With 2011 drawing to a close, Ruger announced its first new product of 2012, the Ruger American rifle. Ruger’s new gun is another stark example of the low pricepoint bolt-action entries that have been flooding the market in recent years. It’s a trend that’s growing with Remington, Marlin, Thompson/Center and others throwing their hat in a ring that has been dominated by Savage in the past.

The Ruger American features the Ruger Marksman Adjustable Trigger, offering an adjustable weights between three and five pounds.

A lightweight stock has “a classic feel,” the company said, while still offering some more contemporary features, such as forend contouring and grip serrations, along with a soft, durable recoil pad.

A three-lug, full-diameter bolt will provide a 70-degree bolt throw, the company said, and dual-locking cams should make for smoother cycling from the shoulder.

The American also features Power Bedding, a bedding block system that locates the receiver and free-floats the hammer-forged barrel for enhanced accuracy.

The American will also feature a tang safety that is easy to actuate, and a four-round rotary magazine with a flush-fit. The receiver is also drilled and tapped to allow for mounting of included scope bases.

The American-made bolt-action rifle will be offered in short- and long-action calibers. It retails for $450.

Be sure to check G&A magazine and G&A TV for tests and evaluations of this rifle and more guns from Ruger.  


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