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Ruger Mark 11 Bull Barrel Stainess.

Back in 1949, the fledgling firm of Sturm, Ruger & Co. introduced a well-engineered, inexpensive .22 auto pistol. The enormous success of this "Standard Model" paved the way for Ruger to diversify and become the industry giant that it has become today.

A few years ago, Ruger brought out improved versions of its Standard Model and its target offspring; these were designated as the Mark II series. The improvements on the redesigned pistols include a bolt stop mechanism to hold the bolt open after the last shot is fired and while a fresh magazine is inserted. The magazine itself was redesigned to increase capacity from nine to ten, as well as to provide more positive feeding and easier insertion and withdrawal from the magazine well in the frame. The magazine latch has also been altered slightly.

Another of the Mark II changes is an improved safety, which allows the bolt to be racked for unloading while the safety is engaged, locking the sear mechanism during this procedure.

As a minor convenience, the receiver, just ahead of the cocking lugs on the bolt, has been dished out to make the bolt cocking lugs easier to grasp.

The trigger has also been recontoured, and an improved trigger pivot retainer is employed.

All Ruger .22 autos, old and new, are of concealed-hammer, blowback design. These pistols are made in serveral configurations: the Mark II Standard Model with fixed sights and a 4-3/4 or 6-7/8-inch barrel; the Mark II Target with a 6-7/8-inch barrel and adjustable target sights, and the target sighted Mark II Bull Barrel, which differs from the Mark II Target in being fitted with a thicker, heavier barrel, either 5-1/2 or 10 inches in length. These pistols are available either polished and blued or made from stainless steel that has been given a brushed satin finish.

Illustrated is the 5-1/2-inch stainless version of the Mark II Bull Barrel. Ruger .22 autos have proven themselves for over 36 years, and this pistol should be an arm capable of giving excellent service, both on the target range or riding in the holster of an outdoorsman who desires target precision joined with the weather-resistant properties of stainless steel, yet who doesn't mind substantial weight.
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Title Annotation:evaluation
Author:Libourel, Jan
Publication:Guns & Ammo
Date:Dec 1, 1985
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