I realize it’s a little too early to speculate the next step for Ruger after the American Pistol but wouldn’t it be nice for Ruger to one day release an upgraded model of the American Pistol instead of discontinuing it? Glock never discontinued their series of pistols. They just simply upgrade them from Gen 1 to Gen 2 to Gen 3 to Gen 4. S&W just upgraded the M&P with the 2.0. Springfield, obviously, did the same with the XD Mod 2. I would really like Ruger to do the same with the American Pistol and other models. That way we can get an upgraded pistol that accepts the same magazines as the original and maintain a strong aftermarket support. However, after studying Ruger’s history it would seem that the company will not do such a thing with the American Pistol series. The only Ruger semi autos that were given upgrades, and avoided discontinuation, was the Ruger Standard Pistol series (Mark I though IV) and the LCP. 9mm semi autos have not had much luck. The P series still remains popular with enthusiasts yet Ruger discontinued it instead of continuing the upgraded line that it performed on the series for several years. Also, a Ruger representative admitted to me recently that the SR series is scheduled to be discontinued soon instead of releasing an upgrade. Here’s how I see it: The Ruger American Pistol has a lot to offer to the market. It was designed to withstand sustained +p firing. It’s overbuilt in a way that it can handle harsh punishments. It’s probably more reinforced than most pistols on the market. Also, the American Pistol is super reliable. My Americans have never jammed once. Plus, with that removable trigger chassis it makes it easy for repairs to be made. Ruger has something special with the American Pistol series. I just hope that Ruger has long term plans to upgrade the American series instead of one day discontinuing it. With what I was told about the SR series’ future and the release of the Security 9’s release, it would seem that Ruger is positioning the Security 9 to be the replacement for the SR series. I wouldn’t be surprised if a “Security 45” is in the works. I get that the 9E is considered Ruger’s current budget pistol but with the SR series going out the door how could they justify keeping the 9E going if Ruger discontinues the pistol series that it is based off of? Obviously, the Ruger American Pistol series will be Ruger’s flagship model while the Security series will eventually be Ruger’s sole budget model. This will be very similar to S&W having the M&P line as their flagship model while the SD VE line remains their budget model. But how long will Ruger keep this up before they eventually move on to something else? I would think that it would cost Ruger more money to design and produce a new design from the ground up compared to the money they could save by simply releasing a design that was tweaked every so often. I love my American Pistols and I will never part ways with them but a Ruger representative told me that the American Pistol series was also for people that miss the tank like features of the P series. However, the American Pistol is a striker fired pistol and not a hammer fired pistol like the P series. By not continuing the P series Ruger no longer has a double stack semi auto hammer fired platform. Simply upgrading a design will bring more customers in that are interested in buying the new upgraded design. Everyone, including Ruger, can see how Glock, Smith & Wesson and Springfield have been successful with this business model. Let me make it clear. In my eyes Ruger is the greatest company on Earth and I would choose Ruger over anything else. I just think that upgrading an already existing popular platform is better than discontinuing and replacing it. Not only would this be cost effective but it would maintain customer loyalty to the brand if they maintain a series that everyone is familiar with and whose magazines will still be compatible with the upgraded version. What do you guys think?