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Old September 26, 2012, 09:05 AM   #1
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Which Mark III is the best?

HI - I'm brand new to pistols and would like to get into competitive shooting with a .22. I've read reviews, held different guns, and shot a Mark III Standard. So, I've narrowed it down to the Mark III but I'm not sure which one I should get... Standard, Hunter, Target, or Competition. Then there is the 22/45 series which I'm not sure if I'm a fan. Right now, I'd like to shoot with open sights and maybe add a scope in the future so I'd like the longer barrel with keeping in mind the weight of the gun. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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Old September 26, 2012, 10:05 AM   #2
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Mark III

I think you would be very comfortable with the Mark III target model in 5.5" barrel and stainless steel. It is very popular for a reason.
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Old September 26, 2012, 10:36 AM   #3
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It kind of depends on the type of competition you might do.
Slow, precision, or fast action.
The ones you mentioned are well suited to the first type, like bullseye.
The 22/45, with the more upright grip angle seems, at least to me, better for steel challenge, action pistol and the like.
But you will have to try them.
As far as barrel length is concerned, that's never seemed to make as much difference as other aspects, like trigger action, the sight design, weight balance, mag release style, and so on.
Anything from 4.5 to 5" seems fine.
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Old September 26, 2012, 02:55 PM   #4
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Decisions, Decisions ?? !!!

Have to admit that I'm really biased for I would say;
Hunter, Target, or Competition.
In that order. I especially like the Hunter fluted barrels and HiViz sights. With these sights, I really don't need a scope as my eye are still good enough. I don't care for any of the 22/45 and the synthetic frames. ...

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Old October 3, 2012, 12:32 PM   #5
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I have the Mark III Competition Target model, and I think it's great. It took a few times to get used to the sights, but once I made a few adjustments and became familiar with it, it's perfect. The first time I shot it, I had a few jams. Since then, I haven't had a single jam or any other problem.
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Old October 3, 2012, 05:08 PM   #6
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I like shooting the Mk. III, but reassembly is such a total P-in-the-A, that I sold mine, and would not consider buying another one, regardless of how popular they are.
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Old October 3, 2012, 09:31 PM   #7
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Hunter with 6 7/8 barrel.

For the guys that cant follow instructions in dis/assembly-dont listen to them.
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