I received the gun at my FFL within a week after ordering. Buds offered a competitive price on a gun that was hard to find in stock. This was my first .22 pistol purchase and I read a lot of reviews before buying.
After receiving the Mark III, I disassembled it for cleaning and replaced the hammer bushing. There were some small shavings from machining to clean out. There is a very important key to disassembly and reassembly. My first reassembly was difficult, until I came across a Youtube video explaining "the dingleberry” and “the cheese" - referring to the hammer and hammer strut. After I discovered the placement of “the dingleberry” and “the cheese”, the disassembly/reassembly process became very easy. In order to disassemble/reassemble, I used a rubber mallet, a paperclip and a wooden dowel made of birch for a punch.
I have fired 2800 rounds through the pistol within 2 months. After the initial 300 rounds of smooth shooting, I started experiencing failures to eject (FTE) every 1/150 rounds. As I continued to shoot, I would get a FTE every 100 rounds or less (with regular cleanings). I replaced the extractor with a Volquartsen extractor and I have had zero FTE within the last 1000 rounds.
The stock front and rear sight are black and I had trouble focusing with a black on black sight. I switched the front sight to a Hi-Viz fiber optic, which is much better than stock. Shooting with the open sights is fine, but I am ready to try a red dot. I ordered a Bushnell TRS-25 that will be arriving soon.
I will offer up a few random suggestions that have made my Mark III experience better; I use Hogue rubber grips with the thumb rest. I use the Ultimate Clip Loader to quickly load magazines at the range. Besides Hoppes Elite, I use Powder Blast and CLP to clean the internals.
The stock Mark III Target is a nice gun, but with some aftermarket parts, you can customize it to your liking. I would suggest a few searches for common upgrades that people make to the stock gun in order to improve performance. This is a great gun and I enjoy shooting it.
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!