So, I mulled it over. Googled everything. Joined Rimfirecentral. Watched so many youtube videos.
My decision is made. I want a blued MKIII with the 5.5" bull barrel.
Went to the LGS last week to buy it and start my 10 days... not in stock? What?
I read an article (from Yahoo News, no less) 2 days later. Ruger has a million gun backorder. Wow, my timing sux.
The good news is, I already got my Sam bushing, 2 spare mags, and will be getting an LCI filler.
Now, I just need to find a set of Hunter cocobolo grips.
My MKIII with the Hunter grips will look great next to my 1948 Marlin 39-A.
I shall now continue to wait.