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First Experience With the Ruger MKIII (Including Disassembly)

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by nathanours, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. nathanours

    nathanours Texan

    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:


  2. Highspeedlane

    Highspeedlane NRA Life Member

    Jan 25, 2008
    New England
    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.

  3. unit1069


    Oct 10, 2007
    So. Central US
    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.
  4. hogship

    hogship It's MY Island


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

    Last edited: Jul 1, 2012
  5. tercel89


    Mar 28, 2005
    Holy crap that looks awesome ! Did you have that barrel chopped?
  6. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    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.
  7. hogship

    hogship It's MY Island

    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:

  8. 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!?
  9. ChicagoZman


    Jun 29, 2010
    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.
  10. nathanours

    nathanours Texan

    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.
  11. ChicagoZman


    Jun 29, 2010
    Just ordered some wood grips (ambi, no thumb rest) from these guys for my MK II
  12. Congrats. I love Ruger Mark series. Super reliable and very accurate.
  13. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    Congrats! :cool:

    The Mark III is one of my favorite rimfires.
  14. Raven1967


    Apr 26, 2012
    NE Oklahoma
    Grats on the MK III ,I just bought a 22/45 Lite and like it alot.
  15. nathanours

    nathanours Texan

    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?
  16. nathanours

    nathanours Texan

    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.

    Last edited: Jul 2, 2012
  17. CanMan

    CanMan Silver Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    in flagrante
  18. Haldor

    Haldor Retired EE

    Oct 22, 2006
    Central Arizona
    That is what I put on my Mark II (and the Standard I sold earlier this year).


    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.

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

    Last edited: Jul 3, 2012
  19. nathanours

    nathanours Texan

    As promised, here are the new grips:


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