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ckebottle
05-15-2011, 11:07 AM
Hey guys. I'm about at my wits end with assembling this pistol back together. I used the following video from rugers website to help walk me through it, but nothing seems to go as smoothly as it did in the video:

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

Everything seemed to be stuck shut and took a lot more force than in the above video and videos I looked at on youtube.

I'm stuck at the last step, where I insert the spring housing. For whatever reason the bolt from it will not go through the holes. It gets stuck. I'm not sure if I have the receiver pulled back far enough and was wondering if you mark III experts could look at a few pics and advise me to help me get this thing back together.

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Is the hammer in the correct position?

Did I put the receiver back far enough?

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picture of hole from top

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from the bottom end

Really would appreciate any advice. Cleaning this gun is quiet the chore.

G-forceJunkie
05-15-2011, 11:14 AM
Where are you located?

wadalaba
05-15-2011, 11:35 AM
you need to push this black bar up.

i had this problem a lot until i figured out i had to push that thingie to point upwards.

223forfun
05-15-2011, 11:36 AM
http://www.guntalk-online.com/detailstrip.htm


everything you need

sniper4usmc
05-15-2011, 11:38 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fIYIWK0boo

ckebottle
05-15-2011, 11:41 AM
Where are you located?

Modesto.

ckebottle
05-15-2011, 11:43 AM
you need to push this black bar up.

i had this problem a lot until i figured out i had to push that thingie to point upwards.

Ah, Just put that black bar up and then the spring housing should fit? Will definitely give that a try when I get back home.

Looked at that other video that was posting and nothing went nearly as easy as that. Did anyone else have to use a mallet to get things loose? Hope I didn't break anything.

wadalaba
05-15-2011, 11:47 AM
Yeah its pretty tight the first couple of times you take it apart and put it back together.

nbkvig2
05-15-2011, 11:54 AM
I had the same problem...make sure the upper is aligned correctly with the lower. When aligned properly, the back end of the upper should be coming out a little bit MORE than the lower.

Have patience, don't rush anything. Put the mainspring into the lower first, if this is new or you haven't done this before, the parts may be a little stiff anyways even if it's lined up correctly. I put the mainspring assembly in the lower before I put on the upper just to make sure it fits into that hole on the top, then I slap on the upper and try again, if it's stiff then it's either not aligned correctly (might need a rubber mallet to tap from the front), or requires some finesse to get it in.

Flip the gun with barrel pointing down to the ground and pull the trigger, and then try and push it in...see if that will help. Once you get it in FLIP the handgun back with the barrel pointing up and let the hammer strut hang on the edge of mainspring before closing it shut. Look at the pictures from guntalks and Moe's assembling video on youtube, they help tremendously in understanding the concepts of where everything should go and it worked easier for me because after I understood everything, I could run a visual in my head.

nbkvig2
05-15-2011, 11:57 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYHJm2P4kP0

Here's the link to Mark III diassembling/reassembling video I was referring to, easiest to understand in my opinion. Good luck with everything.

Sky_DiveR
05-15-2011, 9:29 PM
Ya might want to take out the mag disconnect lever while you're in there. It really sucks having to put the mag in and pull it out during assembly/disassembly just so you can pull the trigger.

Squid
05-15-2011, 9:34 PM
I know a couple guys with them that have theirs cleaned by the shop.

davek8s
05-15-2011, 9:35 PM
Ah, Just put that black bar up and then the spring housing should fit? Will definitely give that a try when I get back home.

Looked at that other video that was posting and nothing went nearly as easy as that. Did anyone else have to use a mallet to get things loose? Hope I didn't break anything.

Ruger should include a mallet when you buy a MarkIII. I had to ask my friends dad to help put mine back together. They're a b!tch untill you've done it 100-200 times

beauregard
05-15-2011, 9:39 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYHJm2P4kP0

Here's the link to Mark III diassembling/reassembling video I was referring to, easiest to understand in my opinion. Good luck with everything.

The "cheese" and "dingleberry" guy knows how to explain it. Great vid.

checkenbach
05-15-2011, 9:53 PM
2x4.

SammyL
05-15-2011, 9:53 PM
Its appears that your hammer didn't go up and is causing you problems in closing the spring housing

psango
05-15-2011, 10:17 PM
Last step: put the magazine back in, pull trigger, push hammer "cheese block" fully forward, (hammer will not go fully forward unless you pull the trigger and the mag must be in to do it).

Make sure hammer strut "dingleberry" is hanging down and contacts the mainspring in the mainspring housing before pushing closed. You will feel the resistance of the main spring as you close it up.

The link given above http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYHJm2P4kP0 is the best the instruction manual is badly written.

Once you get the hang of it you will not forget.

ckebottle
05-15-2011, 11:56 PM
Thank you guys so much. Been a real help, but I still do not have it assembled yet. Can someone verify if I have the hammer/cheese in the correct position?

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When I tried to put the main housing spring in I could not get the bolt through the holes. Makes me wonder if the receiver is not properly aligned or if the spring came loose. See picture below.
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Again, thanks for all the responses guys.

AndrewTannerCA
05-16-2011, 6:56 AM
try the troubleshooting steps on this site: http://1bad69.com/ruger/field_strip_pcs.htm I have to visit this site every time I strip my 22/45.

SalfromCal
05-16-2011, 8:39 AM
Thank you guys so much. Been a real help, but I still do not have it assembled yet. Can someone verify if I have the hammer/cheese in the correct position?

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When I tried to put the main housing spring in I could not get the bolt through the holes. Makes me wonder if the receiver is not properly aligned or if the spring came loose. See picture below.
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Again, thanks for all the responses guys.

Use a small amount of oil or grease on the tip of the bolt stop pin and at the same time push back on the Recoil Spring using a small flat head screw driver, that will help the pin to go through the hole very easy. A bench vise will help to hold the gun steady while doing this.

Chuck67
05-16-2011, 11:23 AM
This helped me from throwing my Ruger out of the window. Hope it can help you out http://www.guntalk-online.com/2245detailstripping.htm

Flyingpootang
05-16-2011, 11:45 AM
Easiest way to re-assemble it is to place the upper, lower together, use a block of wood for the barrel tip to rest on, apply weight on the pistol grip, which should fully seat the 2 halves. To re assemble the take down pin/spring housing, tilt the pistol downwards, pull the trigger making sure the hammer falls forward, install the take down pin/spring housing by applying force upwards, tilt the pistol level, check to see the hammer strut is free and centered, align the hammer strut so it sits on top of the hammer spring perch, apply pressure to close the hammer spring housing, close the take down release lever and your done. The biggest thing to observe is making sure the hammer strut sit directly on top of the hammer spring perch.

jakuda
05-16-2011, 11:47 AM
One thing that may help is when putting the barrel (the upper minus the bolt) back on the frame, you shouldn't turn it clockwise or counterclockwise when pushing it back on. Otherwise, the holes will be very slightly misaligned and you'll have issues putting the bolt pin back in. It took me a few times, and some heavy malleting (and succeeding) before I realized this.