THE GUN WAS COMFORTABLE TO SHOOT, THE GRIP WAS NICELY TEXTURED, AND THE SLIDE SERRATIONS PROVIDED A SURE HOLD FOR WORKING THE SLIDE.
This gun has a 3.75-inch barrel, is 7.25 inches long overall and weighs 28.6 ounces. For guys like me who always seem to be out in the rain, mud and snow, this Ruger is all-season weather resistant: Its stainless steel slide is finished in black nitride over a matching black, glass-filled nylon frame. The gun’s Novak LoMount three-dot sights are metal, and so is the trigger. And as with most striker-fired pistols, there’s a passive safety lever on the face of that trigger.
Also included: a MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail for your favorite accessories. Two interchangeable grip modules provide some ability to fit the gun to your hand in regard to the size of the backstrap and the amount of trigger reach and palm swell.
I never leave the house with a carry gun unless there’s a round in the chamber. A small notch on the top of the chamber
of the Ruger allows you to visually check if there’s a round chambered. It’s just as easy to run a finger across the external extractor. If it’s edging out slightly, there’s a round chambered. And you can do that in the dark.
Both sides of the gun have a slide stop release lever, and there are ambidextrous magazine release buttons, as well. Lefties will welcome that, but as a right-handed shooter, I like it, too—especially if the need arises to shoot one handed with my left hand. There are cocking serrations on the rear of the slide only, which suits me fine.
This particular Ruger American Compact is a Pro Model, with no manual safety. In addition to the safety on the face of the trigger, however, there is an internal, automatic sear block that will prevent the gun from firing if it is dropped.
Internally, there is a stainless steel chassis that houses the trigger group and rails. The barrel cam is configured to keep the barrel and slide together a tad longer upon firing to reduce recoil.
The pistol comes with two steel magazines. One holds seven rounds and is fitted with an extended baseplate so you can get a full grip on the gun. A flat baseplate is also included in the hard case if you want to shorten the pistol slightly. The second magazine holds 10 rounds and is actually the same
I The Novak LoMount three-dot sights on the Ruger provided an easy-to-acquire sight picture and were well regulated for the ammo tested.
From 15 yards, the author did some rapid-fire drills—both two handed and one handed—at this mini silhouette target.
The Ruger’s trigger pull registered 6 pounds. The author found that the trigger was good but that the reset was long and could be improved. (Photo: Ruger)
To disassemble the Ruger American, remove the magazine, lock back the slide, and turn down the takedown lever. I
The Ruger and its accessories arrive in this hard case.