10 October 2021

No I Don't Think I Will

I've done several stupid things just for content on this blog.

I, very briefly, considered taking my Ruger Standard all the way apart and taking a picture of the pieces lain out on the bench.

Then I came to my senses!

If you think that normal field stripping of that thing is a fiddly, irritating job... A complete strip is ten times worse.


  1. And thus my kind of negative comments about the Pre-MkIV Ruger pistols. Nice shooters, fit my hands damned near perfectly, easy to do a basic cleaning, and... yeah... not an easy pistol to take apart and put together. Helps to have 3 or 4 arms and hands and a good understanding of 5 dimensional geometry. Or takes some time and care. It is easy to do, for values of 'easy,' but it isn't nearly as easy as a complete stripdown of my Springfield XD40, or the Rem 870, or even the 10/22.

    Though when you do do a complete tear down of your Ruger Standard, when you lose your senses, please take a photo. Maybe a timelapse video of teardown and put back. Including a clock in the corner so we can laugh along with you.

    1. HA!

      With a beer in frame that goes down, replenishes, and goes down...

      I do need to practice with the time-lapse mode on the camera because I'm planning on using it for the Eclipse in Texas in a couple years.

    2. I have a 1980s Ruger .22 pistol, and yeah. PITA to clean thoroughly. To the point where despite it being a fine shooter, the Taurus 9 shot .22 revolver and the ancient H&R 7 shot top break get a lot more range time. I've also got a Heritage Rough Rider with a .22lR cylinder and a few other .22 handguns... But none of the others gets shot much either. Actually all in all the H&R is probably the most fun.

  2. I still don't get why people have such a difficult time with field stripping the Ruger Standard/Mk series of pistols.

    It's a relatively simple procedure.

    It took me 30-40 minutes without a manual the first time.

    Now it's just a couple of minutes to maybe ten at the most if it's being difficult.

    Of course I don't really need to clean them much after I made a "blast shield" to keep all the debris out the trigger.


    1. If I haven't done it for a while it takes me a couple of tries to get the hammer in the right spot to put it back together.

      If I do it a couple of times it takes me longer to do a 1911, and the Army reflexes still work on that pistol... in the dark.

      I've never had a problem getting it apart.

    2. There are those people who are kroggled by anything more difficult than a Glock to disassemble and reassemble.

      Especially with Hi-Points and Pre-MkIV Rugers.

      I can do it, as long as I have a parts diagram and maybe an instruction manual, but then again, does it (pre-MkIV) really need a total breakdown, even when shooting cheap ammo?

    3. It isn't impossible to disassemble a Ruger, just annoyingly more inconvenient than it should be. McThag's description of fiddly and irritating is spot on in my opinion. Even relatively un-cheap .22LR ammo seems to be fairly dirty. I find that most .22s occasionally (every few hundred to every few thousand round, depending on design) need a fairly complete breakdown for cleaning in places that normal field stripping doesn't allow easily. I use various liquid and spray cleaners of course, but they still don't always seem to get into and clean out all the tiny little spots that the powder gunk is able to find its way into.


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