Category: Ruger

Ruger MK III: Long-time favorite

By , August 14, 2009 12:58 pm

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The Ruger Mark III is a semiautomatic pistol manufactured in the United States by Sturm, Ruger & Company.

There is a dizzying number of models of this handgun. It would be tedious and confusing to describe each available model; instead, refer to the below table for information on the many models of the Ruger Mark III pistol.

Ruger Mark III Models

Standard * Fixed Fixed 4¾” 9″ 35 oz
Standard * Fixed Fixed 6″ 10¾” 37 oz
Bull Barrel * Adjustable Fixed 5½” 9¾” 42 oz
Bull Barrel * Adjustable Fixed 5½” 9¾” 42 oz
Target * Adjustable Fixed 6⅞” 11⅛” 42 oz
Competition * Adjustable Fixed 6⅞” 11⅛” 45 oz
Hunter * Adjustable High-Visibility Fiber Optic 6⅞” 11⅛” 41 oz

The Ruger Mark III Standard has a tapered barrel in a 4.75″ (121mm) or 6.0″ (153mm) length, fixed sights, and black plastic handgrips. The Mark III Bull Barrel adds a heavier, untapered 5.5″ (140mm) barrel and an adjustable rear sight. The next model in the lineup is the Mark III Target with a tapered 6.875″ (175mm) barrel and an adjustable rear sight.

* The high-end model is known as the Hunter. This pistol features a stainless steel frame and 6.875-inch fluted bull barrel, fiber-optic front sight, adjustable rear sights, and half-checkered Cocobolo grip. It features multiple safety mechanisms, and includes a visible loaded chamber indicator (The first ever included in a .22 rimfire pistol) as well as internal and external keyed locks provided.
* The next pistol in the lineup is named Competition. It too has a stainless steel frame and 6.875-inch bull barrel, and adjustable rear sights; the pistol also has the Cocobolo grip.
* Target is the next Mark III. This pistol has a blued finish, a tapered 6.875-inch barrel, and adjustable rear sights.
* The Bull barrel pistol comes in stainless steel or blued finish. It has a heavier barrel to help the barrel from overheating and to keep recoil down. It has a 5.5-inch barrel and adjustable rear sights.
* Finally, the Standard Mark III has a tapered barrel, black plastic handgrips and a blued finish. It comes with either a 6-inch or 4.75-inch barrel. It has fixed sights.