Ruger 22/45 Lite Pistol: Now in OD Green

Richard Johnson
by Richard Johnson

Ruger announced a new version of the 22/45 Lite pistol. This one is anodized olive drab green. Currently, Ruger sells a blue version of the gun plus gun distributor Davidson’s commissioned a pair of limited edition 22/45 Lite pistols in other finishes ( red and Muddy Girl.)


Functionally, the gun is the same as the existing blue model. In addition to the color, this gun has different barrel shroud cuts. These run horizontally, while the blue model cuts run vertically, almost like gills.

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If you are new to the 22/45 Lite pistols, these guns are rimfire handguns that use a polymer frame. Unlike some of the classic Ruger rimfire pistols, these handguns use standard sized 1911 grip panels and have a grip angle that mimics that of the classic .45.

These guns ship with adjustable sights but also come with a Weaver-type rail for the addition of an optic.

The Lite guns use a tension nut and sleeve system to produce accuracy similar to that of the standard 22/45 pistols. The threaded barrel (1/2″-28) can use a suppressor in place of the nut to achieve the same accuracy, but at a hearing safe level. These pistols weigh 22.7 ounces with a 4.4″ barrel – significantly lighter than the standard 22/45 with a 4.5″ threaded barrel that weighs 32 ounces.

The new gun will have a retail price of $549.

Richard Johnson
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  • Ftyjyry Ftyjyry on Jan 02, 2016

    I've never wanted a .22 so badly! That thing is cool.

  • Dat bee tru Dat bee tru on Jan 03, 2016

    I can't get past the fact that it looks like something I put together in my garage. I like the rail and threaded features but it needs a complete redesign