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Love/hate relationship with my Ruger MkIII

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by edogg, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. edogg

    edogg Western Washington Active Member

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    I love shooting my little Ruger MkIII. It's so light and easy to shoot with super cheap ammo. It's just a really fun little gun to shoot.

    But, man, I HATE to disassemble and reassemble it for cleaning. There's just something wrong with having to use a hammer to disassemble and reassemble a pistol! The barrel and frame are so friggin' tight, there's no other way to get it apart. Thankfully, I have enough practice now that I can get the mainspring pin back in with only a couple of swear words instead of an endless string of profanity.

    Why, oh why, did they design the pistol this way?! And why the heck did they add that stupid magazine safety to it?! It's just one extra unnecessary step of annoyance...

    Sorry for the rant...but I just finished cleaning it and had to vent with a group of folks who might understand.
     
  2. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Why go thru all that when all you really have to do is brush the barrel and the slide?
    Oh and the chamber.
    Then spray the PEE tadlers out of the rest.
    No reason to take the gun down every time

    Heck my Buckmark has to have the barrel removed and then the slide mechanism.
    Why take this down? I brush the head?/chamber end of the barrel,the face of the slide,and the bore.
    Wipe everything I can get to with a rag and those long,wooden swabs .
    My Buckmark shoots everything I feed it and does it very accurately.

    No reason in the world to completely disassemble a MK III or a buckmark for cleaning.
     
  3. coyote223

    coyote223 NW Oregon Stamp Collector,,,

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    Do away with the magazine safety, not too hard. :)
     
  4. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    check these guys out
    Majestic Arms, LTD.

    they should make it easier for you. They system works. I have seen and tested it. Very nice.
     
  5. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    +1 I put one in recently with the 3.2 bushing and it was a great improvement. Highly recommended.
     
  6. Whaler

    Whaler Sequim, WA Well-Known Member

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    I just got rid of the mag safety on my MKIII 22/45 using this bushing. Web Store
     
  7. chemist

    chemist Beaverton OR Well-Known Member

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    I use a rubber mallet to pop mine apart. It's getting a little less tight over time.
     
  8. edogg

    edogg Western Washington Active Member

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    Thanks for the suggestion on the Speed Strip kit. I've seen that site before and wondered how well it worked. Sounds like you guys are pretty happy with it. Does it also remove the magazine safety? I know that Volquartsen makes some accurizing kits that do that too, but they're pretty spendy (~$125).

    What's with the bushing? Where does that go?

    As for the barrel/frame tightness, I may just stop taking that apart or do it infrequently. Even with a non-marring plastic hammer, the finish has gotten pretty scuffed up. Funny, though, that my dad's stainless MkII goes together and comes apart much more easily. And it hasn't been used or disassembled much more than mine has...
     
  9. Kimber Custom

    Kimber Custom Vancouver, WA Bronze Vendor Bronze Vendor

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    I have to admit my Mark III has some idiot marks on it from trying to take the darn thing apart for cleaning. I found this video really helpful.

    Ruger Mark III Dis/Assembly - YouTube
     
  10. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    The bushing replaces the parts that make up the magazine safety. If you get the Majestic kit with the 3.2 bushing then it will remove the mag safety and mags will now drop nicely from the magwell.
     
  11. Bajablast

    Bajablast Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    I have both MK II and MK III 22/45s. The MK III is tougher to take apart than the MK II, but doing it a few times it gets easier. I did the mag safety removal on the MK III and put in a VQ Target Sear, and now the trigger is lighter and smoother than stock. I used 2 washers rather than the bushing you can buy, and the gun shoots great. I plan to install a VQ Target Sear in the MK II down the line, but am in less of a hurry, as the MK II trigger is pretty good already.

    You can get a lot of great info for the Rugers at RimfireCentral.com - Rimfire Community!

    I have found a ton of useful info there including getting some grips for my MK III 22/45(mine is the regular model, not the Replaceable Grip model). I also found the info for the mag safety delete process that I used the 2 washers instead of the bushing.

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