Ruger's Pistol-Caliber Carbine Returns

The new PC-9 is a versatile, rugged 9mm carbine that breaks down just like a 10/22 Takedown for easy transport and storage.

The new PC-9 Carbine is chambered in 9mm and has an interchangeable magwell that will accept common Ruger and Glock magazines.
The new PC-9 Carbine is chambered in 9mm and has an interchangeable magwell that will accept common Ruger and Glock magazines.mfg photo

As is becoming customary, Ruger is regularly rolling out new products in the weeks before SHOT Show 2018.

Having dropped a brand new budget 9mm pistol called the TK, over the holiday weekend, today the gun maker has announced the return of a pistol-caliber carbine in the new PC Carbine chambered in 9mm.

A pistol-caliber carbine is a popular platform, especially for home defense, for a number of reasons. Their short size and usually light weight make them easy to use for shooters of almost any stature and makes them more maneuverable in close quarters and quick to aim.

Additionally, the use of a pistol round in a carbine results in an accurate firearm beyond traditional pistol ranges as well as the benefit of little felt recoil, again, making it versatile in terms of use and user.

Plus, they’re cheaper to practice with than a carbine chambered in a rifle caliber.

A right profile of the new Ruger PC-9 Carbine.
A right profile of the new Ruger PC-9 Carbine.mfg photo

The new PC Carbine takes this versatility a step further by including an interchangeable magazine well system that allows the gun to accept “common Ruger and Glock magazines.”

Ruger says the new rifle also features a “dead blow action with a custom tungsten dead blow weight that shortens bolt travel and reduces felt recoil and muzzle rise.”

From Ruger:

“Similar to the popular 10/22 Takedown® rifle, the PC Carbine is designed for quick separation of the barrel/forend assembly from the action for ease of transportation and storage. Takedown is as simple as locking the bolt back and verifying that the rifle is unloaded, pushing a recessed lever, twisting the subassemblies and pulling them apart.”

The left-side of the carbine.
The left-side of the carbine.mfg photo

“Our customers have long been requesting the return of a Ruger pistol caliber carbine and we are excited to bring this versatile design to market,” said Chris Killoy, Ruger President and CEO. “Designed with shooting enthusiasts in mind, the PC Carbine’s interchangeable magazine well system allows customers to use some of the most commonly available 9mm Luger handgun magazines in their rifle.”

A reversible magazine release and charging handle add to the rifle’s versatility, allowing it to accommodate right- and left-handed shooters.

The PC Carbine comes outfitted with a glass-filled nylon synthetic stock including a forward-mounted accessory rail and a soft rubber buttpad with spacers to allow the user to adjust the rifle’s length of pull.

There's an integrated top rail for optics as well as iron sights and a threaded muzzle.

The gun comes with the SR-Series / Security-9 magazine well installed and an addition magwell for Glock 9mm magazines.

You can also buy a magwell for Ruger American Pistol magazines at ShopRuger.com.

Check out the full specs below.

The rifle with a magazine inserted.
The rifle with a magazine inserted.mfg photo
Ruger PC-9 Specs
Stock: Black Synthetic
Capacity: 17
Barrel Length: 16.12"
Overall Length: 34.37"
Weight: 6.8 lb.
Barrel: Threaded, Fluted
Thread Pattern: 1/2"-28
Front Sight: Protected Blade
Rear Sight: Adjustable Ghost Ring
Length of Pull: 12.62" - 14.12"
Material: Aluminum Alloy
Finish: Type III Hardcoat Anodized
Twist: 1:10" RH
Grooves: 6
Suggested Retail: $649.00