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Old 06-19-2019, 12:33 AM
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I had a credit at the LGS and couldn't talk myself into using it as a down payment on something I really wanted so I kept looking at this Ruger Mark III Target 5.5" barrel (Blued version) in the used gun section. It was a reasonable price so against my "Never Buy Another Ruger Mark xxx Again" attitude - I had (3) previous Mark III Hunter, Competition, & Target SS models. I went ahead and bought it. To it's credit it has the larger target grips which fit my hand much better and it appeared to be used very little, if at all. It was very clean with no scratches or scraps on the back of the grip so it spent most of it's life in the cardboard box it came in or was never cleaned, however the action was spotless as well.

Being a Ruger, I figured it would have a disappointing trigger and that proved to be the case as it was just over 5 lbs, very gritty, and about the only way I could have shot any decent groups would have been to clamp it in a vise.

I did a bit of reading on the RFC & other reviews and decided to give Volquartsen some business so I ordered their Mark II Pistol Competition Kit, Recoil Rod & Spring Kit, and the Hammer Strut Support and decided to let them do the upgrade. I upgraded the front sight with a TRUGLO Fiber Optic green sight and the LGS gave me a deal on (3) extra mags.

I got the receiver & bolt back today, installed the Hammer Strut Support (that was Easy Peasy) which should prove useful in the assembly process, and swapped out the Recoil Rod & spring (Easy Peasy #2). The Volquartsen Accurizing Kit brought the trigger to a very usable level with a little take-up, comfortable feel, and a crisp break just under 2 lbs. I like the shape of the Volquartsen trigger over the standard Ruger offering as it has less curve and fits my finger better.

I still needed a hard rubber mallet to disassemble & reassemble. what can I say it's a Ruger. I have (12) other rimfire semi-autos, (19) centerfire semi-autos, & (6) revolvers and none of those need a hammer for the disassembly or reassembly process. Oh well, I now have an over priced Ruger Mark III that looks decent, has a decent trigger, feels okay in my hand . . . so the only thing left is to see how it shoots. The reflex sight is an inexpensive one I had laying around so we will start with that and upgrade later unless I just revert to open sights which is another option.

I will update with a range session report after I put a few rounds through it.
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Old 06-19-2019, 11:35 AM
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Very nice looking pistol. Enjoy.
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Old 06-19-2019, 11:40 AM
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Very nice! My stainless MKII is set up about the same way with Volquartsen trigger etc. and Tru Glo front sight.
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First Range Session

I added a TK Halo charging handle which makes working the bolt much easier ( in several circumstances). Headed off to the range yesterday and put about 150 rounds through it including Winchester T22 (20 year old stuff), CCI Std Velocity, and Norma Match 22. No problems running through any of the 150 rounds. I was shooting off-hand using the reflex red dot @ 15 yards (10 shot groups). . . needless to say my off-hand skills still need some work. The numbers on the targets are 1" as a reference point.

Interesting - the images rotated when uploaded.
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if you put some grease or anti-sieze up under the 2 lugs that hold on the upper, it will go on and off easier. not perfect, but it will help, and it will get easier the more it comes apart/assembled.

The front sight base screw sometimes needs a drop of blue loctite as it can vibrate loose from shooting. After I degreased everything and used a drop, it has never again vibrated off.
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Great looking Mark III. Love those grips.
I always have the Gunsmither Tool and a rubber mallet at my side when I disassemble my Marks. Don't always need 'em but always great to have 'em. I can strip a Mark in under a minute. It's no big deal. We can't get Mark IVs here in Democrat-Occupied California, so I have quite a stable of Mark I, II, IIIs. Love 'em all.
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