Find “Safety” in the Newest RUGER American Model

Manual Safety Version

Ruger American Manual Safety Version

The Ruger American pistol is fully positioned to be the focus of Ruger’s center-fire handgun offerings. Its introduction made it an immediate, direct competitor to the M&P, Glock, and Springfield series of pistols. One feature everyone noticed it was lacking (for better or worse, depending on your personal opinion) was a manual safety. Well, Ruger has responded to the people! To better serve law enforcement needs and consumer demands, they now offer a Manual Safety Version of the Ruger American.

It is ambidextrous for all of our left-handed folk out there and it remains true to the styling of the original American pistol. This simple addition to the American should satisfy shooters who are very safety conscious and look for more than one safety within a pistol. Ruger attests to the multiple safety features in their press release statement:

This new Manual Safety model of the Ruger American Pistol maintains all the features of the Pro model, and also comes equipped with an ambidextrous manual safety to meet consumer demand and law enforcement department requirements. The manual safety is provided in addition to the standard built-in safety features of the Pro model, including the internal sear block system, integrated trigger safety and no-trigger-pull takedown. The ambidextrous manual safety is positioned high enough that it will not be accidentally engaged while shooting and has a large surface area, making it easy to operate, even when wearing gloves.

Manual Safety Version

This model should be available to order very soon if it is not on store shelves already. Based on initial photos, the ambidextrous safety looks much more hefty than that of the SR series. This extra size should provide more leverage and ease-of-use for the shooter when manipulating the manual safety version.

There are currently 3 models in the works: 9mm (17+1 Rounds), .45 ACP (10+1 Rounds), and 9mm (10+1 Rounds).

Manual Safety Version

Ruger® American Pistol™ 9mm (Manual Safety Version)

 

To view all of the models that Ruger offers in their American line of pistols as well as their correlating specification sheets, click HERE.



Hello everyone! The outdoors, Crossfit, and anything firearm related have always been my passions. I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets, am a Smith & Wesson Armorer, reloader, and have an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers. Be sure to visit TFB frequently and keep your magazines full, my friends!


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  • Martin Grønsdal

    is the magazine button permanently on both sides?

    • A bearded being from beyond ti

      Nah, it’s temporary, watch out so it doesn’t run off!

      • Martin Grønsdal

        On some pistols you may move it from right to left.

        • A bearded being from beyond ti

          Why would i wanna move an ambidextrous mag release anywhere?

          You see what im saying here?

          • Martin Grønsdal

            No I don’t. Some pistols are advertised to have an ambidextrous release, but it is ambidextrous in the way that you may decide what side you want it to be on.

            Aka the charging handle on the scar.

          • Joshua

            it appears to be fully ambidextrous, mind you, I don’t own one.

          • A bearded being from beyond ti

            pretty sure it’s ambi ambi

          • Klaus Von Schmitto

            You mean permanently ambi-ambi.

  • Joseph Goins

    Ahhh. The infamous “should a handgun have a safety” debate resurfaces.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      I was just thinking the same thing. Guess I have to pen another opinion piece. :p

      • Joseph Goins

        I just wonder if they use the safety on their rifles or if they keep them on fire, because we all know that NO ONE can flip a safety off in a gunfight.

        • CommonSense23

          Rifles aren’t kept in holsters. Trying to compare the use of a safety on a rifle vs pistol is asinine.

          • Joseph Goins

            No. I make a satirical remark about the belief that people won’t remember or be able to flip a switch during a dangerous situation.

          • KestrelBike

            Civilian all my life, but have been competing for only 4 years, and also shooting fun weapons (read: rifles) for same amount in any decent volume since moving away from stupid CA.

            Every competition I’ve been to, it never fails, someone starts his/her round and forgets that their safety is on [most often rifle, but sometimes pistol (1911 type)/shotgun]. Bonus points for the exaggerated flinch. I’ve never had this happen to me, because I’ve always felt that “safety-on until you’re ready to fire” just made good sense for 99.999999% of any situation I’d find myself in, so that’s what I personally made a point to set out & do and train myself to accomplish. I’m going to shoot, the last thing I do before pulling trigger is remove the safety. The first thing I do after “finishing” a target is put the safety back on. I have a feeling that SO/RO’s appreciate it on the course when they see that very minute delay/hear that very soft click of the safety engaging, and it’s one less thing for me to have to worry about with ND’s [one of my first comp’s, when it came time to empty & show clear, I dropped my rifle while showing clear, but since the weapon was on safe and the round had been ejected, I was not DQ’d.. but felt pretty darn sheepish.]

          • Joseph Goins

            *APPLAUSE APPLAUSE*

            You put your money where you mouth is an moved out. I am so proud of you. You quit paying your government to f^*k you!

          • Mel_Anosis

            I guess all those 1911s locked and cocked for years were useless in “dangerous” situations.

          • AK

            Further to this point, depending on your rifle model, it may be more prudent to keep the safety off once the shooting starts, until the situation is over. The AK is one of such rifles. Western guns it’s generally easy to flick on/off when not on target.

          • Joseph Goins

            Puh-leas! We don’t need safeties on a rifle after combat starts. We have an AK man and it was designed to just keep it off.

            Yeah. Just ask Travis Haley.

            http:// panteao . com/uncut-travis-haley-nd-video/

          • AK

            Looks like he forgot that he was handling a live weapon…tsk tsk.
            Best way to use the finger as a “manual safety” in an AK is to jam it behind the trigger. Of course, this risks injury to the finger, were you to fall or fumble in some other way. Also, most AKs don’t have aftermarket safety levers on them. So take it off, but know what you are doing.

          • Joseph Goins

            You have just illustrated why it is best to always use a safety: the man behind the gun is faulty.

          • AK

            Well, if you want to be that kind of “safe”, may I suggest giving up guns altogether. Assuming a two-way shooting contest is on, I will keep my AK selector down.

          • valorius

            You also cant slip your finger into your holster and give yourself glock leg on reholstering with a rifle.

            So many glock users shoot themselves in the leg they invented a term for it.

            I personally know (or have known) 3 people that have had ND’s over the years. All three were glock users. One was a loud mouth gun store commando that would always do the “this is my safety” finger wiggle.

            Until he shot himself in the face with his glock on disassembly. No one has ever heard him speak since, since he died instantly.

            One other was a gun shop owner, and the last was a drunk cop.

          • CommonSense23

            And how many idiots have shot themselves with revolvers, 1911s, M9s. Plenty of people have “glock legged” themselves with a 1911.

          • valorius

            And yet, it’s not called 1911 leg. Just sayin’.

            I do agree though, the 1911 design lends itself to darwin awards.

          • Joseph Goins

            How many of those 1911 owners have “glock-legged” themselves when the safety was on? None of them.

            (Tex Grebner does not count as “glock leg” as that happened during a draw.)

      • mopar92

        You should definitely do that but just have it be three words. You are wrong. The universe may self implode though so make sure you have a few days worth of snacks.

    • valorius

      DA/DAO ( a real DA/DAO), no safety needed.

      Single action or “glock safe action” type trigger- safety needed.

      • CommonSense23

        So you are saying you are unsafe with a firearm.

        • valorius

          I am saying human beings are known to make mistakes, especially under pressure.

          DAO for me thanks.

  • Giolli Joker

    American… it reminds me of a Cadillac Escalade, indeed.

  • Kelly Jackson

    Im glad I got my post in before the Low Speed / High Drag internet commandos tell me that safetys get you killed.

    • M.M.D.C.

      They’ll get you seriously killed.

      • Joshua

        the safeties or the high speed low drag internet operators?

      • McThag

        I’m looking for a safety where I’ll get whimsically killed rather than seriously.

  • Manfredi1

    Can someone explain to me what makes this pistol better than the SR series?

    • olivehead

      Nothing really except the ability to get one without a loaded chamber indicator, magazine safety, and/or thumb safety. If you like those or not, I don’t care, but the SR series has all three and there’s no choice to get some or none. The SR series is more ergonomic that the American and priced better. And more aesthetically pleasing. YMMV.

      • Kelly Jackson

        I also feel like the SR has a much lower bore axis, or you can just get a really high grip on it. Either way it handles really well

        • Manfredi1

          So after reading all the replies the answer is what I thought it was: nothing.

        • olivehead

          I really think the best value of the SR series is the 9E (I guess it’s really the “SR9E), even though it’s rather tacky of Ruger to only include one magazine with it and sell that as some sort of value point. All-in-all worse than Smith putting out the original Sport without a dust cover and forward assist and making that a selling point. While an AR will function just fine without both, a pistol really “needs” a magazine, and any pistol should come with at least 2 when they’re proprietary (for that reason I can excuse a 1911 coming with only one mag, but really any should come with 2 also).

    • Harry’s Holsters

      The lack or a safety or what looks like a better safety than the SR series. I really don’t know why they came out with this gun instead of modifying and revamping the SR series.

      • Dan Atwater

        I wondered the exact same thing. They came out with the LC9S Pro, which dumps the mag disconnect and thumb safety, those sold very well IME and I believe a SR9 Pro would too.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          I actually like the SR series and if it weren’t for the low profile safety I would recomend it to a lot of people looking in that price range. One problem is there isn’t a ton of after market. I don’t know of one holster rig that I could use to carry a ruger double stack. There are a lot out there but I can find a good AIWB holster for a Steyr M9 easier than an SR9.

          • Dan Atwater

            I took that claim as a challenge 🙂

            AIWB specific holsters for the SR series:
            JM Custom Kydex
            Custom Carry Concepts
            Armiger Solutions
            Knowledge Skills Gear
            T-Rex Arms
            MTG

            Now if all you’re looking for in an AIWB holster is an IWB with zero cant then the options are too many to list

          • Harry’s Holsters

            Dang you got me man! Didn’t know there were that many making purpose build AIWB rigs.

  • Dean Carpenter

    Now if they would just make a sao version with a metal frame and add a grip safety…

    • Twilight sparkle

      The 1911 is a bit outmoded

      • Ebby123

        The *SINGLE-STACK* 1911 is a bit outmoded.

        • Twilight sparkle

          The p14 isn’t any better

      • Dean Carpenter

        True but I bet Ruger will be making a 1911 long after the American has been replaced with something new and improved.

        • Twilight sparkle

          Mostly because the American really isn’t that great, it’s basically a ruger brand glock. I bet glock is still going to be making glocks for at least as long as ruger makes 1911’s

  • guest

    I think kitchen knives and screwdrivers should have safeties too.

    #SafetiesMatter

  • Salty

    where’s the 10mm conversion already

    • John Yossarian

      Sometime after the M&P? I’m not a fan of Glocks, but the Model 20 is their greatest ever – Especially since it shoots 40 S&W from the same barrel.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    “Heres my safety sir.”

    • Jeff Smith

      I’m saving this gif and exclusively using it for inappropriate purposes.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Go forth and be disgusting.

    • Joseph Goins

      You do know that wasn’t what was meant when he said that, right?

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        What did he mean?

        • Joseph Goins

          I read a magazine article by Kyle Lamb about two years ago where he talked about the incident and why you need to always use a safety. (He was there in the mess hall when it happened.) According to him:

          The Ranger captain thought he could be a badass and catch a Delta guy doing something wrong because he had a superiority complex. He went over to him like a pompous ass and chastised him for not having his CAR-15 on safe. The Delta guy responded just how he it happened in the movie: “This is my safety, sir.” The problem: the Ranger was wrong. The armory required the soldiers to return their weapons with the bolt closed and hammer forward. If the hammer is forward on a properly functioning M16 variant (except HK 416 variants) gun cannot mechanically go on safe.

          You can see Kyle Lamb’s view of the safety here:
          http://www . policeone . com/Officer-Safety/tips/3703209-Video-The-importance-of-utilizing-your-safety/

          • KestrelBike

            oh wow, cool, never knew that was real + KL was there. Thx for the info/link!

    • valorius

      I used to know a dude that said that all the time. Until he shot himself in the face with his glock while disassembling it.

      Now he is silent as the grave.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Was he in Delta Force?

        • valorius

          No, he was one of those dudes that hung out at a gun store all day while collecting disability for some imagined condition, telling everyone how they were wrong about any gun related opinion they dared to voice, and how he was an expert due to all his time “in the nam.” (we all know the type)

          His passing was no great loss to humanity.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            I feel more pity than contempt for guys like that.
            Sad.

          • valorius

            Anyway, it turned out his finger was not his safety- rather his face was his backstop.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Im sure that ruined his weekend plans.

          • valorius

            Made my subsequent visits to that particular gun store much more pleasant though.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Thats a positive spin I suppose.

          • valorius

            “Always look on the bright, side of life. Da doo, da doo. Da doo da doo da do.”

        • Joseph Goins

          Does it matter if he was in Delta?

      • Vizzini

        If this story is true, then more important things went wrong than the lack of a safety.

        If you’re pointing your Glock at your face while you pull the trigger prior to disassembly, you’re probably not smart enough to remember to put the safety on, either.

        • valorius

          I think one of the main culprits, besides his own hubris, was the glock design which requires you to pull the trigger to disassemble it.

          Very foolish.

          In any case, his finger most certainly was not his safety..his face was his backstop.

          • CommonSense23

            How is it Glocks design issue that causes you to pull a trigger of a gun pointed at your face.

          • valorius

            Well, if youre an idiot holding a gun that does not require you to pull the trigger to disassemble it while pointing it at your own face, you will not die (At least not from that, odds are you’ll find some other way eventually, lmao).

            Some guns are more idiot proof than others. The Glock is entirely unforgiving of stupidity or inattentaveness. Even a draw string blown into your holster can and has caused cops to have ND’s with them.

            I like regular ole’ DAO automatic for carrying.

          • Mel_Anosis

            I also.

          • Vizzini

            Somehow, in the dozen years or so I’ve owned my Glock, I’ve never had a round in the chamber when I’ve disassembled it for cleaning. It’s not hard.

          • valorius

            No, it’s not hard. But it’s also not hard to not cut your fingers off with a chain or band or circular saw. Yet, there are tens of thousands of otherwise sharp people who’ve done just that.

            People make mistakes. All people. Anyone who thinks they’re above making mistakes is actually a danger not only to themselves, but to others as well.

            So unless your name is Jesus, you should probably acknowledge that, yeah, a design that requires you to pull the trigger for disassembly is a design that could use some improvement.

            Lots and lots and lots of firearms do not share this design flaw- even striker actuated pistols.

          • Vizzini

            So you’re arguing for more safety features on saws?

          • valorius

            Well they’ve added blade guards and contact-interrupters on saws over the years for a reason.

            Because people make mistakes.

          • Mel_Anosis

            Indeed! Good points.

      • Mel_Anosis

        Yes, I never understood the anti-safety argument. Don’t use it if you don’t want to. Especially in a striker fired gun I think it is a good idea. DA/SA pistols and revolvers are inherently safe. A loaded Glock like gun can be accidently fired easily. OK, I get it….if you don’t pull the trigger…etc.
        Yes, but it is done and the results ugly. Remember the idiot football player in the club in NYC. If he had a revolver or his weapon on safety stashed in his waistband he would not be in jail today. Worse yet, he could have hurt someone in the club. Don’t get me wrong….I don’t want safeties mandated, just available..

        • valorius

          I agree completely.

  • Scott Tuttle

    I like it. it looks great and they seemed to put a lot of good details into it. if you dont like safeties, leave it off!

    • olivehead

      Or buy the one that comes without the safety.

  • OJS

    I feel safety-er already!

  • Some Guy

    I guess I can’t complain that it’s useless like the M&P Shield safety, but it looks a bit obtuse if you ask me.

    • M.M.D.C.

      That’s acute comment.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      Not enough of a ledge from what I can see. It’s well placed and looks better than most of the safeties out there. The only safety I’ve seen that are really well done are 1911s. High Powers with extended safeties aren’t bad.

    • John Yossarian

      I trust kydex to keep a “safe action” trigger from being pulled. In that case, it’s easy to leave the Shield’s tiny safety off and not bother with it.

      But the Shield lends itself to being in a floppy holster, like some IWB or most pocket rigs. In that case, I’d flick-on the Shield’s safety for the extra assurance.

      You can always reach into the pocket and flick it off, while getting your grip. And that’s my favorite thing about pocket carry – Having gun in hand, long before SHTF.

  • Xtorin O’hern

    so they added a safety but they still haven’t fix the problem that you need freaking Sasquatch hands to shoot it normally without your thumb getting smashed?

  • Harry’s Holsters

    I wish it had more of a ledge but I’m also wondering how it’ll work with the tang of the grip being that far forward. Why can’t they make more of a ledge? Low profile safety are the craziest thing I’ve seen. the 1911 got it right on how the make a thumb safety at least the models with extended safeties.

  • Bill

    It’d be even safer if they lazered in a couple pages worth of DANGER/CAUTION/WARNING labels on the slide, frame, stocks, trigger, hammer, barrel, magazine, sights….

    • Manfredi1

      And for the slide and frame it should be on all sides, inside and out, in no fewer than six languages. (Hey, you can’t be too careful!)

  • Uncle Festet

    Smart move. Gun buyers should get to decide what they want in their firearms. With this move, Ruger stays out of the debate and keeps everyone happy.

  • I’m totally buying the 45 when it gets a safety.

  • Raoul O’Shaugnessy

    Someday Ruger will finally accept that they’re never going to get that huge military or police contract for a handgun no matter how many ‘all new’ designs they come up with (P89, SR9, etc).

  • Arandor Thinnorion

    The following is a statement of opinion and personal preference–not a statement of objective quality or suitability.

    When Ruger makes this in steel and double action, then adds a decocker, I’ll be all over it.

  • OJS

    “Is gun. Is not safe”

  • Rodney Jenkins

    When is the gen 5 glock coming out? Or the P220 sig legion… anyone know?

  • Mel_Anosis

    I’m hoping Ruger will produce a compact version. I’ve considered some of their competitors but will hold out for a compact version since Ruger’s customer service is so good.
    I’ve had only one problem with my many Ruger products and their customer service and repair was OUSTANDING!!