The Ruger Pistol Caliber Carbine is making a forceful return. This handy little rifle developed a strong following late in its life but the time just wasn’t right for pistol-caliber carbines. Now it’s back and packed with all-new features at a fantastic price point.
Like the original PC Carbine, the new model uses Ruger-pattern magazines but with a twist. The updated version has an interchangeable magazine well that works with SR-series and new Security-9-pattern magazines that can be swapped out for a magwell that takes Glock magazines.
This makes it the perfect companion rifle for handgun shooters everywhere. It’s a good plinking and small game gun and self-defense rifle. Because it uses the same mags as a wide range of service pistols it’s tailor-made for police and law enforcement, too.
The new PC Carbine also sports a takedown barrel assembly that breaks apart with the flick of a switch. It’s the same type of takedown system Ruger rolled out for their very successful 10/22 rifles.
The PC Carbine uses a 10/22 fire control group which has a huge amount of aftermarket support. The receiver is easy to remove from the stock for maintenance and upgrading, too.
The rifle has a 16-inch barrel which is more than enough to get the most out of the hottest 9mm rounds. The barrels are fluted for strength, weight reduction, heat management and accuracy. The barrel has 1/2-28 threads for use with the bulk of 9mm muzzle devices.
For sights the updated PC Carbine has a rear peep or aperture sight with a straight bladed front sight. Also the receiver has a full-length flattop rail for optics such as scopes or red dot sights.
The rifle has a black composite glass-reinforced nylon stock and forend with sling swivel studs front and rear. The forend also has a short rail segment for a forward pistol grip or light.
The stock is modular with spacers. This way the length of pull can be adjusted to shooter size and shortened to accommodate body armor and other gear. Each rifle comes with three 1/2-inch spacers to adjust the stock length.
Ruger is launching with two versions, both chambered for 9mm Luger. One ships with a standard-capacity 17-round magazine and the other with a 10-rounder for restricted markets. Otherwise they are the same.
Each rifle includes the stock spacers, wrenches for sight adjustment, a magazine and magwells at a suggested price of $649. That works out to real-world pricing starting around $500, and that’s hard to beat.