Gun Review: Ruger American Compact 9mm


In this edition of the USCCA’s Gun Vault, Kevin Michalowski, executive editor of Concealed Carry Magazine, reviews and shoots the Ruger American Compact.

This compact, striker-fired pistol features a one-piece, glass-reinforced nylon frame and comes with three different wraparound grip panels for ergonomics.

What About the Ruger American Compact’s Specifications?

Let’s take a quick look at the Ruger American Compact’s specifications…

Model: American Compact
Caliber: 9mm
Barrel Length: 3.5 inches
Frame: Glass-reinforced nylon
Weight: 28 ounces (unloaded)
Magazine Release: Ambidextrous
Sights: 3-dot
Magazines: 12 rounds (standard) and 17 rounds

The Ruger American Compact comes standard with a 12-round magazine and a 17-round magazine. The 17-rounder uses a spacer over the top to fill in any gaps, giving you a Commander-sized frame with a 3.5-inch barrel.

There is one downside to carrying the 17-rounder though: It makes the pistol harder to conceal. Kevin suggests carrying the American Compact with the standard 12-round mag and using the 17-rounder as a reload. That gives you 29 rounds to stop bad guys.

How Well Does the Ruger American Compact Perform?

Kevin sent six rounds of Winchester PDX Defender ammo downrange and noted that the American Compact “shoots nice and straight.”

The pistol features a center-level safety-style trigger — what Kevin called “long and a little rough.” Still, he had no trouble hitting the target, even with rapid fire.

There were no malfunctions, no problems with loading and no problems with high-speed shooting.

After testing, Kevin said he “kinda” liked the Ruger American Compact. What do you think of this particular Ruger? Let us know in the comments below.



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