Ruger MKII kit gun

Ruger MKII kit gun

here isa quick review of the ruger mkII with an eye toward it being used as a kit gun


  1. Karen Albin on September 18, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    I have had my Mark 1 target model for decades. Bought new. It is one of the most accurate guns I have ever owned and I would never sell it at any price.

  2. Wingman 54 on September 18, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    Great video! I have a Mark III with a red dot. Very accurate, I am able to shoot expert level in my NRA bullseye league. I love that gun!

  3. Sgt Splice on September 18, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    I’m sure someone has already told you, but Harrington and Richards (H&R) made guns. Good, but not great guns. The one you describe is the RG-14. Had one in the Tackle box with bird shot for years. Barrel was bored to big to get a grip on a bullet, Forcing cone was more of a suggestion, Bullet waived bye bye as it left the barrel for places unknown. But bird shot would work fine within 10 feet.

  4. Smooth Vern on September 18, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    That’s some mighty good shooting! Very cool pistol! Great demo👍👍

  5. m bell on September 18, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    First time I’ve ever heard anyone claim the Ruger autos as a kit gun, especially the full size target models. They are a full size range gun and weigh accordingly, not something you casually carry in a pocket while going about your other activities outdoors. This is like calling a 1911 a kit gun. The S&W model 63 was the kit gun king due to its size and light weight and the farther you vary from that size and weight the less it is a kit gun.

    The Ruger autos are great guns but they are not a kit gun by any metric.

  6. Mark Job on September 18, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    I still remember back in 1963 when dad bought a standard Ruger, just like the one you showed. I was just a kid, and we had a lot of fun with that one, he never left home without it, many primitive camping trips, shooting sessions/hunting trips. I don’t shoot it much anymore, but still take it out now and then to bring back some of the old memories. The second magazine that he bought and never used is still in the box, priced at $4.25, not sure if he picked it up at the same time. Some day one of my kids will take possession.

  7. Joel Towle on September 18, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    My Ruger was the Standard (Mk1)! Why more accurate than me! Great video

  8. John Green on September 18, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    When I wanted a 22pistol I looked for a Mark I but couldn’t find one. I finally got a Browning Buck Mark, which I am very happy with.

  9. Jeff on September 18, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    I have the 4" mk 3 with the tapered barrel. I got it to use as a kit gun. I love it. I also have a single six with the 22 mag cylinder and it is also a great gun. I had them for years and I still don’t know witch one I like better!

  10. Charlie Sierra on September 18, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    Just another tool in the toolbox. Not the Bogeyman they claim it is. Just a tool. An inanimate object. Have the MKII stainless bull-barrel and it’s top quality like all my Rugers. Nice vid Blackie!

  11. Terrell Austin on September 18, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    Love my Ruger Mk III would like the Huntsman model

  12. Jorge Quinones on September 18, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Blackie, thanks for the info.

  13. Gary J on September 18, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    I have the same history with the Ruger Mk I &ll. It’s rare for them to jam. Lugers were terrible about jamming. I have a Luger .22 LR. And the MKll Target pistol with a scope on it .

  14. Garry Pitts on September 18, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    I got a Ruger and also says on it Ruger automatic 22 caliber long rifle automatic pistol that’s all says on it on the other side it just says strong River company Southport Connecticut that it has a serial number it don’t say Mark 1 Mark 2 don’t say nothing on it probably it’s three or four inch barrel I think it is first handgun I’ve ever bought take a deer hunting with me so when I got that squirrel barking at me in the tree next to me I take them out and invite him home for dinner

  15. forestgnome55 on September 18, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Thanks again for a great video! Love fat barrel Rugers! The skinny bbl. ones not so much. Thanks again, my friend!

  16. John mony on September 18, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Blackie, you’re probably right about people gravitating to the "Standard", when it was introduced, because of the similarity between the "Ruger" name and the "Luger" name, but the fact of the matter is, Ruger designed it after the WWII Japanese sidearm called the Nambu. If you Google some images you will see that the Standard mimics the Nambu much more closely that it does the Luger. I remember from my youth that, as popular as the Standard became, Ruger was still able to keep a fair number of folks using the Single Six as a kit gun, particularly in the combo 22LR and 22WMR. I have a stainless North American Arms 22WMR loaded with shotshells that stays in my tackle box, for the very reason that you pointed out. I recently bought a 1969 model of the Ruger Standard and haven’t shot it yet, but I’ve owned a Target MKII like the one you show, since they started makin’ ’em and with the right ammo (Ruger’s are picky about what you feed ’em, just like every other 22LR out there) I have shot rested 10 shot groups at 14 yards in my basement that were a single 1/4 " hole. (Eley Target and the discontinued PMC Target).

  17. John Chandler on September 18, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Another product line that Ruger hit all the "click bait" buttons with was the Mini-14. Looks like the issued military arm of the day (M-14), but in a smaller, lighter shooting cartridge (5.56/.223 – the stamped cartridge of the Mini-14 is .223, but the chamber is actually 5.56…except the "Target" models, in which the chamber is really.223).
    My current Kit Gun in one of the Heritage Rough Riders. I have both cylinders for it, and keep a box with a variety of rounds close by. I love using the shot to shoot carpenter bees that eating up my porch! LOL…I also have a Ruger SR-22 Pistol. It’s a 10-shot compact .22lr. But being a semi auto, some of the rounds i have on hand wont cycle the action. I have to use CCI Stingers or Mini-Mags to get consistent reliability. But the Heritage will shoot anything i feed it….From .22-Shorts all the way up to .22 Mag, and brand is no issue…I can use Remington’s Golden Bullet, Aguila, Winchester,…etc, and it fires every time (unless there is an issue with the cartridge itself) I carry both in various situation…but the Kit Gun of choice for me is the Heritage. It’s just more flexible.

  18. Casey Sr. section hiker on September 18, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    I’ve got Grandpa’s MKI bought in the early to mid 50’s & I’ve been shooting it since then, but very rarely. It’s a dandy tho. The original box & hand written receipt came with it. I doubt gramps ever shot it, but my old man plugged a few beer cans with it before he passed, but he nor my son ever cared much for shooting. The next generation are all about shooting & hunting & are eagerly waiting for me to hand the old relic over, but it’s not theirs’ yet!

  19. John D'agostino on September 18, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    Blackie never disregard the humble 22lr has potential as you say I found firing shot shells from it the rifling in barrel spreads out too much a bit of playing around with your range should find that sweet spot but can you split a playing card lol 😂 🇬🇧👍🇮🇹🐾🦊

  20. Stoney A.K.A. James on September 18, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    Oh yeah SWEET pistols!!!
    I owned a Mark II, then Ruger came out with their Mark IV 22/45 (finally, easy disassembling)!
    My first hand experience was back in the 1970s firing integrally-suppressed pistols.
    Today I have a Ruger Mark 4 22/45 with a 6" Volquartsen LLV competition upper and it will be suppressed!!!

  21. John T. Block on September 18, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Only had one – the 4" Standard model, or Mk. 1. The mark 1’s had a 9 shot mag, not 10. I’ve got 2 mags,need to find out if the Mk 2 10 shot mags will work in her! Bought it new, my old Bullseye pistol coach dropped a steel Clark trigger in it, I hung barrel weights on that skinny barrel and shot Bullseye with it! 😄

  22. Steve Borg Resistance on September 18, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    Nice work! I got my mk 2 about 30 years ago, my finest 22 love it!👍👍🔫🤠🇺🇸

  23. Jerry Hallman on September 18, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    Brother what can you tell us about the 1904 baby luger

  24. lee roy on September 18, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    wish they made a ruger 80& lower

  25. rmwtsou on September 18, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    I have several of these in different configurations. They are great to shoot but a pain in the a#$ to reassemble.

  26. gerard gilbert on September 18, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    I have the Ruger mark IV standard and the target model, they both are very accurate and a great performer it is a very fun and reliable gun to carry. and now they are easy to clean with the way they come apart. and being a .22 caliber you can carry a lot of ammo with you. overall a great handgun.

  27. Tom Nelson on September 18, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    My first pistol was a Ruger Mark ? with a 6 5/8" target barrel. I bought it for $40. I sold it a long time ago for some good reason I’m sure. I now have a Ruger Mk IV 22/45 Bull barrel. Good shooter and it feels like home.

  28. Jake Outdoors on September 18, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    When I was about 10 or so I shot NRA small bore 22 rifle shoots. My instructor had a Ruger MKII in Stainless with a bull barrel. I shot that pistol well. Fast forward 20 years I ordered an SKS to my local FFL. I look down in the used gun case and there is a new looking Ruger MKIII Hunter with the deep fluted 7" bull barrel. It was cheap. I said "give me that one too." I asked why it was so cheap the sales man said everyone wants the MK4 now because it comes apart easier. That’s why I got a good deal on this one. That instructor has past on years ago but I still remember shooting his Ruger. Mine Shoots the same way that one did, extremely well.

  29. joesmntt on September 18, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Hey blackie great video i have a bunch of different pistols and had everything at one time currently my favorite is the 22 mag ruger lcr with 1 inch barrel its tiny i keep 3 rounds fed 22 the crimped casing birdshot 3 22mag and the rest shorts loaded at all times the mk is one of the best theres something to say about the diversity of rounds you can use in a beehive wheel gun 👍

  30. Caesar on September 18, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    I was trying to kill a blacksnake that was after a nest of baby birds in the front yard once. I shot it many times with snake shot from a 7” barrel 22 revolver and even shot it once in the open mouth and it still failed to kill it. I ended up loading a 22 hollow point and taking out the snake. So at least due to my experiance I don’t really trust 22 snakeshot. 38 and up is a diffrent story. I do carry 38 special snake shot in my model 10 S&W and I tried your baking potatoe test with it and it literally blew the potatoe into pieces so I do carry 38 special snake shot when fishing and camping.

  31. Silverhammer777 on September 18, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    The Ruger Standard was actually a sort of hybrid design. Bill Ruger took the general form factor of the P08 Luger and the action of the Japanese 8 mm Nambu and put them together to make the Standard/MkI.

  32. SIXPACFISH on September 18, 2022 at 9:01 pm

    When I turned 21, I didn’t run out and get drunk. I ran to the local Army/Navy store and bought a 6" tapered barrel Ruger Mk II. I have put around 10K rounds through it. Still hits what I shoot at. Still kinda shit to take apart.

  33. greywuuf on September 18, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    category. Bought a 10 1/2" bull barrel stainless when a local company was closing shop for a ridiculously low price….I thought I was going to cut it down ….but the long barrel is so rare I just never did it.

  34. Barone di Piemonte on September 18, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Excellent Video ! I don’t know if anyone mentioned this, but variations of the Ruger .22lr were used by some special warfare units in Vietnam. In the 90s it’s rumoured that the Navy purchased a number of the pistol Blackie is demonstrating, one version with an integral silencer, the with a detachable silencer. The "new" version offered by Ruger has an easier breakdown, and ambidextrous safeties. Being left handed, that interests me.

  35. topkat55 on September 18, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    I am the original owner of a Ruger mk1 from 1978! Probably my favorite sidearm I’ve ever owned! As I remember the cost was about $85.00. You are spot on describing it as “what you put on your belt when going into the woods”! Not that you were out hunting with it, (though you certainly could use it for that purpose), but more so you felt secure and protected… just ask all the water moccasins and copperheads I introduced it to! Accurate, reliable, and just plain fun to shoot! God Bless! Great video

  36. Duane Miles on September 18, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    I have a MKll, tapered barrel, standard stainless. LOVE IT.

  37. Roger Burrows on September 18, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    I too had a .22 "kit" gun, a 4" Taurus revolver . I latter picked up a Ruger SP101 .22 lr to replace aged Taurus . I still have those two revolvers but I now have a Ruger SR22 , much lighter than the revolvers . I just carry it with "snake" load in chamber backed up with 10rds of HP’s in the magazine.

  38. Gary Whelan Sr on September 18, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Hey Blackie its appreciated to see this video. I have that exact same pistol bought back in 1980 love it n no joke its very accurate. It ll go down to the son n grandkids of the family. 👍

  39. motorgearhead on September 18, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    Ruger Mk2 – standard barrel profile was my first pistol

  40. Tim Scarborough on September 18, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    My grandmother had a 22 luger then switched to a hr 22. Seen her used it on a rattle snake head to head. She did not hit it. Had to get someone else to kill it. Now when it came to a hoe, she was beast master. Maybe using southern true, one year she killed at least 50 snakes picking peas. Off with there heads. She died in 2004 at 94.

  41. Danceswithempties on September 18, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    Use to own a MK1 Standard way back in the day. Very accurate gun. If I remember right the MK1 didn’t stay open on the last round like the following models. Maybe somebody can chime in & let me know if I’m remembering wrong LOL!

  42. Black Powder Firearm Enthusiast on September 18, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Good video, thanks for sharing.

  43. Willy McCoy on September 18, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    I bought a used Mk II bull barrel in a pawn shop about 25 years ago for a "fishin’ gun". Went to a Army Surplus and picked a leather US marked flap holster that I think was probably for a 1911 that I modified to fit the Ruger. Some time later, I put a set of wrap around rubber Pachmeyer grips on it that I got cheap. Then I messed up and let my wife shoot it. I get custody of it once in a while now.

  44. Karl Bjerke on September 18, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    It’s *"STURM"* not Strum. And Bill designed the Standard after the Japanese Baby Nambu, not the Luger.

  45. jackal Cisneros on September 18, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    I have Mk 2 i haven’t shot it I’m in cail lol

  46. WAYNE DYGERT on September 18, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    My 40 some year old 22/45 is dead on accurate and reliable. Absolutely my favorite .22 piatol.

  47. Talisi Kid on September 18, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    Never did like that pistol. Never liked bill either.

  48. Jason Noel on September 18, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    I have one I don’t know which one but it’s a stainless steel bull barrel

  49. Alvin Glenn on September 18, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    I was not a Lugar Fan but If I could find one with a "Triangular" Firing Pen I would Not Hesitate to Scarf it up !! !
    Those were carried by the German SS Officers !!!!!

  50. Red Sky on September 18, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    I like my MKIV, much easier to clean, and get back together.

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