Ruger Completes the American Pistol Line-Up with a 9mm Compact

Ruger American Compact

We all knew at some point Ruger would introduce their American in a smaller and more concealable package. Today is officially that day! The Ruger American Compact has been introduced and is available in two different configurations: Manual Safety model and Pro (no manual safety) model.

Ruger American CompactIt lends the same feel, function, and design as its larger counterpart with small differences. The barrel is 0.65″ shorter (3.55″ Overall) and it is 2.25 ounces lighter (28.75 Oz. Overall). It still has the interchangeable grip panels, but they are smaller; they cannot be interchanged with the full-size models.

For those who are a fan of the full-size Ruger American, this one should be a pleasure to carry and shoot as well. It will ship with one 12-round magazine (capacity flush to the frame with a finger grip extension) and a 17-round magazine (capacity and grip extended). Since it shares the magazine angle of the full-size American pistols you will be able to utilize those magazines in the Ruger American Compact as well.

Ruger summarized their newest offering here:

This new Compact model of the Ruger American Pistol is chambered in 9mm Luger  and is available in both Manual Safety and Pro model configurations. With a 3.55″ barrel, and overall dimensions of 6.65″ long, 4.48″ high and a weight of 28.75 ounces with an empty magazine, the Ruger American pistol Compact model shares all of the features and rugged reliability of the duty-size gun in a smaller, lighter, more concealable package.

The spec sheet for the Pro model can be read below.

Ruger American Compact

The spec sheet for the Manual Safety model can be seen below as well.

Ruger American Compact

This new Ruger American Compact should be right in line with the pricing of the full-size models. They MSRP at $579.99, but you should find them at your local gun shop around that $500 mark.



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  • Anonymoose

    Holy cow! They fit 17 rounds in that?!

    • John Yossarian

      Nah – It’s 12 rounds. The 17 rounders are for the full-sized pistol, but you can use them on the compact with a spacer sleeve. This competes directly with the M&P Compact – But in typical Ruger fashion it is much heavier.

      • Anonymoose

        That’s the joke.

        • Hoplopfheil

          Settle down, Mr. Wolfcastle.

    • Yes it holds 17 in 9mm. I have one coming to test.

      • John Yossarian

        Marketing hype, but Ruger is allowed since they are including the full-sized magazine and spacer sleeve, just as it says within the product specification:

        “Also includes – Two nickel-Teflon® plated steel magazines (one 12-round and one 17-round with grip extension); small, medium and large grip modules.”

        • Hoplopfheil

          Glock 26
          Capcity: 33+1

          (compatible with Glock 18C magazines)

          • DaveP.

            What, you’re not using the 50-round drum mags?

    • YES

      Capacity17+1
      Slide MaterialStainless Steel
      Barrel Length3.55″
      Grip FrameOne-Piece, High-Performance, Glass-Filled Nylon
      GripsErgonomic Wrap-Around Grip Module

      Safety OptionPro Model
      SizeCompact
      Slide FinishBlack Nitride
      Width1.40″
      SightsNovak® LoMount Carry 3-Dot
      Weight28.7 oz.

      • Anonymoose

        In that little pinky mag, though? Is there an X-grip-type thingy for the full-size mags, and do you think they’ll make compact models in .40 and .45?

        • iksnilol

          Yes, in that little pinky mag. Ruger has developed +5 portal technology. Teleports rounds into the magazine as it feeds.

          • Swarf

            The damn thing is almost an inch and a half wide, they don’t need portal tech. The extra 5 rounds just fill voids in the slide until they are needed.

          • mig1nc

            Well, that’s almost certainly the width of the controls. I’d be more curious to know the slide and grip width numbers to get a better understanding of how its going to print.

          • PK

            I have an idea involving this technology, a belt fed with cooling jacket, a water tower, and an ammunition depot.

        • They probably will

    • Yes, but you have to use the magazine from the full-size model.

  • Joe

    Come on American PCC!

    • Anonymoose

      How about a 77/454 or a 77/480?

      • Tim Pearce

        Make that 77/480 a 77/475 (linebaugh) and make sure both are able to feed the shorter rounds (.45 Colt and .480 Ruger) and you’d have one hell of a rifle in either form.

        • Anonymoose

          I had this idea once to put a .475 Linebaugh cylinder in a .480 Alaskan, just to have a pocket-sized flamethrower. It probably woundn’t have enough time to kick all that much, either, but I’d leave the big ol’ Hogues on there.

          • Giolli Joker

            You have two options:
            -5 shots cylinder -> flamethrower;
            -6 shots cylinder -> hand grenade;
            Such a versatile platform!
            🙂

          • Anonymoose

            Only if you load the .480s to .454 pressures, and then shoot them through and older 6-shot model. The revised 5-shot and the current 6-shots are strong enough to take ridiculously hot .480s.

        • Despicable REM1875

          Add a 357 Maxi and I will be a happy camper.

      • PK

        Add a 96/almost anything centerfire and I’m in! Delightful for silenced use.

        For the modern market, however, a pistol caliber carbine would probably sell far better, especially if it uses the same magazines as the pistol it gets “paired” with.

      • Gary Kirk

        Except they’re getting rid of the 77 series.. I’d say 77/460 Rowland..

        😉

        • Anonymoose

          I know, and it makes me very angry. Also, since .460 Rowland shares the rim size with .308, .30-06, 8mm, .458 SOCOM, etc, you could probably build a custom one, and make it take 1911 or Glock 21 mags.

          • Gary Kirk

            Stop it moose.. Now I have to spend more money.. And explain it to the wife.

            Although… Hey honey, I’m building you a rifle to match my pistol I’m building in 460 Rowland that you won’t like to shoot. So we can still go to the range together.. Think it’ll work?? Or do I still do both anyway and just explain it later??

          • Anonymoose

            You can always shoot .45ACP in a .460 Rowland too, so you could convince your wife to shoot it with .45s, and you could assemble the rifle over the course of a few months, kinda like staging out a really high-end AR build so you don’t go bankrupt.

    • Hoplopfheil

      Compatible with SR mags would be my preference…

    • Marvinator

      That really would be an awesome thing. I might buy one in each caliber offered.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    I handed one in the store and the Ergos of the tang didn’t work for me and from what I’ve seen they didn’t work for anyone else either. I haven’t talked to anyone interested in buying an American so I think ruger is making a mistake here.

    • SameoldBS

      So , in typical gun community fashion your single minded opinion of a product becomes the “nobody else likes it either” BS. My wife owns the full size and loves it. I rather like it as well. The last time we were at a public range, 3 separate people had one of these fantastic handguns. Open your mind some and give it a go!

      • Harry’s Holsters

        It was uncomfortable to my hand holding. And I’m a die hard glock guy! And I’m glad your wife likes hers and I hope Ruger continues to do well with it but I think they’d be better off to make a more ergonomic handgun.

        • RP

          I find it uncomfortable as well. But I’m glad if people like it. However, I worked at a large store for a while and we sold hardly any. Only diehard Ruger guys seemed interested in them.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            Agreed completely. Once thing about ruger is they are usually quality. It amazing me how a metal and wood guy who thinks all polymer guns are crap will suddenly be okay with the gun if it’s a ruger. Good for ruger on having those sorts of fans.

        • iksnilol

          Have, have you tried checking out your hand? I mean, if Glocks are comfy then something is potentally very wrong.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            Glock has one portion of the grip that I will argue is very comfortable the tang of the grip. I grip the gun very high.

            Even the PPQ which many argue is top 2(VP9) for most ergonomic striker fired handguns hurts me to shoot for an extended round count. It’s due to the tang. The rest of the grip is very ergonomic which is the exact opposite of the glock.

            Getting the High great allows me to have faster controlled shots and more accurate shot placement.

          • Nashvone

            People like you are the reason I always tell new shooters to try several different models before buying. Only you will know what is comfortable. I would never tell anyone that my Glock is more comfortable than my PPQ or my VP40.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            Yes the PPQ feels great with a casual grip but when I get a high aggressive grip the frame bears the point on my thumb. As a new shooter I wouldn’t have had that problem. Glock isn’t more comfortable holding but is shooting. The bump still sucks but they got the tang right and I think I could get most Glock haters to agree if I could explain the logic in person.

          • Nashvone

            If it works for you, great. The PPQ just naturally shoots better for me. I don’t hate Glocks. They give us fanboiz to laugh at.

          • Gary Kirk

            Hehe.. That’s my logic to my wife, I need to buy everything so other people can try it to find out what they like so they don’t get the wrong gun…

        • SlowJoeCrow

          Talking to the owner of my local gun shop, he said the Ruger American was a love/hate proposition depending on people’s hands. Most of his Ruger sales were to people who found Glocks uncomfortable. Personally I don’t like the feel of a Glock that much and like Beretta better. Hands, feet and heads vary a lot and what one person finds comfortable another finds painful. I’ve seen it with motorcycle helmets where I couldn’t get a good fit from Italian helmets but Japanese helmets were a perfect fit. That’s also why I stopped wearing Nike running shoes after the last changed and they stopped fitting right.

          • kingghidorah

            Yep. I wear a Nolan, as Arai and Shoei don’t fit me. I wanted a Schuberth , but the dam thing didn’t fit.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            I shoot glocks well. Glocks aren’t comfortable per say but they designed it right for a high grip. Take away the hump and you’d have an almost perfect gun.

          • Gary Kirk

            Fellow Beretta lover, converted my 96 to 357 sig, couldn’t be happier.. Well, guess I could, if 357 sig was the same price as 40..

    • Laserbait

      I love the full size, I bought the 9mm, and will probably get the 45 as well. More comfortable in my hand than the SR45, glock 17, 4586 and my 1911’s. I do prefer the Houge wraparound grip on my P90DC over the American though.

  • Darhar M.

    Offer this in a 10 rd .45acp & I will buy one.
    Well I might buy one anyway as it looks like
    it might be perfect for my Par’Mach’kai.

    • John Yossarian

      Qapla’!

    • Anonymoose

      As a subcompact it will probably be 7-8 rounds, like the M&P45C, but still have compatibility with the full-size mags.

      • Darhar M.

        I would accept an 8rd especially if it was an extended magazine similar to the 8rd magazine that the S&W M&P Shield has. I expecially like the Shield extended magazine with a Pierce Pinky rest as it makes it all the much faster (to me) drawing from an IWB holster.

      • 10 rounds in 45 I believe

    • Banana Xango

      Seriously, they don’t have a new compact .45acp yet after skipping it on the SR series. That would have been a big seller for them.

  • LazyReader

    Not only did Ruger do a good job, but aesthetically, she’s a beauty. I’m just waiting for Hollywood to use it in one of it’s later gun trashing actor, movies

    • Bob

      Really?!, you like the Ruger Billboards and warning labels?

    • M1911

      I think it is hideous.

      • Bob

        Ditto!

      • retfed

        I’ve never seen one in the flesh, but I think it’s foolish to judge a lifesaving tool by its looks. Some people probably like the flowing artistic lines of the Nambu.
        If you find it uncomfortable to shoot or to carry, okay. Otherwise, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.

        • M1911

          I didn’t say it was a bad gun — I said it was hideous.

          Every review I’ve read has said the same thing — the sharp corner on the rear of the frame makes t uncomfortable to shoot.

          • retfed

            I sit corrected. To me, “hideous” usually means “ugly.” If it’s uncomfortable to shoot, then you have my permission to not like it.
            Vaya con Dios.

          • M1911

            ‘To me, “hideous” usually means “ugly.”‘

            And that is what I said and what I implied. It is hideous. That is, ugly.

            I didn’t say it was a bad gun. In fact, I suspect it will be reliable and accurate.

            All I said was that it was hideous and that reviews have said it is uncomfortable to shoot. You seem to be thinking that I’ve implied something that I haven’t.

          • Edeco

            Yeah, I mean, as an enthusiast I look at various aspects of a firearm, individually and as a whole. Appearance is one of many aspects, overall it can be disregarded entirely or outweighed by other factors in many cases. It’s just that the awful appearance is the most remarkable thing about this Ruger, to me.

      • Giolli Joker

        Same here… although I can’t remember a polymer pistol that I find actually good looking.
        Maybe the Strike One, but it’s still a stretch…

      • Gary Kirk

        That thing is fugly

      • John

        When I think of beautiful guns I think of the P226, when I think of gangsters….Glock.

        Jus’ sayin’

        • Gary Kirk

          The 226 is pretty, but the 92/96 series Berettas are gorgeous.. Aesthetics alone.. I love handling both as well, the 226 a bit more, possibly?? My 1911 still rules the roost though.. Sorry everything else.

      • Gary Kirk

        So is the sig P320, but they’re damned nice pistols.. But I do have an affinity for Sig

        • M1911

          The P320 certainly won’t win an beauty contests, but I think it is more attractive than the Ruger. I haven’t had a chance to shoot the P320 yet. I hear it has one of the better triggers among polymer striker-fired guns.

          • Gary Kirk

            I’m a bit of a trigger snob.. So haven’t been impressed with any of them. But also don’t personally hold the striker guns to that threshold so much.. They’re meant to do a certain job, you don’t expect a diesel truck to accelerate like a Ferrari do you? The 320 feels good to me (personal opinion) and points/shoots good for me. And being completely modular sells it. Can have anything I want out of it easily.

    • Paul Crouch

      I have both units now…. and they are really great looking and feel great as well.
      Talk about easy take-downs…. and are VERY accurate. As in, easy to shoot.

  • Joseph Goins

    The one thing that I am reminded of by reading this thread is how good the information from Ruger’s website is. Very few manufacturers have a website that informative and readable.

  • The compact does hold 17+1 rounds in this compact model

    Capacity17+1
    Slide MaterialStainless Steel
    Barrel Length3.55″
    Grip FrameOne-Piece, High-Performance, Glass-Filled Nylon
    GripsErgonomic Wrap-Around Grip Module

    Safety OptionPro Model
    SizeCompact
    Slide FinishBlack Nitride
    Width1.40″
    SightsNovak® LoMount Carry 3-Dot
    Weight28.7 oz.

    • Yes, but that is with the magazine from the full-size model.

      • Still it’s 17 rounds capable.

        • That’s a pointless thing to say. If someone makes a 50-round drum, that makes the gun “50 rounds capable”, which is of course meaningless.

          What’s at issue is your mistaken contention that the smaller mag that ships with the compact holds the same 17 round count as the full-sized mag. It clearly doesn’t. It can’t. It blows my mind that anyone with even the most basic understanding of how physical reality works, could even make that mistake.

          • retfed

            It ships with one 12-round mag and one 17-rounder (with grip adapter). That’s part of the package. It’s not quite the same as saying a Glock 26 is a 33-round pistol because you can buy a big magazine for it. The big one doesn’t come with the Glock; it does with the Ruger.

          • Yeah, I get that. Tell it to the Associate Editor who’s been telling everyone who’ll listen that the 12 rounder holds 17.

          • retfed

            Sorry. My subtlety meter must have been malfunctioning yesterday.

          • It could be worse. Another gun website fixated upon the product SKU intended for jurisdictions with magazine capacity limits, and then assumed that all of the compact magazines only hold 10rd, and not 12rd.

        • Swarf

          Yeah, and a Glock can take a 33 round mag. Are you suggesting that means 33 rounds is standard for all Glocks that can accept a 33 round mag?

          This is devolving in to the flailings of a man drowning in his own semantic bath tub.

    • If you sincerely believe that the small mag holds the same number of rounds as the full-sized mag, then you need to learn about the basic physical realities of this plane of existence.

      • And you sir should read the Ruger website and talk with the Ruger rep as I did yesterday.

        • You clearly misunderstood the Ruger rep, who didn’t spell it out for you in crayon that, like a G19 can use G17 mags, this compact Ruger can take the full-sized gun’s mags.

          We’ll be waiting for your “update” and “LOLz” when you get the compact gun in and compare the compact’s 12 rounder to the full-sizer’s 17-rounder mags and realize your mistake.

          • DIR911911 .

            says right in the article that it comes with both a 17 and 12 round magazine. for someone to think those magazines are the same size is delusional hopefulness at best.

  • DW

    Now this looks much better than the fullsize one…

  • john huscio

    Its like a 24-7 impregnated an M&P and the faulty genetics of both guns got passed on to the offspring.

    • Bill

      Paint a picture with words.

  • jerry young

    I have a Ruger P89 the only reason I don’t carry it is it weighs so much but it shoots great and is very accurate, I carry a full size Springfield XD mod 2 9mm I’m not really a big fan of the polymer frames but they do weigh less making it more carry friendly, I don’t mind the size but after seeing this I might have to get one to give it a try

  • Geoff Timm

    Ruger sent me an official announcement and included another contest to get a new gun on 6 Oct 16. A guy in FL won a Compact American. Geoff Who notes like any lottery sooner or later someone else wins.

  • Lew Siffer

    If the Glock 19 didn’t exist I would run out and buy a Ruger American Pro Model Compact right now.

  • Bill

    I may need to weigh my plastic guns, cause I don’t think they’re near 29 oz. empty. That seems awfully hefty, at least on paper.

    • mig1nc

      The metal frame CZ P-01 clocks in at 28.1 oz according to their web site.

    • Laserbait

      The XDM 3.5 compact is also 28 oz.

  • Gary Kirk

    Hmm.. Another glockpy, that’s taking from Springfield’s Croatian buddies with the mag sleeve.. Yay..

  • David Harmon

    Has a Walther feel to it. That’s a good thing.

  • Captain Obvious

    Good for Ruger. A compact American is just what some people want and need.

  • Despicable REM1875

    We have been robbed – they ended a bolt action 357 and 44 mag and brought out another Tupperware 9mm I am telling ya we have been robbed.

  • Lee

    I got to shoot the Ruger American at the NRA World Championships this year. Honestly I was impressed. Gun felt great! It was like a mix between and FN FNS and a Glock. The trigger pull on the other hand followed a long tradition of Ruger’s making awesome guns with horrible triggers, but besides that it really was a great little shooter.

    Seriously best thing that ever happened to Ruger was will old Bill himself bit the dust, rest his soul. I’d like to see some good aftermarket triggers and sight hit the market next for the little american.

  • Audie Bakerson

    Seems like there are cheaper plastic compacts from reliable companies out there with better after market support. What sets this apart from the pack?