Additions to Ruger Mark IV Line

Competition

Sturm, Ruger & Co. announced a pair of new offerings in the Mark IV line of rimfire pistols: the Mark IV Competition and the Mark IV 22/45 Tactical. According to the company, the line now has nine different pistols. Perhaps more interesting is that the company states “…more additions [are] planned for later this year.” I guess we will have to wait to see what else the company has under wraps.

Mark IV Competition

This new pistol has a relatively long slab-sided bull barrel – nearly 6.9″ – that is cold hammer forged. Ruger equips the gun with fully adjustable, target-style sights. The grip frame is machined from a block of stainless steel, and the gun weighs almost three pounds. That should make recoil very light indeed.

The grips are made from a hardwood laminate. It comes with two magazines. The MSRP is $749.

Mark IV 22/45 Tactical

22-45 Tactical

Many Ruger fans recognize the 22/45 pistols for their 1911-style feel in the hand. The new Mark IV 22/45 Tactical retains that look and feel with a polymer grip frame that is angled to be the same as the classic John Browning pistol. The gun comes with a 4.4″ barrel that is threaded (1/2″-28) for the addition of a suppressor or other muzzle device.

On top is a Picatinny rail for the addition of a scope or 1x optic. It also comes with fully adjustable sights. The gun also has a Picatinny rail under the barrel for a light, laser or even bipod. The grips are rubberized and replaceable.

This model also ships with two magazines. It has a suggested retail price of $529.





Richard Johnson

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  • Graham2

    The first person to upload a photo of a Ruger 22/45 with a bipod fitted wins the Internet and all it contains!

    • M.M.D.C.

      I’ll take the code, you can have the rancor.

    • int19h

      Make it a Grip Pod, and you’ll also win a few years of free food and housing on Uncle Sam’s dime!

  • Gregory

    A 22/45 tactical, how asinine!

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      Its for the hipster assassin who wants to throwback to how they did it in the old days but still likes his tactical gizmos. They should sell like hotcakes.

      But seriously, I kind of like it. Its at least nice to have a threaded barrel and optic rail right out of the factory.

    • concerned citizen

      If the rails are removable, I’ll buy one.

      • Jared Vynn

        The top rail is, not sure about bottom one.

      • A.WChuck

        You could just buy the 22/45 Lite. It only has a top rail, which might be removable.

    • Jared Vynn

      Fun gun, put a bipod on it and it’s easier to take those long shots especially if you have a heavierish suppressor on the end of the barrel. Or you can put a flashlight on it, bayonet, go pro or other camera, or any other of the many accessories out there.

      • BigR

        JARED, I NEVER “THUNKA” THAT!!!!!!!

  • scheherazade

    Factory threaded MK4 hunter, please.

  • Nicholas C

    I definitely want that tactical model.

  • LGonDISQUS

    10/10 would operate

  • marathag

    sigh.
    Still no all metal 22/45

  • JLR84

    I’m probably the only one, but I’m hoping for a classic tapered-barrel model.

    • Joshua

      not the only one, one of two

    • BigR

      I PREFER THE HEAVY BARREL, BUT SOME WANT A HARD TOP ANS SOME WANT A RAG TOP. WE ALL HAVE DIFFERENT TASTES IN GUNS & CARS, AND THE GUN MAKER’S ARE TRYING TO REACH THE WIDEST MARKET THEY CAN GET.

  • Blackhawk

    I haven’t looked at a Mark IV for awhile. Am I correct in thinking that these new models have ambidextrous safeties?

    • BigR

      YOU MAY BE RIGHT ABOUT THE AMBIDEXTROUS SAFETIES, BUT I’M CAN’T BE SURE, BECAUSE I HAVE THE OLD MODELS. I’M THINKING ABOUT THE BLACK 5.5 INCH HEAVY BARREL. I’VE NEVER HAD A BAD RUGER, RIFLE OR PISTOL!

  • mazkact

    Boy, it sure looks tactical.

    • Norm Glitz

      Needs some black velcro and maybe rails on the sides!

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    Just wish the MKIV’s had factory threaded barrels. Or at least offer a variant with threaded barrel. Not a fan of the 22/45’s.

    • HSR47

      Did you actually read the post? The new “Tactical” model is the third model I’ve seen Ruger announce in the MK IV 22/45 line, in addition to two 22/45 Lite models.

      • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

        Yes. I did. Did you?

        Do you know the difference between a MKIV and a 22/45?

      • BigR

        THE MK IV AND THE 22/45 ARE TWO DIFFERENT SHAPED PISTOLS. THE MKIV IS SHAPED LIKE THE EARLY RUGERS THAT LOOKED LIKE THE LUGER. THE 22/45 IS LOOKS MORE LIKE THE 1911. PERSONALLY, I PREFER THE MK IV SHAPE.

        • HSR47

          The Ruger MK series of pistols isn’t derived from the Luger, it’s derived from the Nambu. Right war, wrong theater.

          • BigR

            The first Ruger semi-auto pistol I bought reminded me of the Luger! But, that’s just my opinion!!!

          • HSR47

            If you look at some photos of Nambu pistols, I’m sure you’ll see even more similarity.

    • BigR

      ACTUALLY, I THINK THE 22/45 IS AN UGLY GUN! I PREFER THE OLDER MARK PISTOLS!!!

  • HSR47

    I wish they’d focus on actually producing the models they’ve already announced rather than adding more to the list of guns that nobody has in stock.

  • maodeedee

    I’m waiting for a six inch steel framed blued model with a tapered barrel.