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Old December 20th, 2014, 07:20 AM   #1
 
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Fun with the Mark .22 pistols

I did several modifications to several of my Mark pistols last weekend. Replaced the firing pins and extractors in several of them, i.e. my elderly Standards and Mark Is, and added a VQ trigger group and bolt to my Mark III. So off I went to the range with two Standards, a late-model Mark I (with the later-version grip; functionally it is a Mark II) and the Mark III.

Happy to report that all of the guns functioned at 100% excepting one of my Standards, which stovepiped a couple of times on some cheap Aguila .22, although it fired it pretty reliably.

One thing that was interesting was magazine interchangeability. Mark II magazines most definitely will not work in a Mark III (I accidentally tried this.) My Standards use the same magazines as the Mark I (or Mark II) excepting that the knob on the magazine must be on the right side for the Standard and the left side for the later guns (Mark I A100 grip; Mark II). This switch, by the way, is easy to do on Ruger magazines; it only takes about 30 seconds.

I, at least, cannot tell the difference between a Mark II mag and a Mark III mag excepting for the color of the eagle on the baseplate. It used to be that Mark II magazines had a silver eagle while Mark III magazines had a black eagle. Unfortunately now Ruger ships Mark II magazines with black eagle bases, so you have to keep track of which is which when you store them.

Anyway, it was a great afternoon at the range with the Marks. Nothing beats spitting out .22LR with Mark pistols, IMSOHO.

The long-barreled Mark I is a real tack-driver, no doubt due to the long sight radius:


The Mark III with the VQ parts shoots like a dream:


This old Standard shoots terrific now that I replaced the extractor. I think that Ruger did not manufacture the extractors as well back in the 1960s as they do now. This gun used to stovepipe now and then. With the new extractor it is an absolute shooting machine, eats anything and shoots great.


This old Standard is a "rescue gun" that I picked up used for next to nothing. It has "character marks" (scratches) in lots of places and actually looks like it was holstered a lot. It is somewhat picky about ammo. It shoots CCI 100% but will occasionally stovepipe with cheaper ammo. Not sure why.




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i'm gonna love this thread!-- i only have one, and i just got it (a 22/45 lite). first day i owned it, i went to the range, and quickly discovered (though i pretty well assumed this would be the case going in) that 2 mags just won't cut it. went to a couple local shops and picked up some more. three of the new ones are specifically 22/45, and one is mark lll. mine are all absolutely identical, EXCEPT the mark lll mag does not have a little cut out part up near the top that the 22/45s have through which you can see the spring. otherwise, profile, everything else is absolutely identical.
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nice collection you've got there, too! i envy you those wooden grips.
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Shooting targets .22 caliber pistols is really satisfying and fun. It's even more fun and satisfying when you've slicked 'em up yourself and they perform perfectly.

Those four pistols are really nice. One can tell just by looking at them they're going to be sweet and accurate shooters.

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The color on the bottom of the mag is not specific to model type. I have 7 MKII and 7 MKIII mags and they split RED/BLACK across both lines. The main difference in the MKIII is the TAB that sticks out on the right side about 2 inches from the top of the mag...

Here are my SLIGHTLY MODIFIED MKII (TOP) and MKIII (BOTTOM) - -



Actually the only thing that is original Ruger in these two is the stainless frame!!!

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Cool guns!
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nice collection you've got there, too! i envy you those wooden grips.
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I have 2. One is a Mark II 22/45 4" bull barrel and the other a Mark III Standard with the 6" barrel. They are extremely accurate and fun to shoot. I actually use the 22/45 for Steel Challenge competition, and it does pretty good.
I don't use the Mark III for Steel Challenge because of the mag disconnect. Also, I think the 22/45 moves better from target to target.
I have no malfunction issues with firing in either of them; except with a defective round.
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