By: Friedrich Seiltgen

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Based in Maryland, LWRC International, known initially as Land Warfare Resources Corporation, was founded in 1999 and is a CAGE (Commercial and Government Entity) manufacturer and supplier to U.S. government entities and commercially available products.  LWRC designs are a descendant of their development of rifles for the U.S. Army Individual Carbine Program, and their commitment to design and quality found in their firearms lineup is evident with all their products.


LWRC created the IC-9 pistol caliber carbine by combining their AR platform design experience with a chamber ring delayed blowback operating system. The IC-9 was developed around the standard Glock 9mm magazine, which is plentiful and dependable and ranges from 10 to 33 rounds.


This operating system was designed by Fritz Mann of Germany, who patented his idea in 1920 for his pocket-sized Mann 1921 pistol in .25 ACP, an original everyday-carry pistol. When a cartridge is ignited, it expands, sealing the chamber and preventing gas from escaping into the action. With a chamber ring system, there is a concave ring machined inside the wall of the chamber. When the cartridge is fired, the case walls expand into this ring, pushing the bolt forward. As the case begins moving to the rear of the chamber, the ring slows down the casing and the bolt, which reduces the mass required to cycle the bolt.


The upper receiver is a “MonoForge” with an integrated rail base that is stronger and lighter than standard AR pattern uppers. LWRC uses “coined” forgings where pressure is applied to the surface of the forging, then they are struck, heat-treated, and struck again. This process ensures dimensional accuracy and a superior finish for the receiver. The upper and lower receivers are made of aluminum alloys, hard coat anodized, then treated using nickel boron and ferritic nitrocarburization methods.

Other features include ambidextrous controls, an LWRCI-enhanced trigger guard for gloved hand operation, an LWRCI-enhanced fire control group that is nickel-Teflon treated for a smooth trigger pull with positive reset, an LWRCI ultra combat pistol grip, and a 12-inch M-LOK rail for lights, lasers, or other accessories.


Features include a 16-inch cold hammer barrel forged with a 1:10 twist and threaded ½ x 28 to install a muzzle brake or suppressor.


Type: Pistol Caliber Carbine/ Chamber Ring Delayed Blowback Operating System

Caliber: 9mm

Magazine Capacity: 10/33

Sights: None, Full-length Picatinny rail

Barrel Length: 16.1 Inches

Overall Length: 30.25 to 34.5 inches

Weight: 6.1 pounds

MSRP: $1,999



The IC-9 is a high-quality pistol caliber carbine that uses Glock magazines produced by an experienced weapons manufacturer. Anyone looking for a PCC needs to take a look at this design with its simple, low-maintenance operating system.

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Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department. He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism Counterstrategies, Firearms, and Active Shooter Response. His writing has appeared in RECOIL, Soldier of Fortune, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, Off Grid, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International.

Contact him at [email protected].