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Review: Ruger American Compact Pistol .45ACP

This great american cartridge in an all-American pistol created by a great American gun company comes at a bargain

(Photo courtesy of Down Range TV) (Photo courtesy of Down Range TV)

By: Ed Head

The suggested retail price of the new Ruger American Compact Pistol I have at hand is $579.00. You might wonder why I would start a review by mentioning the list price and that’s a good question. The answer is, the street prices I’ve seen for this pistol range from around $433 to $479 and that’s a remarkable bargain for a pistol this good.

The American Compact .45 is the latest in Ruger’s American Pistol lineup that now includes 15 models. Ranging from full size pistols, referred to as Duty models, in 9mm and .45ACP to Compact models in the same calibers, the lineup is further divided into manual safety and non-safety styles referred to as Pro models. The pistol I have at hand is a Pro model without a manual safety or magazine disconnect. It is 100% American made, manufactured in the Prescott, Arizona factory located just down the highway from me. Speaking of the factory, it’s a thoroughly modern facility with long lines of CNC machines tirelessly turning out precision parts in a clean, brightly lighted building. If you’ve ever been in an old New England firearms factory you’ll understand why I mentioned clean and brightly lighted. Production numbers at the Prescott factory are a closely kept secret but I don’t think I will give anything away if I mention the Ruger plant can put out more finished guns in a day than some companies produce in a month. After all, Ruger sold more than 2.5 million guns in 2016 and lead the industry in sales numbers.

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