Called ruger to see what the pistol I am trying to buy is. I was told it was a MarkII even though the lower part was plastic and the release buttons were high up like the MarkIII. It did not indicate that on their website, so even if it looks like a Mark III, it may be a II. That will change a lot of the pricing on parts if I do get it. It was made in 2001 which I was able to get from ruger's site.