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    Ruger 22 disassembly?

    I keep hearing how big a pain in the butt these Ruger Mark 3's are to disassemble. I took a shooting class when I was 12 or 14, and I remember using 1. They made us clean it, but its been so long, I can't remember everything.

    Can someone post some photos showing your to do that step by step?

    I want to by a Target 22 later this year, and the polymer 22/45 caught my interest. Just woindering what I'm getting myself into...

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    Hey, U da man. That doesn't look that bad.

    I wish I had something to sell to come up w/ $200. There is a 22/45 4" barreled version with fixed white dot sites that I like at my local shop.

    It'll probably be Aug before I can come up w/ the cash ($221) after buying my PS90 and w/ a baby on the way. But, I really like the gun

    Thanks for that link.
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    I have one and yes, they are a real pain to disassemble and reassemble. Some of the operations must be done with the magazine in and some out to add to the confusion. I get it done but I usually find myself won dering why anyone would build a pistol that is so hard to disassemble for field strip cleaning.

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    The only Ruger auto I have is the old MarkI or standard .22. The frist time is a little rough but after that it is a piece of cake.

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    Thats kinda what I figured. I thought I'd end up w/ a Buckmark, but I think I'll get a Ruger 22/45 w/ the fixed white dot sights... Just a matter of when....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldy View Post
    The only Ruger auto I have is the old MarkI or standard .22. The frist time is a little rough but after that it is a piece of cake.
    Yeah, that's the one I learned on too, Baldy, but these new-fangled MK-IIIs have the darn magazine disconnect on them. Every time you need to pull the trigger to move the hammer, you have to insert a mag, and then take it out afterwards so it doesn't interfere with the takedown or reassembly. It converts a slightly tricky procedure (easily learned with a few repetitions) to a real pain in the arse...

    Glad the MK-IIs are pretty close to the Standard/MK-I system; makes it easier for this semi-old .

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Niner View Post
    Yeah, that's the one I learned on too, Baldy, but these new-fangled MK-IIIs have the darn magazine disconnect on them. Every time you need to pull the trigger to move the hammer, you have to insert a mag, and then take it out afterwards so it doesn't interfere with the takedown or reassembly. It converts a slightly tricky procedure (easily learned with a few repetitions) to a real pain in the arse...

    Glad the MK-IIs are pretty close to the Standard/MK-I system; makes it easier for this semi-old .

    Oh me that just shows you how old I am. Sure hope I didn't miss led anybody. Thanks DJ Niner for telling me about that mag disconnect.

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    I knew about the magazine disconnect, but forgot how it would affect disassembly - I was wondering why the instruction stated to put the mag in and out...

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    Fieldstripping

    Look up "mark III fieldstipping procedures" on your PC. It should give you everything you need.

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    I took the mag disconnect out of my MKIII and swapped the MKIII hammer for a MKII version. It works like it's supposed to now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2400 View Post
    I took the mag disconnect out of my MKIII and swapped the MKIII hammer for a MKII version. It works like it's supposed to now.
    Well, stupid me doesn't have those skills

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2400 View Post
    I took the mag disconnect out of my MKIII and swapped the MKIII hammer for a MKII version. It works like it's supposed to now.
    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck View Post
    Well, stupid me doesn't have those skills
    Then buy a NIB MKII.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2400 View Post
    Then buy a NIB MKII.
    Well, I want the 22/45 grip - and I want the fixed sites w/ white dots already installed. Don't think they make such an animal in MKII.

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    AAARRRRGGGGHHH!!!
    Went to a local big gun show and saw a new ruger mark 3 22/45 4" barrel. On a wim I bought it for $249. Part of the advantage was that the county clerks office had representatives there and I was able to add it on my permit right there and walk out with the gun...here in NY it can be a real PITA otherwise. Beautiful piece fit well in my hand. Brought it home to clean before the first shoot. Broke down very easily. Trying to get it back together was impossible for me (I am relatively new to guns over all). I ended up with a bunch of pieces I couldn't get back in and I somehow locked up the gun now so that I can't disasemble it! OOOUUUCCCHHH! I will need to bring it to a gunsmith to put back together. My sense is that once I get to figure it out the right way it will be fine. The gun otherwise feels great in the hand and I am very anxious to shoot it. The rumers that this is more difficult to field strip are true, to me anyway...YMMV (my XD9 field strips like a dream)

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcodo View Post
    AAARRRRGGGGHHH!!!
    Brought it home to clean before the first shoot. Broke down very easily. Trying to get it back together was impossible for me (I am relatively new to guns over all). I ended up with a bunch of pieces I couldn't get back in and I somehow locked up the gun now so that I can't disasemble it! OOOUUUCCCHHH! I will need to bring it to a gunsmith to put back together. My sense is that once I get to figure it out the right way it will be fine.
    Get the owners manual out.
    LOOK at the parts they discuss for take down and reassembly.
    READ the instructions on reassemble.
    FOLLOW the instructions exactly.

    OR click on this link and follow the pics and instructions. http://www.wiztechs.com/knightsrealm...structions.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcodo View Post
    AAARRRRGGGGHHH!!!
    Went to a local big gun show and saw a new ruger mark 3 22/45 4" barrel. On a wim I bought it for $249. Part of the advantage was that the county clerks office had representatives there and I was able to add it on my permit right there and walk out with the gun...here in NY it can be a real PITA otherwise. Beautiful piece fit well in my hand. Brought it home to clean before the first shoot. Broke down very easily. Trying to get it back together was impossible for me (I am relatively new to guns over all). I ended up with a bunch of pieces I couldn't get back in and I somehow locked up the gun now so that I can't disasemble it! OOOUUUCCCHHH! I will need to bring it to a gunsmith to put back together. My sense is that once I get to figure it out the right way it will be fine. The gun otherwise feels great in the hand and I am very anxious to shoot it. The rumers that this is more difficult to field strip are true, to me anyway...YMMV (my XD9 field strips like a dream)
    Well took it back to the gun show today just to see what the dealer had to say...hey you never know! While he was looking at my bag of parts I noticed he had a Buckmark Micro Nickel 4". I liked the way it felt and he was willing to take back the ruger and for $20 more sold me the buckmark. Shoots great..needs a little breaking in but so far so good. I'm sure the ruger would have been ok after a while but it left a bad taste in my mouth!! Anyone know anything about the Buckmark Micro nickel...good deal or not?

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    Well, enjoy the Buckmark. My choices are down to the Ruger and Buckmark, but I Think I may get the Ruger - when I do buy one. Who knows, though, maybe I'll change my mind.

    Academy used to sell a Buckmark with a fiber optic front sight - I don't see them anywhere anymore, though. I don't like all black sights, and most 22s come with that. And, I don't wanna go to the added expense of addeding a site after I buy the gun. So, that's why I liked that particular ruger. It has white dot sights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcodo View Post
    Well took it back to the gun show today just to see what the dealer had to say...hey you never know! While he was looking at my bag of parts I noticed he had a Buckmark Micro Nickel 4". I liked the way it felt and he was willing to take back the ruger and for $20 more sold me the buckmark. Shoots great..needs a little breaking in but so far so good. I'm sure the ruger would have been ok after a while but it left a bad taste in my mouth!! Anyone know anything about the Buckmark Micro nickel...good deal or not?
    Don't take it apart!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck View Post
    Well, enjoy the Buckmark. My choices are down to the Ruger and Buckmark, but I Think I may get the Ruger - when I do buy one. Who knows, though, maybe I'll change my mind.

    Academy used to sell a Buckmark with a fiber optic front sight - I don't see them anywhere anymore, though. I don't like all black sights, and most 22s come with that. And, I don't wanna go to the added expense of addeding a site after I buy the gun. So, that's why I liked that particular ruger. It has white dot sights.
    I was going for a 512 blued target model. When I went in to pick it up I asked the clerk to disassemble it so I could see how its done, after about an hour he gave up saying it was going back to Ruger. Being that I was looking forward to shooting that .22 all week I looked at the other models. Between a 4 inch target or the 6 and 7/8ths hunter model, I went with the Hunter. Even tho it was more money then the target, it came with the hiviz front sight, adjustable rear and a stainless fluted barrel. Which I was planning on adding a paclite barrel to the cheaper one in the future. I also have read that the Hunter's come with a better trigger. If you were to add that in to the price of the cheaper target model,the cost would be around $300 over the price of the gun. The difference in price between the Mark III Target and Mark III Hunters wasnt even 150, so it was money well spent. Which ever Ruger you pick out tho, should be a blast to shoot. I've had mine just over a week and I'll have 1500 rounds thru it by the end of the weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcodo View Post
    AAARRRRGGGGHHH!!!
    and I somehow locked up the gun now so that I can't disasemble it! OOOUUUCCCHHH!
    Sorry, this is my first post here.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    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?

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    http://www.guntalk-online.com/detailstrip.htm


    For the fellas having trouble with their Mark III...
    Bulleye has a great site for those in need.

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    Someone dragged this old thread up... I posted in another thread a couple of months back - I went with the Buckmark....


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    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.
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    Wow, sorry to hear that...

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