Ruger recently announced the release of its newest semiautomatic handgun, the Ruger American Pistol Competition. Befitting the name, the latest addition to the American line is designed and built for action-pistol competition.

Ruger American Pistol Competition

The new model comes in 9mm and features a five-inch competition barrel. It utilizes a black nitride finish and a 1:16-inch slow twist for enhanced accuracy with lighter-weight match bullets. The lengthened slide features forward cocking serrations. Meanwhile, the serrated top features a black nitride finish to reduce glare.

A ported slide reduces weight and comes drilled and tapped under the cover plate for mounting red dot optics. A fully adjustable rear sight pairs with a fiber-optic front sight for rapid target acquisition. The grip frame and grip modules both feature an aggressive texturing for enhanced control.

Ruger first introduced the American Pistol in 2016. Ruger developed and tested the gun to exceed military standards for accuracy and reliability in all environmental conditions. The pistol endured torture testing through 20,000 rounds of +P ammo.

More Features

The precision CNC-machined stainless steel chassis gives the gun a low center of gravity. Meanwhile, the recoil-reducing barrel cam and low bore axis allow for rapid follow-up shots. The strong glass-fiber, nylon grip frame features ambi controls and small, medium and large grip modules to achieve an optimal fit for a variety of hand sizes.

“Whether you shoot at a local club or at the national level, the Ruger American Pistol is built to compete and win in the Production class,” said Ruger Team Captain Doug Koenig. “This pistol fits like a glove and is incredibly controllable for rapid follow-up shooting.”

The Ruger American Pistol Competition measures 8.3 inches long, 5.6 inches tall and weighs just over 34 ounces unloaded. It ships in a hard case and includes two, 17-round nickel-Teflon coated steel magazines. Lastly, MSRP comes in at $579. For even more info, visit

Ruger American Pistol Competition Specs

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Capacity: 17+1
  • Slide: Stainless Steel
  • Overall Barrel Length: 5 inches
  • Slide Finish: Black Nitride
  • Slide Width: 1.05 inches
  • Sights: Fiber-Optic Front, Adjustable Target Rear
  • Overall Weight: 34.1 ounces
  • Overall Length: 8.31 inches
  • Height: 5.60 inches
  • MSRP: $579

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