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Old March 27th, 2017, 04:14 PM   #1
 
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First Mark IV 22/45 Tactical here?

Surely, I can't be the first, can I? I picked this up Saturday. I've been thinking for a while about getting a 22lr pistol that I could use as a platform for experimenting with red dots and silencers (hopefully after the HPA passes but if it drags on, I may start the normal process). About a month ago I rented a Browning Buckmark that I liked a lot but it was the more basic model without rails or threaded barrel. I know there is a Buckmark version with both but it's a different grip frame and wasn't sure I'd like it. Plus it's fairly pricey. When I heard Ruger was producing a Mark IV with rail and threaded barrel, I was immediately interested. So when I went to the range/LGS yesterday and saw this in the display case, I had to take a closer look.

I really like the heft and the feel of this pistol. And of course the famed easy takedown button. I wasn't able to try the trigger or shoot it yet (picked it up after my range session), but decided to take the plunge anyway. I'm definitely going to have to do something with the front sight - hate black-on-black - probably just paint it til I figure out what I want to do for a red dot.

Anyway, here are a few pics from the unboxing:











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It gauls me for sure, but at least it isn't *as* noticeable on the blued guns as stainless. Been also thinking about getting a new SP101 just so I wouldn't have to look at the warning on the side.
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Why thank yah, thank yah very much.

Oh, you meant the GUN!
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Surely, I can't be the first, can I? I picked this up Saturday. I've been thinking for a while about getting a 22lr pistol that I could use as a platform for experimenting with red dots and silencers (hopefully after the HPA passes but if it drags on, I may start the normal process). About a month ago I rented a Browning Buckmark that I liked a lot but it was the more basic model without rails or threaded barrel. I know there is a Buckmark version with both but it's a different grip frame and wasn't sure I'd like it. Plus it's fairly pricey. When I heard Ruger was producing a Mark IV with rail and threaded barrel, I was immediately interested. So when I went to the range/LGS yesterday and saw this in the display case, I had to take a closer look.

I really like the heft and the feel of this pistol. And of course the famed easy takedown button. I wasn't able to try the trigger or shoot it yet (picked it up after my range session), but decided to take the plunge anyway. I'm definitely going to have to do something with the front sight - hate black-on-black - probably just paint it til I figure out what I want to do for a red dot.
slimjim9,

The first thing I did with my Mark IV Target was order a Fiber Optic front sight from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It was $23.98 and looked good. After I took the original sight off, I used red nail polish to paint it. Darned if it didn't look better than the Fiber Optic, so I put the painted one back on.
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Strange. My Mark IV Target has that on the bottom of the barrel, much less noticeable.
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As far as I can tell, the Tactical is a Target with the threaded muzzle and a lower rail. The lower rail meant Ruger had to put the "Warning" on the side of the barrel. Also, thanks for the additional photos on Photobucket. Very nice. Marky wants!
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First 100 down range:


This was free standing at 7yds so nothing to brag about too much but not too bad either.

Overall impression is very good. The all black sights werent that bad against the mostly white target. I'm not really a trigger connaseur like some. Out of the box, I'd say the trigger is good, maybe very good, but probably not great. A little heavy for single action and the take up is a little long, but neither was problematic. The reach to the trigger was also a little short and I managed to pinch myself a couple times.

The gun performed almost flawlessly with CCI mini mags though I did have one round that didn't cycle. I think it was a slight undercharge though as it sounded different. But there was a hole in the paper so not a squib. Just cleared the empty and went back to shooting.

I could keep it bone stock and be quite pleased but I bought it to tinker and tinker I shall. Not sure what to do first though. Gonna have to ruminate on that a spell.
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Strange. My Mark IV Target has that on the bottom of the barrel, much less noticeable.
It appears that Ruger will put the warning on the bottom of the barrel, if they can. The Tactical has a lower rail that does not allow Ruger to use the bottom of the barrel for the warning.
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If you want a suppressor, start the process now. You will probably get it before the HPA passes anyway and if you do, you'll be refunded the $200. Plus, if you start it now, you'll be guaranteed one, rather than hoping to get one because of a new supply and demand problem.
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@DDelambre - yeah, I've heard that argument and I might still go that way. I'm gonna do some other things first though. First change is gonna be the See All Open Sight from Spiff. That wasn't in my thinking, but looks neat and is cheaper and simpler than a red dot. Curious to see how it works.
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Surely, I can't be the first, can I? I picked this up Saturday. I've been thinking for a while about getting a 22lr pistol that I could use as a platform for experimenting with red dots and silencers (hopefully after the HPA passes but if it drags on, I may start the normal process). About a month ago I rented a Browning Buckmark that I liked a lot but it was the more basic model without rails or threaded barrel. I know there is a Buckmark version with both but it's a different grip frame and wasn't sure I'd like it. Plus it's fairly pricey. When I heard Ruger was producing a Mark IV with rail and threaded barrel, I was immediately interested. So when I went to the range/LGS yesterday and saw this in the display case, I had to take a closer look.

I really like the heft and the feel of this pistol. And of course the famed easy takedown button. I wasn't able to try the trigger or shoot it yet (picked it up after my range session), but decided to take the plunge anyway. I'm definitely going to have to do something with the front sight - hate black-on-black - probably just paint it til I figure out what I want to do for a red dot.

Anyway, here are a few pics from the unboxing:











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Pretty cool! I just got the Target model.

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