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Hello folks! New member here...
I purchased an old (yet beautiful condition) 1969 Ruger Standard back in April 2016. CYMERA_20160422_101817_1552453563263.jpg
It had a couple problems: a broken left-side grip panel, and the one magazine it came with had an oversized follower button, making mag removal a PITA.
I immediately purchased a new Ruger aftermarket mag 0424162109_1552453907404.jpg and correct sized follower button. 0415160840b_1552453858176.jpg
The girlfriend always enjoyed it more than my other firearms 0505161032_1552454206173.jpg , so I left it alone that way for a few years.
Last years tax return I spent a little taking care of a 1962 Beretta m71 .22 0220192348_1552454438387.jpg .
 

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So this years return I got the idea to give the ol' Standard some TLC. Last week I received a Ranch Products Extended Magazine Release from Brownell's 0304191921_1552455038408.jpg and a set of checkered wood grips from eBay 0304191901a_1552455132207.jpg .
Yesterday I received in from Brownell's another Ruger replacement mag, and Volquartsen Target Sear and VQ Target Trigger. 0311191450_1552457101595.jpg
 

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Luckily, the Standard (pre-'71) is the most simple of all of the Mk-series, no mag-disconnect, side mag release or slide release. 0311191523_1552457652587.jpg .
That Sear Spring sure was a PITA. It was the most difficult part of the job. It literally made me sweat! Everything else was cake, even that little E-clip on the trigger pin.
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Final before & after pic, with a pic of the Ranch Products extended mag release CYMERA_20190311_192745_1552460721616.jpg 0304191926a_1552460807001.jpg
I am seriously considering drilling and tapping the receiver for a scope, but I dont really want to de-value whatever value this old pistol may have. At the same time, I don't ever plan on selling my firearms, but things change. So I'm at a conundrum as to what to do. Thoughts?
 

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Welcome Capt to the forum. That is a nice looking pistol you have there. Tasteful mods too. But since you asked, I'd find a later model to shoot scoped before I drilled and tapped that little classic. Good Luck!
 

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Nice job of perking up the old Standard.
 

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Thanks for the kind words of wisdom, sirs. I'll keep her as is, and just enjoy her. Tonight I picked up 800 rounds of .22lr, and tomorrow should be clear skies here in AZ....��
 

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Welcome from California’s High Desert and to the forum.
Thanks Geoff!

Btw, I took the Ruger out today with a bunch of Browning BPR that has not so great reviews online and it all shot perfectly fine. No FTF's and it was quite accurate. I could hit shotgun hulls with relative ease at about 30ft. The pistol was accurate already, but the VQ Trigger & Sear make shooting this pistol a whole different experience. I highly recommend :thumbsup:
 

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I got the Ruger Standard back from my gunsmith tonight after having an LPA TPU Adjustable Rear Sight Installed. I can't wait to get it sighted in. I'm hoping it sits low enough and my front sight is tall enough that it doesnt shoot high on its lowest setting.
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I really liked the color of my wood grips, but the valleys of some of the checkering were clogged and had gotten kind of grimy through the years. 0311191925_1556432465976.jpg
I didn't like the idea of getting covered in someone else's hand-goo, so I decided to clean them up and restain them.
It was surprisingly simple. I grabbed some isopropyl alcohol from the medicine cabinet and an old toothbrush and got to gently scrubbing.
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Then I applied a couple coats of Minwax Sedona Red with a sponge, wiping away the excess after allowing each coat to penetrate a few minutes.
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The checkering is now clean and crisp, the color more uniform with no stain and grease build-up in the valleys. The color seemed a little light at first, but the more I handle it the darker it will get. CYMERA_20190318_222432_1556433372939.jpg
 

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Great job. The Standard will love ya for it and provide you and your great grand kids many years of enjoyable shootin'. :)
 

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Great job. The Standard will love ya for it and provide you and your great grand kids many years of enjoyable shootin'. <img src="http://rugerforum.net/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
Thanks, oldster. Funny you should say that. When I oil it down and slip it in its fine leather holster I can't help but think of what a fine heirloom it will make and how proud I'll be to pass it on.
It's 50 years old this year!
Unfortunately I had to sell my '53.
 

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Nice Ruger. Good job. Greetings from Ohio and welcome to the forum.
 

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Great rehab job and grip claeanup, I did essentially the same thing to one I own dating
from 1968. That rear sight looks a great deal like one I have on mind made by the old
Miniature Machine Company, at the time located in Deming NM later in Dallas. Mine
has a Clark trigger that again appears identical to yours. Good work.
 

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Yours looks great! I hope you had as much fun doing the job as I had reading about your work! Great job!!

My daughter has a Standard that she was told is a PRE-Mark I. It has adjustable rear sight that was claimed to be original but I'm not so sure! I couldn't find any evidence that Ruger put adjustable sights on any of the early ones. I suspect an addition by a previous owner. Anyway after a thorough clean-up it does quite well. From the serial number lookup it was made around 1960-61. I don't remember exactly now.

Makes me want to go find an oldie but goodie to play with but my stable is a bit full now!!
(See list below!) I can't do hers as it is 800 miles away.

Cheers
 
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