#SundayGunday: Ruger American Generation II

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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