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Good afternoon gentlemen. My brother-in-law found a 1982 NIB Ruger MK I Target.....He didn't want it and told the guy to just consign it with the gun shop with the rest of the collection....He called me right before the guy dropped off the gun and asked if I wanted it....The price was $375.....not exactly sure if that's a good deal or not but I'm going to get it....I figured if it's nothing special then at least it'll be worth what I have into it and I'll shoot the heck out of it. If it's worth a few bucks I might just keep shooting the heck out of my MK III target and leave the MK I NIB.....Am I totally of base here or is there some value?

Thanks for your insight GGVG
 

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I would say it will be a shooter. If not sell it to Kermit in Va. He will buy it anyhow. Ruger made some good rifles till they started usin those tin can barrels.
 

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Assuming yer talking about the 22 LR pistol, DO NOT disassemble it- ever, for any reason. The MK 1 AND 2 are absolute nightmares to reassemble. I have the Mk 2 in a 10" bull match and I made the mistake of taking it apart to clean it. A cutting torch and welder would have made it far easier to reassemble. Due to the reassembly issue, they don't command much interest around here. Never seen a bad shooting one though.
 

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Yup....probably just shoot it.....I have no problems with that.....the new ones run in the mid $400 range.....I'm interested to see how well the trigger smooths out after some use....

Plus it's a private party deal here in TN....so it's a straight up cash out the door deal.
 

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Went and picked up the Mark I today. Really happy with the purchase.
Very, very nice gun! It came with the original box, all the paperwork and the box that it shipped in.....The 1982 price was $143.79.....pretty cool. NIB was a true description.

Here it is.....looks like all the others but it's mine!



The trigger is soooo nice! They don't make them like that any more, right out of the box to boot.
 

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Looking around the web it looks like I paid about what the pistol is worth.....Meh, I don't have a problem that.......it will probably never leave my collection.
 

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Looking around the web it looks like I paid about what the pistol is worth.....Meh, I don't have a problem that.......it will probably never leave my collection.
A good deal is one where you are happy to turn over your money for a product or service. Regardless of what "the book" says, you made a good deal!
Sounds like you and I are about the same: I don't collect guns, I acquire them, and I don't normally get a gun I don't plan to keep.
I was just talking to a former co-worker (he's a Swiss trained watch-maker) about the Rugers. He made a fixture for taking them apart. His fixture uses a soft faced screw to tweek the top off. The trick without it is that if you have to tap with a leather mallet.... start very softly and work up slowly. Don't use a rubber hammer, nylon works OK. The tapping, if done too hard, can result in burrs on a couple of the internal parts.

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I had a 1776 1976 Bicentennial model that had some engraving on it that was stolen out of my car at the rock quarry in Carthage about 1984,,it was a 4 1/2 inch standard model and it run like a sewing machine,,

it was no problem to take apart but there was a trick to putting it back together,,seems like you had to have the hammer back with the lower pointed up and as you slid the upper on it you pointed it towards the floor in one motion and it would slide right together..

I liked it much better than the MKIII I have now with the trigger disconnect and loaded chamber indicator,,:(:(
 

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I dunno if I'd call them an absolute nightmare... more like a minor challenge. :cool:
 

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I’ve owned about 6 of the MK-1s and MK-2s and it ain’t no problem to take apart and put back together, you just need the proper technique.

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I shot the Mark I yesterday. I must say that it is a travesty that the pistol sat in the safe, in a box since I was 12 (37 years ago) years old.....This is THE finest factory 22 pistol that I have ever shot! I absolutely love that pistol......The Mark I is an amazing little gun....Just amazing! The trigger is outrageously nice.....right out of the box non-the-less.

I spent a little too much but am very happy with the purchase.....
 

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......and here we are, a few years later......The MK I has accompanied me on a few prairie dog shoots and killed hundreds of cans. It will shoot any ammo.....from the SK Standard+ (my slowest) to the stingers, it'll eat 'em. I don't think they have gotten any cheaper either.....yeah yeah, I could look that up but as mentioned above "a good deal is one that makes both parties happy".

As S3G said, I've turned into an acquirer.....I've sold a few guns over the last few years. But my Coonan Classic 357, 44 Special GP100, Kimber Eclipse Custom II, Sig P938, Ruger MK II and venerable MK I aren't going anywhere......I also just fell into a Remington Model 7 7mm-08 that'll probably join the list.

Anyway, just wanted to fill you guys in......Zeus hasn't posted much over the last few years.....life happens
 

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Zeus is IN ! Too long Amigo.
 
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Hello Zeus, glad to see your back. Don’t know if your following the NDSU Bison anymore, but they just won their 9th National Campionship in 11 years. “Go Bison”.
Hope we see more of you.. and your right life does happen.
 
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.Hey, I remember his from way back when ole Spec was a pup.
 
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