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Ruger MK III Pistol, Oops! FUBAR

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by omgb, Apr 3, 2012.

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  1. omgb

    omgb Well-Known Member

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    OK, I have a very nice Ruger MK III heavy barrel pistol. I took a friend and her son out shooting on Sunday. While I was helping her son dial in my AR 15 my friend attempted to put the magazine into my Ruger. Well, she got it turned around and when she inserted it, it stuck. I could not get that mag out come hell or high water. I called Ruger on Monday. They said this is a real common issue with the MK II and III pistols. They have a mandated magazine disconnect lever that catches on a cutaway slot in the mag if it is inserted reversed. A repair would cast my shipping there, $35 labor and $30 return shipping..all told, about $90 plus the gun would be gone for three weeks minimum. Adding to it, the mag was full when it stuck and of course, one cannot ship a "loaded" gun. That's when the nice lady at Ruger said "there is a guy who makes a tool to fix this" I went to the web site, "mag-out.com" and sure enough, he explains the issue and sells a $20 to fix it. I ordered it and we'll see if it works. meanwhile, I'm irritated that Ruger knows of this issue and does nothing to fix it. I'm also angry at myself for not seeing this coming and preventing it.
    R Talley
     
  2. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Yet another reason to not like the Mark III's.
     
  3. need to shoot more

    need to shoot more Active Member

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    Maybe a child safety?? We all know which direction the bullets point dont we??
     
  4. omgb

    omgb Well-Known Member

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    Ruger tells me it happens most frequently when the magazine is empty and the gun is being cleaned. People absentmindedly get it turned around and slip it in backwards.
     
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    Not surprising in a society in which people wear baseball caps backwards - or sideways...or drive cars while texting. :eek:) Ed
     
  6. BigM-Perazzi

    BigM-Perazzi Well-Known Member

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    A little practice and you can strip the gun under a minute and get it cleared. You only need the twist tie off a loaf of bread, honest...
     
  7. TOOLMAKER 251

    TOOLMAKER 251 Active Member

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    No magazine disconnect on my mk-II and your not going to get a magazine to go in backwards. If the lady told you it's a problem with mk-II and III she is either mistaken or they made a revision after my run. My Ruger is about 33 years old.
     
  8. omgb

    omgb Well-Known Member

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    This applies to all of the MKII and MK III guns made for the CA market in the last decade. I'm not too sure about 33 year old guns.
     
  9. BigM-Perazzi

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    CA MARKET!!! It was probably designed that way by the legislature ....
     
  10. omgb

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    As a matter of fact, it was
     
  11. Kyle Spieles

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    I have a Mark III and really enjoy it. It has shot thousands of rounds with really no problems at all.
     
  12. Oscar Ray

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    My 10 year old grandson shoots the daylights out of my MKII and he never has a problem with the magazines. I told him that the Ruger is his when he gets old enough and you could not wipe the smile off his face.

    Oscar
     
  13. omgb

    omgb Well-Known Member

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    Look, I like the gun.it's an excellent 22. I was surprised by the design issue. When the tool arrives I'll fix the sucker and be considerably wiser about the potential problem. I consider it fairly minor. Now if you have ever disassebled a Model 12 and then tried to reassemble it....that my firends is a problem. :)
     
  14. GW22

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    Did they really legalize gun ownership in California?

    -Gary
     
  15. Ahab

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    Gary ... you been into the catnip again?
     
  16. BigM-Perazzi

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    Go to these guys. Best at the Rugers I've ever seen...
     
  17. omgb

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    Got the tool in the mail today. I slipped it in and pulled the mag out. Problem solved.
     
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