Difference between MK1 and MKII.

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Not enough pictures in this thread. I agree with those who think the MKII was the pinacle of the series. Not only because of the improvements over tge MKI, but because of all the cool MKII variants available.

To the original question by the OP. The early guns did not have the recessed areas behind the bolt ears.
 
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Pat-inCO

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I had a MK-I before the MK-II was released. Did not like it. In fact, traded it off on a MK-II
once they were past the first year.

I've looked at the MK-III and MK-IV, and see no reason to "upgrade".

I concede that the MK-IV "fixed" a problem for those that can not read the manual.

Love the MK-II. :)
 

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The Mk 2 has a bolt hold-open on the last shot, and no, the mags aren't interchangeable. they're still lots of fun, though.
 

Dan in MI

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The Mk 2 has a bolt hold-open on the last shot, and no, the mags aren't interchangeable. they're still lots of fun, though.
Yes and no. Early A-54 frames have the follower button groove on the opposite side of the frame from later A-100 frames. Easily fixed by swapping the follower button on the magazine to the opposite side also.
 
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yes amazing that for so many years, since 1949 no less, that folks just knew how to use the Ruger semi auto 22 pistol and was not a real problem at all, hell I even knew some old timers that NEVER had to even take them apart, soaked 'em in kerosene, run a swab down the bore, oil a bit and runs like a clock,,,,,even to this day...give me a break and to the above yes, the Mark II mags could, would and do work in the early RUger RSTs and Mark Is, gotta switch the button over...........:cool::rolleyes:;)
 
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I just put new grips on my Mark II. (eBaY purchase $60). In the same style as the newer Mark IV. I've had this Mark II since the early 90's I'll guess. I wish I bought the bull barrel. I bought it as a back packing gun and used to take it with me on hikes in the California Sierra. At the time, I felt the tapered barrel would be a bit lighter. It is still a somewhat heavy gun. Holster is an unlined Bianchi # 89 which fits perfectly. I would prefer a lined holster. If anyone can recommend one, let me know.

The grips are not a perfect fit as they have cut outs where they are not needed. Still, it's a big improvement over the black plastic grips. I've considered the more common white plastic grips many times over the years but never felt moved to switch.

These wood ones look marvelous though and make me like the Mark II even more. Lighter color looks better. Matching the holster color, suits me as well.

Regarding the Mark IV. I recently ordered a Hunter in SS with a fluted barrel as well. Fell in love with the looks. Which is why I ordered the grips for the Mark II. They are both stunningly good looking pistols. I am debating gifting one to my brother. I'm not sure I could part with either one.
 

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Bad Barlow

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I just put new grips on my Mark II. (eBaY purchase $60). In the same style as the newer Mark IV. I've had this Mark II since the early 90's I'll guess. I wish I bought the bull barrel. I bought it as a back packing gun and used to take it with me on hikes in the California Sierra. At the time, I felt the tapered barrel would be a bit lighter. It is still a somewhat heavy gun. Holster is an unlined Bianchi # 89 which fits perfectly. I would prefer a lined holster. If anyone can recommend one, let me know.

The grips are not a perfect fit as they have cut outs where they are not needed. Still, it's a big improvement over the black plastic grips. I've considered the more common white plastic grips many times over the years but never felt moved to switch.

These wood ones look marvelous though and make me like the Mark II even more. Lighter color looks better. Matching the holster color, suits me as well.

Regarding the Mark IV. I recently ordered a Hunter in SS with a fluted barrel as well. Fell in love with the looks. Which is why I ordered the grips for the Mark II. They are both stunningly good looking pistols. I am debating gifting one to my brother. I'm not sure I could part with either one.
Love that fluted barrel !
I hope it makes the gun a bit muzzle heavy,I have never held one.
 

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