By: Friedrich Seiltgen
The Ruger PC (Pistol Caliber) Carbine looks like something out of a science fiction movie. It’s classified as a pistol, but kind of looks like a submachine gun! These days, AR pistols are all the rage, but this pistol caliber carbine might be just the thing for many shooters.
The frame, or chassis if you will, is made of a glass-filled polymer which holds the aluminum receiver. The Charger’s internals are very similar to the 10/22, just a little beefier to handle the 9mm round.
Another great feature of the Charger is its ability to use different types of magazines, since it is equipped with an interchangeable magazine well. The PC comes standard with a 17-round Ruger SR magazine. It can also use Ruger’s security 9 magazines, and last but not least, it comes with a Glock magazine well so you can use those 33-round magazines!
The PC Charger can be broken down into two pieces for more compact carry. Simply unload, lock the bolt back, disengage the lock, twist, and separate! The handguard is made from anodized aluminum and its attached to the barrel. While it does not have a rail built in, it is equipped with a hand stop, and M-Lok slots that allow you to attach rails, lights, or other accessories. The barrel is a 6.5”-long cold hammer forged, made of chrome-moly alloy steel, equipped with a threaded muzzle for attaching suppressors, muzzle brakes, etc.
The ergonomics are good. The Charger comes equipped with the Ruger AR-style pistol grip, and you can substitute it with any AR-style grip if you like. The magazine release and the charging handle can be easily swapped for lefties.
The Charger has a section of picatinny rail located on the back of the receiver. This allows the shooter to attach an arm brace or single point sling. The single point sling is still my favorite. Accuracy with a stockless weapon using a single-point sling can be achieved using the SAS sling method. Adjust the sling so you have tension on the gun while shooting. This stabilizes the gun and improves accuracy.
Action Type: Blowback, Semi-automatic
Magazine capacity: 17 rounds with Ruger magazine; 33 rounds or 50 round drum with Glock Magazine Adapter.
Sights: None; Picatinny rail for mounting optics
Barrel Length: 6.5”
Weight: 5lbs 3 oz.
Trigger Pull: 5 lbs, 4 oz.
Overall, the Ruger PC Charger is a great package. The small size allows for greater accuracy at longer ranges than a pistol. The price difference compared to its competition like the CZ Scorpion or SIG MPX is significant. Whether it’s for plinking or a home defense gun, this product has a lot of potential for firearm enthusiasts.
That’s all for now folks! Please keep sending in your questions, tips, and article ideas. And as always – “Let’s be careful out there.”
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, Firearms, First Aid, Active Shooter Response, and Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations in Florida. His writing has appeared in The Counter Terrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo from: https://ruger.com/products/pcCharger/models.html