SHOT Show – Ruger American Pistol


In addition to the Silent-SR rimfire suppressor, the other big announcement from Ruger at this year’s SHOT Show was the Ruger American Pistol. With the American, Ruger joins the legion of striker-fired, polymer-framed, external safety-exempt pistols that were popularized by the Glock series. Ruger’s own take on this formula consists of a handgun with a one-piece, glass-filled nylon grip frame, and a stainless steel slide with a black nitride finish. Barrel length comes in at 4.2″ for 9mm, and 4.5″ for .45 ACP. Interestingly, both the 9mm and .45 share very similar dimensions, with the width staying constant at 1.4″, and the .45 being only slightly larger in length and height; the weight for both calibers also stays just under 2 lbs.


The American comes with a Mil-STD-1913 Picatinny accessory rail for attaching a light or laser, and ambi slide stop and mag release controls. The grip can be customized with one of several different sized grip modules between Small, Medium, and Large; only Medium and Large are available for the .45. Additionally, the American comes standard with Novak LoMount Carry 3-Dot sights.

These are available on the market now, so be on the lookout at your local firearms retailer if you’re interested in purchasing one for yourself.


10 Responses to “SHOT Show – Ruger American Pistol”

  1. Pat Aherne says:

    Is that LAV’s shadow I see in that one pic?

    • SSD says:

      You’ve got an odd obsession with someone completely unrelated to this story. You might want to consider counseling.

  2. Joe says:

    Probably not, since he felt snubbed and walked out after “dropping the mike”.
    This pistol looks like a giant SR-22. IOW, a turd.

  3. Jack Griffin says:

    Ruger American Pistol (and Sig P320, for that matter),

    We don’t need takedown levers with thumb surfaces similar in dimension to the old kickstart on a Honda dirtbike. They’re uncomfortable at best.


    Anybody Using a Modern Handgun Grip Technique

    • Bill says:

      SIG does flat takedown levers, people complain.
      SIG puts ledges on takedown levers, people complain.
      Bottom line, people complain.
      (And you can get a flat lever from SIG to retrofit your P320)

  4. Haji says:

    What’s it cost?