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Old November 17th, 2016, 07:33 PM   #1
 
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Mark II and III mags...same or different?

Are MII and MIII mags interchangable?



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No... They do not interchange. The Mark II had a heel mag catch, the Mark III has a more conventional mag catch, like a 1911. The Mark III also has a "window" in the front of the mag body, the Mark II mag does not. This window is for a bump on the back edge of the Mark III trigger. The bump enters the window, and supposedly helps keep the mag in the proper position to aid in reliability. Ruger felt the downward push of the magazine disconnect in the Mark III COULD cause problems, so that was the idea.
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Awesome, thanks for the info.

The LGS has a used MIII selling on consignment and for whatever reason it doesn't come with mags, trying to figure out what my offer will be if I have to buy mags for it vs. use my MII mags. Thank you.
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IIRC, Mags usually run around $30 ea.. $250-$275 is the highest I would go on a Mark III without mags, depending on condition. The new Mark IV, IMHO, has devalued the previous Marks somewhat.
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IF you buy that Mark III, consider using Mec-Gar brand magazines. They are the original supplier to Ruger for the Mark pistols, meaning when you buy a new Mark pistol, Ruger makes the gun, Mec-Gar makes the magazine. You will save yourself a couple dollars per mag going with the Mec-Gar, and its the same magazine except for the logo on the base plate.
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MK III Ruger mag <$24

MK III Mec-Gar mag $35 for a 2 pack
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Actually, there is some interchangeability. You can use an MKIII mag in a Mark II or even an A100 grip frame Mark I. It works, have done it, now and then, but the mag doesn't go in and out real smooth. It's a bit bumpy with that lip on the MKIII mag. This interchangeability, though, is only a one way street. You cannot use an MKII mag in a Mark III. Without that lip on an MKII mag, no way to secure it in an MKIII. Just something to keep in mind if you get in a pinch for mags.
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The LGS has the used MIII Hunter for $125. No mags, and it has some cosmetic dings. I have a feeling I'll buy it next week, especially if I can test shoot it. Why the heck not, right???????
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Mark III 22/45 mags are usually 12.99 each. But those are a little different.


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Mark III 22/45 mags are usually 12.99 each. But those are a little different.


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Please tell me where you can find these for 12.99
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The LGS has the used MIII Hunter for $125. No mags, and it has some cosmetic dings. I have a feeling I'll buy it next week, especially if I can test shoot it. Why the heck not, right???????
Unless it's really really bad, you should have bought it already.
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North country gal is correct. A Mk ii mag will not lock in place in a Mk iii pistol. I got confused once and wound up at the range with a Mk iii pistol and one Mk ii mag. I was able to hold the mag in place and get the gun to work. Not recommended.

Mk iii mags will fit in a Mk ii pistol. They don't go in easy, nor do they come out easy. Again, not recommended.

At $125, even though I have four Ruger Mk pistols and several other .22lr pistols, it would have followed me home.
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As all of the above, $125 is a terrific price, assuming the gun is functional and, even if it isn't, Marks are easy guns to repair. Not much that can't be fixed with replacement parts.
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I figured the $125 price was a TYPO. IF it truly is $125, that's a give away price, and I would assume its LONG GONE
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LOL, $125. Don't wait until next week, it probably won't be there. That is cheap.
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