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    Default Ruger MK-III Frame Bent?

    Took the Ruger out for the first real trip to the range today and while wiping it down before it went back in the safe, I saw that the frame appeared to be bulged and the metal was discolored around the bulging. Am I just seeing things?






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    well that aint no good... .. looks close to the bore. nice grips tho.
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    Looks like someone really got nasty with monkey power while trying to figure out how to take it apart and put it back together.

    I have a Mark II and a Mark III, neither one has that bulge. I have seen guys beating their Ruger's on a bench to separate them in the past. I hope that wasn't done to yours at the retail store before you bought it.

    If you just bought it perhaps you can return it and hope they swap it out. Most likely they will blame it on you. With any luck Ruger will repair or replace it at no cost.

    In the link below you can click on tech tips then Mark III videos on how to disassemble and reassemble. Even though I have have two of these guns I still review these videos prior to working on them.

    http://www.ruger.com/resources/videos.html#

    You may be able to squeeze the frame back together in a vise if you're up to it. If you're not familiar with that type of work don't do it.

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    Bring it by

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    How did it shoot? Does this phenomena affect it's operation or accuracy? Looks conspicuosly like Ruger's manufacturing techniques? Ruger isn't know for their cosmetic looks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marshall View Post
    Looks like someone really got nasty with monkey power while trying to figure out how to take it apart and put it back together.
    She has maybe 75 rounds through her and I haven't taken it apart...
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    Wow, you've got a great memory, even for an old guy

    Quote Originally Posted by S.B. View Post
    How did it shoot? Does this phenomena affect it's operation or accuracy? Looks conspicuosly like Ruger's manufacturing techniques? Ruger isn't know for their cosmetic looks.
    Steve
    It shot great! I took the mother-in-law and the wife out shooting and I love this little pistol!

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    Default fit and finish

    I have a MKII that has a very similar bulge in it that was there as a new gun from the factory. functioning has always been great and the gun has shot its' share of 270-280 targets. It is directly below the chamber, but if I remember correctly there is no real was for the escaping gasses from a fired cartridge to really affect this area without your knowing it.

    I would probably contact Ruger and/or take it by WWG to have it gone over just to be on the safe side though.

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    Probably nothing wrong with it as long as it shoots O.K. - it is most likely just an appearance issue. Rugers are really great utility guns for the money - but don't expect a SIG or other high end target gun for the much lower price.

    I've had a number of S&W Model 41s over the years and I've always offered to let Ruger .22 auto pistol owners shoot them. The response has always been the same - "Wish I had waited and saved my money and bought a Mdl 41".
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