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I have stainless version with the adjustable sights and 6-7/8” tapered barrel. I’m seeing impressive values on these guns. Is anyone here familiar with them?
 

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I think you will see a decreasing interest in the Mark I ~ Mark III Ruger pistols - since they came out with the ridiculously easy to disassemble Mark IV.

Nothing wrong with them, but given the challenge of stripping one down to clean as compared to the new version why bother??
 
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Apparently there’s something they changed with the Mark lll that the collectors/shooters do not like. I’ve been poking around on some forums and that seams to be the feeling I got.
 

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I think you will see a decreasing interest in the Mark I ~ Mark III Ruger pistols - since they came out with the ridiculously easy to disassemble Mark IV.

Nothing wrong with them, but given the challenge of stripping one down to clean as compared to the new version why bother??
I bought one of the Mark IV for my youngest. It is ridiculously easy to break down. Lots of upgrade parts available as well.
 

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Mine is unbelievably accurate, I’m mean stupid accurate. I just don’t enjoy punching paper. If I were in an area where I could regularly go shoot steel plates I’d use it a lot. They’re a blast to shoot for sure and yes, deadly accurate.
 

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Swampy16,

Yeah - Collectors of Ruger 22 pistols are a bit out there.

I have a love of the original version from the first 18 months of production (before Sturm died) - the eagle on the grip was red, on Sturm's death Ruger converted the eagle to black - as it remains to this day (they have made some variants where the surround of the eagle is red, but not the bird itself).

I think these are the only really rare variant of the gun, but people go nuts asking & paying stupid money for all sorts of versions.

I have the same pistol as you and I agree on the accuracy.

Not sure if there is a regional swelling of interest, but who knows...
 

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I believe mine has the red eagle
Shouldn't be for a stainless gun. The surround could be red, but not the eagle itself.

The 'Red Eagle' guns were made from 1949 into 1952 (~ 18 months of production).

They were offered in blue steel only, a 4" Standard model (I think it was 4"), and a 6 7/8" Target model.

To get a real value of the gun go to GunBroker, and log-in. Do an advanced search for completed items you will see what someone is willing to pay for the gun, not what someone is asking for it.
 
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Don’t you have to pay for that service ? Not to be cheap, I just hate using my cc online.
 

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Not to search for items - you just need to set up an account (which is free - and would allow you to bid/buy if you wanted to), and then you can search the site completely.
 
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I had a Mark I. It had the bull target barrel. My nephew came to visit & Uncle Bob gave it to him. I've now got a Mark III. It also has the bull target barrel. This one came with 2 magazines---which is a plus--because it sure is fun to shoot. Reloading is a pain.
 

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a great pistol shouldn't need so many accessories to make it better.

i'll stick to my high standards.
 
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Super accurate guns and tons of add one for them. Volquartzen makes almost every upgrade u can buy for one.
The reason people prefer the mark 2 vs 3 is because the 3s have a loaded chamber indicator that has been know to cause some issues. Also the the 3 has to have a mag in it to shoot. You can remove this feature tho.
I have a mark 3 slab side with volqusrtzen volthane grips and accurizing kit and it is a fun and accurate gun to shoot.
As far as tear down. After you do it a time or 2 it’s not a big deal. My 15 year old daughter shoots it for league and tears down and cleans it herself.
 
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