SHOT 2013: Ruger 22/45 Lite with Threaded Barrel

Ruger 22/45 Lite in a black anodized finish.

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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Comments (8)

  1. I bought the gold anodized 22/45 Lite. What a great pistol! Light, accurate and beautiful. I was informed that Ruger will no longer produce the gold anodized version, so I am now the proud owner of a collectible. Ruger is the great american gun company.

  2. Very nice, I already have one Ruger 22/45 and it is a very accurate fun pistol to shoot, so this new pistol will end up in my collection too. Hopefully the restrictions on guns don’t become so bad that they won’t allow ownership of suppressors.

  3. When is Ruger going to release a version of the standard Mark .22 with a threaded barrel?

    Or how about following up on their promise for the SR22TH (threaded barrel).

  4. What do you mean restrictions on law abiding citizens owning suppressors? Law abiding citizens can and do own suppressors.

  5. Law abiding citizens in many states (but not all) can own and add suppressors after paying the appropriate governmental fee and filling out the paperwork. (They are pricey though.) Manufacturers need to advertise that better because many firearms enthusiasts (and most of the main stream media outlets) still think automatic weapons and suppressors are across-the-board illegal.

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