#SundayGunday: Ruger American Generation II

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posted on June 23, 2024

This week, were checking out the Ruger American Generation II rifle. An upgrade of the incredibly popular Ruger American rifle, this is a rifle designed specifically to tackle the expansive and varied terrain of the United States, with features American Hunters are sure to love. Starting with a Generation II American Stock, the rifle boasts an adjustable LOP and comb for a perfect fit to any stature of shooter. Length of pull adjustment is from 13.75 to 12 inches. A sling swivel is embedded in an angled cut along the bottom of the buttstock, for snag-free utility, pairing with another in the usual position on the fore-end. Its grip is formed and textured for optimal ergonomics, encouraging proper trigger finger position with a comfortable hold. The thumb can easily access the tang mounted, three-position safety, which allows the bolt to be locked when wading through thick, clinging brush.

American Gen II Rifle on white

Moving forward, A Ruger Masksman Adjustable trigger offers a fantastically crisp and consistent release, with a weight adjustable from between three and five pounds. Above, a seventy degree bolt throw allows for easy scope clearance, and fast charging. The bolt itself is CNC machined from a single piece of stainless steel, locking solid with a three lug design. A single-piece Picatinny rail runs above the receiver to easily mount any optic of the shooter’s choosing. A cold hammer forged, medium contour, spiral fluted barrel runs 20-inches forward from the receiver regardless of caliber, the cuts deep both for stiffness and weight reduction. It is finished in a Gun Metal Grey Cerakote, and is topped with a radial port muzzle brake over its threaded muzzle. Ruger’s patented Power Bedding, an integral bedding block system, positively locates the receiver while free-floating the barrel.

The gun’s action is fed by a detachable box magazine of either AI-, AR- or single-stack-style, depending upon chambering. Out on the range, our 6.5 Creedmoor test variant ran without failure, cycling fast and smooth with a brilliant trigger press. The magazine release, located at the rear of the magazine well, is similarly smooth, dropping the mag free in a single motion. The textured and shaped fore-end provides excellent purchase for offhand shots, while the recoil pad is soft and absorbing, with a large radius on the heel. The gun only ships with a low comb­—designed for use with magnified optics—which can be removed when using low-mounted sights, but more options are available for aftermarket purchase.

For more information on the American Generation II rifle, visit ruger.comMSRP: $729

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