The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > Hogan's Alley > Handguns: The Semi-automatic Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old November 23, 2013, 12:59 PM   #1
Rogervzv
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 5, 2011
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
Posts: 675
New (to me) Mark I Target comes home!

I picked this gun up at a consignment sale (estate sale) a month ago. After the interminable California wait, I finally got it home. The gun was absolutely filthy; I am not sure that the previous owner ever did more to it than clean out the bore. I thoroughly cleaned it and then went to the range. The gun shot great! I was happy to find that it handles Mark III magazines just fine, which is great because I have over a dozen of them. Out of 170 rounds (Remington Goldens) I had one ejection issue, which I attribute to a bad round. Otherwise the gun shot perfectly.

Here is how she looked when I picked her up:


Here she is with some new grip panels that I had laying around. I think I like this look better!

__________________
The difference between a citizen and a civilian is that the citizen makes the safety of the body politic his personal responsibility. The civilian does not.
Rogervzv is offline  
Old November 23, 2013, 03:22 PM   #2
Pahoo
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 16, 2006
Location: IOWA
Posts: 5,533
Interesting !!!

Quote:
I was happy to find that it handles Mark III magazines just fine, which is great because I have over a dozen of them.
That is interested and a question that comes up, often. I can understand the MK-III grip panels fitting the MK-I but have never heard of the MK-III fitting the Mk-I. Sadly, I no longer own an MK-I but, it's good to know. ....

Be Safe !!!
__________________
'Fundamental truths' are easy to recognize because they are verified daily through simple observation and thus, require no testing.
Pahoo is offline  
Old November 23, 2013, 03:38 PM   #3
KMAX
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 20, 2011
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,061
It is beautiful! I had a standard back in the '70s, but sold it due to college life expenses. Have regretted it ever since. A few months ago I found a target model and picked it up. I haven't shot it much but feel that empty spot in my life has been filled once again. I think everyone should own a Mark I, II, or III at least for a little while.
__________________
This is my gun. There are many like her, but this one is mine.

I'm not old. I'm CLASSIC!
KMAX is offline  
Old November 23, 2013, 04:54 PM   #4
Rogervzv
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 5, 2011
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
Posts: 675
Turns out that the Standard and the earlier model Mark 1s had a certain grip arrangement that is incompatible with Mark II and Mark III grips and magazines. Later in the Mark 1 series Ruger updated the grip such that it is compatible with these. By luck my Mark 1 target has the later-version grip which is why it will accomodate these beautiful Mark 1 grip panels as well as the Mark II and Mark III magazines.
__________________
The difference between a citizen and a civilian is that the citizen makes the safety of the body politic his personal responsibility. The civilian does not.
Rogervzv is offline  
Old November 24, 2013, 03:22 PM   #5
Quentin2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 18, 2009
Location: NorthWest USA
Posts: 1,636
Nice find, you're gonna love it!

I have a 1975 Mark I which also accepts newer grips like yours. I think the Mark I was changed to the new design somewhere around 1973. Magazines weren't so much of a factor since you could reverse the follower pin to the old style without much trouble.
Quentin2 is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:11 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.06749 seconds with 7 queries