Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is adding three new models to the growing Ruger® Mark IV™ family of rimfire pistols. Ruger has long set the standard for reliable, affordable and accurate .22 LR handguns, beginning with the introduction of the Standard Pistol in 1949. In September 2016, Ruger introduced the newest additions to this time-honored family of pistols with three configurations of the Mark IV pistol. Today, Ruger proudly introduces a bronze anodized Mark IV 22/45™ Lite model, as well as Mark IV Hunter and Target models that feature wrap-around target grips.
While the heavily redesigned Mark IV maintains the same classic outward appearance as the Mark III™, it incorporates a significant improvement customers will love – a simple, one-button takedown for quick and easy field-stripping. A recessed button in the back of the frame allows the upper receiver to tilt up and off of the grip frame without the use of tools. The bolt simply slides out of the receiver and the barrel can be properly cleaned from chamber to muzzle. Other new features that are common to the Mark IV family include an ambidextrous manual safety and a redesigned bolt stop for more ergonomic operation.
The Mark IV 22/45 Lite combines a lightweight, precision-molded, polymer grip frame with an aircraft grade aluminum upper receiver. The receiver features an attractive anodized bronze color and pattern-drilled vents for a custom pistol look without the custom price. Chambered in the popular .22 LR, the Mark IV 22/45 Lite is fun to shoot, accurate and reliable. Weighing only 25 oz., the Mark IV 22/45 Lite is the ideal lightweight rimfire pistol.
The Mark IV 22/45 Lite’s CNC-machined aluminum receiver houses a 4.4-inch stainless steel barrel, held in place by a tension nut to ensure accuracy. The Mark IV 22/45 Lite also features adjustable target sights, an installed Picatinny rail for easy mounting of optics and a factory-threaded 1/2″-28 muzzle to accept popular muzzle accessories. The comfortable, precision-molded polymer grip frame incorporates replaceable Hogue® black rubber grip panels that allow shooters to customize the look of the pistol. The Mark IV 22/45 Lite is the perfect outdoor companion and can be used for target shooting, plinking, small game hunting or competitive shooting.
The Mark IV Hunter model# 40160 features a stainless steel fluted barrel, a HIVIZ® fiber optic front sight and is now available with smoothly contoured, wood laminate target grips for precision shooting. The Mark IV Target model# 40159 features a satin blued alloy steel bull barrel, adjustable rear target sight and is also now available with smoothly contoured, wood laminate target grips. Both of these models are Massachusetts Approved and Certified. All Mark IV pistols feature the same legendary, one-piece barreled receiver and internal cylindrical bolt construction. The robust design ensures permanent sight-to-barrel alignment and higher accuracy potential than conventional moving-slide designs.
The American-made Mark IV pistol ships with two, 10-round magazines. While Mark IV pistols are designed to accept Mark III magazines, the Mark IV 22/45 Lite features a new magazine that ensures drop-free performance.