Ruger just updated their popular American line of rifles with the American Rifle Generation II. Upgrades include a three position tang safety and a more rigid and ergonomic stock. The tang safety harkens back to the old Model 77 that I grew up with, being forward to fire, and all the way to the rear for safe. It adds a middle position though that allows you to work the bolt and load and unload the rifle with the safety on.
There are two models at launch, the Generation II Standard and the Generation II Ranch rifle. The Standard has a 20-inch barrel with spiral fluting, and a threaded muzzle and factory installed radial muzzle brake. Gen II’s come with a dark gray stock with black and gray splatter pattern.
Metal finish is a gray Cerakote. Calibers at launch are 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Winchester, 7mm-08 Remington, .243 Winchester, .450 Bushmaster, 204 Ruger, and .223 Remington, with .350 Legend and a slew of other calibers coming in the first quarter of 2024. The rifles are fed from a box magazine holding between 3 and 10 rounds depending on model and caliber.
MSRP on the Standard model is $729.00.
The Gen II Ranch models also have a fluted, threaded barrel with a factory installed muzzle brake, but are a shorter 16 inches in length. They have a Cobalt Cerakote finish and a Flat Dark Earth stock with black splatter texture.
They’re shorter and lighter weight than the Standard models and have a removable spacer to adjust the length of pull for younger or smaller stature users, or for use with heavy winter clothing. calibers on the Gen II Ranch are 5.56 NATO, .300 BLK, 7.62×39, and .450 Bushmaster with more following in the first quarter of 2024 like with the Standard model. Magazine capacities are again between 3 and 10 rounds depending on caliber. MSRP on the Gen II Ranch is $729.00, just like the Standard model.
Check out the press release and pics and specs below.
Introducing the Ruger American Rifle Generation II
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to introduce the Ruger American® Rifle Generation II, an update to the American-made rifle that has been the benchmark for accuracy, durability, and performance in bolt-action rifles for over a decade. Designed with customer feedback in mind, the Ruger American Rifle Generation II is available in a variety of calibers and is sure to become the first choice for hunters and firearm enthusiasts.
The most significant improvements to the Generation II rifle are the three-position tang safety and a more rigid and ergonomic stock. Incorporated into the renowned Ruger Marksman Adjustable™ Trigger, the new three-position safety maintains an intuitive “push forward to fire” operation while delivering the crisp, clean break today’s consumers expect. Moving the safety all the way to the rear locks the bolt closed, ensuring the bolt will not lift inadvertently, while a center position allows the rifle to be loaded and unloaded with the safety engaged. Redesigned for more rigidity, the stock also accommodates a removable comb riser and length of pull spacer to improve sight alignment and adjust for different statures.
Standard Generation II models feature a durable, Gun Metal Gray Cerakote barreled action and a dark gray stock that is textured with black and gray splatter for excellent grip and control in the field. The 20″ medium-contour, cold hammer-forged barrel features deep spiral fluting on most models, improving the balance of the rifle without sacrificing rigidity or accuracy. The threaded muzzle features a factory installed radial muzzle brake.
Generation II Ranch models sport a Cobalt Cerakote finish and are fitted to a Flat Dark Earth stock with black splatter texture. Featuring shorter 16″ barrels, these rifles are lighter and more compact. Removing the installed LOP spacer (common to all Gen II rifle stocks), transforms the rifle to an ultra-short 12″ LOP for smaller shooters right out of the box.
CNC machined from stainless steel, the full diameter three-lug bolt reliably feeds from a variety of magazines and offers a short, 70 degree bolt throw, which gives ample scope clearance. The bolt handle is threaded for easy customization and fitted with an anodized round knob. The bolt and receiver have been reengineered for smooth operation. A one-piece Picatinny scope base is installed.
Magazine Type: Mini Thirty
Barrel Length: 16.10″
Barrel Fluting: Spiral
Caliber: 308 Win
Magazine Type: AI-Style
Barrel Length: 20″
Barrel Fluting: Spiral