For the fellas having trouble with their Mark III...
Bulleye has a great site for those in need.
I did the EXACT same thing. My Mark III 22/45 is at the smith as I type this. I am hoping to get it back today.
I had no problem in the past tearing it down and putting it back together, but around the 5th time I messed up and locked up the entire thing.
Did you also smash your fingers and thumb, and bleed all over the place?
Someone dragged this old thread up... I posted in another thread a couple of months back - I went with the Buckmark....
Good call on the buckmark. I spent a few hours trying to get it apart and it's just too tight. It's sitting on the corner of my desk in 4 pieces. If you could return a gun I would.
Last edited by aggiedave05; 06-09-2007 at 04:46 AM.
Wow, sorry to hear that...
In all seriousness...I am a novice when it comes to guns but I am so pissed about this Ruger I'd like to just put it in a box and never open it again.
What are you supposed to do when you can't get a gun apart? I just can't imagine who put this together with super human strength to make it so tight you can't get anything apart. The more I read online the more I keep seeing descriptions of 30 minutes to strip down a gun even after they've done it a number of times. That's insane, this is just a .22 plinking pistol, not some antique from a museum.
Anyone want to buy a Mark III w/ 5.5" bull barrel in 3 pieces (bolt, spring housing, and barrel/receiver). I paid 300 but if you come by you may find it in my trash for free.
I've bought a handful of guns, but no other problems like this. It's not like my autoloader shotgun isn't cycling appropriately and I bring it into a gunsmith. What am I supposed to tell the guy "oh yeah see I bought this gun and can't get it apart"
I've seen on other forums people say U need a rubber mallet to get the thing apart - seriously.
Supposedly U knock the upper off of the grip section.
What he likely did was swing the mainspring back incorrectly, and the hammer strut is not in the right place and jammed. So now it is basically impossible to take back apart.
I had to pay a smith to tear mine down again.
So upon assembly one has to be careful that the hammer strug falls in place correctly when closing the mainspring bolt, and make sure that strut is hanging perfectly center which requires the gun basically be standing on end.
You will notice a little indentation on the mainspring latch, and if the strut does not go in there you are screwed (as I also found out).
A good indicator that you are doing it correctly is that when trying to close the mainspring latch you can almost get it entirely in effortlessly until the final locking stage. If you cannot get that far without any difficulty something is wrong, and you have to start over.
The best set of instructions for field stripping a MKIII or MKII is on Bullseye's site
If the pistol "locks up" after reassembly it probably means that it was assembled with the hammer in the cocked position. Insert mag (MKIII); point muzzle down; pull trigger and tap barrel on a board while holding trigger back. This should release the sear.
The first time I field stripped my first Ruger (MKIII Hunter) I had visions of a box of parts going to a gunsmith. The technical language was so bad, the dog left the room. I reread the instructions and repeated the field strip/reassembly a couple of times. Since then I've had both my MKIII's fully apart several times. Each has a target sear and trigger upgrade and one also has a target hammer (volquartzen). I'm the original ten-thumbed klutz. If I can do it, just about anyone can.