In order to enhance ergonomics, you get several different backstraps. These are full, wrap-around backstraps that extend the length to the trigger as well as adding some palmswell area to fill the grip in your hand. It's also more aggressive texturing than other Ruger American pistols. All controls, at least the ones that matter, are bilateral - slide stop release and magazine release can be activated by either side.
On the slide are lightening cuts, which help the Ruger cycle faster. Since the barrel isn't ported, this is not a recoil-reducing feature. The pistol is chambered in 9 mm and it comes with two 17-round magazines. The barrel is 5 inches long, which adds in welcome sight radius for greater accuracy. One interesting note on this gun: The barrel is actually rifled at a 1:16-inch rate, rather than the faster 1:10-inch 9 mm rate. Ruger did this to tune the Competition to lighter, competition-style bullet profiles.
MSRP on the Ruger American Competition is $579, which includes two magazines and three backstrap inserts (small, medium and large). For more information on this new pistol and other Ruger American handgun offerings, visit Ruger.com.