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Reviewing The Ruger MKIV 22/45 Lite

In the market for a new pistol? The new Ruger MKIV 22/45 Lite will not disappoint

The Ruger MKIV 22/45 Lite pistol (Photo courtesy of Down Range TV) The Ruger MKIV 22/45 Lite pistol (Photo courtesy of Down Range TV)

By: Ed Head

Every shooter needs a good .22 caliber pistol and some of the best are the new Ruger MKIV series of pistols. The latest of these is the 22/45 Lite that comes in two color schemes, an all black version and one with a bronze upper receiver and ventilated barrel shroud. As different from the other MKIVs, the 22/45 Lite has a composite grip frame with a 1911 grip angle and rubber stocks reminiscent of those on 1911 pistols. The two 10 round magazines provided with the pistol are unique to the 22/45 series and will not interchange with standard MKIII and MKIV magazines. While the magazines are drop free, the pistol has a magazine disconnect and will not fire without a magazine in place. While tactical shooters decry magazine disconnects I’m not bothered by them on sporting pistols as they add an additional layer of safety.

These pistols are versatile and I like the fact they come with a nice set of adjustable sights as well as a section of Picatinny rail mounted atop the receiver. This gives me the option of using various sights and scopes. In this instance I mounted a Sig Sauer Romeo 5 red dot sight – more on that later. While the 22/45 looks like it has a bull barrel, in fact what you’re seeing is a ventilated barrel shroud concealing a stainless steel barrel. The shroud is threaded so silencers are easily installed; I tested the pistol with a Gemtech Outback II suppressor.

The new features I find appealing on all the MKIV pistols are the large slide lock, the re-designed ambi thumb safeties and, of course, the easy, one button takedown for field stripping and cleaning. Earlier versions of Ruger pistols were difficult to takedown and put back together, at least in my case, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in having trouble with these procedures. These difficulties are a thing of the past with the MKIV; remove the magazine, put the safety on (up), push the button and lift the rear of the upper receiver off the frame. It’s really very simple and revolutionary for Ruger fans who have been struggling and cursing for decades.

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