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Old 11-21-2016, 08:09 PM   #1
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Ruger Mark I, even sweeter, now.

Bill and I had a bunch of errands to run, but we did throw a few guns and some ammo in the car for a quick trip to the range, today. The weather wasn't really that cold - mid 20s - but by the time we got to the range it was late afternoon and all the shooting stations were in the shadows. Yup, cold shooting fingers time of the year, again.

Mostly I wanted to check some of the 1911s with some new ammo, but also made it a point to bring along the 1980 vintage Ruger Mark I with the equally vintage Bushnell 1.4x Phantom scope. Have recently posted about this gun, but have done more work on it, so wanted to also see how it would shoot.


Got the gun, as you see it, above, no sights. Originally planned to remove the scope and restore it with sights. Did find some sights for the gun, but adding the rear sight would mean removing the scope and I'm in no hurry to do that because the gun shoots so well with the scope.

Mostly, though, what I've been doing with the gun is working on the trigger. The trigger came with a fair amount of creep and a fair amount of pull weight, so took the action apart and went to work. Found a different hammer of the appropriate vintage in the parts box (I work on Ruger Marks a lot) and that took out the creep. Then did stone work on the sear and hammer and that dropped the pull weight down into the target gun range. A bit of work to be sure, but the gun now has an excellent, target grade trigger. Yes, I suppose I could have just dropped in some Volquartsen replacement action parts, but I wanted to keep this one as original as possible.

Hands were getting cold by the time I shot this one target, but very pleased. Emptied two mags worth of Federal HV match and called it good. Brrrr!


Yes, I love our new S&W Victory and, yes, maybe it would shoot a bit tighter group, but maybe not. The Mark definitely has the better trigger, now. Either way, the Ruger is easily the better built gun. No MIM parts on this beauty! Then, too, Ruger Marks and I go way back, so that makes it all the more special when I find one this sweet to shoot and, believe me, this one is as sweet as it gets. Great specimen of a classic Ruger Mark.
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