Watch: Ruger Mark IV 22/45 LITE


Watch: Ruger Mark IV 22/45 LITE

Our buddies over at the Firearm Blog put together a video over the Ruger Mark IV 22/45 LITE. The LITE features an easier disassembly, improved bolt release and safety that can be used by left handed shooters.

In the video, Patrick said there was a recall on the handgun. For more information on the recall, see this link – Mark IV Recall. Mark I, II and III pistols are not affected by the recall.


  • Capacity: 10
  • Receiver Material: Alloy Steel
  • Front Sight: Fixed
  • Barrel Length: 5.50″
  • Overall Length9.75″
  • Height5.50″
  • Grip Frame: Polymer

Now for the video.

Disassembly seems to be quick and easy.

It is pretty cool that the barrel is threaded for a silencer.

The Ruger website says the suggested retail is $409.00.

Magazines from the Mark III can not be used in the Mark IV. What is the issue with handgun companies that they can not adopt a standardized magazine for a given caliber?

I was not overly impressed with the reliability. Patrick said there were some burs on the magazine feed lips. This makes me ask, where were the quality control people? Did the handgun pass inspection before it was shipped? Or, did someone at Ruger know about the burs and the handgun was shipped anyway?

Overall, the Ruger Mark IV 22/45 LITE seems like a pretty cool plinking handgun. In the video there were some reliability issues with a certain type of ammunition, which is common with 22 firearms. Even my Ruger 10/22, which is known for its reliability, has certain ammunition it does not like.


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