Ruger American Pistol Compact

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Summary: The description, specs, pricing, photos and user ratings for the Ruger American Pistol Compact.

Manufacturer’s Description

The Ruger American Pistol Compact is a semiauto handgun built on a glass-filled nylon frame with a stainless steel slide, and chambered in 9mm or .45 ACP. Other features include:

  • A modular, wraparound, textured and checkered, interchangeable grip system for small, medium and large hand sizes;
  • an accessory rail;

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    The American Pistol Compact from the right with an ambidextrous manual thumb safety and the extended magazine.

  • Novak LoMount Carry three-dot sights dovetailed into the slide;
  • an ambidextrous slide stop;
  • an ambidextrous magazine release;
  • an internal, automatic sear-block safety;
  • a trigger safety;
  • a black nitride finish on the slide; and
  • one flush-fit magazine, and one extended magazine.

Ruger offers this pistol with either no manual thumb safety, or with an ambidextrous thumb safety.

You can take-down this pistol without pulling the trigger. A hard plastic case comes with the gun.

Also, Ruger says:

  • The trigger features a short takeup with a positive reset;
  • the barrel cam, low-mass slide, low center of gravity and low bore axis reduce recoil; and
  • it’s tested the American Pistol Compact for sustained +P ammo use.

On camera: Check out Hickok45’s video review of the American Compact.

The Specs

Caliber Capacity BBL OAL Height Width Weight
9mm 17+1, 12+1 3.55″ 6.65″ 4.48″ 1.4″ w/out safety; 1.5″ w/safety 28.7 oz.
.45 ACP 10+1 3.75″ 7.25″ 4.48″ 1.4″ w/out safety; 1.5″ w/safety 28.6 oz.


MSRP: $579

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The American Pistol Compact from the left without a manual safety and with an extended magazine.

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