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How To Easily Reassemble a Ruger Standard, Mark 1,II or III .22 Semi Automatic




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I used to get at least one customer a week coming in with a Standard, Mark 1, 2, or 3 Ruger that they couldn't get back together.
Instead of reassembling it in the back room and charging them for it, I taught them the trick, so that they could do it, got me a lot more business that way.

First, make sure the Hammer is in the down (fired) position.

Now, put the receiver (that's the tube with the bolt in it on the Ruger) onto the grip frame, look to make sure the bolt stop pin hole is in the right spot, lined up with the hole in the grip frame, this ensures that the receiver is all the way back on the grip frame where it belongs.
Start the bolt stop pin into the grip frame just a bit, then, holding the gun in your right hand (clamping the barrel receiver to the grip frame with that right hand) tilt the muzzle UP and to the right so that the grip frame is just about parallel to the floor, and the muzzle is pointed at about 1 o'clock, not quite straight up.

This position lets gravity do the rest for you, the hammer strut will drop down towards the floor and into the start of the recess it needs to seat into in the mainspring housing, so that it ends up pressing against the mainspring plunger.

Push the mainspring housing fully into the grip frame and seat the latch lever flush with the mainspring housing.

If you can now retract the bolt, it's done, the gun is properly reassembled.
If not, open the latch and try again, but once you see how it goes together like this, you can reassemble it time after time in about 15 to 30 seconds, and get it right every time.

If you are left-handed, just point the barrel at 11 o'clock but the rest of the instructions still apply.
 

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Guess I will have to get Geo and his video camera over here and make a video. It's really very simple, and if you see it done once, you can do it ever after.
 

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Just yanking ur chain.

I have owned a few of the early models - and I do remember something about inverting it during a certain step - but once the pistol had sat for awhile and I tried to assemble it again, I invariably had to flip through the manual to remember. For whatever reason, THAT model pistol manual of arms just eluded my permanent memory.
 

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I have a Mark 2 competition, once you get the hang of it taking it down and putting it back together is very easy.
 

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The best thing Ram-Line ever did was include those instructions with all the POS aftermarket magazines they sold in the 80s.
 

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Those kits work well, and will also offer a reduced trigger pull, but in my experience anyone who can't follow the simple directions on how to reassemble it easily by tilting it, especially after being shown how, usually ended up bringing the gun and the kit to me to install, as the installation was beyond their mechanical abilities too.
But for the value, once installed the speed strip kit is well worth the money if you have trouble getting the gun back together. Taking them apart never seems to be the issue.
 

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#9
I first bought a Mark 1 in AK, 1983-ish.

The seller was a gunsmith and showed me this and it is a life saver.

He had me take it apart in front of him and try and put it back together. NOPE.

With this trick it was quick and easy.

Thanks for the memories!