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Another .22LR wanted - this time a Ruger semi-auto
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A Mark II was my first handgun purchase in the late 80s. Takedown and assembly can be tricky but not impossible. Reliable and fun to shoot.
MikeP, just an old guy that smells of garlic.
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The MKIIIs have safety "improvements" that the MKIIs didn't. Otherwise in my experience they're quite similar. The first things MKIII owners usually do is remove the loaded chamber indicator (crud trap) and the magazine safety. MKIIs don't have either.

Disassembly is the same basically and gets easier with repetition. I would say the exception is the mag safety, it adds a lot of complication to the process, thus the popularity of replacing the hammer bushing.

Your daughters may find the 22/45 easier to handle, the polymer frame lightens the gun up considerably. My daughter is a long gun fan, can't get her to stick with handguns. She loves the AR, thus proving again daughters are expensive.

I have two MKIIIs right now, a 6-7/8 Target and a threaded 22/45. The 6-7/8 with a red-dot is my main target pistol, it's heavy but a great shooter.
-gonzo
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