Bullseye's Guntalk-Online site has lots of step by step maintenance and gunsmithing stuff for the Mark I/II/III here:
Gun Talk Online
Also the S&W Model 41
Does anyone have any sort of Gunsmiths guide for the MkIII
I know there was some dude named IOWEGAN from the Ruger boards that made one a while ago, does anyone have one or similar in a Doc or PDF?
Does anyone even have one out for the SR9 yet?
It's a bit of a pain, but it's not THAT bad. Do it like 4 or 5 times back to back. Then you will have it comitted to memory. You will get used to it pretty quickly.
A plastic mallet is nice to pull the top half off the bottom receiver, but I seldom take it off. Just pulling the mainspring housing assembly is necessary to remove the bolt to clean from the breach. Putting things back together does require a bit of a learning curve, but once you get it down, it is easy from them on.
Oh man. I have a MK II and i got over-confident in my abilities and decided to "GI" it. Thats what i call it when i completely gut my guns to the frame and inspect all my springs, and clean every little part.
The guy i bought it from decided that WD40 would help the bolt slide easier. Soooo i got the gun relatively cheap but ALL the guts were coated with sticky powder ridden glop.
So taking it down wasnt that bad (usually most guns arent) but i found out why it had never been thoroughly cleaned! Even the gunshop guys couldnt help me. I ended up googling "MK II schematics" which brought up an exploded view in the "images" option.
I had to do it that way. I just studied the exploded view and went backwards. In the process i still wound up losing the safety selector button spring, which is the size of a mosquitos fingernail. Lol. Never had a problem assembling the weapon since! In fact i print out exploded views of all my guns now as my other gun is a Redhawk, again, i figured "oh, a revolver...easy!" WRONG!! double locking cylinder, etc... it aint no S&W model 10...
Armorers guide? Sounds good to me. Where would i get one?
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It will loosen up to the point that you won't need a hammer for dis-assembly/re-assembly. When it gets to that point, then it is remembering when to insert/eject the magazine and how to re-install the main spring housing so that it properly engages the hammer strut, keep the plastic mallet handy just in case.
Another thing to consider, is the use of an anti-seize lubricant, applied to the under-side ot the tab in the grip frame and then a dollop in the receptacle in the receiver for that tab. That's not done at the Ruger factory during assembly operations, so the fit is metal on metal, and therefore quite tight. Consider using the anti-seize on those mating parts and the next disassembly of the upper from the grip frame will be much easier. I use this stuff because it has copper dust in it and that makes for less galling of metal on metal parts without a lubricant being used.