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Easy field stripping and
reassembly makes all key
parts readily accessible for
thorough cleaning.

Accuracy Chart
Accuracy tests conducted from sandbag rest
at 25 yards with a SIG ROMEO1 reflex sight.
Average of three 5-round groups, with a centerto-center measurement in inches.

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n 1949, William Batterman Ruger emerged
from his garage with a handgun design
that not only became an American icon, but
launched one of the largest and most diverse
firearms manufacturers in the country.
His Ruger Standard Pistol (later renamed
the MK I) was a .22LR semi-auto patterned
after the graceful WWII-era Japanese Baby
Nambu-including the enclosed bolt riding
in a solid upper barrel/frame unit that
produced a very consistent lock-up and
excellent accuracy.
The elegant lines, modest price, and tack
driving accuracy made it an instant hit with
shooters and it became the most popular
plinking and target rimfire pistol in the
country. It stayed in production until 1981.
In 1982, the Ruger MK II replaced it; offering
the modest price and similar features but in
a more diverse line of models to better suit
the needs of competitive shooters. In 2005, it
was replaced by the MK III series. The changes
in the MK III were the addition of a magazine

Group Size (inches)

CCI Mini-Mag 40-grain
copper-plated round nose

0.41

Federal American Eagle
45-grain CPRN Subsonic
Suppressor

0.49

CCI 40-grain lead standard
velocity

0.46

Federal Premium Gold Medal
40-grain Match

0.53

Aguila 40-grain Pistol Match

0.57

safety; moving the magazine release from the
heel of the butt to the preferred Americanstyle 'behind the trigger guard' position; and
the top of the receiver was now drilled and
tapped to allow the easy mounting of the
increasingly-popular optical sights.
None of these model changes altered
the accuracy and handling of the original
Standard Pistol. They merely provided more
options for shooters. Unfortunately, they also
failed to address the biggest drawback to the
original design-field stripping for cleaning.
To be 'extremely charitable', field stripping
the MK I, II, and III series guns was not a
simple task. A shooting buddy of mine
summed it up well when he said "You need

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