The new, unannounced product officially came out from the shadows!
The Ruger Mark IV is here!
Ruger may have answered a lot of prayers with this model. My inclination of a handgun based on their sweepstakes requiring people to be 21 was about as close as I got to guessing this. The Ruger Mark III has always been known to be accurate and reliable, but field stripping it, forget about it. Now you can dis-assemble the Ruger Mark IV with the literal push of a button. If this is not convenience personified, I am not sure what is.
To start, Ruger will be introducing this model in 3 different configurations: Mark IV Target Stainless, Mark IV Target Blued and Mark IV Hunter (S/S).
One improvement is an ambidextrous manual safety with a beefed up thumb pad for more positive dexterity. Also, the frame is one solid piece that is CNC machined.
Aesthetically, the gun does not look much different, but these small improvements consumers have been begging to see for years. Ruger expanded upon their new Mark IV and its features:
Ruger is excited to introduce the Ruger Mark IV. While the heavily redesigned Mark IV maintains the same classic outward appearance as the Mark III, it incorporates a significant improvement customers will love – a simple, one-button takedown for quick and easy field stripping. A recessed button in the back of the frame allows the upper receiver to tilt up and off of the grip frame without the use of tools. The bolt simply slides out of the receiver and the barrel can be properly cleaned from chamber to muzzle.
These models should be appearing in brick ‘n mortar stores fairly soon. One thing Ruger is pretty good about is getting new products to market; whereas, a lot of other manufacturers fail to do this in a timely manner.
Right now, the MSRP of these pistols flutters around the $500.00 mark. So your traditional Mark III will still be more economical.
The jury is still out on these in regards to accuracy, functionality, and how tight this new frame-to-upper-receiver fit is. We should see range reviews for this firearm flooding the internet in no time.