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Ruger MKIII STUCK Help

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by DaBurna, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. DaBurna

    DaBurna

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    I was out plinking today nothing unusual, and my gun jammed. The bolt is stuck in the closed position and I can't clear the weapon!! I feel a bit uneasy b/c there's a round in the chamber! However, I think it's a dud. Either way, my gun is rendered inoperative.

    Have any of u guys has this happen? How'd U get the bolt to retract? I'm kinda leery of shipping a LIVE AND LOADED GUN back to Ruger. The chances of it going off are marginal I feel, but I'm a huuuuuge believer in Mr. Murphy & His Law!! Help Guys!!!

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  2. Cole125

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    I have a MKIII and that has never happened to me, crazy.

    I would take the gun apart and see what's wrong. If you don't know how to disassemble a MKIII theres lots of videos on youtube. In the condition its in, if you can pull the trigger and the hammer is down, you can CAREFULLY take the gun apart and inspect it.
     
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  3. 40 0'Glock

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    Try removing the mainspring as you would during a normal disassembly and see if the bolt will come out. Almost sounds like the strut (the doohickey that complicates the reassembly for some) may be jammed up somehow.
     
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    I assume the hammer is down, correct? If so, start by taking out the mainspring housing, and then attempt to drive the bolt back by striking one of the "ears" with a block of wood and a hammer. That should release the cartridge. Of course, keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction while doing this!!!!
     
  5. DaBurna

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    I'm kinda leery of trying to dissemble the gun....besides, I don't think the bolt would come out... I can't manipulate the safety either, but it fired right before the bolt seized up fully closed....


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  6. JaPes

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    If you feel uncomfortable trying to resolve the issue yourself, take it in to a qualified gunsmith. Just keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
     
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  7. Cole125

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  8. Bob Hafler

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    I believe if you still have the mag safety on the pistol the gun could not go off if there is no mag in the pistol. You do not mention if the mag is still in the pistol or if you have done any upgrades. As others have also mentioned,I'd keep the pistol pointed in a safe direction then I'd take the main spring out. It almost sounds to me like you might have a small piece of brass or lead deposit in the pistol from one of the previous rounds or one of the rounds that was in the mag has it jammd up. What do you see in the magwell in relationship to the bolt. Is there a round jammed in there somehow? Ok now here's a long shot that could have happened although I'm not sure how. See if the internal lock has slipped on causing the gun to be in lock up mode. Take the little key that came with the pistol and check to see if somehow that might have engaged. Only other thing I can think of is if you just had the pistol apart the cross pin might have fell out of the bolt and you didn't notice it when you put it back together. Hope this helps as I'm out of ideas on what it could be. I wouldn't be afraid to take the pistol apart as long as it's kept in a safe direction. If that fails give Ruger a call and see what they have to say..
     
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    You need to refresh with some U-tube videos & get that gun apart. You should learn it anyway to do a good cleaning once in a while. All you have to do is go to the level in the owner's manual, bolt out. The barrel comes off too but no real need for that.
     
  10. Bill Keith

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    First thing, take the magazine out. Next, get a piece of wood dowel from the hardware store about 14" or so that fits the barrel. Hell, an unsharpened pencil might even work. Next, put the dowel/pencil in the barrel. Push that into the barrel, using a couple of pices of 2x4 wood to push the dowel/pencil into and against the pistol. Should pop the obstructed barrel open. Good luck:wavey:
     
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    I have heard of this happening before.
    The problem that time was a piece of brass casing had lodged itself somewhere between the bolt and bolt track.

    The only way to clear the gun is going to be by force.
     
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    I'd be afraid of doing that with wood. If it breaks or splinters, you're SOL. A piece of brass cleaning rod makes more sense there.
     
  13. DaBurna

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    Disassembled finally and have it a good cleaning....now I'm having a problem getting that stupid bolt pin back in!!:steamed:

    I don't get to shoot it today for that reason, but I'll make an effort to give u guys an update of I can get it assembled to shoot it tomorrow...
     
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    Don't forget the magazine and trigger pull bit during reassemble. That is assuming the magazine disconnect is still installed in the gun.

    On a newer MKIII. I am assuming we are talking about the mainspring housing assembly pin that goes up through the lower, bolt, and upper. On a newer one. They sometimes need to be knocked out, but in as well. It usually lessens after a dozen or so removals.
     
  15. DaBurna

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    Let it close of accident before tilting it up!:steamed:! Thinking about getting a Ruger SR 22 or M&P22 here soon..more modern design and pretty decent reviews from what I've read!
     
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    Don't expect the SR22 to be anywhere near as durable as the MkIII. They are cute, and maybe sexy, if you like that term for firearms, but they are not in the same class of construction as the more traditional Ruger rimfires.

    Actually, if you are bamboozled by your current pistol, you need to study the WHY's of the steps for reassembly, as well as the HOW's. Once you truly understand WHY you are doing what it is, it will be FAR easier to accomplish the task.

    I have owned a MkI and a MkII over the years, and never found them hard to field strip and reassemble, mainly because I studied how the parts interacted and why certain steps must be done a certain way. Once I knew that, it became a snap.

    That doesn't mean I don't make mistakes once in a while, but I know WHY I made the mistake when I do it, and that avoids frustration.
     
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    Any indication of what locked it up?
     
  18. DaBurna

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    Well.... I got the mainspring housing lever closed, but that small tang is not assembled in correctly b/c I didn't tilt the gun up enough. It closed shut without the housing having that "springiness". Now I can't get the lever all the way back out of the grip to pull the housing spring/bolt rod out....:faint:
     
  19. AZ Jeff

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    Push the bolt forward all the way, if its' not.

    Make sure the hammer is DOWN by pointing the muzzle down and pulling the trigger while the magazine is in place.

    Once you are certain of that, remove the magazine and pull the mainspring housing lever out. Do this WITHOUT tipping the muzzle back up.
     
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    I have not seen many pencils that would fit into a 22 caliber barrel.:dunno: