Sangamon County Rifle Association
Right Reason on Second Amendment Rights
The Ruger Target Pistol
Speaking at the 6/6/12 SCRA Meeting
July 2012 GunNews
When Brent got home from Iraq, his son told him he wanted a gun for Christmas, so they went over to Law Guns in Chandlerville and his son picked out a Ruger Mark III, 22/45 .22 caliber pistol.
The ergonomics are similar to the 1911. Bill Ruger designed these based kind of on the old Japanese Nambu pistols from World War II. Ruger later ran into Alexander Sturm and they started Sturm-Ruger in 1949.
Sturm noticed that these things looked kind of like a Luger to some tool Sturm put up the money ad these things sold like hot cakes.
Harney also brought a Mark II. He likes it because they are cheap and affordable to shoot all day long. The upper on both of them is similar and both have 5 1/2" barrels. The Mark IIs have a thinner barrel, and a slab sides and you can get them with 8", 10 3/4" barrel lengths for hunting. You can also mount optics on some of them. The newer ones are tapped and come with the plate to mount an optic.
The original Mark II had a European-style magazine release at the base of the grip while the newer ones have the thumb-actuated release in a more conventional location.
Also, on the newer ones, the grip is built in. The bottom is fiberglass plastic like everything else these days. It works well. You can actually remove the stocks on the newest ones. These are both adjustable sight models and the bull barrel makes it a little heavier, more accurate and easier to hold and shoot.
It's not uncommon for people to take these Rugers apart only to need help to reassemble them especially the new ones that are really tight. The ones that are fifty years old and have been shot a ton will drop right back together.
When Brent bought the other Ruger pistol from a relative, it was filthy from thirty-seven years of use without cleaning.
Brent look it all apart and his relative said, "You can take that apart?"
These have been made since 1949 and they're still one of the most popular pistols going.
They are great little pistols and good pistols for kids. They're affordable and easy to shoot. You can buy used Rugers cheap tool. You'll find them everywhere ad they last forever.
Ruger even has some extended mags for them.
The first Saturday of every month, you can come out to Lefthanders Gun Club, bring your spouse, friends, kids for the Family Shoot.
They shoot for free and have a lunch. They get .22 rifles of different types to practice with, .22 pistols and shotguns. They let them try out the trap and the whole nine yards. It usually ends around one or two. They have a really good time and they learn safety. They've got all the charts to show everything. Brent and others are standing right there with each of of them and they have a great time.
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