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  • iomg8

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    I picked up a couple of Ruger Mark IV recently and shot one of them, the target edition. The only issue, and honestly the only issue is that it holds only 10 rounds.

    But man, this thing shoots crisp, it is super accurate, and it was fun to shoot until 10 shots is done.

    To tell you how fun it was, went to a family member's house, and he has an outdoor shooting range. I brought along this, my 10/22, FN 509, and my AR15. My nephew came along, and just held on to the Mark IV. He would fill both mags, put one in his pocket, walk to the steel plates, load the other mag in the gun, and start shooting. Once he emptied it, he removed it, loaded the second mag, and kept shooting. Funny and cute, but also like HEY MAN those cost 9 cents a round calm down. That is $1.80 you shot LOL.

    So anyway, just wanted to say, I have shot a TX22 and this. While the Tx22 was nice, this felt way better in my bigger hands.
     

    Magdump

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    I picked up a couple of Ruger Mark IV recently and shot one of them, the target edition. The only issue, and honestly the only issue is that it holds only 10 rounds.

    But man, this thing shoots crisp, it is super accurate, and it was fun to shoot until 10 shots is done.

    To tell you how fun it was, went to a family member's house, and he has an outdoor shooting range. I brought along this, my 10/22, FN 509, and my AR15. My nephew came along, and just held on to the Mark IV. He would fill both mags, put one in his pocket, walk to the steel plates, load the other mag in the gun, and start shooting. Once he emptied it, he removed it, loaded the second mag, and kept shooting. Funny and cute, but also like HEY MAN those cost 9 cents a round calm down. That is $1.80 you shot LOL.

    So anyway, just wanted to say, I have shot a TX22 and this. While the Tx22 was nice, this felt way better in my bigger hands.
    Yeah, the Ruger standards, browning buckmark, high standard and colt 22 auto target pistols have all been good to me and earned a place in my gun loving heart. Barely touch the trigger, gun goes pop, barely moves, hits on the target and pennies a shot. I’ve bagged my limit squirrel hunting with a suppressed Ruger equipped with a MRD and highly recommend it for some cheap fun. Hard to beat them!
     

    Gunbeaux

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    Picked up a MKIV 22/45 lite very nice shoots like a charm Read some where that MK III 22/45 mags fit but you have to replace the bottom or do some cut work, It cost about the same to replace the bottom than buy new mags.
     

    Peacemaker

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    I've enjoyed Ruger 22 pistols. I know of a guy selling a pac lite 22lr with threaded barrel. What do you guys think that would be worth? It's supposed to be new in box.
     

    Vigilante Sniper

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    I have a couple of Ruger 22/45's and a TX22 and TX22 competitions. The competition model is just as accurate as the Ruger's so far, haven't tested both at 25 yards yet, but at 15 yds they both shot great. It also depends on ammo. The TX's didn't like subsonic, prefer high velocity.
     

    JB-Glock21

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    Yes, Ruger really hit the mark (no pun intended) on this one.
     
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    RaleighReloader

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    High capacity .22 LR magazines can be problematic. That particular cartridge was never designed for box magazines (it was developed in the 1850's for revolvers), and it stacks really awkwardly. There are lots of good solutions for this; Ruger's own BX-25 magazine (for the 10/22 rifles) packs 25 rounds in a banana-shaped magazine. But that obviously wouldn't work well in a traditional pistol grip magazine.

    That said, I've always loved Ruger target pistols. If you have the money and the inclination, I think the Smith & Wesson Model 41 is a better gun ... but it's priced much higher and has much less on the aftermarket for farkling it out. For the money, it's tough to beat the Ruger for its build quality, reliability, and ubiquity in the market.

    The pre-Mark IV Rugers were often criticized for being complex to field strip (and even more complex to detail strip). I never really had a problem doing either ... I always just took my time, and everything went together and worked properly. But the Mark IV certainly makes it easier to field strip.

    Some years back I had a very early Ruger Standard with a four digit serial number and the original box, that dated to 1950 (before Alexander Sturm died). I still regret having sold it.

    Mike
     

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