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First Look: Ruger PC Carbine

First Look: Ruger PC Carbine

In conjunction with the launch of its Security-9 pistol, the new Ruger PC Carbine enables 9mm aficionados to have a two-gun setup that feeds from the same magazine, having the ability to use either Security-9 magazines or popular Glock pistol magazines.

The Ruger PC Carbine is built on a receiver machined from 7075-T6 aluminum billet and features an industry-standard hardcoat-anodized finish for added durability. The machined receiver also features an integral Picatinny rail running along the length of the receiver's surface, ensuring that mounted optics are secured to the rifle without worrying about the solidity of an optics mount. Inside the receiver, consumers will find a bolt made from heat-treated chrome-moly steel.

An aluminum receiver is mated to a 16.12-inch barrel that's hammer-forged from chrome-moly steel and uses a 1:10-inch right-hand twist rate. The barrel features a heavy contour with fluting to eliminate weight and enhance cooling during rapid-fire shooting. At the muzzle end, consumers will find a 1/2x28 TPI threaded muzzle, ready for the attachment of sound suppressors or other muzzle devices.

Both the barrel and receiver on the Ruger PC Carbine are attached through a quick-takedown system similar to that used on the company's popular 10/22 Takedown. When the bolt is locked back, users can simply actuate the lever found in the forearm of the rifle to twist the receiver and barrel assemblies, thereby allowing them to be pulled apart easily.

Two magazine wells ship with the carbine, both of which can be easily interchanged to allow feeding from either Security-9 magazines or Glock magazines. A separate magazine well that feeds from the company's American Pistol magazine is also available through Ruger. The gun is sold with the Security-9 magazine well attached and includes a single compatible magazine.

Other features on the carbine include a specially designed "dead-blow action," which incorporates a tungsten weight inside the receiver that decreases the overall travel distance of the bolt and works to deaden recoil and muzzle climb. The gun is also equipped with a reversible magazine release and charging handle and features a ghost-ring rear sight paired with a glare-free blade front sight. The stock is molded from glass-filled nylon and incorporates sling-swivel studs and an accessory rail.

In terms of specifications, the Ruger PC Carbine features an overall length of 34.37 inches long, though three 0.5-inch spacers are included to adjust the length of pull. The included magazine provides a total capacity of 17 rounds, though the gun is compatible with increased-capacity magazines available on the market. The overall weight of the gun is 6.8 pounds.

The suggested retail price on the Ruger PC Carbine is $649.

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