Ruger 22/45 Lite Pistol

Ruger has added a lightweight model to their Ruger 22/45 .22 LR pistol line. The Lite model features a lightweight aluminum receiver.

Caliber .22 LR
Capacity 10 rounds
Finish Gold Anodized
Grip Replaceable Polymer Panels
Barrel 4.40″
Twist 1:16″ RH
Weight 22.80 oz.
Front Sight Adjustable
Rear Sight Fixed
MSRP (Price) $469

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to introduce the Ruger 22/45 Lite™, a lightweight Ruger® 22/45™ pistol with a new aluminum upper receiver. Chambered in the popular .22 LR, the Ruger 22/45 Lite™ is accurate and reliable, making it the ideal lightweight rimfire pistol.

“The Ruger 22/45 Lite™ is an exciting new addition to the legendary 22/45™ line of pistols,” said Ruger® President and CEO Mike Fifer. “It maintains the superb accuracy and reliability of the classic 22/45™ pistols, but has a cool factor that can’t be beat. It has a customized look without the customized price, and is exactly what our customers have been asking us to produce. The threaded barrel provides great accessory options and makes the Ruger 22/45 Lite™ a perfect package right out of the box,” he concluded.

The Ruger 22/45 Lite™ upper receiver is made of aircraft-grade aluminum and features serrated cuts, giving the pistol a dramatic look and making it extremely lightweight at only 22.8 ounces. The 4.4-inch stainless steel barrel sleeve is held in place by a tension nut to ensure accuracy and features a factory 1/2-28 thread to accept popular muzzle accessories. The receiver is finished in a striking gold anodize and is drilled and tapped for Weaver®-style scope base adapters (included free of charge) for easy mounting of optics. The comfortable, precision-molded Zytel® polymer grip frame features replaceable Hogue® black rubber grip panels that can be swapped out to customize the look of your Ruger 22/45 Lite™ pistol. The Ruger 22/45 Lite™ is the perfect outdoor companion and can be used for target shooting, plinking, small game hunting, or competitive shooting.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Brad

    Hot cakes. These will sell like hot cakes.

    • RocketScientist

      How do you let someone know that your hotcakes are selling well?

      • scott

        Sell like Ruger 10/22’s

    • schizuki

      I have never seen hot cakes for sale.

      How about, “These will sell like Ding Dongs at fat camp”?

      • C3PO

        McDonald’s sells hotcakes every morning. hotcakes=pancakes

  • Bob Barker

    Seems like Ruger wants some of those popular Tactical Solutions PacLite sales. I bet Ruger’s R&D department is just pulling ideas out of a hat backlogged from all those years Bill Ruger kept preventing them.

  • Bob Barker

    Is it going to take a year for them to release a version with a top rail/modular rails?

    • Jeremy G

      Good idea; looks like it is drilled and tapped for modular rails.

    • Komrad

      My father’s 22/45 and my mk III both came with a removable top rail, and that was back in 2009 or so for both of them. I think it’s standard to include the rail and has been for a while.

    • Laserbait

      From the press release:

      The receiver is finished in a striking gold anodize and is drilled and tapped for Weaver®-style scope base adapters (included free of charge) for easy mounting of optics.

  • Hansoff

    I usually like Rugers, but dang that thing is ugly.

  • Chase

    Am I reading this correctly? FRONT sight is adjustable, and REAR sight is fixed?

    • EsEf

      Nope. Look at the photos. Rear sight is adjustable as well.

      • Woodroez

        I suspect that the front is not adjustable at all.

      • Chase

        I guess what I’m saying is that the specifications list is wrong. It lists the front sight as adjustable.

  • Ben

    I don’t think Paclite will be happy..

  • Ben

    I like how Ruger now put their stock code in their press announcements. I also like the gold colour, although it’s probably going to divide opinion.

  • Komrad

    I’d certainly buy one of these if they did the same thing to a mk III standard (I like the grip angle better).

    This is really cool and the gold anodized actually looks classy (probably because it isn’t too yellow). I don’t care for the look of the lightening cuts, but they aren’t too bad and probably serve some purpose.

    This would make the perfect companion for a 10/22 takedown in a BoB and while hiking.

    All in all, another good one from Ruger.

    • shankbone

      The lightening cuts do serve a purpose, hence their name.

      • Komrad

        Well yes. I think it might look better as a sort of slab sided deal.

        I guess I didn’t really think that through. :p

      • scott

        This is hilarious because I kept reading it as Lightning cuts and not LightEning cuts and didn’t get it. :/

  • Pete Sheppard

    Innovation in ugly…Noted that mileage varies widely.

  • Tim

    If this thing drives down the price of ths standard Mk III target models, then I’m all for it…

  • SleepyDave

    Okay, daddy like, but are the grips interchangeable with ANY 1911 grips, or just Ruger 22/45 grips? They look similar, after all, which I think was the point.

    • Woodroez

      Yes, all grips that fit the 1911 Government model will fit it.

    • SPJ

      You have to trim a little for bolt release, but not much.

  • me

    I think it’s ugly. Why gold anodized? not exactly the gun I would carry out squirrel hunting. why is a blued gun so damn hard to build?

    • Komrad

      You can’t blue aluminum. Bluing is a controlled oxidation of iron (sort of like rust), so it can’t be done with other metals.

      Now, I think you can anodize something black or dark blue.

  • David/Sharpie

    I kinda like it, other than the colour, I would rather it is a diff. colour.

    I might think about it, IT’S EVEN CANADIAN LEGAL (Well, restricted)

  • Other Steve

    I could care less about the color.

    * threaded 1/2×28
    * lightweight
    * 22/45 controls and angle
    * replacable panels
    * a hair under 4.5″ barrel

    This is the absolutely most perfect Ruger 22 I’ve ever seen. I must have this. Sparrow SS and Spectre await it!

    • SPJ

      light weight is not the right word for this gun, side by side comparison was unbelievable. I thought I was holding a toy compared to the standard Mark III with bull barrel.

  • John Doe

    It looks like a laser gun. If only it went pew pew pew…

    • EEdave

      It does go pew pew with the AAC Prodigy attached to the front 😀

  • Cameron

    I think the gold is ugly as sin, but I love Ruger quality and I love the 22/45. They are a company known for providing plenty of options. I assume other colors will be along.

    Smashing awesome gun design otherwise.

  • Dave D

    Very interested in this. Only hate the color. I will not make up my mind til I see it in person. But I’ve been thinking of the 22/45 for the last couple years, so I’ll give it a hard looking over. Just wish they selected a Flat Dark Earth, Forrest Green or good old Black. My only guess is they are afraid they’d sell to many! Ruger already having a hard time keeping up with demand.

  • Laserbait

    I think gold and black look really sharp together, especially that lighter toned gold. My GF hopes they will anodize it on pink soon. 😀

  • Poor Bill, having to roll over, and over, like that. Has to be tiring, I mean…..

    • David/Sharpie

      Hey man, if it means giving shooters what they want, he can roll over as many times as he wants.

      And I LOVE Ruger firearms so I’m not trying to bad mouth him

  • jaekelopterus

    Thost clever engineers at Sturm Ruger are alaways doing important, innovative research into replacing steel componants with lightwieght, economic pot metal. I hear their new “Ultra-Light” model will feature a zinc reciever, a polymer barrel and lightweight balsa wood grips!

    • David/Sharpie

      Are you implying that Ruger makes shitty guns?

      You’re dead wrong about that. Many of their guns have been best sellers in their class for many, many years.

      • Renee

        The comment about the Balsa wood grips, plastic barrel & pot metal is the Model that will be California Legal.
        Yes Ruger engineers know what they are doing.
        I’m sure more colors will come out in the future.

  • SSgt G

    Just damn! You Ruger guys are dumb.
    You make a highly demanded modification to a proven and well loved product, (by me and many others), and then you screw the whole thing up with those hideous diagonal slash… things along the barrel. Which serve what purpose? They’re not for improved grip. One does not pull back a slide on a Mk II pistol, but rather pulls back the bolt which is housed within the receiver.
    Where you going for a 1911 race gun look? Why? Were the classic lines of the Mk II not good enough for you any more?
    Now, we all know that this offering is in response to the well warranted success of the Tactical Solutions PacLite after market barrel conversion. Why didn’t you guys just copy that.
    We know Ruger has no problem with, Ahhem, borrowing heavily from innovative and successful designs such as the Keltec P-3AT and Walther P22. Why couldn’t you have just followed Tactical Solutions’ lead on this and just cut some nice flutes in the barrel and called it a day? Seriously, this is like a hitting a grand slam and then tripping over your own shoe laces inches from home plate.

    Fix it, Ruger.

    • David/Sharpie

      I agree, they do look dumb, and serve no purpose, but the analogy about tripping over your shoelace before home plate is wrong, this is more like tripping right after touching base, still got the job done, but embarrassing yourself after.

      I would rather something without the cuts, and NOT gold, both combined does look pretty stupid.

    • Jazz

      I’m pretty sure the reason for the cuts was not to change the look of the gun, but to save on weight. It is called the “LITE” after all.

    • SPJ

      Are you kidding……its for weight reduction, not looks, besides i like the looks of the gun. And the tension nut on the forend of the barrel, got one thing to say about that, do you remember Dan Wesson…….this will probably turn out to be one of Ruger’s finer offerings. Only way to make it any better would be 22mag.

  • DontCallMeJimmie

    A full-length Weaver rail (fitting between front and rear sight) and mounting screws are included along with a gun rug, safety/trigger locking “wrench” and action padlock. The iron sights are usable with the rail mounted.

    My padlock came with the wrong keys – no loss…

  • ted moore jr.

    Rugar did a GREAT JOB ON THE 22/45 i think the ones are complaing is the ones that offard it. like they say they didnt make ONE. work two jobs and maybe u will get one. vietnam vet GREAT JOB RUGAR