Skip to comments.Ruger Mk. III 24/45
Posted on 10/16/2010 4:17:23 PM PDT by Captain Ray
The Ruger MK. III 22/45 is a fine weapon.. for plinking.. killing small varmints, shooting at pop cans, and just an all around fun .22 to shoot.. It sure is hard to take apart and put back together!
Not that there is any real good reason to take it apart and put it back together... It's just something I like doing with my down time. Helps me focus on lifes real problems..
I've owned this little shooter for several years.. but hadn't taken it out of the safe for a long time.. Just had the thought that I would put it in my grizzly man hands and take it apart and put it back together for no good reason. Getting it apart was no problem.. simple enough.. putting it back together was a problem tho'! LOL
So.. after several attempts, and not much success, I go online to a wide variety of U-tube videos to help me.. and they did help.. I got it put back together.. and immediatly took it apart to see if I could put it back togther again.. and then I went back to U-tube to get it put back together again... then I tore it apart again.. (Cuz my hunny is off in Warrenton for the weekend, and I really don't have anything else to do..) and.. I managed to put it back together again three times in a row!
I'm wondering.. why the heck do you have to turn it upside down, insert the mag, then right it, pull the trigger and take out the mag and all that stuff.. as sweet a little gun that this is, why is it so hard to maintain? And what is more irritating.. is that now that I know what a pain in the keaster it is to maintain it I am compelled to take the damn thing apart and put it back together again until I know exactly why each step has to be taken!
It's not OCD.. I dont think.. But still.. If someone out there could explain the individual steps to me I would really apreciste it.
How much time does it require to take it apart and put it back together?
Is it broken?
I call these the “urban 22 lites”, because they shoot at 1200 FPS, and they come equipped with a LEGAL sound suppressor. You can shoot these in the most uptight neighborhood and still kill those pesky raccoons.
gamo whisper .177 cal and .22 cal pellet guns.
Because (removes hat, stands at attention) John Moses Browning didn't invent it.
Bill Ruger was a firearms genius, but p!$$ on the take down design for the Mk I and Mk II series pistols. The Pope would break down in a swearing fit if he had to put one of those back together.
I’ve learned the hard way not to disassemble any firearm any further an the manual recommends. This is especially true of Ruger .22s. The engineering on them is superb, but not for anyone who isn’t a trained gunsmith.
Strictly my opinion, your mileage may vary.
I had my first one around 1974. It was just as hard to reassemble as they say. I have owned probably a dozen since then and they haven’t improved the field stripping a bit.
Interestingly, that first 4” barrel one was the most accurate of the bunch and that includes several target models. None have been inaccurate tho.
Learn the “trick”
Or, there is an aftermarket thing where you remove a hex screw and the gun comes apart without having to use the “trick”
I don’t bother stripping my “std” model just blast it out with scrubber upside down so the dirt runs out the top.
I have a 22/45 and it is a fun gun to shoot. I also have a S&W mod41 it is the best shooting .22 pistol I ever shot bar none.
a minute or so, after you practice twenty times or so! LOL
OM GOSH! That was funny! I lub you man!
Respect is earned, not given. They earned mine. They were some really, really good enginners.
Or even engineers. Sheesh.
A bent paperclip can help.
Unlike a 1911 which one can disassemble and reassemble with increasing ease and speed, Mk II and 22/45’s don’t get any easier the upteenth time you try.
Each one is an exercise in luck.
Good thing they really don’t need to be disassembled to be cleaned well enough to function.
If you ever find a ‘Unique’ Model 52 22 LR, made in France, buy it! It is based on the Browning Hi-Power system and is one really fine little pistol. I recently acquired a 3 inch barrel model. What a fine little pistol it is!
When I started college, I couldn’t even SPELL enginner. Now I is one!
I'll take my Walther PS22 with a 4" all day long ... accurate, all kinds of fun to plink with, easy to clean.
What I didn’t like was the little thingy in the magazine well that flips back and forth. My browning is a pain too.
I have a Unique model L. It is nothing like a Browning Hi-Power but it does have a 3” barrel, is pretty accurate and is remarkably reliable.
I have owned it for many years and it is the pistol I often put in my pocket when I walk around the yard or nearby woods. It has never jammed, ever, tho I do recall it failing to ignite a cartridge a couple of times. That is not too unusual for .22 rimfire rounds. I have had one do that occasionally with just about any .22 including rifles.
I had one of these as a loaner, and felt compelled to give it a thorough cleaning. I almost thought I was going to have to return it to the owner in pieces. Gawd, what a pain in the a$$!
I sell these, so I know how... So, to get back to the orig. ? you can see videos showing Ruger MK III disassembly if you go to Youtube and type that into the search.
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When I go to the range, I always start with my Smith 41, It is a cheap way to get into the zone before shooting .40.
It’s about the same weight as my SIG.
I need a couple of mags for the little Unique Model 52, .22 LR. No one seems to have any, even for the Corsair Model D which is the same gun! I have a 15 round mag for it. Got the last one Numrich had.
Gravity. This gun was not made to reassemble in Space.
BTW, the Winchester .22LR ammo seems to be the best in .22 handguns. I’ve had the very least trouble with it. Remington, on the other hand, is rife with misfires!
I shot that as a child and just love that thing.
Just feels good in the hand.
As far as the cleaning goes, every gun is little different but it comes apart in 5 easy pieces and goes back together pretty easily.
I know I was a little perturbed with my first Kimber but now I clean them lickety split.
Just practice with it.
I used to visit the magazine vendors every time I went to a gun show. I finally found one but the price was way too high. Since I have a couple of other pocket pistols in .22 (A Walther PP and a Hungarian copy) and each came with a spare mag, I just don’t worry about it any more. Still would like to have a spare one tho.
I pocket carried a Phoenix Arms .22 LR for years, with an extra mag in the other pocket. Great little cheap gun. I even have two of them in stainless and the interchangeable five inch barrels for range fun. Does Phoenix arms make a .32 that’s reliable?
I bought my Unique in a pawn shop for $55. It sort of looked a bit like the cheap pocket pistols but I could tell it was very well machined.
I looked it up in the Blue Book and was surprised how much they are valued at. I think over $300 in excellent shape.
If you have access to the Blue book, what is a price range for the Unique Mod 52 in excellent condition. This little pistol looks like no more than 50 rounds have been through it! Bluing is in excellent condition and has black grips I bought for it.
I don’t have one. I looked it up at a dealers.
It is probably available on-line but I am not sure.
I think Gunbroker has at least one mag.
Thank you! I’ll check them out ... that’s an ‘ebay’ for guns, right?
Just did a search for Unique Mod52 and Corsair ModD, none at gunbroker.
Interesting. Thanks, I’m looking for a 10 round mag. I already have a large capacity mag for the pistol. The one you linked to is interesting since it appears someone cut that mag up to allow insertion of a tool to facilitate loading of 22LR ammo. I might acquire that mag and cut off the solid large cap mag I have, to make it a ten or eleven rounder!
I had a devil of a time figuring out how to load the mag in my Mark III. The rim won’t fit through the front of the feed lips, so they cut a vertical slot in the top middle of the mag (it must feed out the same way), and it took me like 10 minutes to figure it out the first time. In my defense, it’s the first rimfire auto I’ve laid hands on in 20 years.
It was really annoying too, cause the useless manual goes into nauseating detail on anything safety related and anything you would know from any other gun, but when it gets to loading the mag, it just says something like “insert rounds till mag is full” or whatever. The one thing you don’t already know, they blow off entirely.
*Insert front first, hold down firmly, smack on top like
drunken Cossack peasant.
Did you leave out the prior step?... ‘Slug down shot of Peasant Vodka.’
first of all.. I wasnt that drunk.. and that XD-9 was begging to have the bluing polished off! And after I had the slide dura-coated it really did look good!
Second, My woman says my “hands” are just right!
How would she know? She’s as pure as the wind driven snow...
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