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Ruger American Pistol – Very Left Handed Friendly

As I recall, FN Herstal was the one of the first manufacturers to make full ambidextrous controls for there pistols.  The FNX, FNS, and FNP series of pistols all have fully ambidextrous controls: Slide Stop, Magazine Release, and safety (if equipped).

All these are now available on the new Ruger American Pistol. This looks to be a great pistol for all folks.  Chambered for both 9mm and .45 ACP, each pistol is available in the standard 4.2″ duty size or the 3.55″ compact.   You also have a choice with the pro models offering no safety catch, or the models with an ambidextrous thumb safety catch.

Speaking of compact, these feature a narrow grip width of 1.19″across all models. For personal fit, they come with 3 different backstraps, to fit most hand sizes. Other features are the Novak LoMount Carry 3 dot sights and a Picatinny rail.

I like the more aggressive slide serrations over the SR series, but may miss the lack of the striker cocked indicator.  And for whatever reason, Ruger still won’t make .45 magazine hold more than 10 rounds.

Some will be disappointed that there is no .40SW version, however, I feel they really missed the boat by not adding a threaded barrel version. Suppressors are making a lot of progress in the shooting world, and it’s just a pain in the ass to buy a new pistol, only having to spend a few hundred more on a threaded drop in barrel if they are to be found.