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.