Ruger American Pistol

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

Manufacturer’s Description

The Ruger American Pistol 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;
  • Novak LoMount Carry three-dot sights dovetailed into the slide;
  • an ambidextrous slide stop;
  • an ambidextrous magazine release;

    Ruger American Pistol right side photo

    The American Pistol from the right.

  • an internal, automatic sear-block safety;
  • a trigger safety;
  • a black nitride finish on the slide; and
  • two nickel-teflon plated steel magazines.

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 for sustained +P ammo use.

More reading: An independent writer at The Truth About Guns has written up his early impressions of the American Pistol.

The Specs

Caliber Capacity BBL OAL Height Width Weight
9mm 17+1, 10+1 4.2″ 7.5″ 5.6″ 1.4″ (frame) 30 oz.
.45 ACP 17+1, 10+1 4.5″ 8″ 5.7″ 1.4″ (frame) 31.5 oz.


MSRP: $579

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Ruger American manual safety photo

The American with the ambidextrous manual thumb safety.

Ruger American Pistol left rear photo

The American Pistol from the left rear.

Ruger American Pistol right front

The Ruger American Pistol from the right front.

2 thoughts on “Ruger American Pistol

  1. Hank Firestone

    Outstanding firearm. Clean lines. Well balanced. Excellent trigger. Has everything I need and nothing that I don’t.

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  2. Chris Horton

    It is the most accurate pistol I own.

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