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Old May 8th, 2017, 05:55 PM   #1
 
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Replacement zig-zag magazine follower spring for .22 Standard Model?

I just purchased a very nice condition Ruger ,22 Standard Model, ca. 1955. The original nickel or chrome base magazine has a fairly weak spring. I do have a Mark II mag I have modified to work OK, but I'd like to make the original magazine useful again. I have tried to stretch the follower spring, but that was only a temporary solution. Is there such a thing as a new or NOS replacement magazine spring available anywhere?



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Old May 8th, 2017, 06:33 PM   #2
 
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You may end up having to buy a new magazine and transferring the spring. Or not

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/197...und-steel-blue

Also, you can back order the springs from Brownell's

http://www.brownells.com/magazines/h...7cMake_3=Ruger

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The coil springs everyone has are for the later (Mk II and Mk III) magazines and are easily found. But I need the zig-zag type used in the earliest .22 Standard magazines. Same appearance as those follower springs used in AR-15/M-16 magazines.
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Don't know that I've ever seen a MKI spring for sale. You may have to use the mag for display only. There are new or like new originals available (usually pricey) or current production MKI or MKII for use.
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"You may have to use the mag for display only"
That's Plan B. The Mk II magazines (with coil spring) are sold for use also with the Standard and Mk I models. I already have a Mk II mag and it does seem to function OK after a little modification, and I just ordered a Mec-Gar Mk II magazine to see how well it works. But as my 1955 standard model is in such nice condition, I really would like to have the original magazine (in matching condition) to be functional. There are some original Standard Model mags listed on eBay, more or less reasonably priced, but I hesitate to buy one of them as I have no assurance that their springs are in any better condition than the one in the original mag I already have. I was hoping to find a new or NOS replacement follower spring. I suppose the original spring could be re-tempered, but I have no good way to do that.
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