Why, oh why did Ruger make the Ruger American Pistol when they already had the SR9 out there? I've used both. The SR9 is a completely decent gun (and frankly I think the cheaper SR9E is a little better than the SR9 original).... It's not an awesome piece of machinery that I believe is superior to everything else. But, it's pretty good. So, why build the American? I've recently had a chance to use it, and it's no better than the SR9. It's actually much less quality for even more money.