Welcome back to 9 Hole Reviews. This session we look at what we would consider potentially the best option for a suppressed 22 LR host in early 2018: The Ruger Mark IV Tactical 22LR.
No, not it's strange cousin the 22/45 Lite; the Mark IV Tactical's traditional grip is much more comfortable and the short barrel directly solves any logistical issues on finding subsonic ammunition.
We shot our Mark IV Tactical here with a thread-on 5.56 suppressor, making the pistol look like a crossover between a movie assassin's pistol and a Welrod pistol.
The US Navy SEALs chose a Ruger Mark II as an integrally suppressed 22 LR and, a suppressed Ruger has been in plenty of video games and pop culture as an assassin's pistol.
To many people's misconception, Bill Ruger originally designed the pistol after the Japanese Nambu pistol rather than the German P08 Luger. The 4.4 inch bull barrel is no arbitrary design. The length keeps a bullet velocity low, so no matter if you're shooting supersonic bulk packs subsonic, the round will never break the sound barrier, making a suppressed pistol incredibly quiet
“so the first two shots supersonic, then two shots subsonic”
the suppressor sights make it possible for the user to aim without the suppressor obscuring the sight picture, however I do wish that they had tritium options, or at least dots the slide release and safety are also more like a full-size pistol making it much easier to manipulate
the drop free magazine is more like a spring assisted magazine ejection, a feature that further increases reloading speed.
The bull barrel from my pistol also yielded great accuracy.
This is a grouping at 15 yards
Ruger also supplies two rails to attach on to the pistol for the installation of red dots or lights.
Perhaps if you're a space smuggler running from Storm Troopers, but I prefer the sleek image of the Ruger Standard
The traditional Ruger grip angle is also my preference over the 1911 grip angle the issue with a Mark Series pistol has always been with taking down and cleaning and more so for the suppressed rimfire.
After a half-century of 22 long rifle pistol sales, the Mark IV push-button takedown finally addressed the issue of the original Ruger's glaring flaw in it's disassembly mechanism.
After our shooting session, we timed ourselves taking the Mark IV down and cleaning it minus brushing the bore, we have cleaned the pistol in 53 seconds, and we're back in business this highlights why the Mark IV single button takedown is great for cleaning down these Hush Puppies, the Ruger Mark series pistols are known to simply work.
Although every now and then you may have a hiccup from inconsistent ammunition, one could generally assume that reliability and accuracy are included with the Mark series package while many of these features on the Mark IV Tactical are on other production suppressor ready 22LR pistols, none of them combine them all for a $400- $500 package.
My old Walther P22 habitually put itself on safety because a divot would wear out; some of these pistols seem to be made from inferior metals…
while the Browning Buckmark and the Smith & Wesson Victory are great target pistols screws can back out. I've had this happen a few times with my old Browning. We did not look at revolvers since you cannot effectively suppress them.
So what you have here is a nimble, accurate, reliable 22LR pistol that could be easily suppressed and not limited to subsonic ammunition, and quickly serviced, and for the cost of roughly $28 per 550 cartridges, the .22LR cartridge is roughly at 20% the cost of a 9mm target cartridges.
So for us at 9 Hole Reviews, two thumbs up on this sleek, "snake-in-the-grass" package. Ruger did have a recall on the Mark IV safety, but so far they have been fast on the work and will return affected pistols with an extra magazine
It's been fun shooting a video on the low key quiet side… We'll see you guys around!