BREAKING: Ruger To Release New Polymer-Framed Striker-Fired “Ruger American” Pistol In 9mm and .45 ACP


Sturm, Ruger & Co. appears to be set to release a brand new handgun for SHOT Show 2016. An FFL on Facebook apparently received the new gun ahead of Ruger’s announcement, most likely scheduled for the NSSF Shot Show. The Gun Show Podcast blogged the photos through the site:

The new pistol is reported to have a 17+1 shot capacity in 9mm, and a 10+1 shot capacity in .45 ACP. It features interchangeable combined backstrap/sidestrap units. We’ll release more information via this post as it becomes available.

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EDIT: The Gun Collective posted better photos of the new pistol:

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Thanks to Ryan for the tip. Thanks to Scott and Martin, as well, for blogging about it!

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He can be reached via email at


  • plumber576

    They just absolutely couldn’t remove that chamber flag for those pictures, I guess.

  • El Duderino

    At first I was like, “Standoff frame!” Then I was like, “Just out of battery…lol.”

    I guess Ruger is just going to keep making full sized pistols that no one really wants.

    • BattleshipGrey

      I’d say this is the first Ruger semi-auto pistol that I’ve doesn’t hurt my eyes.

      • Mike

        Really? This looks ok to me but I really, really dig the SR9’s look. I’ll probably get this one too though. Given enough time I usually end up with just about all Ruger’s major models :).

    • If this turns out to be a Glock clone with an MSRP below $400, I can think of a metric ton of people who’d want it.

      • QuietM4

        I handled one today. It’s not sub $400…It should MSRP similar to a Gen4 Glock. It does have full ambi controls, interchangeable grips, and a light trigger with a short reset. It is a striker fired gun. No trigger pull or tools required to disassemble. It does come with all metal Novak sights. Should be a good seller for Ruger.

      • El Duderino

        Hey now…I didn’t say people wouldn’t BUY them…Ruger will flood the market with them. But they’ll be a choice foisted upon people due to availability, fire sales by big retailers, and gun counter BS. Saw it with the SR9…P94…P85…

        I own Rugers but would gladly pay a little more for a Glock, SIG, real CZ, even a S&W M&P when it comes to full sized guns. But my mind can be changed…we’ll see.

        • El Duderino

          Look for American Rifleman to have an article on the gun which shows it has no outstanding features yet is highly recommended by the staff. NRA luvs them some Ruger…could be that giant Happy Gilmore check every year…

          • Tim Pearce

            No. American Rifleman loves getting free guns. The actual price of those free guns is an ad saying that every gun they review is the best pistol/rifle/shotgun ever.
            The cost of negative reviews is a sudden end to free guns.

        • Paul White

          The SR9, and the 9E are legit choices if you dont feel like dropping 500 on a glock or CZ. The Sig 2022 is damn nice at that rough price point though. Really, really nice. Wish they made it in 45

          • El Duderino

            I tried the SR9. My thinking was…full sized Kel-Tec.

          • Jaquiz Washington

            So you don’t know anything about guns? You couldn’t if a SR9 and Kel-Tec seem like the same thing.

          • El Duderino

            You’re right, bro. I know nothing. Ya caught me.

          • Jaquiz Washington

            I’m not trying to insult you, but I’ve noticed zero connection between a SR9 and any Kel-Tec. Maybe you just thought it sounded cool to say…I don’t know.

          • El Duderino

            Umm…I noted the SR9 felt like a full-sized Kel-Tec, with all that implies. It’s not funny if I have to explain it…

          • Jaquiz Washington

            But it doesn’t in any way, shape or form. It’d be like me saying a VP9 feels like a Hi-Point.

          • Lol @ dude

            I guess simple baseless insinuations is all it takes to amuse you? How about this:

            Try looking down next time when you take a leak, the joke is in your hands…

            Now that’s funny!

          • El Duderino

            May I remind you this is The Firearm Blog, not The Truck Stop Bathroom Stall Blog. But nice try.

          • No it’s not. Insults belong somewhere else not here.

          • KestrelBike

            The SR9 was my perfect niche choice for a trunk pistol. 9mm, 17+1 std mags, thin, a manual safety – it fits in the center console where I keep other things; I’m careful when my hand goes in there, but just in case I keep the safety on to avoid mishaps with a blind draw and I’ve thought about this so much that I have it drilled into my brain to turn off the safety if I ever need to draw out the weapon.

            Finally, the very low street price will not be catastrophic in a terrible event if it’s stolen. I don’t even notice/care about the size of the LCI, because it’s very much a working gun to me.

        • Wait, so loads of people will buy them even though they don’t want them? How does that work?

          You’re brand-discriminatory, got it, but lots of people just want a convincing pistol at a good price, which this might be.

          • El Duderino

            It’s kind of like taking three grand to the used car lot and coming away with a ten year old Camry. You didn’t go there wanting a ten year old Camry…but it fit your needs and budget. All I’m getting at is this gun will probably be on very few people’s “drool list”. People won’t save their pennies for eight months to get one.

        • Anon. E Maus

          The P85 is a pretty good budget pistol though. Like, for it’s price, you’re getting a pretty good deal.

          • Kivaari

            Ruger doesn’t make the P85s anymore. After the now discontinued P89 and P95 series, you may find a used P85 somewhere.

        • john huscio

          CZ p07 and sig sp2022 are available at around the same price point as this gun…….

      • M

        Soo….. a higher quality S&W Sigma?

        • Anon. E Maus

          That’s basically the Smith & Wesson SD9VE, the Sigma turned into not garbage.

      • Paul White

        me me me

      • Gunnit Live

        You will see this street at about $419-$439. I am assuming you meant under $500 for street?

        The actual MSRP is $579, but we all know that Ruger MSRP is silly.

        Hope this helps.

        • Under $500 MSRP is what I meant, like the 9E.

          I’m surprised the MSRP is that high, since Ruger usually aims for the budget market, and the basic Glock design is already pretty inexpensive. That lends a lot of credence to the idea that Ruger’s eyeing the XM17 competition.

        • Anon. E Maus

          Isn’t Ruger MSRP typically about 100 more than actual market price?
          479 for full sized pistol in 9mm Luger with 17+1 capacity strikes me as pretty reasonable.

          • Gunnit Live

            Correct. Ruger MSRP is always super high. There are a multitude of reasons behind this.

            You will easily see them in the $429 range fairly quickly after launch.

      • Anon. E Maus

        There’ll always be a market for a gun like this.

    • The sr9 wasn’t bad at all

    • Anon. E Maus

      Looks pretty much like if Ruger went the same way to copy the Glock like Smith & Wesson, I wonder if the frame is going to be solid plastic like on the Glock, or if it’ll have a steel skeleton like the M&P.

      They’re all striker fired, they all have a safety trigger, they all have 17+1 capacity, they all have interchangeable backstraps. I guess ultimately the ergos are different so I guess it’s nice there’s more options.

  • Andrew

    Yep, definitely a Ruger. I can see the loaded chamber indicator from 20 feet away.

    • Jaquiz Washington

      I don’t see one. Are you imaging it?

      • I think he means the chamber flag.

        • Jaquiz Washington

          There isn’t one though. That red thing in the pic is something in the chamber to keep it open, not a LCI.

          I have a SR9 and SR9c, with actual LCI’s, and they are too tall, I shaved mine down a lot, but this gun doesn’t seem to have one at all.

          • That ‘something in the chamber to keep it open’ is called a chamber flag. πŸ™‚

          • Jaquiz Washington

            OK, but he said he could see the loaded chamber indicator from 20 feet away, and that isn’t one.

          • Which is why I think he means “chamber flag”.

          • Jaquiz Washington

            Perhaps, but I took at more as a slam against the gun like it’s permanent, rather than a removable piece that just happens to be in the picture.

          • Twilight sparkle

            I believe what nathaniel is trying to say is that this person is a ruger hater that’s confusing the chamber flag for a loaded chamber indicator and is just using that as an excuse to hate on this particular pistol.

          • Jaquiz Washington

            You’re probably right.

          • If I had meant to say that, I would have said it.

            On second though, I think maybe they did genuinely mistake the chamber flag for a loaded chamber indicator.

          • FarmerB

            No, it’s an “Unloaded Chamber Indicator” πŸ™‚

      • Edeco

        Fourth picture down, the notch above the extractor… Might that be a loaded chamber indicator?

        • Jaquiz Washington

          I bet that is the hole for the roll pin that holds the extractor, but if it isn’t, it’s pretty subtle compared to the SR’s which I’ve felt the need to modify.

        • Gunnit Live

          No, there is no specific LCI on this. Other than the Extractor.

          Using the extractor as an LCI these days is pretty common.

  • QuietM4

    It is set for sale/release Dec 31st. Some dealers have already received their orders, but Dec 31 is the official release date. Good on Ruger for announcing a new gun and actually being able to go out and buy one the same day…other MFGs should take note.

    • El Duderino

      This is one thing Ruger does well…no vaporware.

      • bucherm

        Dat XGI tho

        • Twilight sparkle

          Why did you have to remind me of what could have been

      • Kivaari

        Remember the XGI .308 semi-auto rifle? Advertised for 3 years with only a few prototypes being made. Ruger could never get them to shoot good enough groups. WE all wanted one.

    • I’m a dealer and those images on the yellowish table are the ones I took of the guns they sent me. They are real, and they are fabulous. This is not vaporware. It shoots great and they are releasing a massive push Jan 1st. Distributors are not yet taking orders.

      • sliversimpson

        How would you compare these to Glock and M&P pistols from a quality and feature standpoint? Thanks.

        • I’ve only marginally liked the M&P series. Though I own one and it’s a decent pistol. I like the R.A.P a lot more. Though I can’t really put my finger on why I don’t really favor the M&P. I think the Ruger feels like a more solid pistol.
          Glocks? I have 3, and they are great pistols. But the R.A.P has a much better trigger, much better feel, and point more naturally.

        • Quality wise – the Ruger really is right up there. Ruger is getting very serious about making a viable duty auto, and it looks like they have finally done that. It’s not perfect, but it’s right there with the 320, M&P, FNS, and of course, Glock. With a Trigger Pull on my gun that is like it’s between an HK VP9 and a Walther PPQ. This is a damn good gun. Period. It’s not perfect, but I’ve yet to find one that is.

    • 1911a145acp

      Evidently, none of you are old enough to remeber the roll out of the RUGER P-85. Hyped for a year in advance and deliver late 1986 with avg. 25 yard groups running in the 5-6 inch range. Thankfully, things are much improved in Prescott…..

      • Kivaari

        Do you remember the first P85s having sleeved barrels that pulled apart? No mater how hard I try, I can never think of the P-series as being good looking pistols. The last P95 with a textured grip came closest with eye appeal and it wasn’t like a greased banana in your hand.

        • 1911a145acp

          Yep. As I recall, RUGER hired Irv Stone of Bar-Sto barrels to consult on how to “fix” the problem.I think he said the answer was to put those POS barrels in the dumpster. After the turd in you hand experience of the P series I was ready to hate on the SR series- I have been pleasantly surprised. I taught a class of about 20 teenagers recently using a G-22, S&W M&P 40 cal., and RUGER SR 40 all day on the range.The RUGER performed quite well and had the best trigger of the lot.

        • Mike Brasher

          I had a p-85 with nary a problem. Put a lot of rounds through it with very, very few jams. Did a quarterly qualify shoot & with the trijicon sights would’ve maxed every one. The last 4 rounds were always a doubletap to the head, which dropped the score. Never max a qualify shoot so the lawyers, if you are ever involved in an incident, can’t ask why you missed a shot & hit a bystander.

  • Rokurota

    Are they discontinuing the SR series? I like those pistols.

    • David Bloomer Jr

      It’s probably like the m77 and the American just an economy version

    • Tim Pearce

      I liked them, and found they sold well, but I feel they would have sold better without the thumb safety. Heck, I’d probably have an SR9C as my carry gun if it didn’t have that fail lever.
      As other posters have alluded, they may have other goals for this pistol, as it’s far easier to redesign the SR9 to remove what people don’t like about it than it is to build a whole new gun.
      Granted, it may actually just be a refined SR9/45 with a cosmetic redesign, as well.

  • john huscio

    Ugly as hell…..looks like a bersa with a weird spur on the magwell…

    • M

      I would say it kinda looks like an HK VP9

      • M

        Comparing the two

        • Harrison Jones

          Thanks for posting this. It looks like it may be a very ergonomic handgun even if it makes the VP9 look like a beauty queen.

      • John

        Looks more like a Walther P99 or a Canik TP9 to me

        • Mike

          After is has mated with a Glock and FNX.
          Looks just like any other modern Plastic pistol.
          Can we have something new?
          At least Kel Tec makes….opps, I mean designs innovative products.

  • DannyBoyJr

    I don’t see a loaded chamber indicator. I own an SR9c so I have an idea of how big it is. Unless you’re referring to the extended extractor.

    @Nathaniel F
    Wow, does that gun have no exterior safety (except for the trigger safety)? This is the first modern Ruger semi-auto I know of with less than a gazillion safeties.

    • Simon Spero

      Polymer frame βœ”οΈ
      Striker fired βœ”οΈ
      Exterior safety? I’m gonna guess no πŸ™‚

  • Dave Steier

    Not the way I would have gone, but not a bad idea. I would have preferred that they expand the LCRx line to .357 and release a 3″ version.

    • Tim Pearce

      Yeah, I agree.
      A.) The SR* and 9E design isn’t so old that I think a replacement is really necessary, though I do approve of removing the fail lever (what people mistakenly refer to as a thumb safety). IMO, just releasing a version of the SR* & 9E with only the internal safeties would have been a more cost effective, simple, and sane option.
      B.) The LCRx line should definitely be expanded, and a 357 Mag version should be the bare minimum of that expansion.

    • Paul White

      I want the 3″ LCRx in 22 so bad, just as a fun gun that doesn’t cost what their bearcats/single sixes does

      • Dave Steier

        Yes, a 3″ LCRx in .22 would be the PERFECT kit gun!

    • I really want a 4″ .357 of the LCRx. It would make a fantastic Kit Gun for hiking, at around 20-22oz’s.

      • Paul White

        I think they make something similar with the SP101 in one of its configurations. Just expensive as hell

        • Yes, that was actually the inspiration. However the SP101 is 30 oz’s, so this would be about 1/2lb lighter.

  • Carl

    No way! They are playing catch-up again? Woah never saw that coming…

  • Edeco

    Too much takedown lever :S

  • Kjk

    I actually like the looks of this. Wasn’t a big fan of the lc9.

    • Mike

      This and the LC9 aren’t really competing against each other. This is more like the SR9.

      That said, even when the SR9 was introduced Ruger kept selling the P95 for a number of years. I’m guessing they may just keep the SR9 around in it’s 9E form as their budget offering even with this released.

      • Kjk

        You’re right, I actually meant to type the sr9. I wish they still made the P series, I’d probably own one if they were still made/widely available.

  • Gunnit Live

    No 40s in distribution channels.

    There is however a “Pistol Kit” that has multiple calibers (9 and 45.) However it is significantly higher priced…

    Perhaps a carbine kit?

    • Gunnit Live

      Pistol Kit Solved – 3 9s and a 45. Along with some sales paraphernalia.

  • GearHeadTony

    Please tell me that the ugly stick in these photos is not what Ruger will actually be selling.

  • M

    Here’s an edited photo of how it would look like if the slide were forward

  • JamesRPatrick

    Damn that thing is ugly.

    • Edeco

      Pretty bonkers. Strikingly large take-down lever, muffin-top over the grip, wasted lines, strawberry-seed-pattern back-straps…

    • Jaquiz Washington

      It’s funny how many gun owners think the world would be better off if only the guns they like were made and nothing else.

      • JamesRPatrick

        Get over it.

        • Jaquiz Washington


      • wetcorps

        Meh. Most people just find some guns ugly without necessarily thinking they shouldn’t be made. They’ll just buy something else.

        • Nashvone

          But fanbois are like vegans. You don’t gotta ask ’em. They’ll let you know soon enough.

  • bucherm

    I’m confused as hell, what makes this different from the SR series?

    • Gunnit Live

      Ruger Brand Glock. No lawyer safeties. Future .mil bid gun is my thought.

      • bucherm

        Eh, I can’t imagine .mil wanting Petty Officer Dumbass on watch on the quarterdeck with a gun that doesn’t have an external safety.

        Also, are you Omni or Pest?

        • Gunnit Live

          Well. Its looking more and more like they just might go striker. Who knows though.

          It is the first Semi Auto, Centerfire Ruger I have had a real interest in, in quite some time.

          As for that, the world may never know.

          • bucherm

            I’m guessing Omni because of the distribution channels comment.

            Sorry, I’m bored tonight.

  • It’s done. πŸ™‚

  • Jaquiz Washington

    For a gun brand that many people think is cool to hate, this thing sure seems to be getting a lot of comments. I think it’s cool, and may have to get one.

    • Yimmy

      That’s because they’re ignorant self perceived gun snobs. I own a variety from a custom Wilson to HKs, this looks like a win for the gun community as a whole.

  • Dez

    Looks like I’ll be adding another Ruger to the collection. Love this new pistol.

  • Jaquiz Washington

    I’m not seeing it. It doesn’t have the typical Sig’s idiotically high bore axis, the trigger guard is totally different, the grip is totally different. I’d say if anything, it resembles a VP9 or PPQ more.

  • Kevin1911

    Is it just me or do the sights resemble a dovetail front and novak rear?
    It would be great if manufacturers release guns with existing sight cuts so the end sure can have their choice from a large pool of sights.

  • Geoffry K

    Looks like something I would buy, if the price is right. 9mm. since that is what I shoot now. And over 1500 rounds on the shelf.

  • Twilight sparkle

    I’m seeing lots of metal on that trigger, I’m hoping we get so thing that’s nice and crisp instead of feeling plasticky and squishy, but there’s also no safety so I’m guessing it will be a tad heavy.

    • andrey kireev

      no safety isn’t necessary an indicator of trigger weight though… there are plenty of 5-6lb crisp stock triggers on modern handguns…. my HK VP9 and FNS-9 have sub 7lb stock triggers… I have an apex kit on my M&P9 with 3.5lbs lol

      • Twilight sparkle

        Very true, I just found one at a gander mountain, retail price looks to be around $550 when it goes out (gander will be higher) I would say the pull is certainly better than the sr series and better than glock in all aspects except for the reset. Here’s a pic of my dad holding the frame

        • andrey kireev

          did you get to mess with it ? what do you think ?

          • Twilight sparkle

            Everything seemd nice except the reset was kinda long, if you’ve ever squeezed the trigger on an sr9 it felt like that but more refined and less plasticky. It felt much better in the hand than glock does but it’s equally as ugly; it did seem to break down as easy as glock if not easier since you didn’t have to dry fire it. It seems good for now except for the reset but I haven’t had a chance to shoot one yet and that’s where you really find out about these things.

  • Yimmy

    Looks like it has promise. As others have mentioned it actually looks like a quality piece of kit, not designed to be as cheap and simple as possible. It’s lines are already much more appealing than Glock.

    Ruger has always made good guns well priced and durable. This may be the firearm that brings Ruger back into the fold of being looked at as something more than an econo pistol.

  • Caleb Giddings

    I’m so tired of FFLs leaking this stuff. But somehow it’s still bloggers that get a bad rap.

  • Jinx

    So these will be available with ONLY 10-round magazines, right? After all, Bill was extremely fond of 10-round magazines.

    • iksnilol

      Guy’s been dead for 15 years, give it a break.

      • Anon. E Maus

        Yeah, Christ, I mean, does he think he would have allowed them to sell 20 and 30 round mags for the Mini-14 if he was alive?

  • ItalianAmerican

    Jesus Christ. It’s insta-like for me. I want it, no doubt. Design wise, I see a lot coming from HK and S&W; a sort of mix of (design) features of the two, plus more. VERY nice. On my radar. It’s the only handgun (I don’t have yet ) that interests me as of now.

  • jinx

    So these will be available with ONLY 10-round magazines, correct? After all, Bill was a big fan of 10-round magazines to be forced on everyone.

    • Paul White

      Bill’s been dead a while.

      • Edeco

        As I said in the other thread, basically I’m not boycotting or encouraging others to in this case. But consumer sentiment is a blunt tool. If it’s to be used effectively*, the consumer has to be stern and consistent. Otherwise, it’s just grumbling; a fart in the wind.

        *I think it should, I mean I care who I do bidness with.

        • Paul White

          I kn ow it’s a blunt tool, but once the issue’s done you let up on the pressure. Otherwise no one has an incentive to fix a problem and learn from their mistakes; if a screw up means we never deal with them again ever even after its fixed why would they fix it?

          • Edeco

            Forgive me, but you’re thinking like a victim, just looking at the reactive side, which is an inherently weak role to be in. The harm’s already done. Please consider also the proactive side i.e. the message sent to other companies. That is more important, more useful. One company might place themselves beyond redemption, but other companies have an incentive to learn.

    • john huscio

      10 rounds for .45…..

  • kipy

    Kel Tec: Hey guys check out this sweet new gun we designed!
    Me: When can we actually get one?
    Kel Tec: Hmmm. 2 years/ maybe never

    Ruger: Hey guys check out this sweet new gun!
    Me: When can I get one?
    Ruger: Yesterday.
    Me: Dayum!

    • Tim Pearce

      Well, I think that’s partially due to the size of the manufacturing capability of the two companies. Not that this excuses Kel-Tec from the obvious option of going to a bank and saying, “The next million of our guns, which we have not yet made, are already sold.” That bank should practically throw a loan at them to greatly increase their production capability.

      • Kel-Tec has talked at length about why it won’t borrow to increase manufacturing capacity. In some ways it makes a lot of sense and it put them in a great position post Sandy Hook buying spree, but, I also see it as a company that does most of its business on 3 handgun models.

        • Jwedel1231

          ever heard of KSG or Sub2k? They started on those micro pistols, but they do a lot of business elsewhere nowadays.

        • Kivaari

          A business that isn’t expanding is a business that is failing.

      • Kivaari

        That is how many makers do it. They take orders at the Shot Show, then go see the bankers. It works for them, and hurts the dealers that ordered guns for today. Browning was famous for taking orders and delivering them after deer and elk seasons are over. Every quarter the Browning rep would show up. He’d ask do you want a few of XYZ, and you’d say yes add 3 to the order. They never show up, so when the rep comes by in three months you order another 3, and do that enough times that 18 of them hit the door two years later, and you have to pay for them, now.

        • Tim Pearce

          Yeah, one of the dealers I worked for had terrible trouble with Sig in that way. The guns they ordered at Shot Show one year hadn’t arrived by the next Shot Show. The rep asked them if they wanted to make more orders, and when they responded with something like, “Not until the last Shot Show order arrives,” he was like, “Okay, bye!” as if they were wasting the rep’s time.

    • HenryV

      Perhaps on occasion it has something to do with Ruger being second to the market with improved identi-kit guns? LCP, American rifle……….

  • RH

    Aesthetically different, but there could be some mechanical similarities. The thick tang, takedown design, and no visible frame pins makes me think it could be a modular system like the p320.

  • BTW, most of those photos are mine… and I shot that group you see there.
    Thanks for the photo credits.

    • ItalianAmerican

      How did you like it, George?

      • I loved it. And honestly – this is the first Striker Fired pistol since the PPQ that has actually impressed me.
        Trigger is up there with the HK VP9 and the Walther PPQ.

        • ItalianAmerican

          Impressive; what I hoped but couldn’t dare to wish. If it makes it to California (and I doubt it) it’s going to be my next purchase. Thanks for your reply by the way!

          • Ruger will be releasing CA versions with limited capacity magazines.

          • ItalianAmerican

            All over it. I’m all over it. Thank you SO much for getting back to me, once again.

          • Maxpwr

            California requires a microstamp on the firing pin head and unless Ruger’s doing that it won’t be sold in Kalifornistan…. Unless they’ve decided to be the first to do that.

          • Kivaari

            It would make moving out of California more appealing. But we are getting overwhelmed in Idaho with those people.

          • Obama’s Treasons Greetings!!

            Run ’em back out, unless you want Idaho to end up like The People’s Republic of Colorado.

          • RegT

            How are you liking the muslims they sent to Boise?

        • Nashvone

          A VP40 is on my want list but if the trigger is up there with the PPQ (which I have) this pistol just might end up on the list as well.

        • James Gibbons

          Try out the Canik TP9.

          • I have. It’s decent gun for the money. Very PPQ like.

          • James Gibbons

            Best value in polymer handguns, IMHO. I love mine.

    • don a

      How much does ruger intend on asking for this pistol.??

      • MSRP is 575, but expect it more around 500 at retail. Those saying 400 are incorrect.

    • Andrew Duffey

      Thanks for the photos.

  • Jim

    This is the first time I’ve ever been happy to see the “gun will fire with magazine removed” printed on the side of a gun. Thank you for not putting something stupid inside the gun.

  • nobody

    Did anyone else notice the complete lack of pins on the frame other than the one above the magazine release? What are the chances of this also having Sig P320/P250 like interchangeable frames?

    • Eric S

      I was thinking the same thing. The large takedown lever makes it look like a 320/250 setup.

  • MPWS

    It sure look jazzy, but where is innovation, if any. Or is it just another addition to growing stable of sameness?

  • Mc Cain

    Look at that…another polymer framed striker action handgun!

    The more the merrier, but …

    • Kefefs

      Do you think people were saying this in the 20th century when all that was coming out were steel-framed DA hammer-fired pistols?

      • Mc Cain


      • Mc Cain

        Yes, I do.

    • DaveP.

      Could be worse- could be yet another all-custom 1911 with a price tag higher than the last two cars I bought. At least you might meet someone who actually owns one of these.

  • Some Guy

    It looks like it could be a modular chassis type of pistolrather than an evolution of the SR9 series. I don’t see the usually visible serial number plate, but maybe it was photoshopped out. Also absent are the usual exposed frame pins that hold the locking block and fire control group to the frame. The only lateral hole in the frame appears to be for
    the ambidextrous magazine catch. Similar
    to other modular chassis designs it also uses a Sig-style takedown lever which
    could be the only thing actually adhering the frame to the chassis. I could be wrong but these things suggest a modular chassis type pistol to me, a la Sig P320, Beretta Nano, Honor Defense
    Honor Guard.

    My bet is this was developed to compete with the P320 and others for the military MHS contract but Ruger decided to offer it to the public, which is a better way for them to make money anyway.

  • RickOAA .

    Ruger folks are often thrifty shoppers. If the price is right, they will come.

  • William Zimmerman

    The Gun Show Podcast is my favorite firearm related podcast. Sadly it’s only ever other week. But it is nice to finely see a Ruger semi-auto that actually looks good. I’m interest to see what the reviews say about it.

  • Broz

    I LIKE!!!

  • darkseider

    NIfty but looks like the SR minus the thumb safety. Seeing that the SR series isn’t that old at all I don’t really see the big to do over this.

  • Bullphrog855

    Reminds me of something out of sci fi flick. Can’t say that I like it’s aesthetic much.

    • Mike

      Old timers have been trotting that line out forever. πŸ™‚

      When they started molding polymer frames they can simply put in a lot of lines that would have been prohibitively expensive to machine on a metal frame. Guns have looked like this for over 30 years. It’s not “sci-fi” looking anymore.

      • maodeedee

        “Old timers have been trotting that line out forever. :)” No, not forever because when we were young us geezers LIKED the way guns looked!
        I’m an old-timer and modern guns don’t look “Sci-fi” to me. they just look stupid. especially two-tones.

        Many modern guns look like something you’d find in a toy store with billboard size lettering all over it just like on a toy rather than tasteful, understated, and minimal small lettering. The classic gun designs have no excessive or superfluous lines. They are purely form following function and they don’t clutter up those lines with excessive dΓ©cor.

        Guns like the Browning Hi-power and Smith and Wesson J, K, and N-frame revolvers or the Luger or the Colt SAA are actual art forms of mechanical design.

  • Some Rabbit

    Looks like Ruger is jumping on the Canik TP9 SA bandwagon.

  • jackalope

    That is a monster takedown lever. I wonder if it runs SR9 mags?

  • Captain Obvious

    The good news is that the prices on the very good SR line will probably fall to clear them out. So if you don’t need the latest and greatest, the SRs which are already a bargain will likely be even more so.

  • Patriot Gunner

    Leave it to Ruger to muck up a promising design by engraving a bunch of unnecessary safety warnings. “read instruction manual before using firearm”, “gun will fire with magazine removed” and that loaded chamber indicator…disappointing.

    • Nashvone

      Considering that most people’s first firearm is a Ruger (10-22), I can understand them “not swimming outside their gene pool.”

      • Patriot Gunner

        I hear ya, but considering this new product is aimed more for the defensive/tacti-cool and potentially the LE market I just don’t see a large portion of that market segment buying Ruger. I’m sure Ruger makes quality firearms, but if your looking for tactical…look elsewhere.

  • patroy75

    Grip is too long for carry so meh.

  • Nate

    Will the 9mm version take sr9 mags?

  • Kelly Jackson

    I think the SR series of pistols looks much better, and don’t they already make an SR45?

  • Sean

    Has Ruger scheduled the first recall on it yet? Don’t trust my SR 7.62 , still not 100% even after they replaced the upper receiver and we sure do send back a lot of their newer products for repair at the shop I work at. I am getting to the point I only buy their products that were designed when Bill Ruger was alive and running things.

  • LazyReader

    The iMac of guns.

  • Ric

    Already got one, it is called an SR9, 17+1 stryker fired polymer frame Ruger.

  • Kivaari

    Not too bad looking for a Ruger. It is nice to see there isn’t a piece of sheet metal near the takedown lever. It always looked like an after thought on the SR9-types. No .40SW now makes sense, with the .40 dying an early death.

  • Kivaari

    Is it striker fired like a Springfield Armory or a Glock. Glocks being preferred by myself. I don’t like the turn of the last century SA system. It reminds me of 1915 Beretta .25s.

  • Jim_Macklin

    Young folk, those less than 50 years old, don’t know why Ruger stamps all those warnings on their guns.
    When I was in the gun business years ago the story was that a young man bought a Single-Six and loaded it. He then began to learn the art of quick draw. Of course he shot himself in the knee and then sued Ruger.
    Young man then bought a 44 Magnum Flat-top and decided to shoot himself in the same knee. Well, he got even more money being crippled for life.
    The court said that the manual didn’t carry sufficient warnings and cautions.
    So, the manual has more warnings and the guns have a warning for all the idiots who buy guns to do movie stunts without stop action and weapons masters and blanks.

    • maodeedee

      The other story was a man carrying an old model Blackhawk in a holster while hunting and the butt of the rifle slung over his shoulder hit the hammer and fired a round into his leg. after he jumped down from a two foot embankment.

      So Ruger not only put warning labels on all their guns, they re-designed the Blackhawk, and offered a free retrofit of a transfer bar kit. But older models did have the warning in the users manual that said never carry the gun with a live round under the hammer so the warning labels tied into that situation as well.

  • George, the range in Matthews or Mooresville?

  • Treyh007

    Looks good to me, can’t wait to see some reviews on these! Ruger is non stop on releasing new firearms throughout the year. Seems like other company’s can learn a few things from them.

  • Doug

    Does it take SR9 mags? That’d be neat

  • Leigh Rich

    Hopefully no recalls…just saying.

  • dltaylor51

    Looks like just another Tupperware special to me,plastic starts to break down as soon as it leaves the mold so who knows how long its usable life is going to be.

    • maodeedee

      There are some Glocks around since 1982 that haven’t broken down yet. And houses built since the Mid-seventies almost all have black ABS plastic drain pipes and no one has a reasonable expectation of those houses having catastrophic failures of the plumbing in the next 50 or more years.
      Not all “Plastics” are the same and not all of them deteriorate or become brittle with age except with prolonged direct exposure of UV light.


    Looks like an HK 45, a Glock 17, and a FN….hmmm…

  • Jason Lewis

    Day late dollar short? I’ll give it a chance. πŸ™‚

  • The Brigadier

    Jeez a pistol with an underbite. It so pug ugly I’ll pass.

  • Eurk Burkell

    Another plastic POS I will never buy. Young people have no taste nowadays.

  • Yuck

    This gun in 1 word: