Ruger recently introduced their newest gun to their vast line of firearms called the PC Charger. The new Ruger PC Charger is chambered in 9mm. It is modeled after the Ruger PC carbine but it’s much shorter. The overall length is just 16.5 inches which makes it a simple to maneuver 9mm sub-gun that shooters will enjoy. It is built very solid and precise which is consistent with Ruger firearms.
The Ruger PC Charger is a “take down” model. By locking the bolt back, moving the lever under the handguard and a quick twist, the forend is easily removed from the receiver. The forend sports an aluminum M-LOK handguard and an aluminum hand stop. The hand stop prevents the shooter’s hand or fingers from getting too close to the barrel. Ruger also offers a magazine insert that allows the firearm to accept Glock mags. It comes shipped with an insert to fit the Ruger SR9/Security 9 magazines. They offer one 17 round Ruger magazine in the case. With a couple bolts to loosen (simple process) and the Glock insert installed, the PC Charger can run Glock mags all day long.
The rear of the firearm has a 1913 rail for an arm brace. I purchased an SB Tactical FS 1913 brace. When I first received the PC Charger, I knew that a brace would add to the control of the gun when shooting. While waiting for the brace to ship, I took the PC Charger to the range for a function check. With the help of a Vortex Sparc AR, I was able to hit my targets from various distances with ease. I surprisingly felt like I didn’t need a brace. The accuracy out of the box was amazing. I eventually received the SB FS1913 brace and it fit perfectly. At the range, the control and quick transitions between the targets was incredible. With the PC Charger, Vortex Sparc AR and the brace, the firearm was a joy shoot.
The Ruger PC Charger has a 6.5 inch threaded barrel (½” x 28), an A2 style grip, QD (quick detach) sling mounts on the rear and a cross bolt safety. A seven inch 1913 rail is one top of the firearm to add flip up sights or an optic. Combined, this package is impressive.
Capacity: 17 w/Ruger mag
Handguard: M-LOK Attachment Slots
Weight: 5.2 LB
Barrel Length: 6.5”
Overall Length: 16.5”
Stock Option: Take Down
Barrel Feature: Threaded ½” x 28
Barrel Material: Alloy Steel
Barrel Finish: Blue
Receiver Material: Aluminum Alloy
Receiver Finish: Type III Hard Coat Anodized
Twist: 1:10 RH
I took the PC Charger to the range on three occasions. First, was at an indoor range to sight in the Vortex Sparc AR. The next two times were at my outdoor range because this gun was begging for steel. Within my first couple shots, I knew the PC Charger was a winner. With the brace or without, I was ringing steel at various distances. My confidence grew as the target hits seemed automatic. To say the least, I really enjoyed this firearm.
The MSRP for the Ruger PC Charger is $799. Understanding how Ruger pricing works, I believe the actual gun store price will be much less. They are being distributed out now (March 17, 2020) and I would guess this firearm will be priced in the upper $600’s initially at local gun stores. I think it will decrease even more over time.
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