a little more detail about them on a separate thread in the rimfire section if anyone is interested.