THE PERFECT FIT
An important, but frequently overlooked, consideration with any pistol using a trigger bar safety is achieving the proper finger position on the trigger. For a consistent trigger pull, the trigger bar needs to be smoothly depressed with the pad of the trigger finger.
The trigger, itself, won’t move until that bar is depressed. If the grips are so large that only the tip of the finger can reach the trigger, it will often find itself pressing the side of the trigger and not the bar. Grips that are too small might see the first joint of the trigger finger riding over the trigger, with the bar wedged in the joint. That won’t depress the bar in a smooth and consistent manner and results in a
jerky trigger pull that trashes accurate shooting.
The three interchangeable backstraps supplied with the Ruger American (small, medium, large) should allow virtually any shooter to get the right fit. They are easy to change with the included #10 Torx wrench, as shown in the instruction manual.
I have average-sized hands and found the medium size to be an excellent fit. A female shooter of my acquaintance found the proper trigger reach for her required the small size. The three backstraps are included in the factory hard case, and a nice touch is the plastic insert that prevents them from being damaged during storage.
They only take seconds to change, but it’s time well spent to pick the perfect fit.