year, we reviewed the new Ruger America Pistol chambered for the
found it to be especially easy to fire, and easy on recoil. It
was very comfortable in my hands, and I was anxious to try the
45 ACP version, as soon as I could get ahold of one. Since then,
i fired a couple of the larger-caliber version at SHOT
Media Day, and have recently received a 45 ACP version in
here for review as well.
As expected, the 45 version of the American
Pistol is slightly larger than the 9mm version, but only
minimally so. The 45 version does not come supplied with the
small grip module, but only the medium and large modules. The
magazines are double-stack, but not excessively wide, holding
ten 45 ACP cartridges. The 45 version is only slightly longer,
and only one ounce heavier than its 9mm little sister, and is as
easy to handle and fire as the 9mm pistol.
I will not go into all the details of the
American 45, as it would be re-plowing the same ground, and
instead refer you to the review of January 1st on the 9mm pistol
for details. The short version is that the American 45 is every
bit as good as the 9mm pistol, as easy to shoot as the 9mm
pistol, and with this one sample, slightly more accurate than
the 9mm pistol, grouping my favorite handloads into just
slightly over one inch, handheld and rested at twenty-five
yards. At first, I thought it was a fluke, but the American
Pistol would do it again and again, as long as I did my part.
The largest group fired was slightly over three inches, but that
ammunition was not consistent with velocities either.
Most fighting ammo grouped in the two and one-half inch
specifications for the American 45 Pistol are listed in the
chart below. Weight is listed in ounces, and includes the empty
magazine. Linear dimensions are listed in inches. Trigger pull
is listed in pounds of resistance, as measured with my Lyman
digital trigger pull scale and confirmed with my Timney
mechanical trigger pull scale. Height includes sights and
magazine base with the magazine in place. Maximum grip width is
measured across the grip frame palm swells, with the
medium-sized grip module installed. Maximum width is measured
across the ambidextrous slide lock levers. Trigger reach is with
the medium grip module installed.
|Weight with Empty Magazine
|Magazine Disconnect Safety
|Manual Thumb Safety
||1913 Picatinny Spec
||Hard case, cable lock,
instruction manual, decal, two grip modules, wrench
|MSRP as of March 2016
tested for velocity with my chronograph set at ten feet from the
muzzle, with an air temperature of thirty-nine degrees
Fahrenheit and a relative humidity of eighty-five percent.
Velocity readings were taken at an elevation of approximately
541 feet above sea level. Velocities
are listed in the chart below, and are listed in feet-per-second
(fps). FMJ is a full metal jacket bullet. JHP is a jacketed
hollowpoint. Tac-XP is an homogenous copper hollowpoint bullet.
XP is a solid copper specialty bullet made for "Extreme
Penetration". ARX is a polymer/copper composite bullet.
LWSC is a cast lead semi-wadcutter bullet. UHD is
Remington Ultimate Home. HCL is a hard-cast lead bullet.
Velocities are listed in feet-per-second (fps). Bullet weights
are listed in grains.
|Buffalo Bore HCL
|Buffalo Bore JHP
|Buffalo Bore FMJ
|Buffalo Bore JHP
|Buffalo Bore TAC-XP
|WCC 1911 Ball FMJ
|Lehigh Defense JHP
The Ruger performed exactly as I expected
that it would; flawlessly. Every round fed, fired, and ejected
perfectly. Loading the magazines to full capacity was pretty
easy, but for the last couple of rounds, a mag loader, such as
the UpLULA, makes doing so
much easier. The American Pistol is a full-sized duty pistol,
but is not excessively bulky nor heavy. It feels good in my
hand, and the grip modules can be swapped out quickly, if
desired. Trigger pull was smooth, with a positive reset. The
sights are easy to see well, and are, thankfully, made of steel.
The magazines insert easily, and drop free when the ambidextrous
mag catch is pressed. Disassembly for cleaning is quick, easy,
and pulling the trigger is not required to disassemble the
weapon. The Ruger American pistol is an excellent design, backed
with some of the best customer service in the industry.
Check out the extensive line of Ruger
firearms and accessories online at www.ruger.com.
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