Colorful Versions of the Mark IV 22/45 Lite

45 Lite Colors

Sturm, Ruger & Co. has a history of making special edition guns for various distributors. One of the companies that Ruger regularly works with on limited runs is Davidson’s. Well, the two companies have teamed up again to bring out three versions of the Mark IV 22/45 rimfire pistol with bold color options: green, purple and red.

These three new color options are anodized finishes that make the guns really stand out from the standard black finish of the base model pistol.

45 Lite Colors

Other than the colorful appearances, the guns are standard Mark IV 22/45 pistols. They are chambered for the .22 LR cartridge, feed from 10-round magazines and have the grip shape of a classic 1911-style pistol. The guns are fitted with adjustable sights and a mounting rail for adding an optic.

As with many of the guns being made today, these Mark IV 22/45 Lite pistols have a threaded barrel for adding a suppressor. Ruger does include a screw on cap to protect the threads when a suppressor is not attached.

45 Lite Colors

These guns are listed on, a gun finding website run by Davidson’s, with a suggested retail price of $559 each. All of the guns are available to your local dealer if you decide you want to order one up.

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  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    I literally just bought the red and purple ones. Took them home on Saturday. The purple is darker than in the photo and looks really good.

    My GF doesn’t know about it yet. She’s going to love the gift.

    • marine6680

      The purple does look really awesome in my opinion, seen one locally.

      • Shankbone

        Are you the GF?

  • LazyReader
    • Holdfast_II

      That makes me want to replace the Ruger logo grips with ones with the Rebel Alliance logo. Or maybe the Empire . . . .

      Mark IV Tactical is a heck of fun pistol, especially with the trigger smoothed a little and the mag-disconnect safety removed.

  • Andrew

    I love the concept, but I’m not a fan of any of these colors. Talk to me when they do a silver or dark blue.

    • marine6680

      The images are not really very accurate to the real colors.

  • marine6680

    I seen the purple first hand at a local shop… It’s a true purple, much darker than what is shown above. Not as dark as a royal purple, but close.

  • Cal S.

    Ruger’s going all Taurus Spectrum up in this joint…

    • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

      Technically, this is Davidson’s doing. They’re distributor exclusives. They also had Ruger do red, blue and green versions of the MKIII 22/45 for them.

      Not sure if they’ve done purple before though.

  • ProLiberty82

    Would be great if they went back to the fluted variant so I don’t have to worry about rust getting into places I can’t even clean, It’s just annoying that they went with goofy looks over practical designs.

    • Edeco

      I don’t like the speed holes either; confusing, busy, cleaning liability.

      Random thought; One could get a visual onslaught of color going by having the bolt yellow-Ti-nitrided and using anodized grips, trigger and muzzle device.

  • jerry young

    I have the 22/45 lite with fluted barrel that shoots really well but is very finicky when it comes to ammo, it only wants to feed the best, others I know that have them some have no problems some do, some friends have these newer ones in colors but I haven’t heard from them about any feed problems with theirs, I hope by changing colors Ruger fixed that problem, it’s a good thing my other 22’s aren’t as finicky, as for me I like my guns plain not flashy or colorful so this does nothing to make me want to run out and buy one.

  • Alex A.

    I always thought I’d be nice if they took this platform and chambered it in 9mm-.45acp