NEW! Ruger PC Carbine Chassis – All the Bells and Whistles

The author during range testing.

Ruger came out swinging with a 9mm Pistol Caliber Carbine last year, with a design that rocked us back on our heels. Building on that success, they have just released a new chassis version, with all the bells and whistles. We got our hands on one this week, for a full review.

PCC with ETS 31 rounder

Before we get into the new, what made the original Ruger PCC such a winner? It has to do with what they used as a starting point. PCC’s are hot right now, and we have seen dozens of models come out in the last few years. But almost all of those used an AR-15 as the beginning design. (Except the Kriss Vector, which used a space gun as a beginning design). There is a lot right with an AR, but trying to convert one to a blowback action is a feat. Ruger went a different way.

Chassis PCC set up for accuracy testing

I think we can all consider Ruger a master of the blowback design in rimfires. They have produced about 5 million 10/22’s, and are by far the market leader in rimfire semi-auto. All they had to do was take that expertise, and scale it up to 9mm. When you look at the new PCC, the 10/22 DNA is obvious. And for the task, I don’t count that as a bad thing.

The new Chassis model retains all the great features of the original, and then adds some new capability. It is a side charger, and you can swap the bolt handle to either side. It ships with an SR-9 magazine, and feeds on such out of the box. A nod to the Ruger faithful, that have a pile of mags laying around. But in a nod to PCC reality, it also includes a Glock magazine well, that is a snap to install. Like it or not, the Glock magazine is dominate in the PCC world. This is a big win for the consumer, as 31 round big sticks and drums are available and cheap. Our test model ran like a champ with an ETS version from Gun Mag Warehouse, at a sale price of $14.99. For a sub gun magazine, that is pretty hard to beat.

Trigger group, with obvious 10/22 DNA

Like the original, and some 10/22’s, the new Chassis is also a takedown model. One push of a button and simple twist separates the barrel and handguard from the receiver. With an absolutely new design, this might be cause for concern. But building from a company that has been doing this for years, it is a really nice feature to have. Also looking at the 10/22, it is easy to see Ruger perhaps offering an integrally suppressed barrel in the future. I tested that in rimfire a few years ago, and it was a winner. In the PCC, it would be absolutely amazing. If you prefer a more traditional suppressor, the PCC retains a threaded barrel in the chassis form.

Ingenious magazine well inserts

On to our Chassis model changes! The original Ruger PCC was shaped like a traditional rifle, with a straight comb and grip. The fore-end was familiar like a hunting rifle. Which is fine for many people, and worked very well in this configuration. But what about our tactical ninja’s, or people that want to compete in PCC class? Well, the Chassis brings in the features you need.

Picatinny buttstock adaptor

The stock is now a special adaptor, that takes any AR mil or commercial sized collapsible buttstock. It ships with a Magpul, and has 5 locking positions. The stock adaptor is also attached to a Picatinny section on the back of the receiver, which means options abound. I would bet we see a folding stock from Ruger in the near future. And if you want one now, SIG MPX/MCX  folding stocks attach the same way. I didn’t have one to try, but I would bet dollars to donuts it works.

The handguard is also new. It looks like a cross between an AR-15, and the fore-end used on Ruger Precision Rifles. It is M-Lok compatible, and sized nicely for the hand. Having used it extensively on the RPR, I am a fan. Now you can easily attach flashlight, sling swivels, and all the goodies as needed.

Pistol Grip and adaptor

Last but not least, the new Chassis model has a pistol grip like an AR. In fact, exactly like an AR. How they attached this to an overgrown 10/22 receiver is another bit of genius. To remove the pistol grip, you actually take a machine screw out of the top of the rifle. Then the grip falls free, and you can see that the grip is actually held on by a special adaptor. If you have a preferred pistol grip, all you need to do is attach it to the adaptor, and stick it back on. Problem solved.

Performance-wise, the PCC did not disappoint. I decided to accuracy test this model, something I did not do with the original. The M-Lok made it easy. First, I slapped on my favorite piece of M-Lok rail, from Maxim Defense. M-RAX is what all rail should be. Next, Accutac BR-4 G2 bipod. And for glass, a Bushnell SMRS 1-6.5. I could have gone bigger on the glass, but I wasn’t really expecting amazing results. I was wrong.

Hornady XTP, Gold standard of accuracy tests

Using Hornady 115 Grain XTP, the Ruger was 1 inch at 50 meters. Not at all what I expected from a takedown gun in 9mm. There may actually be some accuracy left in that equation, which I will be testing next time I go out. But 2 MOA is better than some 556 guns I’ve tested, and certainly good enough to the range you should be slinging 9mm. Overall, a huge win for Ruger.

Bushnell First Strike 2.0

Next, I swapped the optic to a Bushnell First Strike 2.0 reflex sight. This is more appropriate for a 9mm, and the ranges we expect to be using it. The Ruger PCC was a regular bullet hose at closer ranges. I had forgotten how light the recoil is in the Ruger design. While they were doing all the upscaling magic, they also put a Tungsten dead blow on the bolt. The recoil is so light that my first round, I thought it misfired. It did not. The light recoil means you can absolutely hammer steel targets. I was burning through magazines so fast I couldn’t believe it. If you take this gun to the range, just take a case. You’ll need it.

Overall, the Ruger PCC is one of the most fun guns I have ever tested. Accurate, reliable, and a joy to shoot. If you have been looking for a 9mm Carbine, look no further. This one is an absolute winner.

Takedown lever
heart of the system, tungsten dead blow on the bolt

MSRP is $799

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About the author: Clay Martin is a former Marine and Green Beret, retiring out of 3rd Special Forces Group. He is a multi-decade and -service sniper, as well as 3-Gun competitor and Master ranked shooter in USPSA Production. In addition to writing about guns, he is the author of “Last Son of The War God,” a novel about shooting people that deserve it. You can also follow him on twitter, @offthe_res or his website, Off-The-Reservation.com

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  • Brooks Smith April 12, 2020, 8:22 pm

    I got this gun a few months ago and shot it at 25-50 yds for about 150 rds and love it ! No jams. very accurate, very fun ! $500 is the going rate and what a gr8 deal ! Have fun ! Brooks

  • Kasey Kendrick January 6, 2020, 3:19 pm

    Man I hope that they give us this model of carbine in the 5.7×28!!!

  • Don January 3, 2020, 10:16 am

    My AR style 9mm carbine really beats up the bolt stop on the last round hold-open. Does this gun have that feature and how does it survive the pounding? Given the physics and all, would a 10mm blow back action be practical?

  • George November 16, 2019, 9:27 am

    Yeah, like Ruger gives a crap what you think. The PC carbine has sold more units in the last year than all the M1 carbine copies have in the last 3 years combined. Who cares about an underpowered faux rifle round, certainly not the people Ruger is aiming this model at. Yawned dude.

  • Philip Davis November 11, 2019, 5:54 pm

    357mag. ….would be sweet

  • Stuart November 11, 2019, 2:10 pm

    Any chance Ruger is going to make a 10mm version of this carbine? I’d imagine they wouldn’t be able to manufacture them fast enough to keep up with the demand. I know that I would certainly buy one!

  • DwS November 11, 2019, 12:14 pm

    Did anybody but me notice the chickens in the left background at 0:50?

    • FirstStateMark November 11, 2019, 3:54 pm

      I didn’t notice them before but there is clearly 2. You have very good observation.

      • clay martin November 11, 2019, 11:49 pm

        we free range them. fresh eggs can’
        t be beat

  • mmbsrusa November 11, 2019, 11:53 am

    I travel the U.S. for work, and because of this weapon’s ‘PC’ design, it was a no-brainer for me to grab one. She eats anything at the range, and for social work, I use Federal’s tried-&-true 9BPLE (115gr HP +P+).
    I use a Mepro RDS Pro and have the carbine zeroed for 100yds. I do not feel outgunned whatsoever & love the mag compatibility of the carbine and my Glock 23 (set up for 9mm currently).
    Love this little carbine.

  • John Bibb November 11, 2019, 11:03 am

    ***
    Get back to me when Ruger makes it in the far stronger .30 Cal M1 Carbine Round! You can buy clones of these great little WW2 rifles for about the same price. Or a much more modern new design for under $1000.
    ***
    John Bibb
    ***

    • George November 16, 2019, 9:27 am

      Yeah, like Ruger gives a crap what you think. The PC carbine has sold more units in the last year than all the M1 carbine copies have in the last 3 years combined. Who cares about an underpowered faux rifle round, certainly not the people Ruger is aiming this model at. Yawned dude.

  • FirstStateMark November 11, 2019, 10:54 am

    I like it! and……. good to see Clay back.

  • Wisco November 11, 2019, 10:36 am

    Ruger could make the hand guard look much better by creating one that is stock diameter until the last 2 or 3 inches. Have the last few inches be a diameter that allows the 9mm barrel to be centered in it. I sketched one out on paper in a few seconds. Maybe I’ll send it to Ruger. I know it is only window dressing, but looking good never hurt a gun. If I am going to buy a PCC, I prefer this semi-auto to their bolt action 9mm.

  • Stephen Graham November 11, 2019, 10:16 am

    Clay, your reviews are always some of the best I have ever seen. This review is no different. Do you have more videos on your own website then you post on GunsAmerica?

  • SteveO November 11, 2019, 10:06 am

    Love this gun. Using 124 RN Hand loads get 1 1/2 group at 100 ydrs. Put in a Trigger Spring kit from. MCARBO
    and this rifle is something else now.

  • Tom November 11, 2019, 10:05 am

    Ruger makes fantastic products but they are late to the game on this. KelTec’s sub2000 has been my choice for the last few years and it is excellent.

    • Mr. Sparkles November 11, 2019, 5:52 pm

      I find the Ruger much easier to the shoulder and not as abusive to your cheek as the sub2000.

  • Ricky Price November 11, 2019, 9:28 am

    Would not waste my time with this. I like there handguns, but this NO.

    • Jim November 12, 2019, 1:34 pm

      *their

  • si November 11, 2019, 7:27 am

    EXCELLENT !,, now the BIG QUESTION , 22 TCM factory setup, or better sold as a kit ( 9mm & 22tcm combo like rock island , etc ). got to put a few downrange . THAT NEW ROUND IS NICE ! , AND A LOT OF FUN .

  • triggerpull November 11, 2019, 7:03 am

    Two questions: 1) Are the mag well inserts to accommodate between Glock and Ruger mags–or can they go up and down between large frame/small frame pistol calibers? and; 2) since this is still a blowback design (in other words no delayed unlock like CMMG’s banshee or a lugged bolt) is there some other way which Ruger is letting off blowback pressure? Thanks!

    • si November 11, 2019, 7:38 am

      that also would open the door for 22 mag, 17 hmr , and the BADDEST NEW ROUND ( THAT, YES MAY STEAL 5.56’s thunder soon ) , THE 17 WSM , A 3000 FPS RIMFIRE , 25G. BOAT TAIL ANYONE ?

  • Mike November 11, 2019, 6:25 am

    Welcome back Clay, good to “read you ” again.

  • LP November 11, 2019, 5:16 am

    Now let’s have it in 45 acp.

    • December November 11, 2019, 10:50 am

      Yes please!!!

      • Mr. Sparkles November 11, 2019, 5:54 pm

        Or better yet, 10mm

    • PHILIP C SALLEY November 11, 2019, 12:45 pm

      Bet a .40 is coming as it is already available on the original design.

    • Jim Mcewen November 12, 2019, 1:36 pm

      Right?!?!?

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