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Old 08-11-2016, 08:22 AM   #1
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Ruger Mark II Standard in stainless

Heavy rain, all day, today, so trapped indoors. Figured I might as well try to pep things up around, here, with a recent find of ours and, trust me, this one is no lemon. It's a Ruger Mark II Standard (meaning fixed sights, tapered barrel) 4 3/4" barrel in stainless.


Couldn't pass this one up for several reasons.

First, stainless Standards like this are not common, at least not common compared to the gazillion of these guns made in blue. Stainless Standards began with the Mark II guns, back in the 80s and stainless Standards continued into the current MKIII era for a time, but Ruger has now dropped stainless as an option on its MKIII Standards. Not sure why, but the Standard has always been the affordable option of the Ruger Mark, so I suspect Ruger figured no sense in going with the more expensive stainless on this one.

Second, it is a Mark II, so none of the add on safety features that were put into the Mark III to make it legal to sell in several states. Not that you can't mod a Mark III back into a Mark II featured gun (and have done it on most of our MKIIIs), but nice to buy the more basic version.

Lastly, well, I have a long, long history with Ruger Marks, as many of you know. Love my new S&W Victory, for sure, but I'm still a Ruger Mark gal at heart.


As for inherent accuracy of the Standard versus all there many variations of the Ruger Target Marks, well, there really isn't any. That comes as a surprise to many people, but the only things that make a Ruger Mark Target model a target model are the adjustable sights and all the various heavy barrel options. Ruger uses the same chamber and bore specs for all their Marks, regardless of whether the gun is a Standard like this or a Target version. Out of the box trigger is the same, too. Again, Target Marks get no special enhancements other than sights, barrel contours and grips. A Standard is still the same gun in terms of action and bore, but a gun stripped down to the basics.

Whew! So much for the history and background on Ruger Marks. How did this little Standard shoot? Very well, thank you, but I would have been shocked if it hadn't. (If there is one gun I know will ALWAYS be a good shooter, it is a Ruger Mark and, trust me, I've had enough of them to know. ) In fact, considering this is a short 4 3/4" barrel, I think accuracy was very good, indeed.





Shooting was done with Federal Match HV. FYI, this is really excellent ammo for target shooting with semi-auto 22 LRs like Ruger Marks and our new S&W Victory. Reasonably priced compared to true target grade SV ammo.


Yup, with this Stainless Ruger Mark II Standard, I have a very accurate, incredibly rugged and durable little woods gun. Will be carrying - and shooting - this one a bunch.
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Old 08-11-2016, 09:07 AM   #2
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One of those, with the Mark III's mag release, would be the perfect Ruger Mark for me. Sort of a Mark II 1/2.....

Yet I had the bull barrel Mark III Target in stainless, and sold it. Years back, I had a Mark I standard in blue.

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I have that same pistol. I bought it new when Moses was born. It has become more of a safe queen, but it gets fondled a good bit. Thanks for the history lesson. I have two other MKII's as well. A stainless MKII Target and a blued MKII Government Target....and no NCG, the Government Target is not for sale. As usual, that is some fine shooting.
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Thanks, guys. That MKII Government is the only version of a Ruger Mark that has eluded me ... so far.
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CG, I have one also. I swapped out the grips for a set of Hogue rubber grips after I took this photo.

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That is another beauty! Looks like it has been tucked away in someone's sock drawer.
I love my Victory, but one of those would definitely get to come home with me.
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Old 08-11-2016, 06:53 PM   #7
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Thanks, folks. Nice to know I'm not the only one that likes these Standards. Bought my first one back in the early 70s. Did my best to wear it out (mission impossible), but in the process, I really did learn how to shoot pistol. Great memories.
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Very Nice NCG!! I didn't know they were offered in stainless.
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Old 08-12-2016, 07:11 AM   #9
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Very nice NCG.( pistol & targets)

I had a Standard for over 20 years, but the barrel cracked & it could not be repaired.
The stainless model is very attractive.
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A little off-track, but I'm curious. I tried several different grips on the Marks I owned, but always liked the factory plastic the best. I did the rubber Hogues, smooth walnut, and fingergrooved rosewood. Anybody else?
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I have three different grips. On the MKII Standard the factory plastic are grippy and very satisfactory. I went with walnut with a monogram insert on the Government Target just for a good lookin' grip on a good lookin' gun. I used Hogue finger groove on the scoped MKII. It seems to give me a better grip aiming the scope. However, I do not like the grip with the thumb rest. It is very akward to me. Since the recoil is negligible with these pistols, I reckon the grip could be most anything if it is comfortable. I've shot squirrel with the Government and scoped pistols.
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NCG I see a trigger stop, over travel, screw on your MKII. Did you put that on there or was it factory that year?
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Oops! Forgot. I happened to have a VQ trigger, so I added it for just that reason. Got rid of some creep, so the trigger is pretty decent - not target grade - but this isn't a target Mark, anyway. About what I would expect a woods gun to have. Plenty good enough for accurate shooting.

As for grips, I can take or leave thumb rest grips, though I do think thumb rests help you to achieve a consistent hold, so not entirely for looks.

Probably the best thumb rest grips I've seen on a factory Mark are these on my MKIII GC, which was a distributor special with a very short run, circa 2008. It's basically a 5 1/2" version of the standard 6 7/8" MKIII Competition. Pretty rare MKIII, apparently. I actually got a couple of guys wanting to buy the gun when I posted about it over on the Ruger forum. I just got lucky and found it lightly used at our local shop. Only one I've ever seen. Bill's favorite 22 auto, by the way. Lovely gun.


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Here's my MK II 22/45 stainless, KP4, with a 4-3/4" barrel and fixed sights..

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Need to muddy the water a bit but mean absolutely no harm.

A Standard model and a Mark II can not be rhe same pistol. The Standard models were the first models made by Ruger and the Mark II was the second model made by Ruger.

There was a Mark I Target model with adj sights but nothing else was labled MK I.

Some may be confused by calling this Mark II a Stainless Mark II Standard model. It is a MK II, fixed sight.

Now, I'll run for cover. ��
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No offense, but you should duck if you're expecting to use Ruger to back up your statements. Even Ruger has jumped all over the place when referencing and labeling these. Prior to the MK II, you could buy either a Standard or an MK I, but, even then, the owner's manual labeled both as Marks and referred to them interchangeably. Starting with the MK IIs, Ruger muddied the waters even more, sometimes marketing the fixed sight models as Standards, other times simply as Marks.

Even with my MKIII instruction manuals, Ruger still lists and references a Standard, not your "MK II fixed sights". Even stranger, their current MK IV manual also makes reference to a Standard, even though there is no such thing, at this time, as an MK IV fixed sight version/ MK IV Standard. Ruger is notorious for being sloppy with their labeling. They've been much more interested in marketing and advertising than accuracy in their labeling. This continues, today. Be glad to provide other examples.

The biggest concern with Marks/Standards is accurately describing the version you have with other shooters because Ruger, themselves, have been inconsistent. The consensus among those of us who own and shoot these is to call fixed sight versions as Standards and then add the Mark series to indicate vintage, as I have done. No right or wrong to it, jut a way to communicate with some accuracy. The Mark series tell us what other features to expect. Thus a Mark II/Standard would be a fixed sight, standard tapered barrel gun made from 1982 to 2005.

Again, not a big deal as long as you communicate what the gun has for features.

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Ruger's last printed cataog in 2011 was little help, as it lists each pistol only by model number. A photo of the poly framed 22/45 with adjustable sights shows it is roll marked "Target Model" and "22/45 Mark III".

The 2010 catalog lists the fixed sight steel frame model as the "Mark III Standard". The main page headings for the 22/45 don't mention any "Mark".
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It would seem that Ruger has done the collector an injustice by not giving "clear title" to each model. Their lack of definition leaves confusion on the buyers part.
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Another prime example which is stirring up a hornet's nest is their recent labeling of the New Vaqueros in 44 mag.

All the original Vaqueros were built on the large Blackhawk frame, regardless of caliber. One of those was a 44 mag. When the New Vaqueros were introduced, all New Vaqueros were built on the medium frame. Simple, then, to know what frame size you had by checking to see if the gun was labeled Vaquero or New Vaquero.

No more. Now Ruger has introduced a Birdshead 44 mag and has labeled it a New Vaquero, even though it is built on the large frame, just like the original 44 mag Vaquero. That means we now have both large frame and medium frame guns with the New Vaquero label. Would have been nice for the sake of consistency to label the new Birdshead 44 mag as a Vaquero, instead of a new Vaquero, but that's Ruger for you. Pretty hard to keep up with Ruger's thinking on this.
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Another prime example which is stirring up a hornet's nest is their recent labeling of the New Vaqueros in 44 mag.

All the original Vaqueros were built on the large Blackhawk frame, regardless of caliber. One of those was a 44 mag. When the New Vaqueros were introduced, all New Vaqueros were built on the medium frame. Simple, then, to know what frame size you had by checking to see if the gun was labeled Vaquero or New Vaquero.

No more. Now Ruger has introduced a Birdshead 44 mag and has labeled it a New Vaquero, even though it is built on the large frame, just like the original 44 mag Vaquero. That means we now have both large frame and medium frame guns with the New Vaquero label. Would have been nice for the sake of consistency to label the new Birdshead 44 mag as a Vaquero, instead of a new Vaquero, but that's Ruger for you. Pretty hard to keep up with Ruger's thinking on this.
Could get exciting if one got confused and shot "Vaquero Only" loads in a New Vaquero!
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