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Ruger Complete Guide -  22 Automatic Pistols
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RUGER COMPLETE GUIDES         RUGER .22 Automatic Pistols 1947 ~ 2004
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For your Ruger Standard, Mark I, Mark II, 22/45, Competition, Government, Slab-sides and all special models prior to the release of the new Mark III series introduced in 2005. So, you decided to disassemble your Mark pistol and now YOU CAN'T GET IT BACK TOGETHER AGAIN!


  • The only CURRENT printed manual that includes information on ALL models from 1947 ~ 2004 (Mark I, Mark II, 22/45, etc.)

  • Contains most of the same text and high resolution graphics found in the CD-ROM program

  • Easy to use -- lies open and flat on your work surface

  • 56 pages - 55 high-resolution grayscale images

  • Includes "rare" complete serial numbers and manufacturing dates from 1949 ~ 2004

  • Printed in the USA with card stock cover and bright white paper.

           The Ruger .22 Automatic Pistol

William Batterman Ruger
August 1949
Instant Success
Mark I Target Pistol
Military Models
Mark II Pistols
Mark II Government Models
Mark II 22/45
Ruger Turns 50!
Year 2002 and Beyond..

Safety tips

Operational Background

The Safety
The Bolt Stop
Magazines and Ammunition
Sight Adjustment - Windage
Sight Adjustment - Elevation
Render the Pistol Inoperable

Safety First
Mainspring Housing Assembly
Remove Bolt Stop Pin
Bolt Assembly
Barrel / Receiver Assembly
Reassembly - Bolt
Reassembly - Hammer and Strut
Reassembly - Mainspring & Bolt Stop
Reassembly - Hammer Strut Part I
Reassembly - Hammer Strut Part II
Reassembly - Hammer Strut Part III
Reassembly - Housing Latch
Magazine Disassembly
Further Disassembly?
Recoil Spring and Guide
Firing Pin Stop
Firing Pin
Support & Rebound Spring
Extractor and Plunger
Extractor and Plunger Cont.
Advanced - Grip Panel
Advanced - Bolt Stop & Hammer
Advanced - Safety
Advanced - Sear Area
Advanced - Trigger Area
Advanced - Bolt Stop Area
Advanced - Magazine Latch
Advanced - Sights
Further Disassembly - Not Advised!

Magazine Loaders
Other Accessories

Parts - Upper Mark Series
Parts - Lower Mark Series
Parts - Upper Model 22/45
Parts - Lower Model 22/45
Serial Numbers 1949 ~ 2004

Excerpt from this Ruger Guide:

The .22 Ruger Pistol - 1949 Instant Success

The Ruger .22 is the best selling .22 pistol in the world. Since its introduction in 1949, the Ruger .22 Standard Model pistol quietly took over the .22 pistol market. Its good looks, superior performance and very reasonable price tag gave it an instant advantage over long established brands on the market such as the High Standard or Colt Woodsman. Americas shooters found a .22 pistol that delivered solid value and outstanding performance for the money.

Ruger Mark I Standard Pistol circa 1949, with its salt cod box and Ruger cardboard carton, circa 1954-1960. Cost: $37.50

Since 1950, the demand for these Ruger pistols exceeded supply. Ruger enjoyed a back-order condition into the mid 1970s.

The .22 Ruger Pistol - 1951

In 1951, The Mark I Target Pistol was introduced, with an adjustable rear sight and a 6 7/8 barrel. Cost: $57.50 During 1952~1953 Ruger produced a Mark I with a 5 1/4 tapered barrel. Due to lack of interest, this version was dropped from production. It remains one of the only Rugers ever discountinued as most have been replaced by design improvements. This short-lived model is sought after by most pistol collectors.

In 1955, Ruger made an aftermarket muzzle brake available, but it was discontinued. Ruger introduced the Bull Barrel in 1964. These 5 1/2 inch barrels have a front sight base attached by screws. In 1971, the black emblem was moved to the right grip panel. All Standard and Mark I pistols made in 1976 have barrels stamped with Made in the 200th Year of American Liberty.

All Ruger firearms since 1977 have the roll marking on the barrels that say: BEFORE USING GUN - READ WARNINGS IN INSTRUCTION MANUAL AVAILABLE FREE FROM STURM, RUGER, & COMPANY, INC., SOUTHPORT, CT., USA.

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