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  1. Better shot than I am. I like Ruger products. I always have a couple in the safe. But those .22 semi autos Ruger makes are a bear to strip for cleaning. I haven’t checked out the new sr.22 yet, it may be easier to clean.

      • Good to know. Tho it’ll probably be a year before any show up at the LGS’s. Last couple of trips to the stores their stock was real low.

    • In the manual for my 22/45, the cleaning section actually says, at around step five or six, at this point, you may need a hammer. They weren’t kidding.

      • The hammer (which should be a rubber or, better, a leather mallet) is used for driving the barrel backwards off the grip/frame.

    • The Mk I/II aren’t that difficult to strip and re-assemble, as long as you know a couple tricks.

      One of the tricks that newbies don’t realize about re-assembling the Ruger semi-auto pistols is that after putting the bolt into the action, and then putting the bolt stop up into the bolt, the way you get the swinging link to rest correctly in the pocket of the take-down lever is to point the muzzle of the pistol up at about, oh, a 60 degree angle… which causes the link on the bolt stop to swing backwards and not get caught out of the pocket.

      Other tricks involve making a few manipulation tools out of crochet hooks to position pins & springs, and possibly using pilot pins.

      Once you see the tricks, the Ruger pistols are very easy to take apart and re-assemble.

      A Browning Buckmark, on the other hand… ugh.

      For people who shoot .22LR pistols a lot in practice or matches, the pistol to have is a S&W Model 41. To clean, you pull down on the trigger guard, tip off the barrel and get to your cleaning. Re-assembly? Pud easy. Put barrel onto frame, hold in place while you swing the trigger guard back up against the barrel. You’re done.

      • “Once you see the tricks, the Ruger pistols are very easy to take apart and re-assemble”


        Many years ago my Dad gave me his Mk I he bought in ’68 and for the first few re assemblies I cursed that thing to high hell but once I calmed down and saw what was involved it’s not bad at all.

  2. Check out Cope Reynolds’ video (username: desertscout1) on the Mark II disassembly/reassembly – his was the most helpful in teaching me how to do it.

    PS – I bought a Ruger Mark II with the Volquartsen package, gently used – $475 or so – extremely accurate, draws compliments on its looks all the time at the range.

  3. Have a mk 2 standard,best .22lr on the market,shoots all day,never jams,eats any ammo I feed it.It is blue,4 3/4 inch tapered barrel,just plain Jane,but like I said above all around great.Have it paired with a 10/22 ,now this is a great combo!keep your powder dry.

    • Forgot to add,I can keep ten shoots in a 8 inch pie plate at 75 yards,with said handgun.If you have a ruger .22 lr handgun give it a try you will be surprised how accurate they are.Love the .22,great cartridge,very under estimated.

  4. Smith and Wesson 22A-1 under .5inch groups @25yrds with the right ammo. Easy tear down and under $30, beat that.

  5. S&W tear down: quick release button and pull barrel. Remove slide then spring and guide rod and recoil pad buffer. Done. Somehow I think they were targeting ruger.


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