A LGS/sporting goods shop was having a sale on all Rugers, so I picked up a black one Saturday and took it out shooting Sunday. No stoppages that weren't operator (I may have "short-stroked" the bolt the first couple of times chambering) or ammo (two duds) related. I have never owned a Ruger .22 before, but I have read plenty about the old-style ones' field stripping and reassembly issues. All I can say is they should have made it like this the first time. Just push a button, the whole upper receiver lifts off the frame, and you pull the bolt out. This is all you need for normal cleaning. The fire control components all stay in the lower receiver/frame. The actual barrel, visible through the shroud, is actually extremely thin, but it has a nut securing it on the front that I assume would put compression on it. The nut is torqued, epoxy glued in place, and only the factory should ever remove it.
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Set this one up for the wife. I’ve made a list of ammo that it likes but settled on CCI Standard, CCI MiniMags and Federal GameShock as they are currently easily available. I also really enjoy it! I never struggled too much with the MKII takedown and reassembly but the MKIV is so much nicer to clean.
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Do replace internal parts with the parts from Volquartsen. Ruger's problem with the thumb safety, when fixed, seems to require a slight change to the Volquartsen sear - and possiby other parts. Check with the good people at Volquartsen.
Teh Mk IV is now easy to work on and with Volquartsen parts a delightful practice pistol.
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