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Old January 28th, 2017, 12:25 PM   #1
 
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Range Report: new to me Ruger Mark III

Picked up a nice Ruger Mark III tapered barrel (5.88 inches, if memory serves) from a fellow Calgunner. Did the FFL exchange at Turner's at Torrance, and by the way they were fast and efficient.

This one has fixed sights and as I said, the tapered barrel much like the original Standard. I have wanted a Mark III in this configuration for a long time. Don't think I ever saw a new one at Turners back when they were on the roster.

Picked it up Friday night. Did a detail field strip and cleaning. The gun needed a cleaning but was not that bad. Had it gunstore clean and reassembled after a leisurely 25 minutes or so.

Put a Crimson Trace lasergrip that I had in the parts bin on it. (There is a trick to this by the way -- put Scotch tape over the two batteries; makes things much easier!).

Got it to the range today. Wanted to check: a) whether the fixed sights were set accurately, and b) how it functioned.

Shot 90 rounds of CCI "Choot 'ems" and 333 rounds of Winchester 333. Zero ejection or feeding issues, had one dead round, which would not fire even with two tries. Can't blame the gun for that! It was clearly dinged adequately by the firing pin, just wouldn't do it.

The sights were right on the money. The lasersight dot, when sighted in, was right where the sight picture said it should be. Good job by Ruger getting the sights right. My 1965 Standard had to be adjusted.

The bolt locked back after every last shot. Several of my otherwise super-reliable Mark pistols will not do this. God knows why.

Anyway, I am very happy with the gun! There is something about the tapered barrel models that make them remarkably pointable. This is a really good model to hang a laser on.

This is the gun after I cleaned it up but before I hung the lasergrip on it:




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Old January 28th, 2017, 12:36 PM   #2
 
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Nice pistol! Congratulations on getting a good shooter. That configuration is kind of magical in that it recalls the legendary Luger feel and point-ability. Have fun with the new gun.
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Have to say that the Crimson Trace lasergrip for this gun is very, very nice!
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