First Look: Bear Creek Arsenal BC-9 Large Format Pistol

The AR-style platform means it's easy to use, the 9mm chambering means it's easy to shoot.

posted on April 15, 2024
Bear Creek BC-9 Large Format Pistol

Bear Creek Arsenal has just unveiled a new buffer-less side charging 9mm large-format pistol, the new BC-9.

The Bear Creek BC-9 buffer-less, large-format pistol that is loosely based on the AR-15 pattern and layout. Because it is chambered in 9mm, this large-format pistol works off a blowback mechanism rather than direct-gas impingement and does not require the traditional AR-15 pattern buffer-tube and receiver-extension set up. Moreover, due to its buffer-less system, this pistol has a “clean” back end, which eliminates any confusion or ambiguity as its design as a full-on pistol. Such a clear distinction is of value to the customer.

The Bear Creek Arsenal BC-9 pistol is built around a 5-inch, 9mm barrel surrounded by an M-Lok compatible mini-handguard and topped with a section of Picatinny rail. The lower receiver is machined from billet and instead of the traditional rear located AR charging handle, the charging handle on the BC-9 is located on the right side of the upper receiver.

Bear Creek Arsenal BC-9 Features and Specifications:

  • Country Of Origin: USA
  • Make: Bear Creek Arsenal
  • Model: BC-9
  • Style: Large format pistol
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Action: Semi-automatic blowback
  • Barrel Length: 5 inches
  • Barrel Material: 4150 Chrome moly vanadium
  • Barrel Twist: 1:10-inch LH
  • Thread Pitch: ½x36
  • Weight: 72 ounces
  • Receiver: Billet
  • Handgard: 4-inch M-Lok
  • Magazine Capacity: Varies depending on user provided magazine. Does not include magazines from factory
  • Magazine Style: 9mm Glock pattern


The Bear Creek Arsenal BC-9 has a starting retail price of $505. To learn more about it or other products offered by Bear Creek Arsenal, visit


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