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Old 03-31-2012, 09:36 AM   #1
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Older MKII vs new MKIII?

I have an older MKII that I have been generally satisfied with, but was considering the purchase of a new MKIII Competition pistol.
Having read the comments expressed by some, that Ruger products produced now, at their Arizona facility, are of lower quality than those produced at their old Connecticut site; I'm a bit reluctant to do so.
Would I be better off to stay with the MKII that I have?
I'd be most interested in advice from those who owned an older MKII and also purchased (or have had "hands on" experience with) a MKIII Competition.
Thanks in advance,
Bob W
 
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:16 PM   #2
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Experience with both personally and with customers. I honestly don't buy into it and have not seen any evidence of a reduction in quality from Ruger. Still, I have to question the idea of buying a MKIII if you have a perfectly functional MKII. To each their own, but keep in mind who you're asking here. I'm inclined to tell you to build the MKII. No need for an entirely new gun if you have one that is near what you're looking for. Buy yourself a target top-end for it and get to work, is my opinion.
 
Old 03-31-2012, 04:42 PM   #3
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Thanks Alabaster; for your thoughts relative to my MKII vs MKIII question.
I was intrigued by the newer MKIII Competition; primarily by it's having a longer barrel.
As best as I can tell, other than that; it is essentially the same pistol, and as mentioned; I have always been satisfied with my MKII.
Do you think that the longer barrel on the MKIII offers any benefit with regard to target shooting?
Thanks again for responding to my inquiry, and your "$0.02" is worth a lot more than that!
 
 
Old 04-04-2012, 09:54 AM   #4
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I tend to shoot better(bullseye match) with the 5" guns, I think I see too much movement with the longer bbl guns and cant get the shot off with out jerking. But a lot of people use the longer guns with success.
 
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I prefer a longer barrel and sight radius, personally. That's just it, though. It's personal preference. Much of handgunning is subjective. What fits/balances well for me will almost assuredly not do so for you. I have a ble/aluminum "Tactical Solutions" target top end that I'm looking for a lower to pair with it. Have you looked into this? It's a longer bull barrel, but it's fluted aluminum so it balances well, IMO. It's not nearly as top-heavy as a stainless or all-steel bull. Keep in mind this is the registered part of this pistol, so you will need an FFL to purchase more than likely.

These guns lend themselves exceptionally well to modification if you have the skill and will to do it. I think you'd have a good time making this a project gun, honestly.
 
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