ruger mark iv -hunter-mainEarlier this fall Ruger unveiled its brand new Mark IV rimfire pistol, which featured a new, simple, one-button takedown system for quick and easy field stripping. The American manufacturer brought out three models at the time: a Blued Target model, a Stainless Target model and a longer-barreled Hunter model.

Now, ahead of the new year Ruger has announced it is expanding its Mark IV family with three new models. The company has introduced a bronze anodized Mark IV 22/45 Lite model and Mark IV Hunter and Target models featuring wrap-around target-style grips.

As with the earlier models introduced, these new additions share a similar appearance to the previous Mark III, while incorporating the new easy takedown feature. A recessed button in the rear of the frame permits the upper receiver to be tilted up and off the grip frame without any tools. After that, the bolt simply slides out of the receiver and the barrel can then be cleaned.

The new Mark IV 22/45 Lite model pairs a lightweight, precision-molded polymer grip frame with an upper receiver manufactured from aircraft-grade aluminum. The receiver has an attractive anodized bronze finish and features pattern-drilled vents. The CNC-machined aluminum receiver incorporates a 4.4-inch stainless steel barrel with 1/2″-28 threads held in place with a tension nut. The gun also incorporates adjustable target sights, a Picatinny rail for mounting optics, and replaceable Hogue black rubber grip panels. Because of its lightweight construction, the gun weighs only 25 ounces, making it a perfect rimfire pistol for almost any shooter.

Features on the Mark IV Hunter include a 6.88-inch fluted stainless steel barrel, a HIVIZ fiber optic front sight, and new smoothly contoured wood laminate target grips. Meanwhile, the new Mark IV Target model incorporates a satin blued alloy steel bull barrel, adjustable rear target sight, and the same type of wood wrap-around grips.

All of the different models feature the same excellent, one-piece barreled receiver and internal cylindrical bolt construction. This design permits permanent sight-to-barrel alignment and improved accuracy potential over traditional moving-slide designs. The new guns ship with two 10-round magazines; the new Mark IVs are designed to accept older Mark III magazines, but the Mark IV 22/45 Lite features a new magazine that ensures drop-free performance.

The new Ruger Mark IV models range in price from $559 to $799. For more information, check out the full specifications on each model below or visit the Ruger website.

Specifications:

ruger mark iv -2245-specRuger Mark IV 22/45 Lite
Type: Semi-auto
Caliber: .22 LR
Barrel: 4.4 in., stainless steel
Overall Length: 8.4 in.
Height: 5.5 in.
Width: 1.22 in.
Weight: 25 oz.
Grip Frame: Polymer
Grips: Checkered 1911-style
Finish: Bronze anodized
Sights: Rear adjustable
Capacity: 10 rounds
Price: $559
Manufacturer: Ruger

ruger mark iv blued-target-specRuger Mark IV Target
Type: Semi-auto
Caliber: .22 LR
Barrel: 5.5 in., blued alloy steel
Overall Length: 9.75 in.
Height: 5.5 in.
Width: 1.46 in.
Weight: 35.8 oz.
Grip Frame: Aluminum
Grips: Target laminate
Finish: Blued
Sights: Rear adjustable
Capacity: 10 rounds
Price: $569
Manufacturer: Ruger

ruger mark iv hunter -mainRuger Mark IV Hunter
Type: Semi-auto
Caliber: .22 LR
Barrel: 6.88 in., stainless steel, fluted bull
Overall Length: 11.12 in.
Height: 5.5 in.
Width: 1.46 in.
Weight: 44.2 oz.
Grip Frame: Stainless steel
Grips: Target laminate
Finish: Satin stainless
Sights: Rear adjustable
Capacity: 10 rounds
Price: $799
Manufacturer: Ruger


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