Ruger is introducing another in its popular line of rimfire .22s with the 22/45 Lite, a lightweight (22.8 ounces to be exact) Ruger 22/45 pistol with a new aluminum upper receiver. The first thing you'll notice about this little plinker is the gold anodize finish on receiver. This thing definitely stands out in a crowd.
The original 22/45 hit the market in 1992 to provide a training for 1911 owners, as the feel and grip accurately imitates its larger carry counterparts.
This version features an
upper receiver that is made of aircraft-grade aluminum and features serrated cuts and a 4.4-inch stainless steel barrel sleeve that is held in place by a tension nut. The barrel also features a factory 1/2-28 thread to accept popular muzzle accessories. The Zytel polymer grip frame features replaceable Hogue black rubber grip panels that can be swapped out for most aftermarket grips.The shiny gold receiver is drilled and tapped for Weaver-style scope base adapters which are included free of charge. The gun has an up-to-date feel and look and seems to be a great next step in this vaunted line.
Ruger released the following quote from President and CEO Mike Fifer:
The Ruger 22/45 Lite™ is an exciting new addition to the legendary 22/45 line of pistols. It maintains the superb accuracy and reliability of the classic 22/45 pistols, but has a cool factor that can't be beat. It has a customized look without the customized price, and is exactly what our customers have been asking us to produce. The threaded barrel provides great accessory options and makes the Ruger 22/45 Lite™ a perfect package right out of the box.
The suggested retail price for this gun is $470. Stay tuned for a full review and videos on Ruger's newest introduction.