Ruger Shows off the New Ruger 22/45 Lite Pistol

Ruger 22/45 Lite Pistol
Ruger 22/45 Lite Pistol
Ruger Firearms
Ruger Firearms

Southport, CT –-( Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR), the leader in rimfire semi-automatic pistols, is excited to announce the addition of a new Ruger 22/45 Lite pistol for 2015.

The Ruger 22/45 Lite was first introduced in 2012, combining the lightweight precision-molded Zytel polymer grip frame of the Ruger 22/45 with an aerospace-grade, aluminum receiver.

The newest 22/45 Lite model features an attractive, deep blue anodized receiver with shark gill pattern side vents for a custom pistol look, without the custom price.

The Ruger 22/45 Lite is fun to shoot, accurate, and reliable. Weighing only 23 oz., it is the ideal lightweight rimfire pistol.

The CNC-machined aluminum receiver houses a 4.4-inch stainless steel barrel held in place by a tension nut to ensure accuracy.   The Ruger 22/45 Lite also features a factory threaded, ½”-28 muzzle and thread protector to accept popular muzzle accessories. The pistol comes equipped with adjustable target sights and an installed Picatinny rail for easy mounting of optics.

The comfortable, precision-molded Zytel polymer grip frame features replaceable Hogue black rubber grip panels that can be swapped out to customize the look and feel of the pistol. The 22/45 Lite is perfect for target shooting, plinking, small game hunting, or competitive shooting.

Ruger 22/45 Lite Pistol

About Sturm Ruger
Sturm, Ruger was founded in 1949 and is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of high-quality firearms for the commercial sporting market. Sturm, Ruger is headquartered in Southport, CT, with manufacturing facilities located in Newport, NH and Prescott, AZ. Visit:

Ruger 22/45 Lite Pistol
Ruger 22/45 Lite Pistol
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Y’all are assuming that only he-men would ever want to own a gun. And so it must be black. Consider the woman of the house who wants to protect her little dogs from coyotes, and wants to carry something with her on walks around her country estate. Something that doesn’t weigh a ton. Something whose recoil won’t scare the pants off her. Something she won’t wince at when she needs to pull the trigger 5 or 6 times. Something she won’t need to run get hearing protection before shooting at the intruder. And something that will look nice hanging on… Read more »


Some people just don’t like change no matter what it is, I like this gun so much I bought one, lets salute change.

Nipon Ginko

I’ve read this article 3 times and still in a quandary as to what bullets or bullet this *Frilly dilly (Douche Vader ) special fires is it a ,22 .45 or a combination of both or none of the before mentioned ??
Didn’t we see this on the Jetsons way back when ?
Oh yeah since the 70’s I’ve owned two Rugar Blackhawks .357 ect . great guns !

*frilly dilly : some one who has been circumcised with pinking shears (~ ~)


The 22/45 has the grip contour of a Colt .45 Automatic and shoots .22 Long Rifle rimfire cartridges.


Only an idiot would think this thing is cool !


I dont think this monstrosity will become a Ruger best seller !

Squatch Himself

Oh brother – the insults fly… I own MANY traditionally styled revolvers, pistols and rifles, from evil blacks to lever and bolt actions, wood stocks and blued, to polymers and brushed nickel. I am not a “noob” and I am man enough to say out loud that this has a cool look to it. I’d dispense with the picatinny myself, and replace the sites with perhaps a matching colored fiber optic front and a blue dotted rear site. But the slide is inherently interesting, and only a douche would pretend otherwise. I have no idea if it is ergonomically great… Read more »


A pissant like you calling people a douche ? Go to hell !

Butch Ferguson

I suppose beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I have several Rugers, and love them all, but that thing is “fugly.” I’m not sure black spray paint and sandpaper will do what’s required…


I have (and have owned) more Rugers than I can count (without taking off my socks anyway) and IMHO the 22/45 is the first Ruger that I don’t like. It is a solution looking for a problem. It is what engineers come up with to justify their job. It was (yes, I purchased one) the LEAST ergonomic, accurate and fund to shoot RUGER I have ever owned. When hefted, it did not have the usual Ruger ‘Hi there’ feel, but a clunky chunky feel that was definately not Ruger (OK, I counted and have nearly a dozen Ruger handguns and… Read more »

skjdf dkdla

Do you guys know how many PINK guns are being sold out there!!!! Wake up and smell the perfume. Anything that gets my wife to shoot and let me buy more guns and ammo, I’m for.


The reason that it is not allowed in California is probably the same reason that many other pistols are not allowed. As the permit to sell new pistols expire if the pistols do not include cartridge micro stamping when fired. Many pistol manufactures decided not to sell guns in California, another reason is all the testing of each model pistol for each barrel length of a given model and the permit fee for a particular model.

Mike Anderson

Greetings to All Great a light weight pistol that promises accuracy and uses widely available accessories. Ruger has on this one lost its way and released a, Designer pistol inspired apparition. The accessories ! translucent candy tinted holsters with the scented and cushioned cross draw shoulder holsters. ENOUGH! Please tell me it comes with a can of gun black paint and a sheet of sand paper. Now I have to go check my 1022TD to see if it has morphed or trans into a candy stripped sniper cross bow. Sorry Bill your company is now a new age think tank… Read more »


It’s available in Black with a ‘threaded and fluted barrel’.


Why is this pistol (Ruger 22/45 Lite) not approved in California?


Probably the 10 round mag is too many rounds for Calif..


In California you can’t possess a gun with a ‘threaded barrel’.


That blue is soooooooo elegant! Any chance this will come in Petunia Pink or Buttercup Yellow? I think I’ll hold off until I see the whole color palette so that I can coordinate with my shooting togs. Alternative lifestyles arrive at the range.