The Ruger American is a relatively new pistol from Ruger, released in late 2015. The pistol is available in both full size and compact variations. It has a polymer frame and is available in both 9mm Luger and .45 ACP. It utilizes a Browning-type locked breach, short recoil action. It also features a barrel cam system, designed to reduce recoil. The pistol also has interchangeable backstraps, a steel chassis to further reinforce the polymer, a Picatinny rail to mount lasers and accessories.