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Ruger American Pistol: Striker-Fired Polymer Semi-Automatic

By Todd Burgreen

Ruger has decided to enter the tactical market in force over the last few years. Ruger’s latest offerings in the form of the Precision Bolt Rifle, SR-556, SR-762, AR-556, SR1911, Gunsite Scout Rifle and now the Ruger American pistol leave little doubt of this. Ruger was already a well-established, successful firearms manufacturer before deciding to introduce its most recent tactical offerings. In fact, by many measures, Ruger is the largest U.S. firearm manufacturer. Ruger offers 400 model variations across 70 different products encapsulated within 25 distinct product lines. Ruger’s entrenched place in the American gun psyche lends added credence to their products compared to other manufacturers who may not be as well known within the general shooting public.

With the American pistol model, Ruger has embraced the obvious popularity of striker-fired, polymer framed, high-capacity semi-automatics while also taking advantage of Ruger’s staunch reputation for American-made quality and customer service within the U.S. gun culture. This is not the 1980s, when people doubted the staying power of the Glock offering that defined the polymer frame, striker-fired handgun. Saying this now seems absurd; especially considering how striker-fired handguns dominate the law enforcement and civilian personal defense market. It is not the intent of this article to rehash all the well-known design characteristics of striker-fired, polymer frame handguns, only to point out that Ruger has added its own design tweaks with the Ruger American pistol.

The Ruger American is currently offered in 9mm and .45ACP chamberings. The 9mm model features a 17-round magazine and the .45ACP variant has a 10-round magazine. Two magazines are shipped with the American. The Ruger American’s profile resembles what we have come to expect from a modern semi-automatic handgun, including integral MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny frame rails. The tale of the tape shows the American with a 4.2-inch barrel and overall length of 7.5 inches. Weight is 30 ounces. Slide width measures 1.05 inches, and the frame width is 1.19 inches. Three interchangeable wraparound grip modules allow the user to fit the American pistol to their hand size. Novak LoMount Carry 3 dot iron sights...

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V21N6 (July 2017)
and was posted online on May 19, 2017

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