Ruger’s New Mark IV Tactical

Ruger Mk IV Tactical

Sturm, Ruger & Co. announced an expansion of its current generation of rimfire handguns with the introduction of the Mk IV Tactical. The pistol has a variety of features that have become synonymous with the term “tactical” in the gun marketing world.

Fundamentally, this is a Mk IV pistol chambered for the .22 LR cartridge. It has a 4.4″ barrel and comes with two 10-round magazines. The Mk IV Tactical has the same one button take down of the other handguns in this line of pistols.

Ruger Mk IV Tactical

Features that lend themselves to the tactical moniker include:

  • threaded barrel: The barrel is threaded for the addition of a sound suppressor or other muzzle device. While sound attenuation is seen by more and more people as being a normal part of recreational shooting, it seems that some marketers want to attach the “tactical” term to anything threaded. Ruger includes a thread protector.
  • Picatinny rails: Both the top and underside of the gun have lengths of Picatinny rail. According to Ruger, these are “…for attaching tactical accessories.” Presumably the top rail allows for the addition of an optic, while the space under the barrel would allow for a light, laser or both.
  • finish: The gun is finished in “black oxide.” Black guns are tactical. This is known.

Ruger set a suggested retail price of $569 on this pistol.

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  • K-Gunner

    This is THE tactical pistol we’ve all be waiting for. I’m sure Ruger created it at behest of the SEALS or Delta and after hearing the deafening cries of operators everywhere for a .22 pistol covered in pic rails. Lord knows there has been a void for so long! I can’t wait to get all tactical with this Tactical .22! I’ll put an Aimpoint T-2 on top and a Surefire X300U under and tactically take out menacing golf balls and aggressive old soup cans. I just hope Safariland will make a thigh rig for this beast! And if I may be greedy, I pray that Ruger makes a 10/22 Tactical that has a quad rail. Yes, you heard me. I want a full four sided cheese grater on a 10/22. I know we all want to put a broom handle and LAM on a 10/22. I say bravo to you, Ruger. Bravo.

  • Paul Rain

    Is there an arm brace available?

  • AD

    Black guns are tactical? But I thought tan olive coyote digital desert forest camo is what all the operators are operating with these days?

  • Bill

    And it grates cheese!

  • I love the heck out of guns that look like blasters right from the factory. Unless/until we get some sensible silencer deregulation legislation, this would look extra awesome with an A2 flash hider on the end.

    • Jared Vynn

      Slap a flash can or shrouded muzzle brake on it and it looks awesome.

    • Mr._Exterminatus

      It really does look like something out of Star Wars, I kinda want one now.

      • Iggy

        I know, it looks so painfully cliche tactical stupid that it somehow becomes weirdly awesome.

        • Mr._Exterminatus


  • B-Sabre

    It’s made of rails….

  • Action45

    If the lower rail is removable (which it appears to be) I’ll probably grab one. I’d prefer a more compact rail for the optic as well but that’s easily remedied.

  • nova3930

    nifty looking ruger luger

    • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

      The Ruger MK series was based on the Nambu, not the Luger.

      • nova3930

        But that don’t rhyme homey

      • tazman66gt

        Actually it was based off the hand drill they were selling at the time.

  • nuke_road_warrior

    OOH… TactiCOOL with rails and… stuff. Can you mount a grenade launcher on that?

    • Nashvone


  • Lew Siffer

    TFB has reported the 22/45 Mark IV is a jam-o-matic and useless except as an expensive and frustrating range toy. Is this any better?

    • Igor Zubko

      I have it. It is finicky with ammo. I’ve found thru experimentation that round nose copper works best loaded 8 or 9 max in the 10 round mag.

  • Edeco

    I want a Buckmark URX Contour 7″ with a lower rail. It’s not a factory option yet. Could probably do it myself but I’m not tuned up for the job, better to get a gunsmith.

  • Maximilian Johannes Benning

    What’s the difference between this, and the 22/45 tactical?

    • Pun&gun

      The lower receiver. The 22/45 is proportioned like a 1911.

  • Brett baker

    They’ll sell a million of’em, literally.

  • tazman66gt

    just get taller sights, will need them for the suppressor anyway, lol.

  • jack smith

    why would you want a Ruger-Mark-anything with a short little barrel like that?

  • DangerousClown

    At least Boyd’s is honest about .22 accessories. The stock I bought for my Savage was marketed as “Tacticool”. Ain’t nothin’ tactical about an unreliable .22 pistol.

    • Mike

      A silenced .22 works great for taking out lights, or so I heard.

  • Isa Akhbar

    That is one ugly-ass pistol…

  • Timmah_timmah

    Agree with the author… all this tactical shmacktical crap needs to stop.

  • Marcus D.

    It looks like it has a disease…some kind of fungal growth.