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Old March 4th, 2010, 06:56 AM   #1
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Unhappy Mark 1 Mags HELP!!!

I have a 40 year old Mark 1, my first handgun and still a favorite.
Recently bought two new factory magazines from Ruger.
The magazine release has always been difficult, but with these mags it's rediculous. I literally have to turn the gun over, push back on the thumbspring and pull the mags out.
Saw a post somewhere that grinding down the edge of the mag blocks or the the mag holder slightly will fix the problem, but can't find it anywhere.
Can anyone guide me to a fix, or give me some detailed instructions?
Many thanks!



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I f the 'front' edge of the mag release button on the bottom of the gun , is TOO sharp ( has an edge that can and will "catch" in the space where the magazine body, meets the bottom plug ,whether it is the old ones that were metal or the new ones that are '[plastic' you need to break( polish, stone, whatever) this sharp edge so as to NOT catch in this space...at times we used to "see" amgazines from the factory that they in fact, 'beveled (filed) a slight groove above this 'space' on the magazine back.......hope this helps
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Old March 6th, 2010, 07:32 PM   #3
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Thumbs up Thanks Dan

I had considered grinding the tip of the mag holder down a bit, but was nervous about taking too much.

Guess I,ll just take it slow and see how little I can shave to get the job done. Have you knotched the mags themselves? If so how much?

Thanks for the help!
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no, one does NOT "notch" the mags, that is the problem ( issue) if there is a "notch" then there is something for the mag release to "snag & catch " NOT good........I did see where someone put "epoxy" in the back of a couple of mags , to fill in this "gap" and he says it worked for him???? ( looked crappy though.....)
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I have a 40 year old Mark 1, my first handgun and still a favorite.
Recently bought two new factory magazines from Ruger.
The magazine release has always been difficult, but with these mags it's rediculous. I literally have to turn the gun over, push back on the thumbspring and pull the mags out.
Saw a post somewhere that grinding down the edge of the mag blocks or the the mag holder slightly will fix the problem, but can't find it anywhere.
Can anyone guide me to a fix, or give me some detailed instructions?
Many thanks!
I just received a new mag for my 1960 ventage Std. and had the same issue, (along with having to disassemble the mag and move the pin to the other side)
The "fix" for using the new factory mags is to carefully file or grind a relif in the center of the mag release, as this is the spot that hangs up in the transition between the mag plug and body. I would not recomend this be done on a pistol with any collector value (I suppose you could buy a new mag release to modify), but it does cure the issue...

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There are several extended magazine releases (shown in the picture at right) available.

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I would seek advice from someone experienced in that type of a problem!
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Where can I get an extended mag release for my 1977 Ruger mark 1 target model, as I am having some difficulty in removing the new plastic 9 round mags.
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I have the same problem, it is really bad, actually hurts, I ordered an extended mag release, hope that helps, I have an old mag release from a mkII I used to own tried installing that last nite, but the pin will not seat, went back to the nightmare release, hopefully the extended will fit. I might grind mine today, but it really is terrible, I can't believe these guns had an issue like that. I'm on a hunt for a MKII now.
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MidwayUSA sells a magazine release for the Mark 1. I saw it on thier web site. It looks like it replaces the factory release.This one is made by Majestic arms.

Ram Line used to make a magazine release similar to the factory one, only a little bigger, so it was easier to use. Theirs was made of Nylon, not metal.

Red-E Products made a magazine release that was a thin metal strip. One end contacts the factory magazine release, and the other end fits between the grip and the gun frame, and extends to the top of the grip, ending up by your thumb. You press with your thumb and it pushes the magazine release for you. I actually bought one of these years ago, but I did not install it. I was worrind it would scratch the gun frame and cause rusting.
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