Looking to dress up my new Ruger MKIII Hunter, (Long Barrel)

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Merovingian

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Hello, new to the forum and my first post.

After a long quest and lots of drama, I just purchased a NIB Ruger MKIII Hunter from Wal-Mart. (Long story why I actually caved in and bought a gun at walmart, short version is it was 'in stock' and almost $100 cheaper than any other place I went)

This is my first 'lifetime' firearm, or rather the first firearm I foresee myself owning the rest of my life without question. I am looking to dress it up a little bit, just to add a bit of durability as well as still have it look a bit more unique.

The main purpose of this pistol is 'emergency preparedness' and a camping pistol -- so small game hunting and VERY light self defense. I have some LocTite on the way from Amazon to secure the scope mount properly.

Things I would like to do:

#1: New Grips, I Do like the wood grips that came with the pistol but everyone has them, and wood wears down is easily broken and such, so I am looking heavily at the metal grips on the Ruger website either the OD Green or the Electric Blue.

If I went for blue I would want to change out the HiViz peg for a blue one to match, because I AM that OCD about color balancing and symetry... the green and the yellow/green peg I could deal with I think.

I have also seen red metal grips in pictures of competition ruger mkIII's and I am sure there are many other colors, but other than the Ruger Website Im not sure where I should be looking.

#2: Trigger, I know its prob gonna get a laugh but can I find factory style triggers in various colors? Gold, Silver, Green, Red or blue to match the grips?

#3: HiViz Pegs, Paying $38 for 6 more HiViz pegs seems VERY outrageous, is there a generic brand or something else that can be used in that peg slot that doesn't cost so much? Also do those pegs really only come in 2 colors? Red/Green?

4: Holster, I know that once I put the scope mount and a scope on it its not gonna fit in any sort of holster, but I thought I would check to see how people carry scoped pistols? Some sort of padded sling for chest carry? Any options on this front would be appreciated.

I realize that all of this is totally superficial (other than switching to metal grips from wood for durability)... I may end up springing for the accurizing(sp?) package one day, however for now Im going to stick with the factory configuration for now till I learn the ends and outs of it.... but just the same any help you could provide would be appreciated.

Thank you.
 

contender

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Welcome to the Forum!
You have an excellent gun in the Hunter. I have a MKII slabside that's very similar.
Customizing. It can enhance things, personalize a gun etc,,, but as soon as you permanently modify the gun, it can detract from resale value. Now I know you want to keep it for a lifetime,,,, so that's good. Just keep any parts you remove with the gun and make sure they don't get lost. (Put them in the original box with a note about keeping everything together with the gun if something were to happen to you & your estate tried to sell the gun.)
Now on to other questions.
(1) Wood looks a lot better than most metal grips,,,, but it's your customization,,, go for it. Google a search to see what pops up. I haven't entertained any changes since I added Crimson Trace laser grips to mine.
(2) I have not seen any colored triggers,,, but that's not to say it can't be done.
(3)Hi-Viz. The $38 should be for a complete set of litepipes AND a front sight base. As for any others working etc,,,, nope. Hi-Viz is a unique shape & no one copies it. Yes, only 2 colors usually,,,, but there has been some experimenting with yellow for colorblind folks. 2 colors and 3 sizes.
(4) There are a few holsters for scoped Ruger 22 semi's. I do believe Uncle Mikes makes one,,,!

Now, you might want to spend customizing $$$$ on action parts etc. That can help the performance some,,,, according to others. I've never needed to replace the trigger or extractor. I did add an oversized bolt release though,,,!
I hope this helps a little.
 

hpman66

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Merovingian":17nfrwy4 said:
Hello, new to the forum and my first post.

After a long quest and lots of drama, I just purchased a NIB Ruger MKIII Hunter from Wal-Mart. (Long story why I actually caved in and bought a gun at walmart, short version is it was 'in stock' and almost $100 cheaper than any other place I went)....



Thank you.


You have a Wal-Mart that still sells handguns? I thought selling handguns at Wally World had been a big No-No for a long time. Where in the world is this Wal-Mart located?
 

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