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Submitted By: Steven K. On 06/29/2011
Great looking gun, great price and great performance. I wanted a gun to bring to the range for a few hours of shooting where I wouldn't have to foot an ammo bill that would bankrupt me. This is my first 22LR and over the past 3 months I have put more than 1000 rounds through it with no problems at all (ammo = CCI mini mag and Federal match). My favorite gun is a Sig P226 in 9 mm and this is the second Ruger that I have owned.
In researching this buy, I really liked the perks that Ruger offered with this limited production model for one if its distributors - the gold trigger, the slabside barrell, the cocobolo wood grips and target sights are fantastic.
This gun has a great balance and feel to it right of the box and is a bargain compared to the Smith model 41 or Hammerli 22 LR pistols. The only downside to this gun are the Ruger instructions -- both in the manual and on its Youtube videos regarding field stripping and cleaning.
Field stripping and reassembling this gun is not intuitive. The barrelll connects to the frame via a frame lug and a few hammer strokes. The first time you field strip and reassemble the gun you will need a non-marring hammer. a paperclip or small screwdriver and a non-marring plastic or wooden dowel. The most "complex" part of reassembly is engaging the mainspring back into handle correctly.
I found and even recommended to a Ruger call center representative this You Tube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYHJm2P4kP0 -- The video clearly explains the reassembly process and the main reassembly stumbling points ; not pushing the trigger all the way forward - and then tilting/rotating the gun so that the mainspring will properly engage with an internal lever.
The video refers to the trigger assembly as "the cheese" and that lever that has to align with the mainspring as "the dingleberry." Excellent video. Once you've learned how to strip and reassemble -- it's as easy as any other pistol.
I highly recommend the MKIII and especially this model to anyone.
[5 of 5 Stars]