Introduction Sturm, Ruger and Co. is a well
respected firearms manufacturer in the United States. They make
some of the world’s finest revolvers, semi-auto pistols and rifles.
In 1951 they came out with a small-caliber target pistol called
the Mark 1 (MK1). This semi-auto chambered the .22 LR rimfire
cartridge, had a 9-round box magazine and is designed strictly
for target shooting.
Right side of the MK1. The silencer is built-in and actually
suppresses the sound to some level.
This Ruger silenced model is a great piece when playing "secret
agent" or "professional killer" games.
had crafted a finely-made replica of the Ruger MK1, but with
a “quiet” twist — they had integrated a built-in metal sound
suppressor and appended “Assassins Silencer Model” to the name.
The reason, I’m guessing, that they called it “Assassins” is
because they named it after a 1995 Hollywood action caper with
the same title, though neither the box packaging nor the manual
has any reference to the movie. The film starred Sylvester Stallone
and Antonio Banderas, two actors best known for their action
movies rather than their acting abilities. It’s been several
years since I’ve seen the movie, but I do remember Sly wielding
a suppressed .22 pistol. (I really doubt Ruger would make a
suppressed pistol and call it “The Assassins Model,” unless
they don’t mind having anti-gun advocates on their asses like
a pair of Fruit of the Looms.)
Detailed closeup of the Ruger name and firearm description.
The safety switch is positioned in a way that's difficult
to manipulate with the thumb.
Appearance This beautiful piece is the
silver “stainless” model and comes in a flat cardboard box,
along with the manual, bag of BBs and what I think is a hop-up
hexi wrench, though I’m not sure. On the box it says “with Super
Sonic Barrel,” which doesn’t really make sense since supersonic
means greater than the speed of sound. In a real steel suppressor,
the bullets used have to be subsonic in order for the sound
to be suppressed to a certain level. I’m not sure how all this
relates to airsoft silencers.
is a non-blowback (NBB) gas pistol, meaning the slide or bolt
doesn’t kick back with every shot. This is a good thing. While
it isn’t very realistic without the blowback, it gains in return
plenty of velocity.
The Ruger logo is faithfully reproduced. The grips are black
ABS with checkering.
is a combination of metal and ABS, with the entire silencer
made of metal. Other metal parts include the trigger, magazine,
disassembly latch, safety switch and some internal parts.
Like most target pistols, the trigger is serrated. The pull
is very heavy, and may affect accuracy.
is very smooth, glossy and has a semi-reflective surface made
of ABS, and it does look convincingly like polished stainless
steel. It’s well constructed and has no seams down the center.
While it’s a non-blowback, what you’ll immediately notice is
the attention to detail Marushin had put into this “hush-puppy.”
The charging handle and bolt, while not having any function
and movement, are separate parts from the rest of the frame,
making them look like movable parts.
With a weight
of 620g, the gun isn't heavy, but has a very good balance. The
grip is curved at an extreme angle, yet it’s still comfortable
to hold. The front sight is a simple post and is part of the
silencer. The fixed rear sight is constructed of black plastic
and is of a simple square notch. Aiming posed a little difficulty
due to the lack of any dots or outline on the rear sight.
The detail of the MK1 is very thorough. The non-functional
bolt and non-movable charging handle are one piece and is
separate from the rest of the receiver.
On the left
side of the frame is the safety switch. With the switch down
(safety off) there’s a letter “F” meaning “Fire.” Pushing the
switch upwards puts it on safe and the letter “S” appears. The
switch isn’t easy to manipulate with one hand, and I have to
reposition my grip in order to put it on safe. Placing it on
“F” without repositioning my grip takes a little bit of practice
and I was able to do so with the side of my thumb.
Closeup of the dismantling latch at the back of the grip.
The rear and front (inset) sights are fixed and provides
no aid in low-light aiming.
Just in front
of the safety and on the upper portion of the frame are the
words “RUGER, 22 CAL. LONG RIFLE, AUTOMATIC PISTOL.” On the
right side are “STURM RUGER & CO., INC., MADE IN JAPAN BY
MARUSHIN.” On the ejection port is the fake, non-functional
bolt, which I explained earlier that it looks very detailed
and realistic. The grips are made of black ABS with checkering,
and on the right side is the Ruger logo. On the back of the
grip is the disassembly latch.
silencer is made of lightweight metal and has a matte surface.
The muzzle looks tiny, which it should considering this is a
.22 replica. The main cylindrical tube of the silencer is a
little uneasy and tends to rotate from side to side when you
force it to. This may be a problem when the gun is slipped into
a tight holster, which may twist to one side, causing the front
sight to misalign.
The construction of the gun is smooth and clean, with no molding
is serrated, which is indicative of a target pistol. Pulling
the trigger is long and hard, much like that of a double action
revolver. The strike of the hammer gives a nice metallic click.
So how does it fire? When the trigger is pulled, the inner barrel
begins to move back towards the magazine’s gas valve (with the
BB in front of the valve), and the hammer begins to cock. Further
trigger movement places the chamber right against the gas valve
and sets the BB right up into the chamber. When the hammer trips
and falls, it strikes against the gas release button on the
mag and a short burst of gas sends the BB out to meet your happy
target! Because this is a non-blowback, the BB is never in the
chamber until the trigger is pulled.
Ten shots at 16 feet produced these groupings on a 6-inch
diameter target. This was the best of 6 trial test shots. |
The puny peephole muzzle may not look very intimidating, but
don’t be fooled! When your opponent feels the sting of
a 0.2g BB at 318 fps, he’ll come to respect the “Assassin.”
the magazine requires both hands. First push back the mag catch
at the butt of the grip and then physically pull the magazine
out. The mag is very easy to load and you simply pull the follower
down and drop-feed the BBs in. The mag holds 17 shots.
The magazine holds 17 rounds and uses the simple drop-in feeding.
Performance For the setup I used HFC134
gas and 0.2g BBs, and fired the gun in normal room temperature.
For the FPS chrono I warmed up the mag after every reload.
Right side showing the detailed charging handle and Ruger
name. However, Ruger guns aren't made in Japan. 8?)
the magazine is the same as with gas blowbacks; the valve is
located at the bottom of the mag. I dropped 17 BBs into the
mag and inserted it into the gun. Looking at the detail of the
charging handle made me want to pull it back to chamber a round.
But this is a NBB, so no need for that! I set up a 6-inch diameter
bull’s eye 16 feet away and began popping off shots. The sound
of the gun firing is a muffled “pop,” which means the silencer
actually works. As you would imagine with a NBB, there was no
recoil. But as I mentioned earlier, the trigger was heavy, which
affected my accuracy.
I fired 10
shots and they all landed in the inner 3-inch circle, with a
2-inch grouping. Seemed pretty impressive, huh? Well, not quite.
This was the best of six trials. The other 5 trials didn’t fare
as good, with one grouping as wide as 5 inches! I blame this
partially to the heavy trigger pull.
The magazine is held in place by the metal catch. Removing
the mag requires both hands.
the fps at an average of 318 and got an astounding 107 good
shots from one charge! That’s about 6.5 mag loads. After the
107th shot the gas began to dwindle, so I didn’t factor the
remaining shots in. Because it’s a NBB, it uses all of the gas
to propel the BB, rather than “wasting” some of the gas in blowing
back the slide (in GBB).
As I mentioned
earlier, there is a hexi wrench which I think is used to adjust
the hop up. Looking at the manual, the illustration shows the
wrench being inserted into a hole on top of the gun, just in
front of the bolt. I inserted the wrench into the hole, but
couldn't find a solid connection to make a turn. Since I don’t
read Japanese, I can’t figure how this works. In fact, I didn’t
see the word “hop up” on the box or the manual, so I’m not even
sure if the gun has a hop up feature.
side of the Ruger. The grip is at an extreme angle, but
still comfortable to hold.
Disassembly Disassembling the gun requires
pulling down the latch lock in the back of the grip. Then with
the latch unlocked remove the entire latch and the upper portion
of the receiver can be tilted forward and removed.
Conclusion With the high power and low
price this little gem would make a great plinker, not to mention
that it would surprise your opponents in a skirmish game. It’s
a great piece to carry in combat and power wise it could out-shoot
just about any stock GBB pistol out there, as well as stock
AEGs. This “killer” definitely gives a great bang for the buck.
of shots per charge
to moderate accuracy