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Hello folks! New member here...
I purchased an old (yet beautiful condition) 1969 Ruger Standard back in April 2016. Firearm Gun Trigger Gun accessory Gun barrel
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.
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The girlfriend always enjoyed it more than my other firearms Gun Shooting Shooting sport Outdoor recreation Practical shooting , 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 Trigger Revolver .
 

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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 Revolver and a set of checkered wood grips from eBay Button .
Yesterday I received in from Brownell's another Ruger replacement mag, and Volquartsen Target Sear and VQ Target Trigger. Action figure Toy Fictional character
 

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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. Revolver Tool Everyday carry Starting pistol .
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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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. Firearm Gun Trigger Gun accessory Air gun
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. Firearm Gun Trigger Gun barrel Gun accessory
 

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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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