Ruger’s Got New Guns: Stainless American Rimfires, AR Pistol & Updated Hawkeye Alaskan

Ruger has announced a new AR Pistol and stainless updates to their target American rimfires and updates to the Hawkeye Alaskan big game rifle. (Photo: Ruger)

In anticipation of the NRA annual meeting later this month, Ruger has given us a sneak peek at some of their new offerings. We’ll get our hands on them at the meeting in Indianapolis, but in the meantime here’re the details. First the American Rimfires, followed by the AR Pistol, then the Hawkeye Alaskan big game rifle.

Ruger American Rimfire Target–In Stainless

Go open your gun locker — I bet most of you have a Ruger 10/22 in there. Ruger is the undisputed king of rimfires, but their American Rimfire Target series is a huge step above the venerable 10/22, although it’s compatible with the ubiquitous 10/22 magazines. And they just updated the line with 416 satin stainless steel barrels, and a laminated thumbhole stock or an Alexander Henry forend. They’ve got the Marksman Adjustable trigger, and the 18″ barrel is suppressor ready with 1/2″-28 threads. It comes in .22 Lr, .17HMR, and .22 WMR with the MSRP sitting at $529, or $579 with the thumbhole stock.

Comes with a cushy butt pad and shims to adjust the length of pull. (Photo: Ruger)

The thumbhole stock costs $50 more, and all calibers come with a threaded 18″ bull barrel. (Photo: Ruger)

The Alexander Henry forend comes standard on the laminated stock. The trigger is adjustable, and it comes with an aluminum scope rail. (Photo: Ruger)


  • Type: rimfire rifle
  • Calibers: .17 HMR, .22 LR, .22 WMR
  • Twist: 1:9, 1:16, 1:14, respectively, right-hand
  • Grooves: 6
  • Barrel: 416 stainless steel, satin finish
  • Barrel length: 18″
  • Overall Length: 37″
  • Capacity: 9-round mag; compatible with 10/22 mags
  • Thread: 1/2″-28
  • Stock: Black Laminate, Alexander Henry Forend, or thumbhole
  • Length of pull: 13.75″
  • Weight: 6.7lb
  • MSRP: $529, $579 with thumbhole stock

Ruger AR 556 Pistol

It’s a mil-spec AR pistol chambered in 5.56 NATO with a 10.5″ barrel (1:8 right-hand twist). The adjustable SB Tactical SBA3 Pistol Stabilizing Brace adjusts the overall length from 25.3″ to 27.9″ when extended. Its 9″ free floating handguard has M-LOK slots and cutouts for weight reduction and it continues the Picatinny rail from the receiver for its full length. The receiver is forged 7075-T6 aluminum with a forward assist, dust cover and brass deflector. The barrel comes with 1/2″-28 threading for accessories and is furnished with a flash suppressor. It ships with a 30-round Magpul Pmag. It is not approved for California and Massachusets. MSRP is $899, and we’ll have specifics on availability after the NRA annual meeting.

The chrome-moly cold hammer forged barrel is 10.5″ with 1:8 right-hand twist. (Photo: Ruger)

It ships with an SB Tactical SBA3 Pistol Stabilizing Brace, a flash suppressor and a 30-round Magpul PMag. (Photo: Ruger)

The upper is forged 7075-T6 aluminum and the 9″ free-float handguard has M-LOK slots and cutouts which reduce weight. (Photo: Ruger)


  • Type: AR Pistol
  • Caliber: 5.56 NATO
  • Barrel length: 10.5″
  • Twist: 1:8 RH
  • Barrel thread: 1/2″-28
  • Grooves: 5
  • Finish: Type III Hard Coat Anodized
  • Weight: 6.2 lb.
  • Height: 7.2″
  • Overall Length: 25.3″ — 27.9″
  • MSRP: $899

Hawkeye Alaskan

Ruger’s Hawkeye Alaskan is a hunting rifle, and it comes in big game calibers: .375 Ruger, .338 Winchester, and .300 WinMag. It’s got a non-rotating, Mauser-type controlled round feed extractor and a hinged floor plate magazine with a 3-round capacity. It features a black Hogue OverMolded stock that has a tactile feel and sure grip. The adjustable v-notch rear sight and white bead front sight come standard, and it also includes scope rings that mount to the rails machined into the action. Ruger’s LC6 trigger is also standard. Their Muzzle Brake System includes a radial port brake, but if you don’t want to use the brake you can replace it with the included dynamically balance muzzle weight so that the ballistics don’t change. At 8 lbs with a 20″ barrel, it might be a good option to take on a hunting trek through the Final Frontier. MSRP: $1,279. Specs follow the pictures.

A 20″ barrel, 8lb. dry weight and Hogue’s OverMolded rubbery stock make this a good candidate for a packable hunting weapon. (Photo: Ruger)

The matte finished stainless steel barrel is cold hammer forged with 5 grooves and comes with Ruger’s Muzzle Brake System. Adjustable rear sight and white front sight are standard, as is the LC6 trigger. (Photo: Ruger)

It’s got a Mauser-type extractor, a 3-round magazine accessed through a hinged floorplate, and it includes scope rings and the muzzle weight to replace the brake. (Photo: Ruger)


  • Type: hunting rifle
  • Calibers: .375 Ruger, .338 Winchester, .300 WinMag
  • Twist: 1:12, 1:10, 1:10, respectively, all right-hand
  • Grooves: 5
  • Barrel length: 20″
  • Overall length: 42″
  • Length of Pull: 13.5″
  • Material: stainless steel, matt finish
  • Stock: Hogue OverMolded, black
  • Front sight: bead
  • Rear sight: adjustable
  • Capacity: 3
  • Brake: Muzzle Brake System, ported, 1/2″24 thread
  • MSRP: $1279

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About the author: Levi Sim is an avid hunter, and an increasingly avid shooter. He strives to make delicious and simple recipes from the game he kills. He makes a living as a professional photographer, writer, and photography instructor. Check out his work and he’d love to connect on Instagram: @outdoorslevi

{ 8 comments… add one }
  • harold June 18, 2020, 9:37 pm

    looking for a ruger 17 wmr new or used very little

  • Lawrence Valjat April 12, 2019, 3:37 pm

    Another LH Vet looking for same

  • Bradd B. Smith April 6, 2019, 3:13 am

    There is a typo in the specs for the Ruger American, the caliber listed is .22 HMR and should read .22 WMR.

  • Kane April 5, 2019, 4:17 pm

    I recently ordered a Ruger Mark IV 22/45 tactical in a desert yellow type of finish. Very Cool and must be somewhat new.

  • Jerald April 5, 2019, 11:33 am

    All look good 308 ?

  • Gyrenegrunt April 5, 2019, 9:20 am

    How about a left handed bolt action 6.5 creedmore that box mag fed instead of that crappy rotary mag? I am a Nam vet that no longer has ten fingers. Loading a rotary mag for me is fustratingly slow and difficult. Right handers get to choose box or rotary but lefties are redheaded step kids when it comes to choice in Rugers eyes.

    • Marvin Anderson September 3, 2019, 11:41 am

      Lefties redheaded step kids I am a lefty and all most a great shot that comes from using a right handed gun all my sweet life left handed people are the BEST people in this world just because the people that make rifles and other things are all right handed maybe they should rethink what they do LOL

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