Texas & U.S. Law Shield affiliate gun-store sources have said that Ruger has announced two new additions to the Mark IV series of rimfire pistols: the Mark IV 22/45 Tactical and the Mark IV Competition. These configurations are similar to models already in the Mark III pistol lineup, and these additions to the Mark IV family bring the total number of Mark IV models up to nine, with more additions planned for later this year.
Our affiliate ranges tell Texas & U.S. Law Shield that Ruger expects to duplicate a dozen of the most popular Mark III pistols in the Mark IV line.
The Mark IV 22/45 Tactical features a lightweight polymer grip frame with rubberized replaceable grip panels that simulate the classic feel and grip angle of the SR1911. The 4.40″ barrel with a 1/2″-28 thread pattern accepts the Silent-SR suppressor or a flash suppressor. The pistol is equipped with fully adjustable sights and factory-installed Picatinny rails on both the top and bottom of the barreled receiver to allow for mounting of lights, lasers, and other tactical accessories.
The Mark IV Competition features a cold hammer-forged, 6.88″ slab-sided bull barrel and hardwood laminate thumbrest competition grips. The grip frame is CNC machined from stainless steel. The adjustable target sights are mounted on the barreled receiver for permanent sight-to-barrel alignment. The all-stainless-steel model weighs 45.8 ounces for stability in bullseye competition.
Like all pistols in the Mark IV family, the 22/45 Tactical and Competition models feature a simple, one-button takedown for quick and easy field-stripping, ambidextrous manual safety and a redesigned bolt stop for more ergonomic operation. The magazines drop free on release for faster reloads and a redesigned magazine disconnect safety prevents discharge when the magazine has been removed.
Internal improvements include changes to the hammer, sear, bolt and firing pin for smoother, more reliable feeding. The Mark IV is compatible with a variety of Mark III aftermarket accessories including sights, scope bases and holsters.
All models of the American-made Mark IV pistol ship with two 10-round magazines.
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