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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.

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