For your Ruger Standard, Mark I, Mark II, 22/45, Competition, Government, Slab-sides and all special models prior to the release of the new Mark III series introduced in 2005. So, you decided to disassemble your Mark pistol and now YOU CAN'T GET IT BACK TOGETHER AGAIN!
The only CURRENT printed manual that includes information on ALL models from 1947 ~ 2004 (Mark I, Mark II, 22/45, etc.)
Contains most of the same text and high resolution graphics found in the CD-ROM program.
Easy to use -- lies open and flat on your work surface
56 pages - 55 high-resolution grayscale images
Includes "rare" complete serial numbers and manufacturing dates from 1949 ~ 2004
Printed in the USA with card stock cover and bright white paper.
Excerpt from this Ruger Guide:
The .22 Ruger Pistol - 1949 Instant Success
The Ruger .22 is the best selling .22 pistol in the world. Since its introduction in 1949, the Ruger .22 Standard Model pistol quietly took over the .22 pistol market. Its good looks, superior performance and very reasonable price tag gave it an instant advantage over long established brands on the market such as the High Standard or Colt Woodsman. Americas shooters found a .22 pistol that delivered solid value and outstanding performance for the money.
Ruger Mark I Standard Pistol circa 1949, with its salt cod box and Ruger cardboard carton, circa 1954-1960. Cost: $37.50
Since 1950, the demand for these Ruger pistols exceeded supply. Ruger enjoyed a back-order condition into the mid 1970s.
The .22 Ruger Pistol - 1951
In 1951, The Mark I Target Pistol was introduced, with an adjustable rear sight and a 6 7/8 barrel. Cost: $57.50 During 1952~1953 Ruger produced a Mark I with a 5 1/4 tapered barrel. Due to lack of interest, this version was dropped from production. It remains one of the only Rugers ever discountinued as most have been replaced by design improvements. This short-lived model is sought after by most pistol collectors.
In 1955, Ruger made an aftermarket muzzle brake available, but it was discontinued. Ruger introduced the Bull Barrel in 1964. These 5 1/2 inch barrels have a front sight base attached by screws. In 1971, the black emblem was moved to the right grip panel. All Standard and Mark I pistols made in 1976 have barrels stamped with Made in the 200th Year of American Liberty.
All Ruger firearms since 1977 have the roll marking on the barrels that say: BEFORE USING GUN - READ WARNINGS IN INSTRUCTION MANUAL AVAILABLE FREE FROM STURM, RUGER, & COMPANY, INC., SOUTHPORT, CT., USA.