I seem to have gotten into the habit of buying Miss D. knives with Damascus steel blades at or near LibertyCon each year, and a gun on or near Valentines Day each year. Don’t ask me how – some things just happen.
Late last year Ruger announced their new Mark IV .22 pistols, with a much simpler, easier takedown mechanism than the notoriously finicky one in the earlier Marks II and III. I immediately went into a local gun shop and asked them to get me one of the Mark IV 22/45 Lite models, with a bronze-anodized lightweight upper, for Miss D. Due to previous shoulder injuries, she can’t handle heavy handguns very well, or tolerate heavy recoil, so the lightweight 22/45 looked to be perfect for her.
It arrived yesterday, so we drove into town this morning to pick it up. It fits Miss D.’s hand very well, and is as light and handy as I hoped it would be. We’ll make time for a range trip soon to wring it out.
I was amused by the dealer’s comments about the new Mark IV. He fears he may find it difficult to sell a few Mark III’s he still has on his shelves, because they have the old-style, much more difficult takedown mechanism. I have to sympathize with him. The new models are so easy to field-strip and reassemble, it’s like night and day compared to the old ones. He may have to discount them significantly. (On the other hand, if you’ve figured out the Mark II or Mark III mechanism and don’t mind it, there should be some bargains available as people upgrade. I can see myself replacing my old Mark II 22/45’s.)