Mark II/Volquartsen LLV

Discussion in 'Ruger Rimfire Forums' started by DrewBone, Dec 30, 2020.

  1. DrewBone

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    ...makes for a very nice combination compared to the standard OEM Mark series pistols. The target sights of the LLV are superior to anything Ruger produces, its top picatinny rail provides built in optic mounting capabilities vs. a screw on rail, and Volquartsen's improved trigger components are affordable and easily installed without the need for a gunsmith, for a win-win combination.

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    Find the LLV receiver for the Mark II, III, and separately for the Mark IV Ruger pistols in 4.5" and 6" barrel lengths, their own aluminum grip frames, numerous trigger kits, barrels, parts for other makes of firearms, etc., along with their own line of rifles/pistols at Volquartsen Firearms.

    Be sure to visit their "Clearance" section often for occasional deeply discounted prices on individual parts and inexpensive new/unused/modified Mark pistol receivers which will allow you to easily change the configuration of your Ruger Mark pistol.
     
  2. jmohme

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    And look good too!
     
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  3. SGW Gunsmith

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    And don't forget to check ebay for items that some "goofy" others have over-paid for, ilke this "Halo" bolt extension for only $29.95, with free shipping:
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    Others, ignorant of what it takes to [email protected]@K around the internet have bought the very same style item from the "scalper sisters" on the east coast for $49.95 PLUS shipping, 'cause they claim they have skinny, weak fingers, and can't pull the bolt back on their Ruger Mark pistol without soiling their Depends. [​IMG]
     
  4. DrewBone

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    Some may have noticed the different finish on the grip frame of the pistol above; in typical Ruger fashion, this stainless steel grip frame came from the factory with a brushed finish, which is really nothing but fine striations, in this case in numerous directions, which I'm really not fond of. There were also areas of the grip frame that were poorly finished/deburred, so I stripped it of everything but the mag latch, pins, and spring, and using the proper abrasives and care I smoothed and radiused a number of areas, then glass beaded it with the appropriate media to give the material a much more even and consistant finish, which looks especially nice after receiving a coating of wax:

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    I like the soft luster that the glass bead treatment provides much better than the original somewhat random looking brushed factory finish, being well worth the time and effort to undertake.
     
  5. DrewBone

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    Thanks jmohme, I appreciate the kind words :)
     
  6. Litehiker

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    This pistol BEGS to me made in .22 WMR.
     
  7. SGW Gunsmith

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    Never gonna happen. Read up on "recoil impulse energy" to understand why.
     
  8. Litehiker

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    It's a matter of reciprocating mass weight. Make it heavier and it WILL work.
     
  9. BLACK RIFLE REVIEWS

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    WOW That's a nice Target pistol ! I hope you Enjoy many years of shooting it.















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  10. SGW Gunsmith

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    But then some "frail" hiker will whine about too much weight!
     
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  11. Litehiker

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    "Frail" hiker? Pray tell to whom do you refer? ;o) hee, hee

    Actually my hiking pistol is a RUGER 57 with HOLOSUN 509T circle/dot sight. The 57's great trajectory is good for the southwest's open spaces B/C it gives me a much better "stand-off' distance than say, my Glock 17. Plus three 20 round mags makes for a lot of defensive protection.

    Back to the Mark II. I owned a Mark I in the '70s and its take down was frikkin'
    terrible. That has been fixed with the MK II. That pistol was RUGER's very first firearm. It was even used by the Israeli MOSSAD (with a suppressor) for assassinations due to its close bolt system and reliability.

    Nice bead blast job and beautiful "slide". I like that target version you put together.
     
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  12. SGW Gunsmith

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    What you refer to as "take-down", or removing the barreled receiver assembly from the grip frame is exactly the same for both the Mark I & the Mark II.
    So, did you REALLY have a Mark I, or is your memory extremely off?
     
  13. Litehiker

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    I had a Mark I, but what may be a "memory problem" is my understanding of the newest RUGER Mark III which I thought had eliminated the backstrap take-down and used another method. Looking on Youtube I see that is NOT the case. Odd B/C I thought this was tehbig problem with that pistol. I know pissed me off due to the difficulty of opening it.
     
  14. Magnum.357

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    Very nice, I like it.
     
  15. Litehiker

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    I wonder, is the MARK III rear sight is any better than the RUGER 57 rear sight?
    Doubtful B/C the adjustment looks to be about the same. Front sights are virtually identical.
    Eric
     
  16. DrewBone

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    Thanks BRR for your kind commentary. I pretty much like it the way it is, but if I were to change out anything it would be the standard black plastic grip panels, to more of a target style thumb rest type.

    Thanks, I like it too :)

    The pistol that was the basis for this combination had the light tapered barrel, which offered no way to attach a suppressor, so after considering most all of the Mark series upper/barrel combinations from Ruger, Volquartsen, and Tactical Solutions, I decided to give the Volquartsen LLV Competition Pistol Upper a try. It's beautifully made and finished, and they have a great reputation thanks to their machine honed and lapped stainless steel barrel and breech.

    As expected, changing out the OEM Ruger trigger parts for Volquartsen trigger parts made quite a noticeable difference also; I don't have a means to measure the trigger weight, but it's definately both smoother and lighter than the original.

    I'll need to mount a red dot on it soon as I'm having more and more trouble with iron sights lately due to astigmatism and cataracts. Every little bit helps ;)
     
  17. DrewBone

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    Thank you! With the proper grit and mesh size glass bead media a nice smooth S&W-ish finish can be obtained on stainless. The grip frame now has much more of an even and consistant finish than the original brushed finish.
     
  18. Magnum.357

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    I hear you brother, I'm there too.
     
  19. SGW Gunsmith

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    For those who'd like to try their hand at glass beading stainless steel to get that "soft look", it's not that difficult to do at all, and nothing SECRETIVE involved. Most accomplished gunsmiths have been offering this service for many, many years.
    The main thing you'll need is a descent air compressor. If you already have one of those, you might consider looking through "Harbor Freights" catalog for a spray gun with a top load cannister for the glass beads, and those are available from McMaster-Carr, if you can't find any locally. #170-325 is the right size to use to get a nice soft look, and when using this size variation the beads will leave no residue behind. A ten-pound package runs around $20.00 these days. Make sure you use a dust mask, safety goggles and rubber gloves when doing this work, and outside is best.
    This type of finish is also applied before any of the bluing processes and provides a GREAT non-glare finish for hunting rifles. And there's absolutely NO reason why the upper barrel and receiver assembly can't receive this blasting finish also. Just make sure to plug the bore from both the breech and the muzzle ends.
    Once you get the look you're after, remove the canister spray-gun and with a trigger blow gun, blow any captured beads off and out of all the tight areas involved with whatever you've made look better. Easy peasy!
     
  20. SGW Gunsmith

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    Ummmm..........that would be the Ruger Mark IV. Another "brain fart"?