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Old March 19th, 2017, 10:23 AM   #1
 
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History of MK's

Many may wonder about the shape and make up of the MK pistols. I did back in the 50's when I seen a picture of the MKI in a magazine and thought "what a strange looking Luger". In fact the MK's were designed by Sturm and Ruger to copy somewhat in design the two most sought after souvenir Pistols in WWII by American GI's, the German Luger in Europe and the Japanese Nambu in the Pacific. The lower part resembles the Luger lower and the upper the same for the Nambu.So you could say shooting the MK's your shooting a combination of History.



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I think the Mark's history is pretty neat. The origination is certainly interesting. I am glad the design keeps getting improved upon.
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If you want to understand the very early history of the MK series, you need to see the hand drill Bill Ruger was making in the 1940's. He went out of business in 1949 because the drills were not enough to keep the business going. Then he meet Alex Strum and the rest is history.

Here is a pix of the drill he was selling. If you look at the handle you can see where he got the frame for the MK series. It was made the same way as the guns. If you Google "Ruger Drills" you will find more information.

I thought it was cool to see where the frame design came from.
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