The Ruger American was released into the civilian market in late 2015, after being created to meet and exceed the guidelines required to compete in the US Army’s Modular Handgun System trials. The American wasn’t entered into the MHS, but could have proven a worthy contender if the quality meets the spec sheet.
The Ruger American isn’t a specific handgun, rather it’s a lineup. Much like how the 1911 has many variations, the Ruger American has three different versions currently: compact, duty, and competition. As the names imply, the Compact version is geared towards concealed carry, while the Duty version is a mid-sized option. Today’s review focuses on the Competition model.