New From Ruger: Mark IV 22/45 Tactical

Ruger announced three new pistols Friday afternoon. Along with a .45 Ruger American Pistol with a manual safety and a Mark IV competition model, they also introduced the new Mark IV 22/45 Tactical.

Bristling with pre-installed Pic railage and pre-threaded for easy installation of their suppressor (or just about anyone else’s), the new one-button takedown gun MSRPs for $529. Here are the basics:


  1. avatar Paul says:

    Just what the world needs: a tacticool 22LR pistol.

    1. avatar Muzzle Device says:

      This is so cool. Can’t wait to get one and operate a primary arms red dot (just as good as Aimpoint) and a light and laser. Might even slap some magul backup iron on the rail because one is two, er two is none, I mean one is one and two is one. Damn, gonna operate at the mall all day long.

      1. avatar Ditto says:

        I wonder if you could mount an ACOG on that rail?

        1. avatar Jim Simpson says:

          He’ll with that much rail you could mount a deer head

      2. avatar "Joe Jo" says:

        I got two of them today, one in 22 LR, and one in 9 MM, How much better
        can RUGER get ? except to add other Cal. like the 357, 40 SW and maybe the old 45 ACP. I do not think that I would want a 50 Cal. ?

    2. avatar Brian Mumford says:

      There is nothing wrong with a backpacking gun that can mount a light. It’s actually desirable in my opinion.

  2. avatar Alex P says:

    All its missing is some zombie green biohazard grips.

    1. avatar Ditto says:

    2. avatar DH says:

      Not just the Zombie Green Grip. Haha. I have a Ruger Mark IV 22/45 Lite in the shop right now having the barrel painted a distressed Zombie Green color, a new trigger, a nice red dot and a cool muzzle break. This new gun is going to be Sweet !!

  3. avatar Ed Rogers says:

    Compared to many other .22 pistols (especially Ruger’s own Mark III), this is a FANTASTIC gun. The tacticool nonsense aside I love mine. Shooting with a suppressor is mega fun. It could also away some “ascaird” of guns more our way.

    The ease of maintenance is a triumph for Ruger’s engineering folks. After wrestling with my wife’s Mark III I greatly appreciate the improvements!

  4. avatar John Davies says:

    33 ounces? Why didn’t they use the alloy barrel from the Lite? This is a paperweight.

    1. avatar General Mills says:

      Lets be clear. The Lite is a paperweight.

      This is a boat anchor.

      1. avatar strych9 says:

        Variants of the MKII Target weigh as much as 46oz.

  5. avatar ButtHurtz says:

    Getting a Ruger is never a mistake.

    I’m waiting for the SR762 to drop in price.

    1. avatar Arc says:

      You are going to be waiting for some time… Just don’t get one less than 5,000 serial. I think I got mine for $1.6-1.7k new and after replacing the junk parts ($350) I couldn’t be happier with it.

      Stock and trigger need to be replaced ASAP! Even a used up M16 has a cleaner trigger, take it from a retired 03.

      1. avatar Ed Rogers says:

        It took about a month for mine to show up. $476.00 out the door. Of course, mine is the bronze hue.

        I have yet to try it out. I’m just a retired E7 aircraft maintainer. I don’t have refined tastes with regards to trigger pull.

    2. avatar Jeff K says:

      That’s what has lead me to a Ruger Super Owner. Don’t regret a single one; can’t say the same for other brands I ditched.

    3. avatar Ditto says:

      Hang in there. I’m sure in five or ten years you’ll find them in pawn shops for like $999.

  6. avatar Carl says:

    My wish would be if they had a better out of the box trigger. I have an 80’s Mark II that was fantastic. The 22/45 I bought just before it fell off the roster (California) in 2014 basically sucks.

  7. avatar pwrserge says:

    Yeah… the only use I see for this thing is gaming the shit out of 2-gun matches.

  8. avatar James69 says:

    Why don’t they build this in 9mm or .45 ?? THAT would be cool.

    1. avatar Cliff H says:

      Blowback operation for the .22 vs whatever it takes to safely cycle a 9mm or larger?

      1. avatar strych9 says:

        I don’t see why they couldn’t.

        These things trace back to the Ruger Standard which incorporates at lot of the design of the Japanese Type 14 Nambu. There’s no reason that I can see that Ruger couldn’t switch back to a short-recoil system and up the cartridge.

        Though I would suggest that if Ruger was to do such a thing that they don’t switch back to the 7mm or 8mm Nambu cartridge!

        1. avatar Hank says:

          7.62×25 would be cool.

    2. avatar Jeff K says:

      A .22 is a blowback operated gun; can’t really do that with 9 or 45.

      1. avatar Rms1911 says:

        It could be done with a .380. didn’t Remington Make a straight blowback 9mm?

        1. avatar Jeff K says:

          Most 380’s are blowback with the Ruger LCP’s & LC380 being the more efficient locked breech design for center fire cartridges.

    3. avatar "Joe Jo" says:

      They do make it in the 9 MM, as I have one.

  9. avatar GS650G says:

    I can just picture Swat switching over to this /sarcoff

    1. avatar strych9 says:

      There’s an integrally suppressed MKII used by the SEALs called the AWC Amphibian S.

  10. avatar Davis Thompson says:

    One button takedown? How boring.

  11. avatar G Steele says:

    A thousand bucks for a suppressed .22, and then the guvamint milks you another deuce? That weighs like an anvil? Yikes.

    1. avatar great unknown says:

      You think they may be anticipating a removal of the licensing and tax requirements for suppressor in the near future?

      1. avatar Mad Dawg says:

        22/45’s have been out for years.. All of them that I have used have threaded barrels, right out of the factory.. Nothing new here except for easier disassembly, and some cosmetic changes.. Suppressors have been legal for quite some time; it’s about whether you are willing to pony up for the suppressor, tax stamp, and a six month to a year long wait.. Recent changes- aka 41F, have made it more difficult for owning suppressors- changes aimed squarely at discouraging suppressor and other NFA item sales by bringing the wives to the table ( who have to be fingerprinted, mugshots taken, and statements filled out by ).. The whole purpose was to reduce overall sales, which it has done, especially those that use trusts for NFA purchases. .. Again, law abiding gun owners treated worse than hardened street criminals are..

        1. avatar Emkay The Great says:

          Yes, more gun laws stop the criminals in their tracks…just ask any criminal!

    2. avatar Cliff H says:

      Might just be that because this is intended for target shooting, not EDC, the weight is a feature, not a bug.

  12. avatar beefeater says:

    Can Ruger just release a regular Mark IV 22/45? The 22/45 frame with either the Target, Hunter, or Competition upper receiver? That would be awesome.

    1. avatar WRH says:

      They did. There’s a link in the article above.

      1. avatar beefeater says:

        Doesn’t have the 22/45 frame.

    2. avatar Wiregrass says:

      That’s what I’m waiting for also. Made me go through their site looking for them thinking, “Certainly they’d release a target or competition 22/45 before they go to the gimmick guns”. But no.

  13. avatar Honzo says:

    WARNING: The threaded barrel on this semi-auto pistol with a detachable magazine qualifies this as an assault weapon in CT.
    #ShameonCT #CantFixStupid

    1. avatar beefeater says:

      Same in NY, unless you permanently attach the thread cover, or completely ruin the threading.


    2. avatar Steve (CT) says:

      Have the dealer permanently attack a quick disconnect adapter on the threaded portion of the barrel before taking delivery. Boom, regular .22 pistol.

      1. avatar J.R. says:

        would this be possible for a California dealer to do.

  14. avatar Bob says:

    Ruger1976…….cool. Ruger 2017…….sucks

  15. avatar TruthTellers says:

    Ruger SR22 with long slide is still better.

  16. avatar Binder says:

    One thing that I was really hoping for on the new 22/45s was a aluminum frame. A aluminum lower 22/45 with a simple light upper (Ruger, you are not apple) would be on my shopping list. Well, I will just wait for now.

  17. avatar Ralph says:

    And I thought that Glocks were ugly.

  18. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    If one’s tactics require a .22LR pistol, then either one is a professional cleaner, or one has chosen a self-defense weapon poorly.

  19. avatar Pablo says:

    Just picked up a performance center shield 9mm, way more power in the same package for way cheaper.

    1. avatar Nagurski says:

      This gun and the Shield are meant for very different uses.

  20. avatar Crowbar says:

    It amuses me greatly that it took Smith & Wesson bringing out the easily disassembled Victory for Ruger to finally make the Mark IV. I have had several Ruger Mark whatever pistols that got sold simply because takedown was a bitch. I am however curious how many earlier generation Rugers will now be able to be picked cheap.

    1. avatar unknown says:

      So you think that it is that easy to do a total redesign of a pistol. Going to the Mark IV took YEARS of engineering plus putting all the tooling & machinery in place. The IV was in development along time before S(crap & W(othless) brought out their so-called Victory; which has already had a recall. The earlier Rugers WERE NOT hard to do; watch the YouTube video of a 12 year old girl doing disassembly & reassembly of a Mark series with ease. I have handled the ‘Victory” & found it not to my liking. The Ruger Mark Series has been a success story from day one back in 1949.

      1. avatar Mad Dawg says:

        I agree.. The Mark III’s can certainly be torn apart and reassembled easily; it’s a matter of learning how, and repetition. Granted, the Mark IV’s and even the S&W Victory disassemble easier, but it’s really about what you like and don’t like.. Ease of cleaning is secondary to how the gun shoots and how its ergonomics feel. Oddly enough, my .22LR pistols, even with a suppressor, don’t get as gunked up as say the 9mm’s do with a suppressor..

  21. avatar Joe Little says:

    Add a light, reflex sight, suppressor and you would have the perfect coon hunting pistol.

    1. avatar C Brown says:

      Sounds like a good verse for a country western song lol.

  22. avatar Stealth says:

    I’ll take a SCCY over a ruger any day. Better gun. Fabulous price..

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