SHOT 2013: Ruger 22/45 Lite with Threaded Barrel

By CTD Suzanne published on in Firearms, News

For those who couldn’t get past the flashy custom-look of Ruger’s gold-colored anodized finish of last year’s Ruger 22/45 Lite, Ruger now introduces the .22 Long Rifle semi-automatic pistol in a black anodized finish.

Ruger 22/45 Lite in a black anodized finish.

Ruger 22/45 Lite in a black anodized finish.

Using the same action as Ruger’s Mark III rimfire pistols, the 22/45 Lite has a 4.40-inch threaded barrel to add a suppressor. The fluted barrel shroud lowers the overall weight of the gun.

Well-known for accuracy and reliability, Ruger’s rimfire pistols use a completely enclosed cylindrical bolt.

The 22/45 Lite is set-up like a 1911 with control placements—the safety, magazine release and bolt hold open in the same position. It also has a Zytel polymer grip frame that holds like a 1911. The black laminated grips that come on the Ruger 22/45 Lite are interchangeable with most traditional 1911 grips.

The aircraft aluminum frame cuts down weight at 23 ounces. It has serrated front and back straps and a fixed front and adjustable rear sight. A nice, light trigger pull measures less than 5 pounds right out of the box.

For training, plinking, leagues and competition, the Ruger 22/45 Lite makes a perfect all-round handgun. It is drilled and tapped to add optics. Ruger has the gun listed at $499.

1/2”-28 threaded barrel

1/2”-28 threaded barrel

Specifications and Features

  • 4.40” barrel
  • 1:16″ RH twist
  • 10 round capacity
  • 1” wide
  • 8.50” overall length
  • 23 ounces
  • Fixed front sight, adjustable rear sight

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