The Ruger Mark II Model P-512 .22 autoloader is an accurate, high-quality rimfire pistol that is a takeoff on Bill Ruger’s classic design first introduced in 1949. This one has the Government .45 style frame.
It was way back in 1949 that Bill Ruger and Alexander Sturm first introduced their autoloader to the world. Little did they realize this German Luger look-alike was the beginning of one of the most successful firearms companies to ever blue a barrel. The first Ruger weighed 36 ounces, had a 4 3/4 inch barrel, a 9- shot magazine, and fixed sights. The retail price was just $37.50, which represented a lot of value for the dollar.
Ruger followed this one with a target model called the Mark I with a 6 7/8 inch barrel, adjustable sights, and a much smoother trigger pull. The price increased to $57.50 and was still considered a good buy.
It has been 47 years of constant improvement of a great design that brings us to the present and the Mark II Model P-512. The Mark II was actually introduced in the early 80’s and included several new features. With the safety on, the bolt on the earlier model was locked closed but on the Mark II the bolt can be cycled when “on” safe. The magazine capacity was extended to 10 rounds on the later model and the mechanism for locking the bolt open was changed. A slide release lever was added on the left side at the top of the grip. When the last shot is fired, the magazine follower button acts as a retainer and holds the bolt open. After inserting a loaded magazine, the slide release lever can be depressed, allowing the bolt to close while stripping a round from the magazine. An alternative method of chambering a round is to retract the bolt slightly and then let it go. Either method can be used to chamber a fresh round, with the safety on or off.
One very unique feature of the Ruger .22 has been the accentuated grip angle, similar to the original German Luger. This angle made the pistol quick pointing and easy to shoot, and, no doubt, had a lot to do with the success of this pistol.
The Ruger MK-II is offered in many variations with barrel lengths of 4, 4 3/4, 5 1/2, 6, 6 7/8, and even 10 inches. Some barrels are tapered while others are straight and, therefore, heavier. Various models are identified as Standard, Target, and Bull and weigh from 35 ounces (Model KP-512 with composite frame) to 51 ounces for the 10 inch barreled MK-10.
A couple of years ago Ruger offered another option in this .22 autoloader in the form of a Government 1911 style grip. Options in this style include a stainless version, as well as a blue finish, and two barrel lengths; a 5 1/2 inch bull barrel and a 4 3/4 inch tapered style.
For the purposes of this gun test, we ordered a blued version with the 5 1/2 inch blue bull barrel, called the P-512; the number 512 referring to the 5 1/2 inch barrel. With the Government grip look-alike, this model is also called the Ruger 22/45. Both the grip angle and magazine latch are copies of the Government Model. All the other Ruger .22 autoloaders have the magazine latch at the bottom of the grip, European style.
The grip frame on this model is made of Zytel, and according to Ruger, it is, “…a super tough, fiberglass-reinforced, lightweight composite.” Composite frames have proven themselves well of late, beginning with the famous Glock “plastic pistol” introduced over a decade ago. The mechanism on the Ruger .22 is the simple blowback style so common in a variety of lower powered autoloaders. The rifling is six grooves with one right hand turn in 16 inches. The rear sights are click adjustable for windage and elevation and the front sight is a fixed patridge-type blade. The suggested retail price for the test model is $237.50 while that of the stainless version is $330
The safety is mounted on the frame at the upper rear of the grip panel. Because the safety can only be moved to the “on” position when the internal hammer is cocked, it also serves as a cocking indicator. Because the 10-shot magazine was designed to function with the MK-II in conjunction with the bolt stop feature, the earlier 9-shot magazines should not be used in these later models. Unlike many of today’s autoloaders, this one will fire with the magazine removed and can be used as a single shot by locking the bolt open and inserting a round directly into the chamber.
Disassembly of the Ruger MK-II is actually quite simple. After removing the magazine and making sure the chamber is empty, pull the trigger to drop the hammer. At the rear of the main spring housing (backside of the grip) is a recessed lever. Take a paper clip or similar instrument and loop over the top of this lever. Swing the entire housing outward on its pivot and pull downward, removing the bolt stop pin and mainspring housing. The bolt can then be removed from the rear. The barrel-receiver assembly should then slide forward off the frame. At the top front of the frame is a square lug that hooks into a recess on the underside of the receiver. If the barrel-receiver assembly will not disengage, a light forward tap on the rear of the receiver will loosen it. The factory does not recommend any further disassembly.
The reassembly procedure can be a little sticky the first time. Make sure the hammer is in the “cocked” position inside the top of the frame and the safety is in the “off” position. Place the barrel-receiver assembly on top of the frame so that the square lug engages the recess on the underside of the receiver. Push this assembly rearward until it stops. A light tap on the muzzle with a non-marring hammer may be needed to properly seat it. The rear of the receiver will slightly over-hang the rear end of the grip frame when it is properly seated.
Point the muzzle up and pull the trigger, releasing the hammer. Gravity will actually cause it to return to its cocked position. After making sure the firing pin stop pin is in place toward the front of the bolt assembly, the bolt can be slid into the receiver. Now point the muzzle down with the grip angled slightly forward and pull the trigger again. Gravity will cause the hammer to fall to its uncocked position, which can be seen through the back of the grip.
Hold the pistol and mainspring housing bolt stop pin assembly in a horizontal position and press the bolt stop pin upward through the holes in the receiver and bolt until the tip of the pin protrudes beyond the top of the receiver. While holding the bolt closed and with the muzzle pointed up, swing the mainspring housing into the frame and snap the housing latch shut. The owners manual is a great aid in the disassembly/reassembly process the first couple of times. With a little practice, it actually becomes quite simple.
Shooting this pistol was a great experience. It became obvious early on that the accuracy potential was far greater than our ability to shoot, especially with open sights. Using a Burris base made for the Ruger Mark II and a Burris 2X LER (Long Eye Relief) handgun scope, a variety of ammunition was tried at the 25 yard range. All shooting was done from a solid rest and as can be seen in the accompanying table, 5-shot groups were very impressive. The results were quite interesting. Remember, these groups were fired from a 5 1/2 inch barrel. The smallest group was made with the Remington Yellow Jacket and measured just 0.44 inch. Of the 10 different types of ammo tried, 8 shot under one inch groups.
The fit and feel of this .22 autoloader is hard to beat. Of course, for a guy who has been inseparably attached to the Government 1911 Model for over 20 years, it should come as no surprise that the Ruger 22/45 just felt natural. It points well and is easily operated. During the shooting of over 500 rounds of a variety of ammunition, we had one failure to feed and one failure to eject.
With a retail price of just $237.50, this .22 autoloading pistol is one great buy!
|Catalog No.||MK-512 (stainless: KMK-512)|
|Barrel Length||5 1/2 inches|
|Overall Length||9 3/4 inches|
Ruger 22/45, Mark II, MK-512
|Remington High Velocity||40||984||123||0.50|
|CCI Pistol Match||40||952||37||0.74|
|CCI Standard Velocity||40||943||38||1.03|
|Winchester High Vel. HP||38||1120||35||1.19|
|Remington Yellow Jacket||33||1210||36||0.44|
Velocities were measured 12 feet in front of the muzzle with an Oehler 35P chronograph. The range was 25 yards and the pistol was fired from a sandbag rest. A Burris 2X LER handgun scope was mounted using a standard Burris mount made for the Ruger.
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