Volquartsen debuts new Black Mamba series of competition-ready .22LR pistols
Based on a Ruger MKIV 22/45 polymer frame with lots of upgrades, Iowa-based Volquartsen has a new take-down configuration .22LR that is ready to compete right out of the box.
The Black Mamba series runs across six variants, all based on the Ruger frame but with a host of Volquartsen and Tandemkross extras. Each variant uses Volquartsen’s LLV Competition Upper, with options between 4.5- and 6-inch stainless steel barrels, to include an aluminum shroud, top and bottom Pic rails, target sights, competition bolt, single-port compensator, and steel breech. Multiply this by three Cerakote options– black, FDE, and OD green — and prospective owners a half-dozen chances at being happy.
“Whether you are a backyard plinker, looking to win your local matches or hitting the national competition scene – this target pistol is for you,” said the company in a statement. As for the name choice, Volquartsen explains that a “Black Mamba’s instincts are to strike quickly and strike often with great speed and agility,” which they feel characterizes their new offering.
While the Mamba’s frame may start off as a stock Ruger, the internals have been tweaked to include an accurizing kit that provides a 2.2-pound trigger pull, Volquartsen magazine release and mag base pads. A Tandemkross “hiveGrip” is standard.
Using the longer 6-inch upper, the Black Mamba runs 11.5-inches overall and weighs in at just over 2-pounds. The shorter 4.5-inch model tips the scales at 26-ounces. Made in the U.S., MSRP across the line is $1,400.
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