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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 3:29 pm 
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I have a like-new in the box Ruger Mark III Government Target model that I got in trade.

Model # 10117
Catalog # MKIII678G

I spoke with Ruger records department and I was told that there were approximately 200 units made and sent to one distributor and then production of this model was ceased.

Does anyone have anymore information on this gun? Value? I have never seen them on gunbroker or anywhere else for sale.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:18 pm 
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No, but I'd love to have about 5 of them


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:48 pm 
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Here's one that sold for 680 on Gunbroker this month.

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewIt ... =314019015

Edit: Nuts! This thread is almost 2 months old.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:09 pm 
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Interesting. I have a MK II Gov't Target Model, stainless model. Mine is not drilled and tapped and did not include the scope mount base like I see in your picture. Mine is extremely accurate. Has the factory target with it too.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 10:05 pm 
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kacher1 wrote:
Here's one that sold for 680 on Gunbroker this month.

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewIt ... =314019015

Edit: Nuts! This thread is almost 2 months old.



I have this same exact model (sans box ) I picked up used a couple years ago for $260

It's very accurate, fast, and perfectly balanced. This is my Steel challenge gun for Iron Rimfire division.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 2:52 pm 
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I have the stainless slab side 5 1/2" version that I shoot quite frequently in Steel Challenge. I have a JPoint reflex sight on mine.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:54 am 
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kacher1 wrote:
Here's one that sold for 680 on Gunbroker this month.

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewIt ... =314019015

Edit: Nuts! This thread is almost 2 months old.


What makes this gun so special (read: expensive)? I have the same model (with the box) that I purchased in March of 2011 for $330 from Davidson's. If I had known that the original would demand such a high price, I wouldn't have added the fiber optic front sight, cocobolo grips and Speed Strip kit.
I guess I could always put it back the way it was if, indeed, there's a reason for such a high resale value.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:58 am 
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FlyerTom wrote:

What makes this gun so special (read: expensive)? I have the same model (with the box) that I purchased in March of 2010 for $330 from Davidson's. If I had known that the original would demand such a high price, I wouldn't have added the fiber optic front sight, cocobolo grips and Speed Strip kit.
I guess I could always put it back the way it was if, indeed, there's a reason for such a high resale value.


Simple answer...Ruger never cataloged it!
They must have taken the left over "G" 6-7/8" bull barrels from the Mark II series and used them up early on with the uncataloged MKIII678G.
To date, I only have two serial numbers on these, so if you guys want to send your sn's to me via PM, I can add them to the list of known guns (I only keep the sn info, not your names...so no worrys). Maybe we can establish a known sn range for this rare model.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 10:19 pm 
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The reason they fetch such a premium, is their accuracy


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:44 am 
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Also, wern't they made for the US Army Shooting Team or something like that? And yes, very accurate.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:38 pm 
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Ruger originally got a Gov't contract for a 6-7/8" bull barreled Mark II model in 1984 and produced over 18,000 of them with U.S. markings, all beginning with 210-00001. Once the contract was completed, Ruger decided it would be a good model to sell to the civilian market so continued serial numbering of the model up to 210-50000 before they filled out the block and continued making them in (in random blocks) beginning about 215-10xxx and up.
It was a very popular model! Which is why I don't know why Ruger decided not to continue it in the Mark III series.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 4:39 pm 
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I made a correction on purchase date for my MkIII Government . I found my original sighting-in target and the date was 2011, not 2010 as originally posted. It is, indeed, one of those 'rare' birds that weren't cataloged, and fer sure, it's accuracy is better than the High Standard I used in pistol competitions years ago.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:10 pm 
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Well, my Ruger Mark II version of this particular firearm is the most accurate semi-automatic .22 LR pistol in my collection. I bought it in mid 1995. The plastic case is stamped 3/94. However, its S/N is 219-95XXX, so it may have hibernated in my dealers case for a long time. It has a Red Dot sight on it, and can shoot dime sized groups at 50 yards. It has had over 35,000 .22 LR cartridges thru it since I purchased it in 1995.

One of my favorites.

PS: Oh, BTW, it is stamped as a "Government Target Model" on the right side of the Barrel/receiver between the ejection port and the bolt Ear, under the rear sight.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:11 am 
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Coop wrote:

PS: Oh, BTW, it is stamped as a "Government Target Model" on the right side of the Barrel/receiver between the ejection port and the bolt Ear, under the rear sight.

Coop


Yes, all the Mark II Governments are rollmarked that way.
Are the Mark III's?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 5:52 pm 
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chet 15...
PM'd you with the serial numbers of my mkIII government target models. am new at this did you receive the PM?
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