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Old October 8th, 2012, 01:01 AM   #1
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Ruger Mark III, Newby Trigger Job

I just got a Ruger Mark III target pistol in .22lr. It's the stainless Hunter model with 6.5" fluted barrel. Looks and feels great but the only problem was a heavy trigger that measured out at just under 5 lbs. I couldn't see keeping that trigger, especially in a target gun.

Here's the gun out of the box:





I had heard some guys at the local club talking about putting Volquartsen triggers and sears in their Rugers. I have never messed with triggers before but they made it sound so simple I thought I'd give it a try. I found what the ads called "drop-in" kits and ordered the Volquartsen Mark III kit. Here's what I got: Not really what I'd call 'drop-in'.



The instructions that came with the kit were detailed but short and had no pictures or diagrams. I started looking around on YouTube and found several videos about putting in this trigger kit.

I came across two main problems. (1) Most of the videos I found show how to work on the Ruger 45/22 and there are some parts differences between that gun and my Mark III. I had to guess and experiment with the exact placement of a couple of springs. (2) Most of the videos use a Mark II kit with an extra bushing which lets you get rid of the magazine disconnect in theMark III. I had bought the Mark III kit so the parts I had to put back in the hammer assembly were different (and more complicated) than show in the videos. I hunted around and found a bushing that will let me get rid of the disconnect with the Mark III kit, but it didn't get here in time for my project.

The stripped frame and all the parts:





Like I said above, I have never taken any trigger, sear, or hammer assemblies out of a pistol before. It was a slow process and I got frustrated more than once but I finally got there. If I had a video that showed the exact gun and parts I was using it might have been easier. I had to stop and take various assemblies apart several times and chased a couple of parts around the room but I think it's all back together. It dry fires fine and I'll take it to the range tomorrow.

Was it worth it? That heavy 5 lb trigger is gone and the new one measures in at a crisp 2 lbs (actually a couple ounces shy of 2 lbs). It feels great.

While I was at it, I also added some target grips and a spring kit that makes it a lot easier to eject a magazine. The grips came with a stainless extended bolt release that matches the gun better than the blued one that came in the basic kit. Here's the finished project ready for some target practice:




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Old October 8th, 2012, 02:21 AM   #2
 
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You'll love it. I added the same trigger kit to my Mark II Government Target. I struggled with the kit a little myself, gotta hold the gun at the right angle....... I like you're grips better than mine. Bullseye is a blast, cheap way to hav a lot of fun.


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Old October 8th, 2012, 02:31 AM   #3
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I have a mark ii target with the 6in bull barrel in stainless with irons. It is one of my most fun and accurate plinkers.

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Nice looking gun! I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

A lot of us are still trying to figure out why Ruger had to jack up such a classic design with all the lawyer-mandated crap that they did. I'm going to buy 2-3 MK II pistols and set them aside for later, so I don't have to screw with all the unnecessary complications that Ruger added.

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Nice looking gun! I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

A lot of us are still trying to figure out why Ruger had to jack up such a classic design with all the lawyer-mandated crap that they did. I'm going to buy 2-3 MK II pistols and set them aside for later, so I don't have to screw with all the unnecessary complications that Ruger added.
Because without the loaded chamber indicator the pistol is DANGEROUS!!!!

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I took the pistol to the range today and it shot just fine with the new trigger job.

I thought they got a little carried away with 'safety' on this gun myself. The loaded chamber indicator doesn't bother me. It might even help if I ever remembered to check it. But the gun also came with a hefty padlock that hooks through the bolt carrier to lock the bolt open. It also came with a little key that sticks in a hole just underneath the safety switch. This key lets you lock your gun in Safe mode. I'm surprised it didn't come with a pair of handcuffs to lock up the kids.

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Just to add that I got the bushing needed to get rid of the magazine disconnect from a guy at Amazon. Since it was still fresh in my mind, I pulled the gun back apart and installed the bushing in about 10 minutes. Now I don't have to keep putting the mag in and out just to take the gun down for cleaning.

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