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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 1:38 am 
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I was over at Bayoushooter.com where they started talking about what a pain it was to break down and put back together the Ruger MKI and MKII pistols.
One of the guys posted a link to a video of a guy that shows you how to do it. #-o This guy needs a little help.
Here it is and then what I had to say.

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I found a video with tips on Ruger MkIII dis/reassembly. I've been told it can be a royal pain if you don't know the tricks. This video addresses the problems.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYHJm...eature=related

BOY! Does the guy in that video make it look hard. The screwdriver and his poor man's hammer is not even needed to take the gun apart or to put it back together.
The thing he calls a dingle berry is called a hammer strut. The reason he could not remove the bolt at first is that the hammer strut was resting on the sear spring pin.
To remove the bolt with out having to remove the barrel with a poor man's hammer, just point the pistol stright up and pull the triger and the bolt will fall out.
Oh! insted of using a screwdriver to pry out the maimspring housing latch, use a paperclip.
When putting it back together, look into the slot in the back of the frame and you will see a small pin that goes cross ways, that little pin is there to hold down the tail end of the sear spring, ie, sear spring pin. If the pistol is tilted forward and you pull the trigger the hammer strut will rest on the top of the pin and the hammer will not go all the way down to allow you to put the bolt back in. Just point the pistol up and pull the trigger, then slid the bolt back in.
Now point the pistol down and pull the trigger and the hammer will go up and out of the way so that you can put the mainspring (MS)housing back into the pistol. Push the large pin back into the frame. NOW HERE IS WHERE EVERYONE SCREWS UP, closing and locking the mainspring housing into place. Most will put the MS housing back in and close the latch and the bolt will not pull to the rear. The trouble is that the hammer strut is not pushing the mainspring down but, it's in front of the MS housing, resting on top of the sear spring pin.
NOW HERE IS THE BIG TICKET TRICK. After you have the large pin pushed back up into place, Place the pistol upside down in your left hand, facing away from you, insert your thumb into the trigger guard, tilt the barrel up a little and pull the trigger with your thumb. You will see the hammer strut fall back and sit on the top of the MS housing. Keep the trigger pulled and close the MS and close the latch. Turn the pistol over and grip in your right hand and pull the bolt to the rear. WOW now was that so hard? You should try taking apart a Browning Buck mark.

Sorry it took so long to get this video added, but here it is. :D

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 1:52 am 
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Thanks for sharing your instructions and tips. I only ever took apart my Ruger once, but with this info, I might actually try it again some day. Thanks.


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i have a mark III6 - i never even cleaned it - got like 2000 rounds through it with no jams - fine little 22

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 10:58 am 
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Most 22 can go 5000 rounds before a good cleaning is needed but, then you have those that like to keep there guns super clean.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 11:07 am 
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The Ruger Standard pistol, of which I have owned several Mark I's,II's and a III, remind me of the AR-15 rifle. I had to get the book out each time to take it apart as for some reason I could never commit to memory the correct procedure.
They are truly fine weapons but for me and my limited brain power needlessly complex. My single action Ruger 22 and the pile of bolt action milsurps have taken over.
As I get older I've learned to accept my shortcomings, I'll never be a jet fighter pilot, I can't take 1.1 G's, I'll never be a cowboy, brain surgeon, or soda jerk. And I will never remember how to take apart and assemble those two firearms without a manual, so I solved my problem by getting rid of them.
But if I wasn't so mechanically challenged what you posted, Gunny, would be a big help.

I know the "need to clean 22" debate will rage on but I don't feel right with dirty cars, dirty dishes, or dirty guns. I must have a little of the Felix Unger in me.

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When I got my Ruger MkII I ordered one of the Gunsmither Takedown Tools for Ruger pistols, but have yet to disassemble mine. I manage to keep it clean by removing the grips and using liberal amounts of solvent with Q-Tips, pipe cleaners, tooth brushs, etc., followed with blasts of action blaster gun action cleaner. But, one day I will need to take it down, and I will refer to this thread and your tips, tricks, and hints. Thanks, Candyman.

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I got a MkII and dread taking it apart. Disassembly is easy. Reassembly, well - I've spent hours trying to get it back together. One time, I had it back together and it was apparently wrong because the bolt was jammed. So I had to push the side pins out - and that only made for a trip to the gunsmith.


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My dad has a Srt(i think that is what it is called) that i take care of for him. i have never had a problem taking it apart or putting it back together, that is after that first time. i would much rather take appart and put back together a ruger than i would a SKS, i alwayd have a hard time getting that trigger group to comeout and go back in.

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Well two weeks ago I had my MKI down to this.
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and that was the first time in about 18 years that I have had a Ruger 22 down that far, and that was my MKII.
The hardest thing to do when putting it back together is puttine the sear and sear spring back in.
Now I would not take one down that far unless it looked like this.

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And you wanted it to look like this.
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Ah yes! MK II Ruger! An exercise of patience at its finest.

I'm actually fairly proficient at take down and assembly of mine. Not that it didn't take some

practice! Saying that... I am in no way offering to clean anyone elses!! :wink: :lol:

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Takedown is relatively simple. Its reassembly that can become challenging.

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I will dig up or take some more pic's and add them to the post.

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Used mine to put down a sick Raccoon today. Had the local police on hand but he declined and I did it. It did the job effectively. Sad that it had to be done.

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I have a "cure" for putting a Ruger back together. It's called a S&W 22A! :mrgreen: Seriously though, I'd still like to pick up an old Ruger MkI.

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Nice refinish job(Candyman :thumb: ).....after a few attempts at taking apart and putting back together....I realized man this is the simplest design....aside from the 1911....now I can take both apart and reassemble blindfolded.... =D>

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