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Old 05-03-2012, 10:01   #1
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I want to take the designer of the Ruger Mark III to the range and...

I have never had so much trouble with disassembly/reassembly of a pistol in my life. One time everything clicks back together with no problems; this time I'm about ready to hit this thing with a 16# sledge. I'll get that POS back together or use it as a very expensive door stop. I'd really like to take that Ruger designer to the range and use him as a target backstop. My rant is over!

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Old 05-03-2012, 13:56   #2
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Really? Seems pretty easy to me?




I hated mine too til after watch'n video and made it all so much easier do.
Also if you take out the mag disconnect and replace it with the Mark II bushing it makes it easier. Keeps you from having to do the whole mag in and out thing.

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Old 05-03-2012, 14:14   #3
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I have never had so much trouble with disassembly/reassembly of a pistol in my life. One time everything clicks back together with no problems; this time I'm about ready to hit this thing with a 16# sledge. I'll get that POS back together or use it as a very expensive door stop. I'd really like to take that Ruger designer to the range and use him as a target backstop. My rant is over!

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A lady at the range had a Mk III we could not get apart. I have smithed Mk II's for many years, still have no idea what was up with that gun. They ended up sending it back to Ruger. Funny how prices of used Mk II's went up after they brought out the Mk III...
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Old 05-03-2012, 14:38   #4
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You mean the MKIII is harder to reassemble than my MKII?

The horror....
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Old 05-03-2012, 14:41   #5
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I feel the same way you do. I may never take it apart again. Love shooting it but cleaning it sucks.
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Old 05-03-2012, 15:14   #6
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It's MUCH easier after removing the goofy mag safety.
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Old 05-03-2012, 16:29   #7
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Disassembly & Reassembly is easy-peasy. I don't know what y'all are complaining about. Just follow all the steps in order.
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Old 05-03-2012, 16:51   #8
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RTFM......it's not rocket science.Hell, I have even detail stripped mine.
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Old 05-03-2012, 18:39   #9
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While reading (and following) the instructions is typically "the last resort" for many people, that's not a good option when it comes to the Mark series. If you follow instructions precisely, it's really not hard to reassemble these guns. And yes, they are tight...but that beats the alternative, IMO.

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Old 05-03-2012, 18:51   #10
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While reading (and following) the instructions is typically "the last resort" for many people, that's not a good option when it comes to the Mark series. If you follow instructions precisely, it's really not hard to reassemble these guns. And yes, they are tight...but that beats the alternative, IMO.
For many, the "alternative" is a Browning Buckmark- which is MUCH easier to... well, everything. Shoot, clean, modify, you name it. Easier and with a better outcome. I have MK Is, IIs, and a III, and don't get me wrong, they are great pistols. I love mine.

I'd be interested to see if the OP could break down a Browning buckmark and clean it, then reassemble, just to see what he thinks. Way easier than an Mk series, IMO. Just sayin.
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Old 05-03-2012, 18:54   #11
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That video is a good one. Pretty much says it all. The only thing that is different on my MKIII 22/45 RP target is to get the mainspring housing back in you must remove the mag. to get that little lever back in the grip.

Like he says to many people are making it harder than it needs to be.
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Old 05-03-2012, 20:16   #12
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Old 05-03-2012, 20:42   #13
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Most pistols you can break down without reading the instructions. With Rugers, not only do you have to read the instructions, you have to watch a video...

The field strip should be simple, you should not need tools...
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Old 05-03-2012, 21:57   #14
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To quote YouTube: "It gets better"

The trick is getting the dangling pin thing to fall just right when you're trying to snap the backstrap clip back in in the end.

YouTube if your friend.
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Old 05-04-2012, 00:38   #15
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To quote YouTube: "It gets better"

The trick is getting the dangling pin thing to fall just right when you're trying to snap the backstrap clip back in in the end.

YouTube if your friend.
Yeah,
IIRC youse turns the gun up-sidezy - down
to get that hangny thingy in the right po-si-tionne.
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Old 05-04-2012, 17:44   #16
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Old 05-04-2012, 22:38   #17
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I rebuilt a KZ-750 motor from the ground up and it was less of a pain than a Mk III.

You should see what used Mk II's sell for out here. I have built three of those with all VQ parts. You couldn't give me a Mk III.

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Old 05-04-2012, 23:09   #18
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Read the instructions and follow them to the letter. Far too many people have zero problems with reassembly for it to be some mysterious science or a particular brand of magic. Once you understand the process, it's easy. If it's not, reassess your mechanical apptitude.
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Old 05-04-2012, 23:20   #19
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Yes, it can be reassembled y following the directions or the video. It has a lot of places where things can be moved to the wrong place and prevent success. New they are very tit and that makes things worse. Removing the mag safety makes assembly like the mark ii, much more straight forward. Even the sales person would not show the process.

I just replaced the hammer bushing tonight. Will take to range shortly and see of everything still works.
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Old 05-05-2012, 08:12   #20
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I understand the procedure,but...

I have no problem with the procedure. I've done it many times before, but this time, the pin that goes up through the frame, bolt, and top wouldn't start no matter what I did. I finally got a mallet and a thin punch and was able to wiggle the punch in there and give it a tap to get it going. After that everything went together fine. I don't know what the hangup was, but I still think it is an awkward design. Good pistol, but awkward design. I still want to take the designer out and ...

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