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