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Old March 4th, 2017, 10:27 AM   #1
 
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Ruger MKIV owners, how do you like it?

I bought my MKIV SS Target Monday. It has a 4.25 trigger. I have ran about 400 rounds through it without a malfunction. The rear sight will not move to the right without taking pressure off the spring. Ruger is sending me some sight parts. I may add a VQ trigger. My mkii and three has a lighter trigger. I have never had a problem taking the mark series pistols up and down but the mkiv is a no brainer.



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I just picked up a Mark IV 22/45 Lite. I put a C-More site on it with a 12 minute dot for Steel Challenge matches. Unfortunately the trigger is horrendous at 5 lbs 14 oz. It feels like the safety is not disengaging all the way. I'm going to call Ruger Monday to try to send it back for repair.

I shoot my Mark III 22/45 much better. It has a Volquartsen sear and bushing and the trigger is under 2 lbs. I'm using it with a Bushnell TRS 25 3 minute dot because that's what I had left over after taking the C-More off for the Mark IV.

Hopefully Ruger with fix the trigger, then I'm going to add a VQ kit to the Mark IV and a Victory trigger from Tandemkross.
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I've had my Mark IV Target all of 5 days. I've gotten it ready to shoot, but haven't made it to the range yet. I had time today but range is too crowded on weekends. Even members with reservations often have to wait for an open lane.

So, how do I like mine? Well it sure is pretty!

Kidding aside, I'd been wanting a Mark something for a long time, but they aren't what you'd call an inexpensive gun and more importantly, models I thru III look extremely difficult to field strip and clean thoroughly. When I first heard about the Mark IV's new break down mechanism, I ordered one within the hour. BTW - $599 @ Cabela's on sale right now for the Target. The Hunter is a little more, about 50 bucks I think.
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I just picked up a Mark IV 22/45 Lite. I put a C-More site on it with a 12 minute dot for Steel Challenge matches. Unfortunately the trigger is horrendous at 5 lbs 14 oz. It feels like the safety is not disengaging all the way. I'm going to call Ruger Monday to try to send it back for repair.

I shoot my Mark III 22/45 much better. It has a Volquartsen sear and bushing and the trigger is under 2 lbs. I'm using it with a Bushnell TRS 25 3 minute dot because that's what I had left over after taking the C-More off for the Mark IV.

Hopefully Ruger with fix the trigger, then I'm going to add a VQ kit to the Mark IV and a Victory trigger from Tandemkross.
My mkiii 22/45-678 fluted hunter with VQ has a way better trigger. I really like that pistol!
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Ruger MKIV owners, how do you like it?

Got my MKIV target last November, iir. The trigger had too much creep, and was too stiff. I gave it about 500 rounds to smooth out. It didn't so I put a Volquartsen kit in it. Much better now. The rear sight requires taking pressure off of the blade to adjust windage....kind of a disappointment, but adjusting the windage is a one time thing. Like the pistol a lot, particularly the ambi safety. A nice improvement from my MKI.


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I've had my Mark IV Target all of 5 days. I've gotten it ready to shoot, but haven't made it to the range yet. I had time today but range is too crowded on weekends. Even members with reservations often have to wait for an open lane.

So, how do I like mine? Well it sure is pretty!

Kidding aside, I'd been wanting a Mark something for a long time, but they aren't what you'd call an inexpensive gun and more importantly, models I thru III look extremely difficult to field strip and clean thoroughly. When I first heard about the Mark IV's new break down mechanism, I ordered one within the hour. BTW - $599 @ Cabela's on sale right now for the Target. The Hunter is a little more, about 50 bucks I think.
Our local store Sherwoods guns has the SS Target at $497+ tax. Your Bible verse is one of my favorite. I grew up COC and all I herd was the LAW!
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I bought my MKIV SS Target Monday. It has a 4.25 trigger. I have ran about 400 rounds through it without a malfunction. The rear sight will not move to the right without taking pressure off the spring. Ruger is sending me some sight parts. I may add a VQ trigger. My mkii and three has a lighter trigger. I have never had a problem taking the mark series pistols up and down but the mkiv is a no brainer.
I picked mine up on Monday, too. I plan to take it to the range early next week. Until then, I'll reserve judgement on the trigger. Something I already don't like about it is that there are no dots on the sights. I might change out that front sight for a Hi Viz, but I've got to make sure the Shopruger.com Hi Viz sight is a match for the Target rear sight. But black on black sites at a dimly lit range doesn't work well for me.
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I picked mine up on Monday, too. I plan to take it to the range early next week. Until then, I'll reserve judgement on the trigger. Something I already don't like about it is that there are no dots on the sights. I might change out that front sight for a Hi Viz, but I've got to make sure the Shopruger.com Hi Viz sight is a match for the Target rear sight. But black on black sites at a dimly lit range doesn't work well for me.
I like bright orange fingernail polish on the front sight more than the hi viz on my mkiii.
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Our local store Sherwoods guns has the SS Target at $497+ tax. Your Bible verse is one of my favorite. I grew up COC and all I herd was the LAW!
Thanks about the verse. Also one of my favorites!

I misspoke about the price at Cabela's $529.99 for the Target and $729.99 for the Hunter.

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I like bright orange fingernail polish on the front sight more than the hi viz on my mkiii.
That's another option and might be the way I go. (This is when I wish my ex-wife or daughters were still around!)
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I have not had good enough weather to shoot mine outside yet but it's a bullseye killer at out local indoor range. I started with a SR22p and found out that a good 22 pistol is going to be a must so I bought the Mark IV target in stainless and then set to modify it for my wants including the optic sight.
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How do I like my Mark IV? I couldn't be happier. Best pistol I have ever used.
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I've had my Mark IV Target all of 5 days. I've gotten it ready to shoot, but haven't made it to the range yet. I had time today but range is too crowded on weekends. Even members with reservations often have to wait for an open lane.

So, how do I like mine? Well it sure is pretty!

Kidding aside, I'd been wanting a Mark something for a long time, but they aren't what you'd call an inexpensive gun and more importantly, models I thru III look extremely difficult to field strip and clean thoroughly. When I first heard about the Mark IV's new break down mechanism, I ordered one within the hour. BTW - $599 @ Cabela's on sale right now for the Target. The Hunter is a little more, about 50 bucks I think.
I was at Cabelas yesterday, all they had was the SS Hunter-700 smackers.
So today I went to a non-LGS where I go on occasion, and ended up buying a SS Target for $550. What a beauty, gonna try to get out to the range this coming week after after the cold snap moves through. Enjoy yours, I know I will mine. I've owned Marks since about 1971, and still have a blue Matk III, that I am going to bring with me to the range as well.
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My mkiii 22/45-678 fluted hunter with VQ has a way better trigger. I really like that pistol!
I thought they used the same mechanicals as all the Mark IV's. If I'm not happy with mine, I'll look into a VQ. But I'm just going to run a few hundred rounds through it first.
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it's a great pistol. Accurate, fun and easy to maintain. I've also shot about 700 rounds of federal target match ammo without an issue
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Thumbs up Ruger MKIV owners, how do you like it?

Got one about two weeks ago and have been to the Range once with 150 rds. of different types through it with out a hitch, cleaning after the easy take down almost brought tears to my eyes thinking how much I had to fight and cuss getting my former MKII together after cleaning about 20 years ago.
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