Volquartsen debuts new Black Mamba series of competition-ready .22LR pistols

The Black Mamba features a 1/2x28TPI threaded barrel with removable comp and somewhere under there is a Ruger MKIV 22/45, which allows push-button take-down. (Photos: Volquartsen)

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.

The Black Mamba comes in two barrel lengths, 4.5- and 6-inch, and three upper receiver schemes, black, FDE, and OD green.

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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