Ruger Mark I vs Mark II vs Mark III. What are the differences?

Ruger Mark I vs Mark II vs Mark III. What are the differences?

There are some differences between the various Ruger Mark pistols. This video compares the Ruger Mark I, Mark II and Mark III and explains the differences between the pistols and their magazines.

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  1. Jim Wardlow on December 10, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    Do you of a good way to modify so that the magazine slide out freely on a Mark 3 ? I have some that fall out freely like I want, and some only release and i have to pull them out.

  2. Imagine Whirled Peas on December 10, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    I Wish I hadn’t sold my Ruger mk1 standard😭

  3. Dan Reidy on December 10, 2021 at 7:06 pm


  4. Rick Shipper on December 10, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    Mine dosnt say mark

  5. Rob Powers on December 10, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    I’ve had a MK I since it was ok to give your kids pistols before they went to JR High and you could buy a box of 22lr for less than fifty cents. When I was 12 I could go to Sears or Wards during a holiday sale and buy 500 round bricks for $4.99, sometimes 3.99. When I was 12 I could toss a bean can in the air and empty the magazine in it before it hit the ground. A gray squirrel inside 10 yards was meat in the pot. Accuracy will spoil you. I’ve shot rifles that couldn’t come close. I don’t think the bull barrel is any more accurate. The weight just saves one from a poorly trained trigger finger. My dad was a South Pacific vet. He taught me muzzle control, trigger control and speed drills by the time I was writing cursive. He also thought field stripping had a time standard. I hate to hear folks complain about how hard this little gem is to take apart. From a kid I was amazed a machine as complex as this would fall apart in your hand with the flip of a toggle. The Ruger semi auto pistol is the standard for judgement of all other firearms. Skills learned with the accuracy and weight of the slim barrel will serve one well for life. I think it’s more amazing than a 1911, and the 1911 is pretty amazing. Economical, rugged accurate, everybody should have one.

  6. Monkey Monk on December 10, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    I really want ruger to make it in
    .380 ACP. Just Because.

  7. GHOST206 RECORDS on December 10, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    What’s in this guy’s mouth?

  8. Dordbird on December 10, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    My grandfather’s mark I ruger was the first handgun I ever fired, super fun space age design, super accurate, even 15 year old me could shoot on target

  9. Scott Zipperer on December 10, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    I have a 1in 5000 commemorative mark 1 Bill Rugar #1648 and all the rest of the marks all the way to 5

  10. Love From A Tiny Kitchen on December 10, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    Enjoying your videos. Just got a Mark III looking forward to some range time.

  11. GunGuyTV on December 10, 2021 at 7:12 pm

  12. Scott Caputo on December 10, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    My dad bought a MKI the year I was born with the intention of giving it to me when I was a teenager… well, he didn’t give it to me, he didn’t even tell me about it, until recently he was going through his collection and at the bottom of an old box full of spent shotgun shells he found it and realized he had forgotten about it until he first saw it again sitting at the bottom of that box. Long story short, he gave me the pistol this year, on my 49th birthday. He was 21 when he bought it for me…. 49 years ago. Better late than never. Thanks, Dad!

    (Just wanted to add that he gave it to me in the original box with all the paperwork and receipt from 1971)

  13. robertatv660 on December 10, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    The mark 1 by the serial, it’s 1977 or 1978

  14. desert dale on December 10, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    You are calling the bolt a "slide", and the 6" Standard a "Mark I". The Mark I guns said "Mark I" on the receiver. This gun is a New Model Standard (RST6) made between 1971 and 1982, when the Mark II series started. The Old Model guns made 1949 to 1971 (both Standard and Mark I) had the early magazine which was open only, on the right side, for the follower button. With the New Model guns the magazine was open on both sides (like the Mark II mag) with the follower button on the left side, and the gun frame was changed to accept it. The Mark II mag can be used in any of the earlier guns, if the follower button is moved to the right side for the Old Model guns. Ruger made the New Model frame change because the Bolt Stop of the Mark II was in the process of being designed, and then it appeared on the left side of the Mark II frame in 1982. The follower button sets the Bolt Stop, when the mag is empty, holding the bolt open. I hope this helps you identify what gun you have.

  15. john fischer on December 10, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    I have inherted my dads ruger, it did not come with a magazine, i bought one online but it does not work. Do you know how i can tell what model it is? looks like from your video it is mark 1, and where i can get a magazine that will work in it….thank you

  16. Kevin x on December 10, 2021 at 7:18 pm


  17. Doran Maxwell on December 10, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    Never liked the Ruger 22… My grand dad bought one in 1960 and I have that now. it is ….’OK’? not like a Colt Woodsman… or High Standard.. Not even close to my Smith & Wesson K22 from the 30’s but a fun gun in any case. Hard to take apart and put back together tho.

  18. bo cat on December 10, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    I have the MKII slab sides, you can drive nails with it.

  19. Harpazo Snatched on December 10, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    How long is the barrel for the mark 1. I have a Mark 2 but the barrel is like your mark 1.

  20. john blood on December 10, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    The mags are not interchangeable unless you modify them . Three into one and two and two into one. Videos on the tube.

  21. Drippy the Hippy on December 10, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    Love my mk 2

  22. Russell Morash on December 10, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    Excellent video Excellent shot you got a bulls eye first shot second and third where right on tip of each other never shot that well on my best day anyway getting back to your comparison greatly insightful of the difference of the three I had a mark two sold it for some stupid reason but years latter ended up with a suppressor and got a Markell threaded barrel hatted the fact you had to dig to get the mags out came across a company called majestic arms my savior the sold a hammer and bushing that not only dropped the trigger down to about three pounds of pull and removed all the sloppiness and removed the magazine disconnect so they fly out of the gun I also wasn’t a fan of breaking it down for cleaning so for and extra 40 bucks I bought there speed strip kit witch very simply removes the nub at the back top of the gun simply take the provided Allen wrench a couple of turns pin comes out bolt slides out reach in with a toothbrush and cleaner scrub up the works clean the bolt spray it out with contact cleaner back together in literally 5 seconds and done had a little trouble with feeding bulk ammo so took a Dremel tool with polish ran it over the feed ramp shining like a mirror now it will eat the cheapest junk I can get my hands on and no problem very accurate even when I dump the the mag never sell this one I even got and sr22 threaded guiet as a library well I think I chewed your ear enough for one night but just had to thank you on the great video and tell the anyone who isn’t aware ruger makes a quality product and you definitely get your money’s worth thanks for your time

  23. TOOMUCH AMMO on December 10, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    The Ruger Mark ii is the best 22 pistol ever made. It has a 2lb trigger pull, magazine disconnect, and is extremely accurate. Add a Volquartson extended bolt release on it, and it becomes the ultimate survival 22! The Ruger Mark 1, 3, 4, all have a 5lb trigger pull. Buy one if find one!!

  24. Elvin Ferrell on December 10, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    The Ruger Standard was not marked on the barrel. The Mark I and II were marked I and II. So, if it does not have Mark I or Mark II, it is a Standard. The one you have appears to be a Standard, as Mark I had adjustable sights.

  25. Loving Idaho on December 10, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    I have all 3 and love them . Mark 1 is still my favorite .

  26. Josh Brekke on December 10, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    Great video! I used to have a Mark ll decades ago, I really like shooting it but not cleaning it. Today at a show I found a new in box Mark lV for $350. I’m excited to shoot it soon. I have a feeling it will be better then my old mark ll. It’s a real nice piece.

  27. Dennis A Wood on December 10, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    That is NOT a Mark I. The Mark I has an adjustable rear sight in BOTH windage and elevation. You show a Standard. These pistols do NOT have a SLIDE, they use a Bolt. GEEEZ!

  28. David Johnson on December 10, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    As part of your training, train to count your rounds with the Standard (Mk 1.)

  29. Levan Pkh on December 10, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    excellent video

  30. zachary tharin on December 10, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    Great video I’ve had my mark one for about 15 years wasn’t quite sure which one it was but I have a question how do you load it without the bullets popping out in the mag??

  31. RIPPER334 on December 10, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    Mk III mags will function in MK II… But not the other way around.

  32. M. Loughlin on December 10, 2021 at 7:41 pm

    I still have a Mk 1 with a 5.5" Bull Barrel. Dad gave it to me for Xmas in 1973. Shot a lot of X-rings out with it! 48 years later and it’s still rockin’!
    Only issue is the original recoil spring is heavy and only likes HV ammo. SD won’t cycle. Other than that, she’s a keeper.

  33. Vampiro Sobrevivente on December 10, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    As a lefty, I like the mag release at the bottom, gun ergonomics are not quite friendly to me 😂😂

  34. Jack Wall on December 10, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    Is it ok to keep the breach open for long periods of time?

  35. Gamer 🎮 Kid on December 10, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    I have a mark ll it says that it’s a target model but it has the tapered barrel. Great gun

  36. West Lands on December 10, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    The Standard Model preceded the Mark I. The Mark I started as a Target model.

  37. Tim Elliott on December 10, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    It would be great to update this review with the MK 4. Then include the take down. 🙂

  38. MrCraigDNelson on December 10, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    My Mark 2 is about 1988, Taught my son to shoot with it. very accurate gun

  39. Jackson M on December 10, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    How rare is a Mark I in great condition exactly? The Ruger logo is a bit faded but everything else has practically zero blemishes — I’ll take your word as a signal to keep this one clean as a whistle

  40. Michael Wuchitech on December 10, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    The last of the MK1’s – target model with bull barrel had the target sights like your Mkll

  41. Mohammed Cohen on December 10, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    …I’ve got a Gov’t Target model…bought it ca 1994 or so…

  42. Tom Goldsborough on December 10, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    I have a Ruger mark 1 bull barrel and a Ruger with with no mark1 on it just Ruger.

  43. DAVID BLANKENSHIP on December 10, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    What is a mark1 22 lr worth ???

  44. Pj Cardone on December 10, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    What is a reasonable price for a used mark l in excellent condition. I was interested in one today but I felt the price of 365 was a bit steep

  45. J H on December 10, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    I own 2 MK1s. The older one uses magazines with a right side button. The newer uses magazines with a left side button. I understand they can be modfied but haven’t needed or attempted to try it. Both are wonderful pistols and I wouldn’t part with either.

  46. Gail Spann on December 10, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    I’m in Texas too. Just got a Mark II. Love it!

  47. A Rodrigues on December 10, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    What you call the slide, it’s actually the BOLT.
    (Not unlike that of the Mauser C-96.)
    And, in the Mk. III, that in the magazine, to hold it, it’s a NOTCH.
    And you can take it to a GUNSMITH, istaed of searching for a, (only), PISTOLsmith.!!!!
    (But, you only need to unscrew the grip panel, to remove a wrongly inserted mag.)!!
    BTW, the "Governament" model, has a totally different grip, with controls that emulate those of the M-1911A-1.!!!
    I enjoyed the video.

  48. Reggie Koch on December 10, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    Nice, informative video. Thank you, sir!

  49. Gary Ivy on December 10, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    Excellent video, thanks.

  50. Darrell Gardner on December 10, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    I don’t really have a huge desire for a 22 pistol. I do kind of like the way the gun looks though, reminds me of an old luger. It would be cool if it were released in a more exciting caliber.