Ruger is one of the reputable names in the firearms industry, and they have a number of weapons worth checking out when you are in the market for something new. Recently, they’ve introduced a carbine which is turning heads.
Now, if you’re not familiar with a carbine, it’s a rifle with a shorter barrel than standard rifles. Some carbines fire the same caliber ammunition as their rifle counterparts (often carbine models are introduced as shorter-barrel versions of another rifle model), but some carbines use lower caliber ammunition. The new model from Ruger fires 9mm ammunition. A writer by the name of Pete gives us the basic details:
Ruger has just announced the PC Carbine – a pistol caliber carbine chambered in 9mm. And to answer your most immediate question: YES, it takes GLOCK mags. As well as SR/Security-9 magazines with an included interchangeable magazine well. At an approximate street price in the mid $500 range, the PC Carbine appears to pack in a lot of features. Take down capability, a threaded barrel, reversible magazine release and charging handle and, once again, GLOCK mags. Add in a direct-machined optics rail and Ruger set projected to sell the PC Carbine by the container full.
Other features include a cold-hammered chromemoly barrel and bolt for durability and a reversible magazine release and reversible charging handle for ambidextrous usage.
One of the features that I appreciate the most in this firearm, though, is its quick takedown ability. Pete writes,
Easy takedown enables 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 rife is unloaded, pushing a recessed lever, twisting the subassemblies and pulling them apart.
Just the ease of carrying and takedown and assembly makes this a very useful firearm to have with you when camping or when needing to carry something bigger than a pistol without drawing a lot of attention.
So, if you’re looking for something larger than a pistol but don’t want to go all the way to a full-sized rifle, Ruger’s new carbine may be something to consider.