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    Talking Couldn't Resist...My New Addition

    Well, I walked into the Fin & Feather here in Iowa City today and I just couldn't help myself. I'm officially addicted This Ruger Mark II with the 6 7/8" barrel was sitting in the case and after taking a look at it, whoever owned it before probably didn't even put a box of ammo through this thing! I went home and picked up my permit to purchase handguns and went straight back. It is in immaculate condition. There's no fading in the finish at all, no wear on the grips and the bolt is almost in new condition. It even came with the box and the manuals as well. It only came with one magazine, but that wasn't too much of a concern for me I'll get some more sometime down the road. I've been wanting a .22 that would be cheap to plink with to take to the range with the other guns and this thing is beautiful! The date on the Ruger box is January 1978...I have no idea of the manufacture date but I assume that's it. There was a new Ruger Mark III with the same setup sitting next to it in the case and you couldn't tell a different except the Ruger symbol on the new ones is red in the background. I can't wait to get this thing out and shoot it, I'll let you all know how it shoots (hopefully as good as it looks). So, long post but I just had to share




    -Jeff-

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    I want one too! It or a Browning will most likely be my next gun purchase!
    Looks like a nice shooter Bro! You lucky dog

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    Now that's a nice one for sure. You can look up about what year it was made at this link on the Ruger site. Their listed by serial number. Good luck.
    http://www.ruger-firearms.com/Firear...erHistory.html

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    Nice pistol.

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    ENJOY!!!

    I put 150-200 rounds through my Buckmark tonight... Bought the "premium" target ammo from Federal for $15 for 325 rounds...

    With my mods, and a little practice, it's now shooting 4" offhand groups at 25yds... Clover-leafing off the bench, I'd assume. My limitation ow is my scope, a 4MOA Red Dot.

    Beefo, get a nice 2-4 power scope for it, and have fun... Mine hits about an inch low at 7yds, 1/2 low at 15 yds, and sighted dead on at 25... All in the scope height.

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    Thanks guys! I can't wait to get out and shoot it but it's supposed to rain almost all week and possibly even snow at the end of the week!!! APRIL?!?!? Anyways, I couldn't believe this gun was sitting there, they must have just gotten it because I was in there last week and it wasn't there....not that I pay any attention to used guns coming in....ever....

    JeffWard, I more than likely won't get a scope for it, atleast not for a while. I bought it to shoot cheap ammo with my other guns at the range so I could stay even longer We'll just be shooting at random bottles and what-not laying around the outdoor range. I will shoot at some targets though when I can make it to the indoor range. I'll keep everyone posted

    Thanks for the compliments and good wishes! It sure is a beauty for being as old as it is.

    -Jeff-

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    A fine weapon, for sure!

    That's one of the few configurations of the Ruger .22 autopistols that I've never personally owned, but a friend/coworker did have one that I got to shoot more than a few times. It was a reliable gun that shot very well with it's favorite ammo, just like most Ruger .22s.

    He had a heck of a time finding a holster for it, though, and when he finally settled for a cheap woven synthetic one, that razor-sharp front sight ate a hole in through the lining in short order. He eventually gave up and filed the hook off the front sight, converting it to a plain flat-faced blade that still worked just fine, and was less rough on his holsters and gun cases.

    Many of us performed the same modification decades ago, before replacement front sights were commonly available.

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    Nice looking pistol!You can't go wrong with a Mark ll.I have one with the same length barrel and it shoots great right out of the box ,accurate and reliable.I use it for casual plinking in the backyard range and decided it didn't need scoped.I can hit anything with open sights that a friend of mine can hit with with his red dot sighted Browning.The other day we were bouncing golf balls across the pasture with our .22 pistols and we were both hitting about the same amount of times.It's fun to try to hit the ball before the other guy and send it skipping down range.

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    Yea, that sounds like fun and that's why I bought the gun....to have fun with it

    Quote Originally Posted by Baldy View Post
    Now that's a nice one for sure. You can look up about what year it was made at this link on the Ruger site. Their listed by serial number. Good luck.
    http://www.ruger-firearms.com/Firear...erHistory.html
    I must be an idiot, because I dont quite understand that site I don't see a year starting with my serial number which begins with "210-". If I'm guessing right, then mine was manufactured in 1984 but I can't tell for sure. Maybe someone can help out this idiot over here? Thanks!

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    That is odd, BB. The website says the gun was produced starting in 1982 but your box says 1/78. Odd.

    But did you see this at the bottom of the page?:

    For exact information on your specific serial number, you can contact Ruger's Records Department either by telephone or mail.

    Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.
    Records Department
    411 Sunapee Street
    Newport, NH 03773
    Telephone: 603-865-2424
    Fax: 603-863-9371

    We will be happy to give you the shipping date and model configuration of your Ruger firearm, at no charge. Please include the complete serial number, model number, and any other special markings or features of the firearm in your request.


    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyatt View Post
    That is odd, BB. The website says the gun was produced starting in 1982 but your box says 1/78. Odd.

    But did you see this at the bottom of the page?:

    For exact information on your specific serial number, you can contact Ruger's Records Department either by telephone or mail.

    Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.
    Records Department
    411 Sunapee Street
    Newport, NH 03773
    Telephone: 603-865-2424
    Fax: 603-863-9371

    We will be happy to give you the shipping date and model configuration of your Ruger firearm, at no charge. Please include the complete serial number, model number, and any other special markings or features of the firearm in your request.


    Hope this helps.
    Thanks for the info! I just called and they verified my guess based on the information on the website. This Mark II shipped out on May of 1984. This gun is older then I am!!!! It's in better shape too I seriously cannot believe the condition of this gun, it's almost a shame to shoot it but screw that I'm gonna beat the crap out of this thing

    -Jeff-

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    Hey BeefyBeefo the shipping dates and when they came off the line can and sometimes are years apart. Over on the S&W site they run into it all the time. The gun may lay for years in the manufactures wharehouse before they ship it out. You got a good pistol, shoot it and enjoy it. I got one that is 31yrs old and it still shoots great.

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    Dude, you're bringing back memories. I use to go to the old Fin and Feather when i was a kid. I graduated from West in '78. Left West Branch just two years ago.

    I've always wanted that .22. It looks like it would be a blast to shoot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tnoisaw View Post
    Dude, you're bringing back memories. I use to go to the old Fin and Feather when i was a kid. I graduated from West in '78. Left West Branch just two years ago.

    I've always wanted that .22. It looks like it would be a blast to shoot.
    I was waiting for your reply tnoisaw since I know you were from the Iowa City area The IC fin & feather usually doesn't have that great of prices and usually not that many handguns, but I just couldn't pass up this Ruger being that it looks brand new!

    Since it's older than me, can I call it an antique?

    Just kidding

    -Jeff-

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    Looks nice..I wanna get one of those myself. I have the Mark III but I don't like it as much as the older ones

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    Congrats on your new purchase!!! You'll enjoy it.

    Let us know how your first encounter with field stripping it and putting it back together goes. If
    you have any issues, let me know. I have some helpfull links. Ruger has a video on their website
    on stripping the Mark III which maybe helpfull....

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeefyBeefo View Post
    I was waiting for your reply tnoisaw since I know you were from the Iowa City area The IC fin & feather usually doesn't have that great of prices and usually not that many handguns, but I just couldn't pass up this Ruger being that it looks brand new!

    Since it's older than me, can I call it an antique?

    Just kidding

    -Jeff-
    As a kid I remember buying things there (old one) but they have got a little pricey in the last few years. I use to live down by the Iowa City Airport so I'd ride my bike there.

    Call it an antique and maybe you can sell it for twice it's worth and then buy another for what you paid for it. Or just call it tactical and sell it for three times as much.

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    Nice Ruger! I'm sure you will enjoy it. My Daughter and family lives in Iowa City, but I've never been in that store. Do they carry many handguns in stock?

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    Well, I still haven't gotten out to shoot it yet, it's raining and it's supposed to snow I thought it was APRIL! We'll see how the breaking it down goes when I can actually get it dirty!

    Quote Originally Posted by wproctwproct View Post
    Nice Ruger! I'm sure you will enjoy it. My Daughter and family lives in Iowa City, but I've never been in that store. Do they carry many handguns in stock?
    Thanks! They don't carry very many handguns in stock there at all. That's part of the reason I was so surprised to see this Ruger sittin there! Also, their prices are usually WAY too high, but for some reason this Ruger was the right price.

    -Jeff-

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    Thumbs up Ruger MKII

    I just bought the MKIII and haven't shot it either? I bought a new one in 1967 for $86.00 and have been in love with them ever since. Good find on your part! Enjoy

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