Sturm, Ruger has quietly added a new .22LR pistol to its 22/45 line that includes an an attractive and lightweight OD green, anodized receiver that includes a new side vent pattern for a custom pistol look but without the custom price.
Bill Ruger started his company back in the 1940s by making a sweet shooting 22LR semi-auto pistol in his garage. Based on the Japanese Baby Nambu with Mr. Ruger's own genius twists and American manufacturing expertise, this Standard pistol became the company's initial offering into the gun world and, having gone through a myriad of tweaks and upgrades over the past seven decades, the "Red hot and new" Green 22/45 Lite was introduced this week to complement the Blue "shark gill" version introduced at SHOT Show 2015.
Based on the 22/45 Lite that was introduced four years ago, this new 23-ounce pistol with its polymer 1911-styled lower grip on a CNC-machined aerospace-grade aluminum receiver is still outfitted with a 4.4-inch stainless barrel and contoured ejection port. The 22/45 Lite series all feature an internal cylindrical bolt construction for permanent sight to barrel alignment which translates to higher accuracy potential than conventional moving slide designs.
What's so groovy about this new gatt is the OD green anodized receiver with horizontal pattern side vents that really gives an aftermarket custom plinker look without the accompanying price.
Besides the manual safety and magazine safety (grumble), they also have a loaded chamber indicator. Surface controls are standard with a push button magazine release on the left side of the frame and easy-to-grasp bolt ears that hark back to the original Ruger Standard series.
Ruger really seems to be paying attention to the fact that everyone likes accessorizing their handguns and these come optic-ready with an installed Picatinny rail and 1/2"-28 muzzle and factory-installed thread protector.
It is a reality that suppressor-ready firearms from the factory are becoming the norm. In just the past four years, suppressor ownership across the country has doubled from 285,000 registered cans in 2011 to nearly 800,000 today.
No less than 41 states allow ownership of NFA-registered suppressors, and most of these further allow their use in hunting, with this club increasing every year. In 2014 alone, Georgia, Louisiana, and Alabama all expanded this right to their sportsmen, and Florida did the same this year while Minnesota and Vermont just approved ownership this year.
These new Rugers are shipping with a soft case and two mags.
Let's check out those
Caliber: 22 LR
Weight: 22.70 ounces
Grip Frame: Precision-molded Zytel polymer
Grip Panels: Replaceable black rubber molded panels, serrated frontstrap and checkered backstrap
Finish: OD Green Andodize
Front Sight: Fixed
Rear Sight: Adjustable
Twist: 1:16" RH
MSRP: $549 which is the same as thier new Blue Anodized 22/45 LITE intro'd earlier this year and about $50 more than Ruger's line of plain-Jane Threaded Barrel 22/45s in general.
Street prices will generally be about 10-15 percent lower of course.