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Old 03-01-2012, 09:22 AM   #11
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I shoot a MK II. I did some action work to it and it is a real pain to work on. I haven't taken it apart to clean it in quite a while. I did replace the firing pin and action spring last year. Seems to have corrected some misfire problems I was having.

Get a patch worm or boresnake, small brush etc. Compressed air will help. There is no need to field strip it unless it starts giving problems.

Enjoy shooting it.
 
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:36 AM   #12
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I have a Mark I Ruger Standard. And I had a he!! of a time getting it broken down recently to clean. I ended up using a brass drift to pop the ball end of the bolt retaining pin free. When I got it out completely I saw rust in the swivel joints which did not help. Then I could not get it back in properly, but managed after I read the instructions (and whoever reads those?). I have not handled the pistol for many years and it sat on a closet shelf neglected all that time. It is all back together now, and I would not hesitate to take it down again for future cleaning, now I know how it goes.
 
Old 03-31-2012, 01:56 PM   #13
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Oh, man. I hate it. I think that's why God created spray cleaners and Dunk-Kits. I've NEVER had such a headache in all my years. Speed strip kit or sprays/dunk tanks. Otherwise you may seek out professional help, either a gunsmith or Dr. Jennifer Melfi. I love my Standard, though. It has to be my all-time favorite 22 for many reasons.
 
 
Old 04-02-2012, 09:38 PM   #14
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I never had that much trouble. Use a small flat tip screwdriver to raise the lever.
 
Old 04-04-2012, 10:49 AM   #15
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Bore snake or patchworm. I can take mine apart without problems. Putting it back together is another story. It may go together easily or it can be a bear.
I don't take it apart very often. I use the patch worm and a brush and plastic picks to clean it. Last time I tore it down was to replace the firing pin and the recoil spring. If not kept clean I get misfires, anything between the bolt and the bbl face and it clicks, so pay attn. to these areas.
 
Old 04-04-2012, 03:23 PM   #16
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+1, really. I never had issues with taking it apart. Like anything else, it seems. Getting 'em back together is a BEAR!
 
Old 12-16-2012, 11:55 AM   #17
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I had a hard time with my '57 Standard, the first time. The youtube "" video showed how to manipulate the hammer and spring strut.

What isn't easy to see on the vid is the little end of the strut ("dingle"), which has to fit into the pocket of the little piston that's in that retaining clip assembly which fits in the back of the frame. After watching the video (a few times...), I got the flashlight out, and got a real good look at how those parts worked.

You can tell it's going together right when you have rotated the pistol to point up, pressed the trigger, felt the 'dingle' pop into place, and then feel a small spring-loaded resistance to pushing the retaining clip that last 1/8" or so. I've found that (at least on my guns), if I don't feel that spring load, I've got to point the barrel down, press the trigger to move the hammer, then back up, press the trigger... then it'll work.

The other problems I've run into were a low round count original red-logo (1949? '50? it was old) Standard that might have never been apart. First off, the part of that retaining clip assembly that goes thru the top of the upper receiver and bolt was in there SO (expletive deleted) TIGHT that it took several minutes of misery. Then, I found that the recoil spring doesn't have the little guide rod peened over on both ends like the later guns. All the other ones I've seen, I could pop that recoil spring ass'y out as a unit - that early model launched the spring and its retainer.

Something to be aware of if you ever strip the bolt on a real early one.

And I ran across another where the end of that retaining pin was real tight where it goes through the end of the recoil spring assembly. Took a minute to put it together too.

Hope this helps.

-Bill
 
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[QUOTE=thecarfarmer;143547]... original red-logo (1949? '50? it was old) .../QUOTE]

Bill Ruger Sr. changed the color from red to black in 1951 after Alex Sturm died.

Alexander McCormick Sturm - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Old 12-17-2012, 10:36 PM   #19
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^^^thanks! I knew it was pretty early when they made that change.

I used to own pistol #24xx that shoulda' been a '51 (according to Ruger's site) - it had black eagles on the grips (I remember thinking at the time that she shoulda' been a red eagle gun when I looked her # up). But, who knows what her history had been, huh?

-Bill

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^^^thanks! I knew it was pretty early when they made that change.

I used to own pistol #24xx that shoulda' been a '51 (according to Ruger's site) - it had black eagles on the grips (I remember thinking at the time that she shoulda' been a red eagle gun when I looked her # up). But, who knows what her history had been, huh?

-Bill
Change may have been done in the middle of the model year.

As to the serial # ranges on the Ruger website, various things sometimes happen to serial #s and/or numbered frames at factories. Not just Ruger either. The ranges are approximations, so for an individual gun you would have to contact Ruger directly.
 
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