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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (November 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873644883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873644884
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Duncan Long is an internationally recognized nonfiction and fiction writer of countless books and magazine articles on weapons and warfare. He is a best-selling Paladin author, with more than 20 firearms manuals in print.

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Duncan Long (http://DuncanLong.com/) is a freelance writer/illustrator who has authored 13 novels including Anti-Grav Unlimited (Avon Books), the Spider Worlds triology (HarperCollins), and the Night Stalkers series (Harper Collins). He's also written 60-some technical books and how-to manuals (with Paladin Press, Delta Press, Lyons Press/Globe Pequot, and others). Additionally, he's ghostwritten over a dozen titles for TV, radio, and stage celebrities.

Some of Long's technical manuals can be found in the private libraries of the CIA, US Marines, FEMA, the FBI's FTU (Firearms Training Unit), and other US agencies. Excerpts from his books and technical drawings have even appeared in US Congressional hearings.

As an illustrator Long has created cover and interior illustrations for HarperCollins, PS Publishing (UK), Byron Preiss/ibooks, Pocket Books, Fort Ross, American Media, Delirium Books, Ballistic Media, Mermaid Books, Swimming Kangaroo Books, and others. His artwork also appears in national magazines (including the Sun and Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine), and at Web sites and on CD covers.

Long's illustrations are noted for their often whimsical, dreamlike quality. Talk-show host Victor Thorn named Long one of the three "best graphic artists in the entire world." And the reviewer at 3D Millennium (M3 Corp., Inc.) wrote about Long's collected works, "To call him a prolific artist would be understatement, at best. Get yourself a snack and settle back while Duncan takes you on a wild ride through worlds only he has dreamt of."

You can find Long's graphic artwork and articles online at his site: http://DuncanLong.com/

Customer Reviews

Very well written & illustrated.
Kindle Customer
I didn't get any kind of manual with it or anything showing &/or telling how to strip it down and clean it.
Amazon Customer
This was the book to buy because it told him what he needed to know and now his gun is working great.
Linda McCall

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Charles Miller on November 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you are thinking of buying a target pistol, can't decide exactly which to buy, but are considering a Ruger, then read this book. It will make your decision for you.
The book covers the history of Sturm, Ruger & Company, the various models of the .22 automatic pistols, the chronology of their production, and brief descriptions of other firearms developed by the firm. Also covered are care and maintenance of the pistols, including field- and detail-stripping instructions. The book concludes with chapters on available accessories and a survey of ammunition for use with Rugers.
The overall story is one of high quality, accuracy, continuous refinement of design, and innovation in weapons manufacture. Enjoy your new Ruger.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Erich on October 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
Shooting the Ruger .22 automatic target pistol is widely enjoyed by many of us and this book gives us the details of it's history, development, the many varieties, care and maintenance - including how to break it down in an easy to understand text and much more. It is a must have for all Ruger Standard, MK I and MK II pistol owners. MK III owners will be disappointed if they are looking for information on that model - no mention of it at all. My copy is copyrighted 1988. Provided D. Long is still with us it certainly would be worth his while to update this wonderful book to include the newer model MK IIIs, new ammo available, grips, optics and the list goes on.... Hats off to Duncan Long, a Ruger .22 auto pistol authority, for his most informative writing.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Xavier Breath on January 25, 2008
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This book is essential for the Ruger semi-auto pistol collector. It only covers the Standard, the MKI, and MKII pistols, but that is all it should cover. The MKIII pistol is not present, nor are the Ruger revolvers or the Ruger 22/45. The book does cover a few Ruger MKII facsimiles and successful gunsmithing trends, as well as proper maintenance and detail stripping.

The book is not a volume worshiping Bill Ruger. Rather it is an information packed publication of the origins and development of the most popular .22 auto-pistol of all time.

For under $12, it's an absolute steal. Buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda McCall on July 17, 2012
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Purchased this book for my husband that had taken his gun apart and just couldn't get back together the correct way. This was the book to buy because it told him what he needed to know and now his gun is working great. Quick ship and great price.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. morton on October 23, 2010
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Generally the book serves its purpose, as an overview of the Ruger pistol, it works, but it has a few problems.

Chapter one, history: This section has a few small but highly noticeable errors such as conflating Springfield Armory, Inc., the company and the Springfield Armory, the government installation.

Chapter two, variations: fine so far as I can tell, but of course the book was published in 1988, so quite a bit has happened since then!

Chapter three, maintenance: Fine so far as it goes, but doesn't have anything on the Mark three which has several complications added to takedown.

Chapter four, accessories: By nature this section was outdated as soon as it was published, but now it's almost embarrassing; some of the equipment in this section might be found in a museum.

Chapter five, ammunition: Nothing wrong here.

If you own a Mark two, this book still has value, especially considering it's price, but if you own a mark three your money might be better spent elsewhere.
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The Sturm Ruger company is an iconic American firearm company that was founded shortly after World War Two. Their first firearm was the Ruger Standard (later Mark I, Mark II, and Mark III) semi-automatic .22 pistol. This pistol, with slight modifications and enhancements, is not only still in production today, it is still one of the most popular handguns of all time. I have never walked into a gunstore that did not have one or more Ruger Mark 22 pistols on the display rack. Since I own and very much enjoy shooting several Ruger Standard and Mark pistols, this book was a real treat for me. By way of disclosure, by and large Ruger is my favorite firearm manufacturer.

This excellent book takes the reader through the founding and development of the Sturm Ruger firearms company and some of the challenges that the company faced when first founded by Messrs. Sturm and Ruger. The book explains that Ruger's goal has always been to produce a world-class quality firearm, consistent with the limitations of mass-production, at a price that the average American can afford. It is all very interesting to any firearm enthusiast. The second part of the piece covers some of the models and development of the Standard/Mark I-Mark II pistols. The last section covers maintenance and customization tips.

This book does not cover the later Mark III pistol, which is no great matter. Other than the addition of a magazine safety, a loaded chamber indicator (LCI) and a few other minor modifications, there is really very little difference between the Mark II or the Mark III or for that matter the individual Standard pistol. I did not agree with all of the comments that the author made regarding maintenance, but there are some good tips contained in this piece concerning that subject even if reasonable people can disagree on one or two of the author's opinions. Highly recommended. RJB.
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