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Ruger American Compact 9mm Review

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In this video, James from TFB TV reviews the Ruger American Compact 9mm – a smaller and more concealable option, chambered in 9mm Luger. Adam had previously reported for TFB that this new model is available in two configurations: Manual Safety and Pro.

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James asks what Ruger is doing to differentiate itself in a market that has been saturated with all kinds of guns, and this is one of the answers to that question.

The Ruger American Compact has the same feel, function and design as its larger model, but with a few key differences. The barrel is 0.65 inches shorter (3.55 inches overall), and it is 2.25 ounces lighter (28.75 ounces overall). It still comes with the interchangeable grip panels, but since these are smaller, they cannot be used on the full-sized models.

The American Compact is ambidextrous, which is an advantage for lefties. It has a Picatinny rail, with nickel-teflon coated magazines. He compares it to the M&P Compact, as they are very similar.

Those who like the original Ruger American will be pleased to know that this version is also a pleasure to shoot and carry. It ships with one 12-round magazine and a 17-round magazine, which has an extended grip. It has the same magazine angle as the full-sized American guns, so the magazines can be interchanged.

The gun has a double trigger, around 7 pounds. Reset is pretty good, and takedown is extremely easy. Fit and finish is excellent, and James says he’s not expecting any surprises because Ruger is consistent in its quality. He proceeds to start shooting the American Compact to check, and confirms that it works smoothly, with no problems.

According to Ruger, this American Compact shares all of the features and rugged reliability of the larger gun, but in a smaller, lighter, more concealable package – all at a reasonable price range.

 

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