First Video Previews of Ruger American Pistol Released

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by Nathaniel F

The first photos of the new Ruger American pistol have been released, and now the first review and shooting videos are coming out on YouTube, as well.

First, GunsAmerica released an unboxing/teaser video of the American:

BurstReview has released a somewhat promotional-esque overview of the new handgun, including some of the stats and features that could make the gun more competitive than previous Ruger offerings:

The above review is, so far as I know, the first major shooting review of the American pistol released to the public. BurstReview fired about 350 rounds through the gun, and was apparently pleased with the results. Notably, the reviewer commented that the gun’s “Medium” backstrap runs smaller than normal for most interchangeable backstrap, with the “Small” size being very small for those shooters such as women who made need a particularly small grip.

824warrior released four shooting videos of the pistol shot from a first-person perspective:

The Ruger American carries many features that have raised speculation about it being the company’s entry into the US Army’s Modular Handgun System program. Given the gun’s emphasis on a moderate price point, as well as its modular chassis construction, ambidextrous controls, and interchangeable backstraps, this seems fairly likely to me, however only time will tell.

EDIT: DownrangeTV has a good overview, including embedded video, of the new pistol written by Ed Head, who’s been testing the pistol throughout its development.

Nathaniel F
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. He can be reached via email at

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  • Kelly Harbeson Kelly Harbeson on Jan 02, 2016

    That music was annoying as hell! Couldn't even understand what you were saying.

  • RantGirlRants RantGirlRants on Jan 03, 2016

    Okay, I got to shoot one of these, and all I can say is Nope Nope Nope. Every time I pulled the trigger, the left corner of the frame under the back of the slide hit my thumb back at the knuckle. Changed the backstrap and it still did it. I have slim hands with long fingers and I can just imagine what some of the guys shooting this thing are getting who have big hands.