Ruger Mark IV Pistols | SHOT 2017

Ruger Mark IV 22/45 Lite

Ruger Mark IV 22/45 Lite

The Ruger Mark I, Mark II, and Mark III pistols are probably THE iconic rimfire handguns. Countless shooters have fired them over the years, and more take their first cracks with one of them every single day. The new Mark IV line, while looking very much like the Mark III line that came before it, adds simple one-button takedown to the series. This allows for quick and easy field stripping proper cleaning. Stripping a Mark IV is as easy as hitting a recessed button on the back of the frame and tilting the upper receiver off of the frame.

Other internal improvements have also been made to the line, including a one-piece frame, an ambidextrous safety, and a more ergonomic bolt stop.

Also new with the Mark IV line is the Lite model. This gun is the 22/45 version which replicates the feel of a classic 1911. The grip shape, angle, and ergonomics make the 22/45 Lite a perfect low-cost trainer for 1911 shooters. The barrel is threaded for muzzle accessories and comes with a thread protector, and it has a top rail for mounting standard optics. The bronze anodized aluminum is ventilated for sharp looks and light weight.

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Shelby Murdoc

Murdoc is a freelancer who writes at various publications and web sites including Shooting Sports Retailer and GunPundit.com.


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  • Harry’s Holsters

    I wish they come out with another color for the LITE. I don’t like that orange color.

  • David

    I happen to like that particular color, but hope they come out with a bunch of others like the mk3.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    Thank you. Hopefully they’ll follow with some other colors but I’d be happy with black.

  • Will

    I’ve never found my MKII all that difficult to disassemble.
    I gotta admit I should probably turn in my Man Card because I actually read and followed the directions.

    • LGonDISQUS

      I find a paperclip goes a long way to remove the mainspring lock!

  • LGonDISQUS

    I don’t need it, but man oh man do I want it!

  • Chris Schmidt

    Though I love my 22/45, it may just be the most frustrating handgun I’ve ever had to to disassemble and reassemble, and I know I’m not alone. Good to see Ruger finally addressing that fact, and also adding what looks like an improved safety and bolt locking mechanism.

  • Cymond

    You forgot “removed the loaded chamber indicator” on your list of improvements.

    The magazine disconnect is easy enough to fix with a $10 aftermarket post.

  • marathag

    wonder why it took decades to get this