I typically object to companies making minor tweaks to their products and calling the result a “new” gun. In this case though, Ruger gets a pass. Their line of rimfire semi-auto handguns is legendary, often the first gun a new shooter will encounter and one of the more fun and shootable models on the market. The only quibble with them: the complexity involved in taking them down for cleaning and maintenance.
Until this year, that is. The updated Ruger Mark IV — featuring one button takedown — was the runner-up in this year’s Reader’s Choice award voting. But the TTAG editorial staff think the Mark IV is the perfect pick as our Editors Choice Best New Firearm of 2016 award. Congratulations, Ruger.