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Old April 21st, 2013, 03:42 PM   #1
 
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Disassembling and Reassembling my new MKIII 22/45

Did it for the first time today, what did I do wrong? Geesh!

Anyway, to get it apart I had to use a punch to get the pin out initially. The I had to use a rubber mallet to separate the upper from the lower.

Assembling. Had to use a rubber mallet to get upper and lower back together. I had to use the same rubber mallet to hammer the pin back in so I was fully in. Invert, pull trigger and push all back in, that part went fine.

I attached the new bushing so I didn't need the magazine to reassemble. However, I did scratch a bit with all of the hammering. My main concern was the pin. I had to use a rubber mallet to get it back through and even that was a you know what!!

What did I do wrong and will it somehow get easier?



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Old April 21st, 2013, 04:27 PM   #2
 
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This might help. While not exactly the same, it is good at showing how pieces fit together.

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Old April 21st, 2013, 06:14 PM   #3
 
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These pistols are very very very tight the first 20 or 30 times you disassemble them. They do loosen up a bit over time. The rubber mallet is a necessary part of the process for a long time. The trade-off is how darned accurate and tight these pistols are. They do loosen up, but not right away.
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These pistols are very very very tight the first 20 or 30 times you disassemble them. They do loosen up a bit over time. The rubber mallet is a necessary part of the process for a long time. The trade-off is how darned accurate and tight these pistols are. They do loosen up, but not right away.
+1 ^^^^^

First congrats on the purchase! You made a great choice, IMHO.
They definitely are tight at first. After a few times disassembling and reassembling and then shooting it, it will loosen up significantly.
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These handguns have very tight tolerances.
It will get better with time.
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As others have said you didn't do anything wrong. I watched a YouTube video and couldn't believe how easily the guy took it apart. I needed a rubber mallet to disassemble it and put it back together. Tight tolerance is a good thing but this is ridiculous. It shouldn't be that hard to field strip a weapon.
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Hey Gunowner99, Youtube has a few good videos, but Ruger has an updated video on their website that may offer a better/easier way for you. Watch a few different ones and pick the way that works best for you. Great choice by the way. Have had two marks for 6 years now. Still fun when I get them out!
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After a few strip downs, you'll have no problems.
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I attached the new bushing so I didn't need the magazine to reassemble.
So once the bushing is installed, there is no longer a need to install and remove the magazine when reassembling?
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So once the bushing is installed, there is no longer a need to install and remove the magazine when reassembling?
Nope!
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Yeah, it is a great mod. Yeah, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't hurting anything. It is tight but will shoot it today and do another field strip to clean and re Frog Lube.

Thanks for all the comments, I was a little concerned there!!
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Here's a tool I made that really helps with all MK series pistols. For disassembly, use it as a punch to drive a tight bolt stop pin out. For reassembly, use it as an alignment tool to get the bolt stop pin hole in the frame and the hole in the receiver in perfect alignment. After tapping the tool in place, give the head a couple light taps fore and aft until the tool can be removed easily. Once the holes are aligned, the bolt stop pin snaps in very easily.

The "tool" is nothing more than a common hardware store 5/16" diameter carriage bolt with the threads cut off and the working end tapered. Select a bolt that has at least a 2" shank ... longer is better.

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Good idea, doesn't that mar the finish however?
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Get on youtube,,great videos.

I have a "AS NEW" Mark 1 pistol.

I don't know what the difference is in the mark 3 so watch the videos and I always watch a couple of different ones for information.

If it's still not clear call Ruger..
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The "tool" is nothing more than a common hardware store 5/16" diameter carriage bolt with the threads cut off and the working end tapered. Select a bolt that has at least a 2" shank ... longer is better.
You have just saved me a bunch of $$$$$ I was going to buy a new set of punches to get the correct size bunch I needed. TSC sells these bolts by the pound.
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