Gun Report

Ruger MKIII6 Standard .22 LR

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The classic 6-inch Ruger was by far our pick of these three. It was one of the nicest and most accurate handguns we’ve tested, giving sub-inch groups consistently. Fit, finish, trigger pull, balance, all were perfect. We didn’t miss adjustable sights, either. You can’t go wrong here.

Ruger MKIII6 Standard .22 LR

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Span Single

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We followed the instructions in Ruger’s downloadable, 46-page manual for the Mark III and found it to be very easy to get the gun to this configuration. One omission in the instructions is to remove the magazine before attempting to bump the top tube off the lower grip frame.
The left side of the action had this protrusion to tell the shooter when the chamber was loaded. We didn’t care for it for several reasons, but some will like it. If you don’t know the chamber is loaded, you ought not to handle this or any gun, we thought. All guns are always loaded.

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