Top New Product for SHOT 2018? | Ruger’s PC9 Pistol Caliber Carbine
This is excellent news for anyone living in ban-states in need of a quality pistol-caliber carbine. Before we get into the importance of this, check out the press release below.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to introduce the PC Carbine™ chambered in 9mm Luger. Practical and versatile, the Pistol Caliber Carbine is ideal for any shooter, from novice to experienced. Built to excel in a number of roles from plinking or competition to home or personal defense, the PC Carbine is highly configurable and compact, making it the perfect portable companion to match with many popular pistols.
Uniquely designed for use with a variety of magazines, the PC Carbine features an easily interchangeable magazine well system that allows the rifle to accept common Ruger® and Glock® magazines. This new rifle also features a dead blow action with a custom tungsten dead blow weight that shortens bolt travel and reduces felt recoil and muzzle rise.
Similar to the popular 10/22 Takedown® rifle, the PC Carbine is designed for quick separation of the barrel/forend assembly from the action for ease of transportation and storage. Takedown is as simple as locking the bolt back and verifying that the rifle is unloaded, pushing a recessed lever, twisting the subassemblies and pulling them apart.
Ruger hasn’t produced its pistol caliber carbine since 2004, and it’s a welcome return of a great product.
Essentially, the new PC9 is functions just like the original, it’s a direct blowback, pistol-magazine-fed carbine with a 16-inch barrel. Unlike the older versions, the engineers at Ruger went to great lengths to fix many of the concerns shooters have had with the design.
For instance, the original PC9 was somewhat difficult to mount optics to, while the new version features an integral optics rail. In the same vein, it also has an accessory rail on the bottom of the handguard perfect for mounting tactical lights or even light bipods for shooters using the gun to either hunt small game, or stretch its legs.
Additionally, since the new design is a take-down type, the iron sights are mounted entirely on the barrel itself. The original design had the rear sight mounted on the receiver, but given the inconsistency of sight alignment on takedown guns, this new design makes sense.
Although the most amazing feature of the new design is the magazine adaptor included with the gun. Not only does the new PC9 utilize the new Ruger Security 9 magazines, but with the new adaptor, gains access to the most prolific pistol magazine in the world: the 9mm Glock mag.
That’s right, the new adaptor allows the PC9 to utilize 9mm Glock magazines. This means any double stack magazines like the 17, 19 and 26 work perfectly in the new gun. Not just, but this also means the gun gains access to extended 33-round mags and even the 100-round beta-type drums.
Price point for the new carbine looks to be around $649.00, and the gun should be available now.
Jim is a freelance writer for dozens of firearm publications, the host of the YouTube channel Burst Review and the youngest author to write a cover story for Shotgun News in its 86-years of operation. Jim loves anything that goes, ‘boom’ but particularly enjoys military firearms from the Cold War and WW2. When he’s not slinging lead downrange he can be round hiking in the mountains with his wife Kim and their vicious attack dog, Peanut.