The Ruger 22/45 Lite was announced just before the show started and has been generating a bit of buzz ever since. Here at the show they have a couple on the floor for us to play around with (Dan Zimmerman posing for the mistake that I have seen others making with this gun), and we had the grand tour of the firearm with Mark Gurney from Ruger.
The main point is that nothing major has changed on the firearm. It still operates in the same manner, it’s still a royal pain in the ass to take apart, and it still takes slightly modified 1911 grips.
The most surprising development is that in a gun that is designed to be lightweight, it now sports a heavy barrel from the factory (seen above). The barrel completely fills the aluminum shroud and comes threaded from the factory with 1/2-28 threading for silencers.
We had to ask: what’s with the cutouts on the barrel shroud? According to Ruger’s Mark Gurney, it’s pure cool factor and nothing more. And while I agree it does add a little to the gun’s coolness, if I’m buying a 22/45 it’s for the weight and the tradition more than the “ooh shiny” factor. Nevertheless, the pretty is undeniable.
The gun will reportedly be available for $369 MSRP (probably closer to $300 retail).