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Old January 5th, 2017, 12:46 PM   #1
 
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Removing Right Hand Safety on Mark IV

I didn't like the right hand safety (ambidex safety) lever on my new Mark IV. I had seen references to removing it and replacing it with "enclosed" washer. I finally found a small plastic bag in the cardboard "house" where the lock was living. In it was a small black washer. 3/32" allen wrench and the rt. grip came off, 1/16" allen wrench and the rt. lever came off. replaced washer with same screw, replaced rt. grip and voila, a left hand safety. Gun looks fine.



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Great, I will do the same on mine when I get it. does it look odd with the space in the grip showing the screw and washer, haven't seen a picture of that combo as of yet.
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I don't think you'd ever notice it. Looks fine.
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Great, I will do the same on mine when I get it. does it look odd with the space in the grip showing the screw and washer, haven't seen a picture of that combo as of yet.
Good point. I had the same problem when I was looking for wood grips for my MKII. Most places were selling MKIII grips and advertising them as being for the MKII because the screw holes lined up. I couldn't stand the cutout for the MKIII mag release. It made the pistol look stupid IMO.

I finally found some nice MKII target grips made of Tiger Wood (without the cutout). It would be nice if someone offered MKIV grips without the right side safety cutout for people who want it removed. I'm afraid you would have to order them as "custom grips" at this point.
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Removing safety lever on Mk IV

Good job, Goldenpony! I've been debating with myself about doing what you did, but so far losing the argument because the lever doesn't bother me while shooting the pistol. WB
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I also removed mine, I found it to be annoying and it looks fine. Nice of Ruger to include the kit, they must have thought a lot of us would find it annoying.
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Right hand safety washer

I did not find a washer in the box for my Mark 4. I want to remove the right hand safety lever and when I called Ruger about a spacer , they sent me the safety lever but no washer. Does anyone know how to get that washer?
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I did not find a washer in the box for my Mark 4. I want to remove the right hand safety lever and when I called Ruger about a spacer , they sent me the safety lever but no washer. Does anyone know how to get that washer?
I'd try Ruger again, with a careful description of what you need. Obviously the person you talked to the first time misunderstood you.

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Can anyone who removed theirs and replaced it with the washer please post a picture? Then we can all see what you guys are seeing. I can not imagine how it looks.
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Ruger calls it a "spacer". Referenced on page 23 of the manual.
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I also removed mine, I found it to be annoying and it looks fine. Nice of Ruger to include the kit, they must have thought a lot of us would find it annoying.
In @22plinkster's YouTube review, he notes that the right side safety can be uncomfortable for some people.

If the Mark IV was made by Big Green, they would have welded that right hand safety on for fear that someone might want to make their pistol better.
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Ruger calls it a "spacer". Referenced on page 23 of the manual.
Page of my manual is the reassembly of the barrel. The right hand safety is part 23. When I called Ruger he said that he needed a part number. He sent me the safety lever. I do not see the washer in the parts book.
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Bolomo,

I just went to check mine. It was in a small plastic zip bag, and I had to look under a cardboard flap to find it. It's easy to miss. It is called a "spacer", and has no part number.

If it's not there, call Ruger back. Refer them to the instructions on page 23 of the new manual, rev 2. (you can download it from the Ruger site). It is referenced, and pictured, in Figure 15.

If they give you a hassle, ask for a supervisor.

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