Ruger Adds .45 Auto Ruger American Compact Pistol

Ruger American Compact .45 ACP pistol right

When it comes to a self-defense pistol, size matters. Compact pistols are easier to conceal and generally lighter. Some are willing to trust their lives to smaller caliber and others believe in bigger calibers to put a threat down. Ruger has answered the call with the introduction of the Ruger American Compact in .45 ACP. Here is the full release from Ruger.

Ruger American Compact .45 ACP pistol right Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to introduce a .45 Auto Ruger American Pistol Compact with an ambidextrous manual safety. Introduced in a duty size in 2015, the feature-rich and moderately priced Ruger American Pistol is proving to be one of the best duty pistols on the market today. Designed with the latest U.S. Military standards in mind, the gun endured testing in the harshest environmental conditions to prove its rugged reliability.

Ruger polled law enforcement and military trainers throughout the country to select the form, function and features of this firearm. The resultant pistol combines a recoil-reducing barrel cam (which better spreads recoil over time) with a low-mass slide, low center of gravity and a low-bore axis to provide better balance, less felt recoil and less muzzle flip than comparable pistols.

Ruger American Compact .45 ACP pistol right angled The Ruger American Pistol also features a pre-tensioned striker system, which allows for a short take-up trigger with positive reset, and a modular wrap-around grip system that adjusts palm swell and trigger reach to fit a wide range of hand sizes.

This compact model with ambidextrous manual safety, chambered in .45 Auto, is 7.25″ long and 4.65″ high with a 3.75″ barrel and weighs in at 29 ounces with an empty magazine. It ships with medium and large replaceable grip modules and two nickel-Teflon plated steel magazines (one 10-round extended magazine and one 7-round compact magazine). The Ruger American Pistol Compact shares all of the features and rugged reliability of the duty size gun in a smaller, lighter, more concealable package.

Every Ruger American Pistol is built in the USA on a rigid, one-piece, precision-machined, black nitrided, stainless steel chassis with integral frame rails and fire control housing. Additional features include genuine Novak LoMount Carry three-dot sights, a stainless steel slide with non-reflective, black nitride finish, a one-piece, high-performance, glass-filled nylon grip frame and a mil-standard 1913 accessory rail.

Are you a .45 ACP fan? Have you shot the Ruger American pistol? Share your answers in the comment section.

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Comments (17)

  1. I just bought the Ruger model 8615 45 and it arrived yesterday. Ist thing the right hand slide release wouldn’t release if you hit it with a hammer. 2nd the trigger hangs up bad and customer service said ” play with it to be sure it’s centered ” before firing. Really! I consider this gun to be very dangerous and I have not fired it and don’t intend to. Sending it back to Ruger.

  2. Well jeez, another “new” 45 on the market. I feel that Ruger makes fine hand guns but there are already way to many variations on the market. It’s a little like choosing what color you want your new car to be…just my opinion..

  3. any real comparisons done re the Ruger American and the Glock pistols ? durability of pistol and parts of pistol? Glock has a proven record…Ruger is OUR COMPANY …home grown and home employed…Ruger needs to improve past Glock…ambi controls, durability, easy parts replacement …Time to think like a Prepper….parts available ? Gun model production stopped …no more parts ? the 1911 is here and proven…it works and can be repaired / replaced with minimal efforts ? WHERE ARE THE DESIGNERS ? FORM, FUNCTION, ACCURACY, DURABILITY ? VALUE FOR THE CUSTOMER ? EVERY FINE WEAPON IS heritage ! every bad tool is cursed and gossiped…The Browning M1930 High Power 13 shooter is still favored…it works and will continue to work..not break at round count 512 shots…not have parts fail because some genius said I can fold some metal, glob some plastic and make it much cheaper……

    1. Were you educated in the United States? I’m not sure I understand much of what you posted. What are you talking about?

  4. I have just gotten an American compact 45 ACP pick it up on line and had it ship to my FFL dealer the hole cost was $369.00 this will be a good gun to take in the woods in Maine

  5. The name Ruger means quality, and there is no reason to doubt this weapon will be well engineered and reliable. But the 1911 models are the epitome of the .45 ACP round, and it is hard to improve on perfection. After all, the entire .45 ACP system was developed with this in mind, to have a round that would stop with one shot, and the platform to deliver that specific round. Still, this new .45 is an interesting concept firearm…it just isn’t a 1911 model.

    1. If the 1911 in 45 ACP was perfect, then why did Browning improve upon it by bringing us the Hi Power in 9mm Luger?

      Teasing aside, while the 1911 is a robust design that has aged well it still isn’t perfect. No pistol is – each design has its own set of compromises based on everything from the materials and manufacturing processes available at the time to the specifications given to the designer. Two examples of that from 1911 are the slim frame that makes it easily fit a variety of hands but also severely limits the capacity, and the large steel frame that tames recoil but also makes it harder to hold and carry for an extended period of time.

      As for the supposed one-shot stopping power of 45 ACP, Chicago PD (among others) has plenty of incidents that debunk that urban legend. Pistols trade raw power for greater carry convenience, something understood and acknowledged by the same visionaries who brought us our modern understanding of pistols as a means of self-defense.

    2. No, it’s not. It’s got a much more reasonable price point than Ruger’s 1911 products. People don’t compare every new 9mm to the P 08 Luger. That would be sort of crazy, right?

  6. After reading this article and doing some pricing on various websites I decided to “pull the trigger” on one, got one for $355!


  7. I really want to shoot this. It looks like a great cc option. My first handgun was a Ruger P95 9mm. That firearm ran like a champ. I’ve also had great experiences with Ruger’s customer service, and my father had a really good experience with Ruger’s customer service.

  8. I have been a very long time a Ruger single action revolver fan, but have though about getting a .45 semi-auto pistol recently also. I have a .45 LC Ruger Blackhawk that can also shoot the most powerful 45 ACP ammo (with a cylinder change). called .45 Super. Will this new Ruger .45 ACP semi-auto pistol be able to shoot this high powered .45 ammo without harm to it or yourself? I have a ballistics file I have complied over the past 6-7 years, and the hottest .45 ACP produces 771 ft. lbs. of ME.

    With the .45LC cylinder in place, my Ruger Blackhawk can shoot very hot .45LC ammo as well, and I have gone up to 1.214 ft. lbs. ammo in the same gun.

    Vincent (03-14-2017)

  9. Been debating getting a 45 ACP. Used to be if you wanted a .45 ACP, there was only one or two to choose from. Now everyone is making a pretty good ,cheap, and reliable firearm. Ammo cost isn’t too bad either, and no doubt on “stopping power”.
    My first pistol was a cheapo .380. Got rid of it quickly, as more than one FTF is one too many. Purchased my Gen 3 Glock32 as my EDC. My only regret is cost of ammo. Outrageous if we think about​ it. So I invested even more to hand load( another thousand including dies, power, case cleaning, medium, lube, primers etc..)
    So maybe I will get me a 1911? Sure…And some dies, and cases, and bullets, and…. Isn’t this FUN?

    1. Robert,
      When I bought my second Ruger Blackhawk (45 LC convertible) I looked into getting into reloading to cut the cost of ammo down. But the initial cost of all the reload equipment as you pointed out is quite high., PLUS the ongoing cost of bullets, powder, primers, etc. is enough so that it would be almost as cheap to just buy manufactured ammo. Of course, this is not always the case with all calibers, and especially when you get into really high power ammo. I shoot .357 Mag, .38 Spec., .45 ACP, and .45 LC.

      Vincent (03-15-17)

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