Rifle Review: Ruger's PC Carbine - The Ideal Bugout Carbine

Nowadays when it comes to carbines and AR-15-esque firearms, as a manufacturer it can be hard to differentiate yourself from the hundreds of other models already saturating the market. However, Ruger managed to tackle that problem in outstanding fashion.


Enter the PC Carbine, a beefed 10-22 that fires 9mm and can literally breakdown in half and fit in your back pack. Not only that, for all the GLOCK fans out there, it also takes GLOCK magazines! Best of all, Ruger’s PCC has an MSRP that is significantly below a majority of the AR-style firearms out there, allowing you to enjoy all the benefits of a pistol-caliber carbine without having to break the bank.


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For reference, this review is based of the PC Carbine Model 19115.


The PCC comes in with an overall length of 34.37", but breaks down into a ~16" and ~18" pieces. Not only that, but it comes with spaces that allow the user to adjust the length of pull from 12.62" to 14.12". Moreover, it comes in weighing at ~6.8 pounds making for a perfect backpack gun or companion on a long trek.


Ruger has cut no corner with the quality of the PCC, outfitting it with a 16.12" cold-hammer forged, chrome moly barrel which provides exceptional accuracy and longevity. The barrel is also fluted to reduce weight and increase rigidity and heat dissipation. It does not end there, the barrel is also threaded with the standard ½x28" pattern allowing for easy muzzle device install. Now for the sights, the PCC features a protected-blade front sight that matches with a rear ghost-ring sight.

Keeping versatility in mind, Ruger has outfitted the aerospace-grade 7075-T6 aluminum receiver with a standard Picatinny rail which is ideal for quickly installing a red dot and is Type III hard-coat anodized for maximum durability. In addition, the stock includes two swivel studs for standard sling attachments. Another notable feature, especially for all the leftys out there, is the ability to reverse both the magazine release and the charging handle. More on versatility, the PCC comes with a CNC-milled handguard that is also Type III hard-coat anodized aluminum with Magpul M-LOK accessory attachment slots on all four sides for easy mounting of accessories.


Now for the flagship features, the PCC allows 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 PCC also ships with interchangeable magazine wells for use of common Ruger and Glock magazines. Ships with SR-Series/Security-9 pistol magazine well installed and an additional magazine well accepting Glock magazines is included separately.

With the action and trigger being based of the 10/22, the PCC utilizes a dead blow action with a custom tungsten dead blow weight that shortens bolt travel and reduces felt recoil and muzzle rise. As stated before, Ruger cut no corners with quality with the bolt being machined from heat treated, chrome-moly steel to ensure strength, structural integrity and durability. Surprisingly, the trigger is light and crisp breaking around .......... and utilizing proven 10/22 trigger components.


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