01 RUGER MODEL: MARK IV
You can’t really consider yourself a pistol aficionado unless you’ve owned a Ruger Mark I/II/III/IV pistol. Simply put, Ruger’s semi-auto pistols have set the standard for this class of firearms.
The newest iteration, the Mark IV, addressed the Achilles’ heel of previous Rugers—ease of takedown. In stark contrast to the complexity of maintaining earlier versions, the Mark IV breaks down with—get this—the push of one button. Ruger’s blowback action is finely tuned, and the Mark IV’s fixed-barrel design promotes excellent accuracy— and boy, are these guns accurate.
You can enjoy a day at the range without fiddling through a bunch of annoying misfeeds. The Mark IV digests a wide range of .22 LR ammo, spits out empties, and prints teeny, tiny little groups. Few firearms are more fun to shoot. QUICK DATA Web: www.Ruger.com
MSRP: $449 (Standard model); $599 (.22/.45 Lite)
Left: Ruger Mark IV Ruger’s rimfire Mark IV is loads of fun to shoot, and this gun is both reliable and accurate. Best of all, it breaks down with the touch of a button.