Watch the video above to see American Rifleman's Joe Kurtenbach walk through the features of the new Compact American Pistol.
Ruger expanded the American Pistol line with two compact pistol offerings, one with an ambidextrous manual safety and one without.
The new American Pistol Compact features a 3.55-inch barrel and a shortened frame for a reduced overall size of 6.65 inches in length and 4.48 inches in height. For comparison, the standard Ruger American Pistol is 7.5 inches in length and 5.6 inches in height. Total weight is 28.7 ounces, and both models are only available in 9 mm.
The Ruger American Pistol Compact features a 12+1 magazine capacity. The handgun comes with two nickel-Teflon-plated steel magazines. For those looking for more ammunition capacity, the gun also ships with a 17-round magazine that includes a grip collar to ensure a solid grip with the extended magazine.
Other features of the new American Pistol Compact include genuine Novak LoMount Carry three-dot sights and an ambidextrous slide stop and magazine release. The frame is constructed from one-piece glass-filled nylon while the stainless steel slide features a black nitride finish.
The Ruger American Pistol Compact has been tested to withstand +P ammo and includes a short-reset trigger. Safety features on the Pro Model includes an internal sear block system, integrated trigger safety and no trigger pull required for takedown.
The suggested retail price on both models of the new Ruger American Pistol Compact is $579.