Review: Ruger 9mm Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC)
Down Range TV gives us an inside look on the different, unique aspects of this Ruger Pistol, and why they believe it is so reliable
Down Range TV devoted an entire day to reviewing the Ruger 9mm Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC). (Photo courtesy of Down Range TV)
Assembling at Gunsite for a writer’s event, the dozen or so of us in attendance did our very best to shoot all the guns and free ammo offered. Day Two was devoted to the new Ruger Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC) in 9mm and before the day was over we had fired many thousand rounds of Hornady Critical Defense and American Gunner ammunition through a dozen carbines with, as far as I could tell, one or two malfunctions. Considering we took the carbines out of the boxes and shot them without cleaning or lubricating this proves to me the little rifles are exceedingly reliable.
Frankly, I was surprised by the appearance of this new offering from Ruger. I had heard the company was working on a pistol caliber carbine so I expected to see an AR pattern carbine set up to handle pistol rounds – like everyone else is making. I should have known better because Ruger has a habit of doing things a bit differently than everyone else and this isn’t their first foray into pistol caliber carbines. From 1998-2006 Ruger made a carbine often referred to as the Ruger Police Carbine. Made in 9mm and 40S&W it bears some similarities to the PCC but was a far different design. The current PCC offers a number of improvements over the older model including an entirely different action – referred to as a dead blow action, a takedown feature similar to the 10-22 Takedown, stock spacers to adjust the length of pull from 12.5 to 14 inches and a 16.12” fluted, cold hammer forged, threaded barrel to promote accuracy and ease of cleaning and allow for the use of silencers and various muzzle devices. Other features include a reversible bolt handle and magazine release, a CNC milled receiver with an integral Picatinny rail, a durable, glass filled nylon synthetic stock with sling swivel studs and a forward mounted accessory rail for lights and lasers.
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