New for 2024: Ruger American Rifle Generation II

posted on January 25, 2024

Ruger has debuted its Ruger American Rifle Generation II, an update to the American-made rifle with customer feedback in mind. Its most significant improvements are the three-position tang safety and a more rigid and ergonomic stock. Incorporated into the Ruger Marksman Adjustable Trigger, the three-position safety maintains an intuitive "push forward to fire" operation while not interfering with the crisp, clean break shooters enjoy. Moving the safety all the way to the rear locks the bolt closed, ensuring the bolt will not lift inadvertently when trekking through dense brush and rugged backcountry terrain, while a center position allows the rifle to be loaded and unloaded with the safety engaged. Redesigned for additional rigidity, the stock accommodates a removable comb riser and length of pull (LOP) spacer to improve sight alignment and adjustment 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 grip and control in the field. The 20-inch medium-contour, cold hammer-forged barrel boats deep spiral fluting on most models, improving the balance of the rifle without sacrificing rigidity or accuracy. The threaded muzzle sports a factory-installed radial muzzle brake.

Olmsted shooting Ruger American Rifle Generation II

Generation II Ranch models sport a Cobalt Cerakote finish and are fitted to a Flat Dark Earth stock with black splatter texture. Fitted with shorter 16-inch barrels, these rifles are lighter and more compact. Removing the installed length of pull (LOP) spacer (common to all Gen II rifle stocks), transforms the rifle to an ultra-short 12-inch 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 offer a short, 70-degree bolt throw, which boasts 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 from the factory.

For more information on the Ruger American Rifle Generation II, visit or check out our "New for 2024" video embedded above.


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