Ruger American Pistol Compact in .45 ACP: Range Day Report
Ruger has released it successful CCW polymer striker pistol in the hard-hitting .45. We got a chance to try it out at SHOT Show 2017. photo by Justin Appenzeller

At this year’s Industry Day at the Range, held in Boulder City, Nevada the day before SHOT Show, Ruger had some of its newest compact pistols on the bench for members of the media to test out, and test them we did.

Among them was the new Ruger American Pistol Compact in .45 ACP. The full-sized American was introduced just ahead of SHOT 2016 as the company’s first foray into the extremely popular polymer-framed semi-auto striker fired pistols.

The CCW-intended pistol has a 3.75-inch barrel with an overall length of 7.25 inches and a height of 4.65 inches. It weighs in at 28.6 ounces and shares all the features and reliability of the duty-sized gun in a much more concealable package. It ships with one nickel-Teflon plated steel 10-round extended magazine and one 7-round mag.

Following the trend of subcompacts chambered in .45 ACP, the American Pistol Compacts handles the powerful round wonderfully, especially with the extended magazine allowing for a solid three-finger grip.


The flush mag still allows a shooter with large hands to get a three-finger hold, and it will be no trouble at all for folks with smaller hands.

At the range, the .45 American Compact was remarkably controllable and easy to keep on target, even when shooting rapid fire. This is largely due to the gun’s low-mass slide and low center of gravity and bore axis. Ruger says the gun is performance-tested for sustained +P ammunition use, so no factory loads will be too hot to handle. Like the duty version, the compact also offers safe, easy takedown with no tools or trigger pull required.

The handgun comes standard with an ergonomic wrap-around grip module that is a one-piece, high-performance, Glass Filled Nylon and Novak LoMount Carry 3-Dot sights with a slide coated in black nitride. The Ruger American Pistol Compact is also available in 9mm. MSRP: $579.