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#1 RandyP

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Posted 01 October 2019 - 10:31 AM

I like my Mark III but my aging fingers have always had a slight issue manipulating the charging handle. I am aware of the $50 aluminum accessory handle available, but thought I'd try the 3-D printed $20 plastic offering from FarrowTech:

https://www.youtube....h?v=7b3uYOwjIUU

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Price includes shipping. The handle shipped via USPS the same day I ordered it, and I had it in hand shortly thereafter.

Once I found/bought the necessary but not supplied .050 allen wrench, the install was beyond simple and it looks like it will be more than robust enough for my use. The black material used looks great too. Makes charging the pistol a super-easy and comfortable process now. I recommend it - would probably help anyone who has issues chambering a round.

Edited by RandyP, 01 October 2019 - 10:33 AM.

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Posted 01 October 2019 - 03:55 PM

I use the HALO charging ring from TANDEMKROSS for the same reasons. Its made of aluminum but $30 more expensive. Works quite well but Id guess the cheaper model does the same job just as well. Id have probably bought the Farrow version if I knew about it.

Edited by ming, 01 October 2019 - 03:58 PM.

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Posted 01 October 2019 - 05:01 PM

The Tandemkross is my fallback position if this poly one ever fails.


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Posted 09 October 2019 - 09:01 AM

I have my sights set on a Mark IV lite.  They just look like way too much fun to shoot, especially if you set it up as an open gun with an optic.  

 

The two companies I've found with aftermarket parts are Tandemkross that ming mentioned above, as well as Volquartsen.  

 

I'll probably hit the buy button over the winter.  I'll likely add on that Halo charging ring as well as their comp.  

 

How do you like the Mark 3?  Have you had a chance to compare it to the Mark 4?  


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Posted 09 October 2019 - 09:09 AM

The Mark III is a fine pistol and will surely outlive me - lol

 

That said, NOTHING beats the Mark IV super-simple takedown and reassembly.  That alone makes it the better purchase IMHO. I always clean any gun I use at the range when I get home but I wait till I have the patience stored up to disassemble, clean and then put the beastie back together.


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Posted 09 October 2019 - 09:22 AM

The Mark III is a fine pistol and will surely outlive me - lol

 

That said, NOTHING beats the Mark IV super-simple takedown and reassembly.  That alone makes it the better purchase IMHO. I always clean any gun I use at the range when I get home but I wait till I have the patience stored up to disassemble, clean and then put the beastie back together.

That's what I've heard about the two models as well.  I've always wanted one, but it was always a type of gun that was way down on my wanted list.  The only reason I'm considering one now is to shoot Steel Challenge with lol.  It just looks like way too much fun.  

 

I hear ya on the disassembly.  I clean my AR's every time I shoot them, but I usually don't do it the same day, or within the following week.  I hate cleaning them but I force myself to, and it's usually the day before a 3 gun match lol.  My shotgun gets cleaned maybe every 500 rounds or so.  The Benelli M2 is about as painful to do a full cleaning on as an AR is.  

 

I'm definitely looking forward to that Ruger though!  I've actually still never shot one.  


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Posted 10 October 2019 - 10:00 AM

The easier disassembly of the Mark IV would make it my choice.  It also has removable grip panels so you can add your favorite 1911 grips.  Rugers are a lot of fun.  I'd definitely recommend getting one.


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Posted 10 October 2019 - 11:31 AM

I probably have a dozen marks of various models but was given a new Mark IV, sweeeeeet. 

My S&W model 41 was a first choice and that might be changing now. 

You can just spray clean this thing in about 3 seconds. 


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 06:16 PM

Love my mark 2 have shot a few
Others mark 4 5 I'll stick with my slab side

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Posted 17 October 2019 - 05:54 PM

Love my mark 2 have shot a few
Others mark 4 5 I'll stick with my slab side


Love the slab side target model. Quite possibly my favorite gun to shoot.

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Posted 21 October 2019 - 06:57 PM

My first pistol was a MK2 government target model. 6 7/8” bull barrel. Loved it. Then got ADD and wanted something else. Picked up a couple MK2 competition models (stainless slab sides). One for me, one for my son. Tack drivers and fun to shoot. Figure I’ll put a Leupy 2x pistol scope on it for plinking critters.... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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