Ruger American Pistol Review (9mm)

Part 2 - What's In The Box

February 26, 2016

Ruger American Pistol Review: Rear View    Ruger American Pistol Review: Right View    Ruger American Pistol Review: Front View

In this part of my Ruger American Pistol Review, I show the items you get when you purchase this new pistol.  I also document the "as-received" condition and give my first impressions on this new handgun from Ruger.


You can watch the video version of this review below.  Also keep in mind that clicking on photos in this review will bring up high definition images allowing you to study the finer details.

The pistol came boxed in a hard case as shown below.  Not that it really matters, but the case had some cosmetic styling molded into it to give it a more "industrial" look.

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 Ruger American Pistol Review: Case

The end of the case had a sticker showing the critical information about the pistol such as:

  • Model Number: 08605
  • Model Name: Ruger American Pistol
  • Serial Number: Shown
  • Catalog Number: A9-PRO-DUTY
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger

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Ruger American Pistol Review: Sticker

When you open the case, the items came packed as shown below.

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Ruger American Pistol Review: Case Open

After removing the plastic bags and reinserting the items inside the case, you can get a better idea on how the items are arranged.  One thing to note is the fit of the pistol in the molded portion of the case.  It looks as if the slot for the front of the pistol is longer than needed and also has a molded portion to allow the barrel to extend out of the slide.  Although I'm not sure, my guess is that Ruger may be planning for the future and potentially offering a longer barrel version or  threaded barrel version.  Only time will tell if the popularity of this pistol makes it worthy of these new models, but my thoughts are that this may be another good run for Ruger.

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Ruger American Pistol Review: Case Open Unbagged

The most significant items in the case (not including the printed materials) were as follows.

  • Ruger American Pistol
  • Two 17-round magazines
  • An additional small and large grip insert
  • Torx wrench to change grip inserts

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Ruger American Pistol Review: Items In Case

Other items in the case were the gun lock, chamber flag, Instruction Manual, Ruger sticker, Shop Ruger card and some other printed material.

These next photos show the near "as-received" condition.  The reason I say near is that I did take the pistol to the range and put a couple hundred rounds through it before taking these photos.  The pistol came in perfect condition just like a new pistol should.  The only marks on the pistol were the slight wear marks that you get on the rear portion of the barrel in the areas where it contacts the slide.  Clearly these marks are more pronounced in these photos than they were when it was new out of the box.

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Ruger American Pistol Review: Top View

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Ruger American Pistol Review: Right View

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Ruger American Pistol Review: Bottom View

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Ruger American Pistol Review: Front View  Ruger American Pistol Review: Left View  Ruger American Pistol Review: Rear View

First Impressions

My first impressions were very positive.  I feel the Ruger American Pistol has (my opinion) an attractive look and for some reason reminds me of a cross between the S&W M&P series and the HK VP series.  Craftsmanship and quality looked good which I would expect from Ruger.  The pistol seemed solid with a slightly hefty feel and the trigger pull felt short and relatively crisp (more on that in Part 3).  When I consider the minimal safety features, my impression was also that this new pistol series deserves the classification of "PRO-DUTY" as identified in the catalog number.  Not that only professionals should consider this pistol, but that this pistol is more in line with that carried by many law enforcement officers today.

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