TFBTV: Ruger American Compact 9mm Review (UPDATE VIDEO LIVE)

In this episode of TFBTV, James reviews the Ruger American in a smaller and more concealable package.

As Adam S. previously reported for TFB:

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 Compact 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 as follows:

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.

Read Adam’s original article here.


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Transcript ….

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James Reeves

• NRA-licensed concealed weapons instructor, 2012-present
Maxim Magazine’s MAXIMum Warrior, 2011
• “Co-Director” [air quotes] of TFBTV
• Former Regional Sales Rep, Interstate Arms Corp., MA
• Champion, Key West Cinco De Mayo Taco Eating Competition
• GLOCK® Certified Pistol Operator, 2017-2022
• Lawyer
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  • Jared A. Faber

    You might want to take the video off private :/

    • Dougscamo

      I dunno about that….he’s gotten 12….no, 13….comments without it being seen…..

  • Dougscamo

    No wonder there are no comments….you can’t watch the dang thing, James!….

  • gunsandrockets

    what video?

    • JustAHologram

      Maybe we just REALLY need to believe the video is there when we click it

  • Kyle

    This is the best review yet! Fantastic work, just absolutely fantastic talking, fantastic shooting and fantastic A/V work. At least that is what I assume.

  • JustAHologram

    Well at the moment I can’t disagree with anything said in the embedded video

  • KestrelBike

    His shirt got too tight for public consumption, YouTube made the vid private.

    • Dougscamo

      Apparently a private screening for Iksnilol…..

      • Ebby123

        The Snark is strong with this one… 🙂

      • Billy Jack

        I hear Iksnilol goes through a whole can of ballistol watching these Jimmy Reeves vids.

        • Dougscamo

          OH NO….now we’re going to get everyone fired up about which lube is best…..

          • Billy Jack


      • 40mmCattleDog

        I demand an Iksnilol James Reeve fan fiction.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    He finally got tired of everyone making fun of his shirts. Now we cant watch at all.

    • Billy Jack

      Lemme guess, v neck, xtra short sleeves and too much nipple.

      • Hoplopfheil

        And shorts so short you feel like you’re invading his privacy.

        • Billy Jack

          Tactical grape concealment holster shorts

  • Don Ward

    I see Larry Vickers has already gotten his revenge and has personally sabotaged the TFBTV review of the Ruger American.

    • Joe Schmo

      Revenge for what?

      • Don Ward

        Type the name Larry Vickers and Ruger into Das Google Machine. See what happens.

        • I really like Ruger for not indulging that self-aggrandizing slob’s ego. Might have to buy another New Vaquero. Ruger 1 – Crisco Kid 0.

  • Dougscamo

    Get the feeling that we are waiting in line for the new Star Wars episode?…..

    • Billy Jack

      After the last one with Darth Girlfriends I somehow think this will be better than the SW episode.

  • Hoplopfheil

    James, did your shorts finally get too short for YouTube’s porno algorithm?

  • Bigbigpoopi

    Pretty sure it’s on PornHub somewhere

  • SORRY EVERYONE. SNAFU. Video is now online.

  • Marcus D.

    Pretty porky little pistol at 28 oz. (Not that my comments mean anything. This gun can’t be sold in California.) I suspect it handles like the SRC, which to me seemed kind of top heavy, though slimmer.

    My Kahr is the same length barrel, single stack to be sure, and only 7+1, but here we can only have 10+1 anyway. Plus my Kahr weighs in at a svelte 16 oz.

  • Dougscamo

    Stops by snack bar, buys large box of popcorn….and a diet Coke….enters theater….

  • Lawbob

    Isn’t that a sub compact?

  • John

    Good, concise review.

    As for the banner at the end of the vid, Hans Gruber did not really say “Now I have a machine gun”, he just read John Mclains statement written in blood.


  • Seth Hill

    To me it appears that the issue with the mags not ejecting is that they were catching on your palm due to overhang and you shaking your hand caused your palm to move away from the bottom of the mag.