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MKIII problems.

Discussion in 'Rimfire Forum' started by Inebriated, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. Inebriated


    Feb 20, 2012
    I'm ready to throw this gun through the window. Bought it four hours ago... no rounds through it, no disassembly, nothing.

    Now... Here is what's happening.
    -magazine goes in fine until it get's to magazine release, then it meets a lot of resistance, and has to be tapped in. Removal requires a thin screwdriver to pull it down.

    -no matter if there is a mag or not, the bolt comes back 3/4 way, there's resistance, and then with a hard pull, it goes back all the way.

    -bolt gets stuck in rearward position, and can be pushed forward, as long as mag is out/bolt release is down.

    -mainspring housing will move out about a quarter of an inch, then won't move at all.

    I think that's all of it. I have no idea what's up. I'd like to be able to fix this without having to contact Ruger after only having it for a few hours. Any ideas?
  2. Take it back to the store where you bought it??

  3. Inebriated


    Feb 20, 2012
    I am, but I was wanting to get it going and see if I could avoid it. I've figured out what the problem is, but still can't fix it.
  4. jack76590


    Aug 15, 2004
    I would call Ruger and ask for free mailer.

    However, if you want to detail strip and reassemble, here is link. click on tech tips and then on to ruger mark III. Good luck.
  5. Inebriated


    Feb 20, 2012
    Just got off the phone with Ruger, and they're going to take it back and get it going. I'll look at that link, in addition to the several other disassembly/assembly/operational resources I have now.

    I will be damned if I have a gun that I don't know inside and out lol
  6. jolly roger

    jolly roger

    Apr 28, 2001
    Knob Creek
    I cannot fathom how they took a good pistol like a Mark II and butchered it up...just looked at a Mark III with threaded barrel and rail at my LGS the other day and the mag release did not work at all for some reason. Salesman said "really"? Oh well off to Ruger. I'll keep my Mark II Government Model thank you...
  7. Inebriated


    Feb 20, 2012
    If the MKII had fit my hand at all, that's the route I would have taken, but that angle is just... it doesn't agree with me.

    I hope they get me one that isn't plagued with issues.
  8. MKII and MKIII have the same grip angle.

    Only difference in the grip is the location of the mag release.

    The 22/45 has a different grip angle.

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    Last edited: Aug 3, 2012
  9. Mabo

    Mabo Want a beer?

    Apr 4, 2003
    Does the same thing happen with different magazines? If so you will probably have to send it back to Ruger, otherwise it could be an out of spec magazine.
  10. toshbar

    toshbar Timber Baron

    Oct 20, 2009
    Eastern NC
    My bet is on the ejector hanging up the bolt. That's what happened to my MkIII 22/45. It happened before I ever fired the gun while I was taking it apart to remove the magazine disconnect, internal lock, and loaded chamber indicator. I had to file/bend the ejector so it wouldn't bind the bolt and since then it's had 10k+ rounds through it.