I’m tired…

Taught an NRA basic pistol class yesterday, went well, except for a really ‘odd’ malf on a Ruger MK-3…

The young lady looked around and said something to the effect of. “This isn’t right.”

Now the ‘oddity’ was that all the shells were properly loaded in the mag and checked… If it CAN go wrong it will, and tap, rack, bang did NOT fix this one! Sigh…

Now for something that is… damn… 30 years ago…

Enjoy, and remember, worry about the stuff YOU can impact and to hell with the rest of the mess…


I’m tired… — 17 Comments

  1. I haven’t seen that one, but looking at the Ruger magazine made my fingers hurt. (hands on experience)
    I made a loading tool that slips over the top of the magazine and makes loading the Ruger .22 magazines a lot easier.
    Surprisingly, typing “ruger magazine loader” into the Amazon search bar produces a variety of tools.

    • I have a Luger .22 that has an even smaller follower button.
      i took a small rectangle of UHMW and drill a hole through it the same size as the button to ease the hurt on my thumb 🙂

  2. Sometimes shit happens…. Otherwise check the mag. spring and make sure the weapon is cleaned. That is a new one for me and I own and shoot 3 models of the same weapon system.

  3. Thank you OldNFO, the Highwayman is my favorite song! Those four singing together is the best of Country Western! I have a Walter P22 that did that once and it was the lip at the top of the mag was bent over just slightly from the factory. I massaged it back and after 8 years of shooting it no problems.

    • I agree, slightly off lip of the mag. My dad’s Mk II had that happen due to the klutziness of one of his sons (yeah, okay, me.) Since he had two mags, he compared them very carefully and found the dropped/malfunctioning one was just a hair off.

      Which broke out into an impromptu lesson on why you always have a spare mag or two or three…

  4. Never saw that one before. I have to clear stoppages for some folks at the range now and then, but I never saw that one.

  5. I’ve had that sort of magazine failure before. I have two of those Rugers (different barrels). I don’t recall which MK3 had the problems. sigh.

  6. I have an old Llama .22 that used to do that.
    Kept it around as a throw weapon.

    Massad Ayoob once wrote about a guy who kept a standard gov’t .45 in a display case but the magazine right next to it was for a more compact officer’s model – i.e, one round short. If a perp accessed the pistol and magazine, he reasoned, the resulting cluster-fumbling ‘why is the slide locked open??’ could buy the lawfully armed homeowner additional time on target to win the argument.
    I don’t have the experience to recommend this, I’m just passing on the anecdote.

  7. Hey Old NFO;

    Those 4 singing was one of my favorite songs for country music. and that picture pretty much summed up a Monday lol.

  8. I was having similar issues with my brand new GSG-16 in .22.
    The follower was “gritty” and I believe the next bullet couldn’t present fast enough.
    I took it apart and cleaned it and no more issues.

  9. All- Thanks for the options. Just finished cleaning the mag, now I’ve just got to get the #)@$(*#& gun back together. Assuming…that I’m successful, I’ll take it back to the range and try it again. Assuming…

    Posted from my iPhone.

    • Old – the Ruger Mk I – II – III put back together ‘notoriety’ is why I never had one ‘-) but since the Mk IV showed up I succumbed.

    • The first time I tried to reassemble that Mk3 I won, I wondered if I was the butt of some obscure ‘gunnie’ joke.

      Because it took me, my father, and a cell phone playing Youtube videos combined about two hours to figure out how to put that blasted gun back together.

      I mean, it shoots like a charm, even for a lazy guy like me. But damn if breaking it down and cleaning it isn’t an exercise in patience…

  10. Hmmmm. Had a similar thing with Rugger 10/22 mags (25 rnds?) in a Ruger American. I think tired springs were at fault…

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