Gun Report

Ruger American Compact 8633 9mm Luger, $579

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The RAP Compact is an ideal size for concealed carry. With thumb safeties in place, the trigger could be shorter and lighter. We could not complete our tests without reseating the recoil assembly multiple times.

Ruger American Compact 8633 9mm Luger, $579

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Double

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The Ruger American Compact arrived with three backstraps, two of which offered the same circumference but a slightly different feel along the sides. We found each to be suitable.
A quarter turn of the Torx screw was all that was needed to anchor the grip panels in place.
Using the thumb-operated safeties prevented unwanted slide movement as well as accidental operation of the trigger. We think the Manual Safety models could be trusted with a more responsive trigger that would promote better accuracy.

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