Ruger is expanding their American Rifle offerings to include new guns chambered in 7.62x39mm and adding lefty-friendly options in 6.5mm Creedmoor. The company is also adding LaserMax GripSense tech to their popular LC9s line of concealed-carry pistols.
The new Ruger American Rifle in 7.62x39mm joins their Ranch series with a polymer stock, adjustable trigger and railed receiver for optics. These rifles feature a Mini Thirty magazine well that accepts standard 5-, 10- and 20-round Mini Thirty and aftermarket magazines. Standard American Rifles use Ruger’s rotary polymer mags.
The rifle comes with Ruger’s Marksman trigger which is adjustable between 3 and 5 pounds. It’s built around a compact 16-inch barrel that’s threaded for common 5/8-24 muzzle devices. The package weighs just under 6 pounds dry without optics.
The two-tone black and flat dark earth rifle is perfect for the beginner marksman and the small and medium game hunter. With its 1-in-10 twist the rifle can shoot cheap steel-cased ammo and quality brass hunting and target ammo too.
Ruger’s new left-hand 6.5mm Creedmoor joins the company’s Predator series of guns. These have a heavier-profile barrel for improved accuracy across a wide variety of conditions. Ruger guarantees 1-MOA accuracy with match ammo with these guns. These are excellent entry-level long-range rifles and solid medium to large game rifles.
Like the 7.62 model, the 6.5mm rifle is threaded for 5/8-24 muzzle accessories. With its 22-inch heavy-profile barrel it weighs in a little more at 6.6 pounds.
Like all American rifles the 7.62x39mm option and the new 6.5mm feature Ruger’s Power Bedding system. This free-floats the barrel and provides great out-of-the-box accuracy.
Ruger American Rifles also sport a high-visibility tang-mounted thumb safety. The stocks have front and rear sling swivel studs as well as effective rubberized butt pads. And they use dual cocking cams for fast, light bolting and three locking lugs for a safe, predictable action.
Both rifles have price tags under $600 leaving a lot of money left over for optics and other accessories.
Ruger isn’t just expanding their rifle options, they also have a neat new concealed-carry pistol. Based on their modernized LC9s, the LC9s LaserMax GripSense comes with a factory-installed laser/light module with automatic activation.
The LaserMax GripSense unit has an ambidextrous manual on/off switch but it can also detect when it’s drawn or picked up by users. This is more than instinctive activation, it just works when you need it. The system conserves batteries when it’s not in use and only adds a couple of ounces to the LC9s package overall.
The module has sleek, snag-free lines that match the updated LC9s well. The rest of the gun has everything Ruger fans expect. It’s a polymer-framed single-stack with a standard 7+1 capacity. The pistol is chambered for 9mm Luger, and even with the LaserMax unit weighs just over 18 ounces.
Ruger recently updated their LC9 series with a greatly improved striker-fired trigger. Complete with the LaserMax package this offering has a suggested retail price of $679, and as always, real-world prices should be considerably less.