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Old April 8th, 2017, 04:33 AM   #1
 
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Often overlooked weight difference in MK IV line.

So working in a gun shop, I have seen quite a few folks coming in to pick up a new MK IV. Some are MK III converts. Some are newbie's looking for their first training .22.
So I've noticed that otherwise well schooled buyers are consistently unaware of the 7oz+ weight difference between the blued target model and the stainless target model. Or even that the blued model is within only an ounce of the 22/45 MK III/IV models. Nearly all are surprised when I point it out. To some it's not a game changer. To others, specifically when it comes to purchases for women /youth it's a deal sealer. ( Honestly, it was for me. As my arthritic shoulders tend to struggle with single handed shooting these days, the weight reduction does help my scores.)

Anyway, just figured I'd throw that out there.
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Uninformed buyers!? Say it isn't so!?

I searched them all out and even held some at the local shop. The blued target is much similar to the 22/45 in weight thanks to its alloy frame. I purchased the Hunter model. I like its looks.

Thanks for the insight- I am sure those seeking Mark IV information will appreciate it.
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I'm tempted by the Mark IV but leaning more towards the 22/45 Lite. Part of my reluctance is I have a perfectly fine Mark III 22/45 so it's kinda hard to justify.
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I'm tempted by the Mark IV but leaning more towards the 22/45 Lite. Part of my reluctance is I have a perfectly fine Mark III 22/45 so it's kinda hard to justify.
Went to the range yesterday with my Mark IV 22/45. It replaces my Mark III 22/45. Big difference in weight, I have the heavy Target Barrel on my Mark III.

But the biggest difference is cleaning the Mark IV. I was using some dirty ammo that my friend loaned me for practice. Before going back to my CCI Mini Mags I decided to clean the gun right there at the range. It's so simple that it can be done in a few minutes. That in itself justified the purchase of the Mark IV.
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There is an 8 oz difference between the 22/45 Lite and the 22/45 Tactical. After looking at the photos of the two it looks like the extra 8 oz is in the front of the Tactical due to the solid, full size diameter barrel compared to the turned down barrel of the Lite.
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Went to the range yesterday with my Mark IV 22/45. It replaces my Mark III 22/45. Big difference in weight, I have the heavy Target Barrel on my Mark III.

But the biggest difference is cleaning the Mark IV. I was using some dirty ammo that my friend loaned me for practice. Before going back to my CCI Mini Mags I decided to clean the gun right there at the range. It's so simple that it can be done in a few minutes. That in itself justified the purchase of the Mark IV.
I have a Mk III 22/45 Target and it is heavy. However, I want it to be heavy because if feels, aims and shoots much like my RIA 1911 in 9mm. It is a great practice pistol instead of shooting my 1911.

It is no more difficult and maybe easier than my 1911 to disassemble and clean so I like to do it (once I figured out the procedure).
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There is an 8 oz difference between the 22/45 Lite and the 22/45 Tactical.
I got the Tactical in part because of the extra weight. It just has a great feel to me. I might be regretting that decision if (when) I get a can for it.
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I got the Tactical in part because of the extra weight. It just has a great feel to me. I might be regretting that decision if (when) I get a can for it.
Just buy the 3 oz 22A Surfire can. The one I ordered is going on a MK IV Tacticle when it comes in.
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Just buy the 3 oz 22A Surfire can. The one I ordered is going on a MK IV Tacticle when it comes in.
Looking forward to that report!
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