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Range report Mk III Target/TALO Special

Discussion in 'Ruger Club' started by NRV Shooter, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. NRV Shooter

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    I just bought a new Mark III Target, in the TALO distributor's special version, with 4.5" fluted barrel and beautiful rosewood looking stocks that have a little bit of a thumb rest for right handed shooters.

    I shot it this week and it is an absolute tack driver with some Winchester and CCI ammo. It fits and balances better than my 22/45 with a longer barrel and it seems to shoot a tighter group when I can hold still. The fiber optic front sight is easier to see than the blade on the 22/45, at least for me on the indoor range. I'll shoot them both outside once the temperature gets above freezing.

    Shooting these .22's is more fun than my 9mm and the .44 I used to have, not to mention cheaper!
     
  2. MinervaDoe

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    I have a Ruger Mark II with a bull barrel which always used to be my second gun on any visit to the range. I bought it in the eighties. The gun must have like a ga-billion rounds through it. And, I only clean it about every 5,000 rounds (or when it starts jamming) whichever comes first. There are definitely bait box guns that get treated better than this thing.

    It's still a tack driver. It's still very reliable.
     


  3. ForeverGlock

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    I love my Mk III target and it shoots pretty tight groups. It's a pain to clean but like all my other guns gets cleaned after every trip to the range. I guess I'm just "old school" when it comes to that. If I remember correctly, a dirty weapon was grounds for an article 15 in the service.
     
  4. MinervaDoe

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    The original hinged pin that holds my Mark II together was too tight and made it a real wrestling match to take apart. The pin eventually broke and Ruger replaced it for free, but by then, my habits were set.

    Can anybody explain the difference between a MKII and a MKIII?
     
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2011
  5. ForeverGlock

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    Didn't mean that as a dig. My gunsmith even told me I clean my guns too much. Gotta admit that surprised me.
     
  6. MinervaDoe

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    I didn't take it as a dig. I've owned my 1911 since 1987. I just figured out how to take it apart a few months back. I'm kind of a slob that way. If it's any consolation, I cleaned three of my guns yesterday and I cleaned my wife's Remington 1100 after we went to the range on Sunday. I guess there's a first for everything.

    I was never in the service. There wasn't much point since I would have been a prime candidate for a Section 8 from the get go.
     
  7. NRV Shooter

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    I think the differences are that the Mark III has a loaded chanber indicator, an internal safety lock, and will not fire with the magazine out of the gun.

    I stripped my new gun prior to firing and the hinged pin was very tight but I got it out with a wooden dowel and a pecking hammer. After working with it a few times it loosened up a little. I could not get the barrel off the frame, at least not by applying an amount of force I thought safe without risking damage, so I just left it on and went shooting. A few hundred rounds should loosen things up.

    I have learned the value of "RTFM" through dealling with these guns. :wow:
     
  8. MinervaDoe

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    That goes triple for the Ruger Mark models. It's the only gun I own where turning the gun uspide down and shaking a part into position is a documented step in reassembly.
     
  9. drakeky

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    I love the Ruger .22 pistols. I want on just like the one you bought. Have looked at them on gunbroker two or three times but havent pulled the trigger yet.
     
  10. bac1023

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    Congrats on a fine rimfire.
     
  11. HotRoderX

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    Talo Editions are sweet looking a special with all the nice extras they add congratulations on a sweet pistol.
     
  12. janice6

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    I shoot a S&W 22S with a 7"(?) barrel plus a Red Dot Holo sight and it is incredible.

    The finish on this pistole is crap. It dissolves with cleaning fluid.