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Old October 10, 2012, 12:11 AM   #1
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Mark III Help!!! Broken Part?


After opening my brand new Mark III Target I noticed something that disturbed me greatly. There appears to be a broken part on my new gun which hasn't had a shot fired other than factory testing. The problem is that I have no idea what this part is called. Could someone please help me identify what the problem is? This should help me along with my hopefully easy process getting this corrected. From what I've been able to gather on the interwebs, it appears to be the recoil spring guide rod that is defective. Am I off base here?

I've attached two photos to this thread. Thanks in advance fellas!

And please don't flame me for not noticing this before I left the LGS...
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Old October 10, 2012, 12:17 AM   #2
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Not pretty, but not broken either. It's a stamped part and they don't finish it carefully, so there may be some excess metal or stamping marks left visible. My MKII has a similar look, but not quite as bad as that.

Very nice, clear pictures, by the way.
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Old October 10, 2012, 02:50 AM   #3
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You were absolutely correct. Chalk that one up to inexperience.

I decided to use the rest of the night to get to know my Mark III and it was an experience in the least. I do believe disassembly will now be avoided at all costs...
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Old October 10, 2012, 07:09 AM   #4
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Mine has the same thing going on. The pistol works fine.
Here are links on how to take down and reassemble one
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Old October 10, 2012, 08:07 AM   #5
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Actually you should learn to breakdown and reassemble the gun. .22 rimfire is some of the dirtiest ammo around and if you don't keep a semi auto .22 pistol clean it will at some point stop working. Just take your time, don't force anything and ask lots of questions.
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Old October 10, 2012, 08:28 AM   #6
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It's not that hard. The first time is a little tricky, but after that it's pretty simple.
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Old October 10, 2012, 11:16 AM   #7
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Mine looks the same. Search google for the mkiii quick strip kit. Definitely worth the money
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Old October 10, 2012, 02:26 PM   #8
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Dis-assembly is not difficult.
Learn the technique for re-assembly and then laugh at all the complaints.
It's not that big of a deal.
It just requires doing things in order.
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Old October 10, 2012, 08:38 PM   #9
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Just broke this thing in and it was the most fun I've had shooting in quite some time. Amazingly accurate and only one FTE in hundreds of rounds with WWB. CCI Stingers were flawless as expected. Very happy with my choice of this pistol. I would agree with what others have said regarding disassembly. I would also like to recommend using the correct tools and not trying to force it and risk damaging your finish.
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