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Old February 25th, 2017, 04:07 PM   #1
 
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Mark III Target with "Canted" Front Sight

I just came across a Mark III Target Stainless with a Hi Viz fiber optic front sight. The gun shoots right. Upon closer inspection the rear sight windage is all the way left and it appears the front sight is canted to the left of center. The rear sight is a V shape blade inside the adjustable target sight. I am thinking four possibilities

1) I read somewhere that there were a bad run of Hi Viz sights. I have contacted Hi Viz to see what they think

2) Upon removing the front sight it appears the front sight tapped hole is also canted to the left. Is that normal? Is that hole supposed to be perfect down the center line.

3) The V notch is a difficult sight picture with everything off center. Thinking a square notch blade may be easier to use if off center.

4) Also thinking of just picking up the normal target front sight to see if it installs more down the center line.

Thoughts. Thanks.



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Thats a ruger thing IMO.

Ive had 2 NIB rugers that had the front sight dovetail milled into the slide so crooked that ruger took them back.

There WONT be a 3rd. Their quality control is non existent for the past several years.

Good luck with it.
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Not what I was hoping to hear. But I will try the new front sight and a square notch blade. I can drift the back sight as well. I could start there but I really do not like the V notch at all and maybe the square notch will give me more adjustment without drifting it. And the gun came with a scope hardware, not my initial intention but maybe this one gets something out of the ordinary for a pistol. Assuming the holes are drilled in the correct locations .
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My MKIII standard model came shooting 8" left and 2" low at 15 yards. The rear sight was drifted WAY too far to the left. After I centered it, it was only shooting 1" left and 2" low. That's when I noticed the front sight was installed canted to the right and was too tall.

I milled the front sight to fix the problem. Almost a 1/16" off the length and then added a taper at the top, taking a bit more off the right side. Now it shoots extremely accurate. I liked the taper so much that I added a taper to my MKII standard also.

With your FO front site, you should probably send it back to Ruger to fix.
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I find the shallow " V " hard to shoot accurately also , I don't know why companies started using them but I do not care for them. I'm going to get mine swapped out for a square notch as soon as I get a roundtuit .
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I once bought a new S&W K-22. Took it to the range and the front sight was so canted I couldn't get the pistol to hit paper let alone the target. Returned to S&W and they sent me a new gun. I had never thought about looking down the sights when buying.

I felt really bad about that purchase until I was telling the story to a friend and he whispered to me that he once bought a used gun at a gun show that didn't have a trigger. I felt a bit better.

I know this doesn't help you Dave, but maybe you will get a laugh out of this post.

BTW welcome to the forum and I hope Ruger can help you.
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Haha. It does have a trigger. Although with a rimfire I could see where you would not necessarily try it out. And thanks everyone for their helpful advise, sympathy, and humor.

As I read how bad it could be, I realize I am being a bit anal. At 25' my POI was off by about an 1". With adjustable sights and a 5.5" "target" barrel I expect better. But it can always get worse .

That said I do feel a little stupid for not looking closer. Now that I see it, it is pretty obvious. But I got it for what I think is a good deal so now I get the opportunity to make myself smarter with my "good deal".
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What a stand up company. Ruger concurred the hole was drilled off center and is sending my dealer a new gun.
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Ruger has discontinued the MK III so they ay send you a new MK IV. Your lucky day if it happens.
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What a stand up company. Ruger concurred the hole was drilled off center and is sending my dealer a new gun.
Picture when you receive it, or it didn't happen!

Glad to hear Ruger is taking good care of you.
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