Ruger Brings Out Yet More Distributor Exclusives

Continuing on with Ruger’s long-standing practice of releasing distributor exclusives, they have partnered with The Shooting Store and United Sporting Companies to bring out two new variants of Ruger American Rifles. Keeping track of all the variants that Ruger pumps out seems to be an impossible task at this point, I feel for anyone who likes collecting Rugers.

First up, The Shooting Store will be offering an OD green synthetic stocked American Rimfire Standard with a threaded barrel. The Rimfire Standard is a pretty cool option if you want a bolt action that takes the same mags as your 10/22. It wouldn’t be too tough to cart around out in the field at a scant 5.3 pounds, adding a lightweight 22 suppressor and you should have an excellent small game rifle.

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The second rifle being added to the huge Ruger catalog is another American Rifle, this time chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. The synthetic camo stock is finished in a Krptek pattern they call Nomad, keeping the weight of the rifle to under 7 pounds. It should be able to reach out a good distance thanks to that 22″ 1:8″ twist barrel mated to the American Rifle action. With a whole host of other features, the American Rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor should be popular with long range hunters in desert areas that have a budget.

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Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • thedonn007

    I wish they would offer a 16″ threaded barrel for the Ruger American Rimfire instead of the 18″ threaded barrel.

    • Roy G Bunting

      The 18″ is still a small and light package. It’s the bolt manipulation that really limits it. Just too much strength is needed to work the bolt.

      • stupid question – could you take 1/1000th an inch off certain sides of the lugs to reduce stress in lifting the bolt?

        • Roy G Bunting

          Can it be done? Yes. Can I? Probably not without wrecking something. 🙂

        • Twilight sparkle

          What you’re looking for is called bolt lapping

      • thedonn007

        Yea, the 18″ barrel still did not prevent me from buying one. If I did not already have a 10/22 and a pile of magazines to go with it, I probably would not have purchased a Ruger American rimfire.

    • PersonCommenting

      Idk why barrel threading isnt standard these days…

  • Christopher Wallace

    the 6.5 looks nice

    • Dougscamo

      Yep….it’s all the rage now….

      • PersonCommenting

        Why ya say it like that? Not a fan? I have no experience so no opinion on it.

        • Dougscamo

          Don’t know why my reply to you did not show up…sent it about 20 minutes ago from the Disqus notification…
          The 6.5 is probably the hottest selling cartridge out there at the moment…thus the rage comment….though I don’t have the figures to prove it….but the long range guys have embraced it with open arms….
          Good velocity, high BC, good accuracy, and available in rifles that don’t require you to mortgage your house or sell your first born male child…though you can get it chambered in those rifles as well….

  • Nimrod

    I’m still waiting for a Ruger American Scout rifle. 16″ threaded barrel with iron sights in 308 or maybe in 243 just because it’d be light and cheap. It’d be a hunting rifle, don’t need more than 4 or 5 round mags. Been tempted to make one but am holding out for a factory job as unlikely as that is.

    • Nick

      I wouldn’t be surprised if they throw a Scout into the American line. I’ve been tempted to buy the Mossberg version since it’s $300+ less than the Gunsite Scout and takes mags I already own but if Ruger made an American that took AR mags at a competitive price I’d be all over it.

      • tazman66gt

        Unfortunatly the only bottom metal I have seen that takes AR mags is for Remington by Pacific Tool.

        • Nick

          Mossberg’s MVP Patrol and Predator (I believe) take AR mags. Basically their competitors to the Ruger Scout. The .308 version takes AR-10 and SR-25 style mags as well.

          • Kivaari

            But they are Mossbergs.

      • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

        Im a fan of the concept of the MVP Scout, but they killed it with the heavy barrel, and if I was to spend the money to switch the barrel out Id be in GSR money anyway. Since the GSR can take the new AICS PMags the magazine advantage is also now moot for me.

    • Bill

      I’d like the .22 in Scout configuration.

      • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

        Id personally prefer a 10/22 in Scout form and UTG makes a nice rail system that allows it called the Commando. I however prefer a 10/22 over the American for all purposes.

        • Bill

          I would agree, though a semi auto veers from the classic Scout concept centered on a bolt gun. I’d dig a forward mounted scope on a 10/22.

          • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

            I believe the only reason the scout normally favors bolt guns is because of weight. .308 semi auto actions are much heavier than .308 bolt actions. .22 Blowback actions however are more or less the same weight as their bolt action counterparts.

  • CTFish

    I think they already had the od green rimfire predator type.

  • Dougscamo

    No…actually I use the dots to give separation for points…not to refute….plus to let people know I haven’t finished talking… 🙂
    Looked at the link and it doesn’t give the whole story….it doesn’t take into account hunters that I can see….looked at some other sources and by 1 account, for every 3 rifles made by one firm for .308 there were 4 made for the 6.5 Creedmoor….I know that at a local long range school the 6.5 is showing up in ever-increasing numbers….the only problem with the 6.5 Creedmoor is that while I have shot them….I don’t have one…. 🙂
    In short, Americans are finally embracing a cartridge in 6.5…finally….

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      The precision rifle blog is a fairly narrow, focused blog, not all-encompassing like this one (not a bad thing, just different :)).

      Now as to the prevelance and adoption of the 6.5mm projectile, I agree. It is a great option that Americans have ignored for too long, and are finally coming around!