A thing of beauty, Turnbull's custom ROCS Mark IV is set to turn heads on and off the range.
If rimfires are why you head to the range each week then in all likelihood you have some series of Mark pistol in your gun safe. Ruger’s wickedly simple and frighteningly effective handgun has wowed shooters for more than a half-century now. Rightfully so, what the semi-automatic is capable of is a thing of beauty. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a way to make any Mark pistol more attractive to a true-blue .22 fan. Well, almost.
Leave it to Doug Turnbull to take exceptional and make it exquisite, and he’s done nothing short of that with his latest creation — the Ruger Owners & Collectors Society Mark IV. Gun Digest Editor-in-Chief Luke Hartle caught up with the man behind the legendary Turnbull Restoration and Manufacturing at the NRA 2018 Annual Meeting and Exhibits in Dallas to get a first-hand look at this beauty. And, surprising no one, the limited-release pistol sparkle like the gem it is.
Produced to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the society’s founding, the Mark IV is available in a rich blued finish or Turnbull’s trademark color-case hardening. The pistol boasts a 5-inch flat-side barrel and is marked as factory finished since Ruger gave the small firearms concern its complete blessing to create these masterpieces. Seriously, the only thing potentially better than admiring Turnbull’s functional art is running it at full tilt.
There is, however, a catch. If these unique customized renditions of one of America’s all-time favorite rimfire pistols have captured your eye — there’s no dawdling in getting one. The run for each finish is only 125; so, even at a premium price — $695 for color-case hardened, $595 for blued — the Mark IVs are likely to move faster than they can shoot.
For more information on the ROCS Mark IV pistols, please visit: www.turnbullrestoration.com