Ruger Mark IV 22/45 LITE

This episode of TFBTV, Patrick finds a new favorite range toy and starts the break in process for his new handgun, the Ruger Mark IV 22/45 LITE. This pistol is the latest in the line of lightweight .22lr pistols that have changed how we look at the Mark series of pistols. Now they are the premier choice for those looking for a suppressor host as well as a preferred choice for backpackers looking for a light pistol to stow in their bag.

But let’s be real for a moment, if you were a Ruger Mark III owner you probably didn’t clean it much at all. I know that I didn’t. Why? Because it is not exactly the easiest pistol to take down for even a light cleaning. The new Mark IV solves that problem with a one button disassembly, a feature that is worth its weight in gold.

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Transcript ….

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Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and TFBTV Host. He likes guns and has liked shooting guns for as long as he can remember. You can follow Patrick on Instagram @tfbpatrick, Facebook, or contact him by email at

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • no skin in the game

    what not dropping it or hitting it with a hammer………

  • Otm Shooter

    Waiting for hammer test….
    Needs more “BREAKING!”

  • PK

    Does the MkIV 22/45 use the same mags as MkIII?

    Either way, decent looking setup… but I can’t see any real reason in upgrading from what I have. Other than takedown, which isn’t that difficult, what’s the benefit?

    Now, if I find myself needing a second lightweight 22/45…

    • Buddy_Bizarre

      They apparently have a different floorplate. You can shave down the MkIII plates to fit & I’m sure Ruger will sell replacements at some point.

      (Note: information gleaned from video reviews I’ve seen, I don’t currently own one)

  • flight27

    Ironically, a mallet was a recommended tool for taking down the earlier versions of the Ruger, but not for the Mark IVs. So put the hammer away Patrick.

  • B-Sabre

    Perfect smoke ring at 9:00 seconds!

    I’ve been looking at this to replace my old Mark II, but in the video it seemed a bit like a jam-o-matic. Patrick seems to wave this off with “It’s a range toy.” Not sure I would agree.

    • Dougscamo

      Right there with you B-Sabre! While I agree it’s a range toy, I would have concerns about the jams….either change ammo, work on the mags, or send it back! I have an old Duramatic that functions better….
      Patrick referred to both but I still wasn’t impressed with its function….

      • B-Sabre

        A range toy that keeps jamming is going to become a safe queen, or trade fodder. Which sort of defeats the purpose.

  • Ark

    Pity they’re still so expensive. Gun plus tax stamp plus suppressor is what, nearing a thousand dollars? For a .22 plinker? There’s a lot else I can do with that money.

  • DropGun25

    …Still waiting for it to be drop tested…

  • marathag

    Still want Ruger to make a 22/45 Heavy, with all steel lower

    Not a fan of polymer in 22s

  • Fast Forward

    If I had a hammer

    I’d hammer in the morning

    I’d hammer in the evening

    All over this land

    I’d hammer out danger

    I’d hammer out a warning

    I’d hammer out a Sig between

    My thumb and my finger

    All……over this land,


    “I’m just kidding!”

    Best regards,

  • Spencerhut

    The new Exec’s at Ruger did a bang up job of copying / ripping off Tactical Solutions design. I mean how long have they been cooperating and working with each other . . . more than a decade right? Way to treat your business partners newbs!

    • Lew Siffer

      Do the TacSols jam constantly also?

      • Spencerhut

        No, they actually work.

        • iksnilol

          Then it really isn’t a ripoff of TacSol, now is it?

        • Lew Siffer

          So would I be better off to find an old used Ruger and then put a TacSol top on it than to buy this hyperpriced Mark IV?

  • mazkact

    You can have my MKII target model when you pry it from my cold…………..

  • mazkact

    If the HPA ever passes my first purchase will be a MK series with a threaded barrel and a can. Looks like way too much fun.

  • ro

    boo…gave Ruger too many outs….if a HiPoint had that many failures to feed/stovepipes you would be throwing the gun into the weeds…..

    my old High Standard would digest anything…..what’s wrong with holding Ruger to the same standards you use for other pistols

    there are two inverse curves working here…..price rising and pistol materials/design/construction getting cheaper

    besides….I still remember Bill Ruger was a turncoat!

  • rugerno1fan

    Don’t bother with the transcript! I didn’t watch the video but the comments sufficed.

  • Chris Cosby

    Wait so the gun needed to be recalled, wasn’t accurate(at least the sights were off to where you couldn’t sight them in), the gun jammed with multiple magazines, and you recommend it? On top of that they gave you a giant middle finger by making it not work with the legacy magazines? I’m not sure how you can recommend it with all of those short comings. Sounds like the only thing it had going for it is that you don’t have to pray to put it back together like the mark 3.

    Dude go buy a smith and wesson victory or something else instead.

    Don’t get me wrong, I want the mark 4 to be good. I hated the take down on the mark 3(lets be real it was a joke and shouldn’t have been like that on a production gun) and my 22/45 lite was a steaming pile as far as reliability went. I personally gave up and bought the victory when it came out to replace the ruger. It has its own issues but I think overall it is a far better gun. I shoot it suppressed along with my ruger 10/22(which is a great gun).