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Purchased it from a forum user "Leslie O", It doesn't appeared to have been fired except for the test shot?

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Now of course learning to field strip one of these is like learning the "Civics" test, It may take a while:)

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Purchased it from a forum user "Leslie O", It doesn't appeared to have been fired except for the test shot?

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Now of course learning to field strip one of these is like learning the "Civics" test, It may take a while:)

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It will. The old style Ruger 'jacknife' mechanism is a real bugger to take down, I know, I have one just like the one you bought. Mine is well used and has dispatched many possums and coons from the back deck. They are so hard to take down (I have more than one actually, I own 4 in different flavors), I prefer to take the grips off (an d the optics in the case of my match target pistols) and immerse the entire firearm in my sonic cleaner. I call it. 'giving it a bath''. Clean it in solution, blow it out, oil the pivots, replace the furniture and optics and call it good.

Much easier than taking it apart and much less stressful. Bill Ruger must have designed the take down assembly during a bad dream. The new ones have eliminated all that grief.
 

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Congratulations. Yes, they are a real bear to take apart and put back together, but if the Mark III is like hubby's old Mark II, it won't have to be done except once every several hundreds of rounds. But the catch is that they are so much fun to shoot that "several hundred" rounds can happen pretty fast.
 

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Mine's in stainless with a bull barrel. I use them in teaching basic pistol.

Great .22lr pistols. Nightmare to take down and reassemble. Makes you wonder what kind of fixture they designed for assembly at the factory...

The Mark IV is supposed to be easier to disassemble.

I simply don't open them up, and just clean them well without disassembly. I have taken my Mark I apart, and it was tough to put back together.
 

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I have the Mark IV and it is a dream to take down (15 sec and that is generous) and have had several other Mark I and IIs. Now have the Mark III and have had it Apart for initial cleaning. I did get apart and back in one try but did it with gun upside down. Maybe just lucky. The Mark I was hardest but maybe I have learned more too. The pleasure in shooting it makes up for the taking apart in my opinion. Just enjoy it.
 

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I just received the MK1 bought from her last week. Super happy with it. I'm with Flip, sonic clean it, blow it dry, and put a little oil wherever it's need to keep it running. They are amazing pistols, and will give you years of great time shooting.

Congratulations on the new acquisition
 

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I have a few of these and really like them. If you take a few moments to understand the workings it makes takedown and re assembly a piece of cake. Taking it apart is pretty simple. Problems start when it comes time to install the bolt. The hammer must be dropped first. On the MKIII models this means inserting the magazine to be able to pull the trigger and tip the gun forward to let the hammer fall. Now remove the magazine and tip the gun up while holding the bolt in place. This lets the hammer strut swing back so as not to get trapped in front of the mainspring housing. Now insert the pin up through the bolt and pivot the mainspring housing into place making sure the hammer strut drops into the recess for it. That's it. If you can't pull the bolt back that means you trapped the hammer strut forward of where it should be and you have to remove the housing and start over.
 

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I think I heard of a parts kit you can drop in that makes stripping and rebuilding the gun easier and Tandemcross makes an easy take down tool. The tool is only $13.99
https://www.tandemkross.com/Gunsmither-Pistol-Pal-for-MKI™-MKII™-MKIII™-MKIV™-and-2245™_p_52.html

Here is the kit.
The SPEED STRIP[SUP]®[/SUP] kit consists of a new patented 2-piece bolt stop pin and precision machined hammer. (Our hammer must be used for the kit to function properly.) Once you have installed your SPEED STRIP[SUP]®[/SUP]kit, all you need to do is to unscrew the new bolt stop pin with your allen key (supplied) and remove it from the top of the pistol. Then you can slide the bolt out for cleaning. It’s that simple!
NOTE: The Mark III ™ hammer has a notch cut into the right side of the hammer to accommodate the components that comprise the magazine disconnector. (The Mark II™ hammer is smooth on both sides.)
https://majesticarms.com/product/speed-strip-mark-iii-and-mark-iii-22-45/
 

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A royal pain to take apart & reassemble, the trick to reassembly is like Jeepnut said: hold it upside down. The good news is they can go for decades w/out taking them apart, I a have a MKII that has been apart once & fired over 1,000,000 rounds (yep, a million). My MKIV Target is so simple to take apart I bought a MKIV Standard. If Ruger did this a few decades ago the S&W Victory, Browning Buckmark & others wouldn't exist.
 

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A royal pain to take apart & reassemble, the trick to reassembly is like Jeepnut said: hold it upside down. The good news is they can go for decades w/out taking them apart, I a have a MKII that has been apart once & fired over 1,000,000 rounds (yep, a million). My MKIV Target is so simple to take apart I bought a MKIV Standard. If Ruger did this a few decades ago the S&W Victory, Browning Buckmark & others wouldn't exist.
I can almost say the same. Instead of the Target, I bought the Mark IV Hunter and then I got a Mark IV Standard. I have the Volquartsen Accurizing Kit in the Hunter and another kit on the way for the Standard but I’m beginning to wonder if I need it. Although the trigger pull is 4# on the money, it has a fantastic break.

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Oh, you mean a Mark III. Never heard of a Mark 111.
Conrats, the entire Mark series is one of the most iconic - and many feel best - mass produced 22 semi-auto pistols ever.
 
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Oh, you mean a Mark III. Never heard of a Mark 111.
Conrats, the entire Mark series is one of the most iconic - and many feel best - mass produced 22 semi-auto pistols ever.
Yes mate, and thanks for the correction, obviously if you got it figured out, everyone else did....:)

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Sweet looking Ruger. Your going to have lots of fun with that...congrats.:)
 

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All it takes is a paper clip and a rubber mallet to do a complete takedown! What's the issue?
But, the wife and I do have three Mark IV's and they're definitely easier!
The re-assembly is the big issue...
 

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I've had 4 of them Ruger Std. 22...... before switching to S&W, all the way to the MK.III. Every one of them took about an hour to clean, the reaassemble.....I do it every time I shoot it!!! That's a lot of wasted time! Bob
 

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They are great pistols and I like the looks of the 22/45 heavy barrels much better than the old Standards. I never found them too onerous to break down and put back together. Just takes a little patience Good shooting!
 
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