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    Ruger Mark I

    So here’s the story. I have been looking for a nice Ruger Mark Pistol with a bull barrel, at a reasonable price for some time. In fact I wondered why I didn’t buy one earlier, since I’ve been shooting and buying guns for 30 years. Then I vaguely remembered that the absence of an exposed hammer was a put off for me. Maybe a bad memory of my very first gun, a S&W 422 I didn’t like and quickly traded for a 6” model 66-3 revolver in .357 magnum.

    Didn’t know much about them so I educated myself and came to the conclusion that the 5.5” bull barrel Mark II would be the ticket (a 10” would be nice, but I’ve never seen one here in Switzerland).

    And as luck has it, shortly after I agreed to buy the Mark II already presented from an elderly gentleman who stopped shooting, this one popped up at a very large auction where I was coveting other guns (but didn’t get them). Hammer came down at $ 320, and all of a sudden I was now the owner of two Ruger Mark Pistols.











    Manufactured in 1978



    Clean barrel without markings







    Only one magazine sadly


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    Sighting it in at the range, 25 meters

    Too low



    Too high



    Good enough now



    Had a go at 50 meters, pretty astonished by the result

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    Very nice. Always liked the ruger MKs
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    The quintessential firearm, the Ruger Standard ( 1949 )...later, with a longer barrel, named the MKI ( 1950-1981 )...that started William Batterman Ruger's rise to fame.

    A very nice, well preserved specimen indeed...

    Congrats !!

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    Very nice. I bought my first Ruger Mark I Target with 5" Bull Barrel in 1969. I'm a big fan and have had several over the years since. Never owned a Standard model. Here's my current Mark II that I've owned for years...
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    I've understood that the Mark II is the best of all...not necessarily for collector value but the best pistols of the entire series.
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    Congratulations, that is a very nice pistol. I owned a bull barreled MkII some twenty years ago and it was one of the best shooters I have ever owned, and is one of the few I wish I had held on to.
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    Very nice. I purchased my Mk I bull barrel in 1980. I think it was $150.
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    Both very nice. I just acquired my long desired Mk1 a few weeks ago too. Such great little guns and yes the text free barrels are so nice.
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    You have a very fine pistol with that MKI. I've never owned a later one and can't imagine a better pistol than the MKI in this price range. I bought mine new in the early 1970s and love it! It cost me a grand sum of $75.

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