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Post by major146 10/19/2020, 11:36 am

I am thinking of buying a Volquartsen Black Mamba TF for Bulls eye target shooting. Any one out there have one and what is your experience with them? Are they worth the money and the wait to get one? I presently shoot a Ruger Mark IV Competition, would this be a major step up or not? I like the features of the Black Mamba and the fact that all my magazines from my Mark IV will work in it is a plus. I have already installed the kit from Volquartsen in my Mark IV to make it more accurate and it helped the gun a bunch. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Post by Al 10/19/2020, 2:23 pm

JMHO,  a volquartsen trigger set (or a good trigger job by a BE gunsmith), a Volquartsen rear sight, skateboard tape on the frontstrap. Install them in your Ruger & spend the rest on good ammo.

I like the flat rear sight blade on their replacement sights (Kensight also) far better than stock. And I like the flatter trigger compared to the factory. Other than that, any shot you make outside the 'x' isn't the gun. I've Ransom tested over a dozen Ruger MKII's, with any good quality standard velocity ammo (and some high velocity)  they've all held 'x' ring or better.

UNLESS, you just want another pistol. Then go for it, you can't have too many.
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Post by major146 10/19/2020, 2:36 pm

AI
Thanks for the reply, but what do you mean by "skateboard tape on the frontstrap"?

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Post by Jwhelan939 10/19/2020, 3:27 pm

I used a Volqaurtsen Scorpion for about 3 seasons. It is the same gun. I loved it. It's a very long gun, but with the compensator and the vokthane grips it had incredible balance. I it was very accurate and had a great trigger. I switched to Pardini because I shoot 22 and 32 for cf. The Scorpion is a great gun though.

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Post by Al 10/19/2020, 4:15 pm

major146 wrote:AI
Thanks for the reply, but what do you mean by "skateboard tape on the frontstrap"?
It's the adhesive backed stuff they put on skateboards for a non slip surface, also works great for any pistol that doesn't have checkering on the front strap. A 1' x 3' section is usually $5-10. You'll only use a section about 1" x 3", so you buy it once & have a lifetime supply.

Just remember, solvents are not the friend of the adhesive used, it will dissolve the glue so you'll wind up replacing it about once a year, less if your frame cleaning frequency is few & far between, or if you don't use a solvent or penetrating oil on the exterior.

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Post by mpolans 10/19/2020, 5:50 pm

If you've already got a Mark IV with the trigger, hammer, and sear in it, and decent sights, I wouldn't spend $1500-1700 on a Mamba TF. I'd save up for a used Pardini SP Bullseye for around $1800-2000.

Or, I'd consider getting a new Matchguns MG2 for $1600-1700ish...it'd probably be a lot more gun for about the same amount of money.

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Post by CrankyThunder 10/19/2020, 7:32 pm

Dear Major:

I can highly recommend the Pardini SP.  

I bought mine new back in 2013 it is a dream. 

No problems whatsoever. I still get giddy when I go to the range with it. 

Long forgotten the purchase price (it was expensive), although I have purchased other high quality 22 long rifle pistols since then, they never were intended as a replacement.
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Post by mhayford45 10/19/2020, 7:55 pm

I sold my Pardini as I like my Scorpion better. I shoot about the same scores with either gun. The Scorpion responds more like a 1911, the red dot is always where it should be unlike the Pardini and the trigger is just as good.

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Post by TonyH 10/19/2020, 7:58 pm

 I still get giddy when I go to the range with it. 
I can attest to that! I’ve seen it and it’s not pretty!No
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Post by mhayford45 10/19/2020, 7:59 pm

The MKIV with the upgrades will be comparable to the Volquartsten. It will be a little heavier than the Mamba but the Mamba will not be a major upgrade.

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Post by major146 10/19/2020, 8:00 pm

Thanks for all the good input. Perhaps I will just get a better sight for my Mark IV and hold off on the Volquartsen.

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Post by LenV 10/21/2020, 10:07 am

I like the Hogue grips on my Mk IV. I solved the problem of needing a better sight by installing a Nikon. The Volquartsen trigger was a must have and made it a real tach driver with this configuration.

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