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Old July 23rd, 2013, 12:46 PM   #1
 
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Mark II Government Taget Model Value

I have one I bought new, and it's in like new condition with the box, test target, etc. It is not the more rare one with the USA stamp. It is stainless, not the blued model.

Someone I know wants to buy it from me. He wants me to come up with a price. I honestly don't know what this gun is worth. My best guess is between $400-$500.

Could anyone here help me put a price on this gun? If it's only worth $400 I will probably just hang onto it. If it's worth $500+ and he will pay that price I might sell it.

The only reason I am thinking about selling it is I can't see iron sights with my old eyes very well, and as a result I don't shoot it much any more.

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Old July 23rd, 2013, 01:03 PM   #2
 
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Toss a red dot on it and keep shooting
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Old July 23rd, 2013, 01:23 PM   #3
 
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I think I would regret selling one of my MKII's
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Old July 23rd, 2013, 01:37 PM   #4
 
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Locally, Mark II's are selling for $250-300 at pawn shops. Mark III's are a little better. Condition might bump it up, but they really aren't anything special. I'm not sure I'd go as high as $400 though.

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Does this one have a bull barrel or a heavy tapered target barrel? Wooden Target grips or standard Ruger black plastic?

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When I was in the market for a MKII, the ones like yours I watched on Gunbroker sold anywhere from $425 - $500. Most of them in the low to mid 400's. I'd keep it. I like the MKII's way better than the lawyered up MKIII's.
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Locally, Mark II's are selling for $250-300 at pawn shops. Mark III's are a little better. Condition might bump it up, but they really aren't anything special. I'm not sure I'd go as high as $400 though.

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Dang, the only MKII's you can get around here for $250 are beat up pieces of crap 4" tapered barrels.
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The Gov't Target Mark II's only come with the 678 bull barrel. I would give 500 for a like new model in SS.
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Don't sell it, you'll regret it because they aren't made anymore. Take it from myself and many others, we could fill a long list of guns we sold and would like to have back and your Ruger is one you SHOULD keep! The target and standard models no big deal but a government model was something special, especially in stainless. I'm glad I never sold my Colt Python but I did sell my Colt Diamondback and I wish I didn't.
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I would say that you shouldn't have any problem getting $500 for a stainless Government target especially since you have all the extras that it originally came with.
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Locally, Mark II's are selling for $250-300 at pawn shops. Mark III's are a little better. Condition might bump it up, but they really aren't anything special. I'm not sure I'd go as high as $400 though.

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I'm guessing that you haven't seen how much MKIIs are selling for on Gunbroker.

I don't remember the last time that I saw one sell for $250.
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$250's out of the question for that gun.

I sold mine recently, but I don't remember how much for. I think I had it listed for $500 with a Millett Red Dot ($60), but I think I took a bit less.
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Does this one have a bull barrel or a heavy tapered target barrel? Wooden Target grips or standard Ruger black plastic?

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It has the 6 7/8" heavy bull barrel and black plastic grips.

I will take a pic later and post it.
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I'm not a collector of these pistols, I just fix them. All the "Government" marked pistols have the 6 7/8" long barrels but the profiles can be different. You did say, "Government Target" which is a specific model with the bull barrel only. "Target" to me just means it has adjustable sights on it, regardless of barrel profile. But to collectors it has a more specific meaning. Ruger made a bunch of these pistols in the mid-1980's (Stamped U.S.) to fulfill a military contract then also sold a civilian version as the "Government Target" since they had a large investment in all the tooling and testing jigs for the contract. The test target was a requirement of the contract which is why most of the civilian versions have them included in the box. I had several conversations with the designers and they said all pistols were manufactured to the same standards regardless of what their ultimate market destination was because it was more cost efficient that way. A "U.S." stamped pistol brings in a higher resale price. A non-stamped is less sought after pistol.

In my armory, I had over two dozen "Government Model" .22 target pistols which blued and had the 6 7/8" heavy tapered barrel profile. I guess my recollection of that lot was why I asked the questions in the first place.

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If I had the cash I'd buy it right now for $500 ....

I'll have one eventually. Love the heavyweight 6-7/8" barrel....mmmmmmm

I'd trade it for 1500+ rounds of .223 ammo, too ...
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