Ruger American Pistol Compact 9mm with No Manual Safety

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Product Description

What's in the Box

  • Ruger American Pistol Compact 9mm
  • (1) 17- Round Magazine with Grip Extension
  • (1) 12-Round Magazine with Finger Rest
  • (3) Replaceable Grip Modules
  • Cable Lock
  • Owner's manual

This Ruger American Pistol Compact is chambered in 9mm Luger and has no manual safety. Originally introduced in December 2015, the feature-rich Ruger American Pistol was designed with the latest U.S. Military standards in mind and was tested in the harshest environments to ensure the rugged reliability consumers have come to expect from Ruger.

With a 3.55" barrel, overall dimensions of 6.65" long, 4.48" high and a weight of 28.75 ounces with an empty magazine, the Ruger American Pistol Compact model shares all of the features and rugged reliability of the duty-size gun in a smaller, lighter, more concealable package. It ships with small, medium and large replaceable grip modules and two nickel-Teflon® plated steel magazines (one 17-round extended magazine and one 12-round compact magazine).

The American-made Ruger American Pistol is built on a rigid, one-piece, precision-machined, black nitrided, stainless steel chassis with integral frame rails and fire control housing. Additional features include genuine Novak® LoMount Carry three-dot sights, a stainless steel slide with non-reflective, black nitride finish, a one-piece, high-performance, glass-filled nylon grip frame and a mil-standard 1913 accessory rail.

Firearm Features

  • Trigger features a short takeup with positive reset.
  • Recoil-reducing barrel cam, low-mass slide, low center of gravity and low bore axis.
  • Performance tested for sustained +P ammunition use.
  • Genuine Novak® LoMount Carry three-dot sights.
  • Modular wrap-around grip system for adjusting palm swell and trigger reach.
  • Safe, easy takedown with no tools or trigger pull required.
  • Ambidextrous slide stop and magazine release allow actuation with either hand.
  • Safety features include internal, automatic sear block system, integrated trigger safety and no trigger pull required for takedown.
  • Also includes - Two nickel-Teflon® plated steel magazines (one 12-round and one 17-round with grip extension); small, medium and large grip modules.
  • Pre-tensioned striker system features a powerful striker spring for positive ignition without a heavier trigger pull.
  • Non-slip surfaces including functional slide serrations and purpose-oriented grip frame texturing for enhanced control.
  • MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail acts as a mounting point for a wide variety of standard lights, lasers and infra-red illuminators.
  • Visual inspection port allows for visual confirmation of a loaded or empty chamber.

Firearm Specifications

  • Model Number: 8635
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Capacity: 17+1
  • Slide Material: Stainless Steel
  • Barrel Length: 3.55"
  • Grip Frame: One-Piece High-Performance Glass-Filled Nylon
  • Grips: Ergonomic Wrap-Around Grip Module
  • Safety Option: Pro Model
  • Size: Compact
  • Slide Finish: Black Nitride
  • Slide Width: 1.05"
  • Sights: Novak® LoMount Carry 3-Dot
  • Weight: 28.7 oz.
  • Overall Length: 6.65"
  • Height: 4.48"
  • Grooves: 6
  • Twist: 1:10" RH
  • CA Approved: No
  • MA Approved & Certified: No

Customer Comments & Questions

Customer Reviews

(3 out of 5) Ruger’s finicky
by from Douglasville, GA on

This is to address the customers who are not happy with the CLIPS (that cracks me up) rattling and the pistol fte, that’s jamming. I’m buying the American because I’ve owned Ruger's for years. I have an SR-9 now, and yes, they’re notorious for hiccups on 115gr Winchester white box. But it’s easily one of my most accurate and softest shooters I own and I own a few.
 As far as rattling magazines, I have an S&W with rattling mags when fully loaded. I hope you guys get to enjoy your weapons

(5 out of 5) ZERO Issues
by from Monroe, MI on

Shoots everything I have put through it. Zero malfunctions. Feels great in my hand. It is heavier than my M&P, but I think that’s why it feels So great, and helps me be more accurate, and also helps with faster follow up shots. I absolutely Love it ! It is my everyday carry weapon.

(5 out of 5) Ruger always delivers!
by from Phoenix, AZ on

Just received my Ruger RAP compact in 9mm and I am impressed! Can not say enough! Transaction and quality are both top notch!

(3 out of 5) Good Price, Not So Good Handgun
by from Rockledge, FL on

Gun jammed excessively with different type/brands of ammo. Sent back to Ruger and they replaced the extractor and repaired the slide. Trigger is horrible. Slot for trigger safety has sharp edges and the safety leaves this slot exposed when trigger is pulled. Causes pain and leaves marks on trigger finger after just one magazine. My wife refuses to shoot the gun because the trigger hurts her trigger finger so bad. Different gunsmiths have told me if a handgun price is too good to be true it probably is. This is the case with the Ruger American.

(4 out of 5) Ruger American Compact
by from Sumrall, MS on

My first order from Sportsman Outdoor Superstore. Initially I must have hit the order button more than once and ordered three instead of one. Luckily a CSR called to confirm before actually charging. Good Job! As far as the product is concerned, it's a Ruger and a solid gun. However, when I received the gun it was missing the sleeve for the 17 round mag. I called Ruger and they sent a sleeve but it was not for the I broke down and just ordered it from Ruger. Also, I believe there must have been quite a few rounds run through this pistol before I received it. This was the dirtiest new gun I've ever purchased. I did give it a good cleaning before taking it to the range. For the price and a solid Ruger build it's a great shooter! Would have given five stars if it wasn't dirty and missing the mag sleeve.

(3 out of 5) Ruger American Compact
by from York Haven, PA on

The gun shoots well. The slide just doesn't lock back when the magazine is empty. Don't know if that is typical of the gun or not. Will keep shooting to see if it continues to keep doing that.

(2 out of 5) Feed Problems
by from Garland, TX on

Lot of feed problems that started with the first clip, have to hold the clip in and use expensive 124 or 147 grain. Ruger replaced the 12 round clip and said the clip rattles in this model. That didn't seem to help, so I sent it in for repair, but still the same. I still have to use more expensive shells and hold with my little finger or left hand to ensure it doesn't jam. This is not the first gun I bought, but the only gun I had trouble with and is my one and only Ruger purchase.

(5 out of 5) Okay, being from Arizona, I could be biased, but probably not.
by from Phoenix, AZ on

I don't work for Ruger. I do work on guns, including Rugers. When I am at a gun store, I never try to steer anyone toward or away from anything. I am seeing very positive receptions and reactions to the Ruger American in general. The ergonomics are nicely done. They shoot nicely. They eventually smooth out, after break in, and the action is very nice and smooth. The trigger is very decent for a striker fired pistol. In fact, it is exceptionally well done. Recoil is very nice and manageable. You generally sacrifice recoil management for light weight, and this one is no exception. It is a tad heavier than other poly frame pistols, but it shoots nicer too. It's a really fun pistol to shoot! It's accurate, easy to sight, and quick to come back on target, and that makes shooting more fun, and in a defensive situation, it makes the gun more effective. It's not my favorite pistol, but these are are hardly redundant, and I wish Ruger all the best with this model. It deserves a second look, for sure!

I really enjoyed shooting the American model by Ruger. Any magazine issues or other problems should be brought to Sturm Rugers attention, and they will sort those problems out. This is why we pay an extra $50-$400 for a new gun. You get a warranty. Technically, Ruger has no recognized written warranty, but they do have excellent customer service, with free, or deep discounted repair services. Any guns less than 1 year old will most likely 99% of the time be repaired or replaced free of charge. This is the same as Glock. I enjoyed shooting the American Model over the offerings from Glock, but I enjoy driving a Ford 302 Boss Mustang more than I enjoy driving a Toyota Camry too. Both cars will get me from A to B. One will make the drive lots more fun, and I just look cooler driving a Mustang.

I think Ruger's designers chose some really nice lines for the American Model. It definitely has a cool factor to it. I have experienced 1 or two small bobbles but after a few magazines down range, the gun ran like a Swiss watch. Taking the gun apart, shows a nice build quality, and nothing overtly substandard looking, at all. Ruger did a nice job on this one! We are very proud to have Ruger's factory in Arizona.

(3 out of 5) Clips Don't Fit
by from Garland, Texas on

Bought brand new and followed the instructions Ruger provided. Clips rattle when in empty. Ruger service said that is the design when I called to ask about the problem. Multiple jams while shooting Winchester 115 grain FMJ, which my M&P Shield has zero problems with. Eventually I started holding the clip up with my little finger and the gun shot accurately with no jams. Found a thread on where multiple people found similar issues.

(5 out of 5) Great feel. Great trigger
by from Frederick, MD on

Took this out to the farm yesterday with 2 boxes of ammo. I bought the weapon because of how it felt in my hand. I figured striker fired handguns will all be about the same, as far as reliability. I was so pleasantly surprised by the clean trigger. This will replace my Glock as my carry weapon. My new favorite.

(5 out of 5) Outstanding Shooter
by from Morgantown, WV on

My first Ruger pistol. Went to the range today. Outstanding feel and easy to get on target. Very nice groups. Heavier gun than most compact guns I own. Handles recoil well, shoots sweet. May buy another in 45 ACP.