Ruger Announces New 9mm Carbine Just in Time for SHOT Show

Ruger PC Carbine

In case any of you haven't already seen the GIANT front page banner on Ruger's website you might wanna check it out because they seem very excited about this one.

Earlier today and later the world at large was introduced to Ruger's newest 9mm firearm, the PC Carbine. A lovely looking carbine rifle that bridges the gap between rifle and pistol and attempts to be quite the adaptable piece of hardware.


In case you can't tell from the above photograph, yes that is a Ruger 9mm pistol magazine nestled into the well of the rifle there. According to Ruger, the PC Carbine will be able to accept all Ruger SR and their newly released Security 9 magazines without any attachments, directly out of the box. It will also come with an adapter for your Glock magazine should you want to do a bit of mixing and matching. Ruger also announced in its press release this afternoon that a Ruger American Pistol Magazine adapter will be available separately on the company's website.

Ruger President Chris Killoy seems very excited about this new Carbine and stated that Ruger went this route with their customer's comments in mind as well as shooting enthusiasts looking for adaptability in their firearms.

“Our customers have long been requesting the return of a Ruger pistol caliber carbine and we are excited to bring this versatile design to market, Designed with shooting enthusiasts in mind, the PC Carbine's interchangeable magazine well system allows customers to use some of the most commonly available 9mm Luger handgun magazines in their rifle.”

Also adding to the versatility of this PC Carbine is its reversible magazine release and reversible charging handle so whether you shoot lefty or righty it doesn't look like you're going to have a problem with this one.

Ruger's specs show s 34.37″ total length, with the barrel taking up 16.12″ of that length. It only weighs 6.8 lbs too so transport seems pretty simple and if the weight doesn't show that, a video on the PC Carbine's Product Page on Ruger's website shows that it has a takedown feature similar to the 10/22 Takedown rifle and personally it looks like an absolute breeze to lock and unlock.

Between this and the Security 9 announcement, it seems that Ruger is gearing up for SHOT Show with its big (actually in this case rather small) guns. They've set a starting price for the PC Carbine at $649.00 so my simple question to all of you is, does the PC Carbine look worth that price to you? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

For more information on the PC Carbine make sure to go and check out for more details.

About Craig Martin

Craig Martin grew up in the unincorporated town of Lewis, Wisconsin. From a young age, Craig was introduced to guns, as he was tasked with defending his backwood home’s wiring from a scourge of red squirrels.

Ever the animal lover, though; Craig couldn’t let these creatures die needlessly. So he would take his kills and leave them for the foxes, coyotes, and bears to eat at a deer feeder his grandfather built around their home.

His lifestyle made Craig understand that guns are a tool and ever since, has spread the word about how firearms are not a menace, like the red squirrel, but an item to help people. He instils this in every article he writes for USA Firearm Training.


  1. Peter Thompson on January 2, 2018 at 9:36 am

    A pistol-caliber long gun is not a new idea, and its enduring popularity signals pretty clearly that it’s also a good idea. But from a very simplistic point of view, this is just a 9mm polymer pistol with a longer barrel and a shoulder stock. To my eye, it’s also burdened with clunky aesthetics. For that reason, $649 seems a bit steep to me. Everyone has their personal “pipe dream,” which for me would be the return of the Deerfield carbine, rotary bolt and all, in a choice of calibers (not economically sound for Ruger, I imagine).

    • Jon Benton on January 2, 2018 at 6:30 pm

      Is it California legal?

      • M.j. on January 2, 2018 at 7:32 pm

        Of course not, it has a threaded barrel that alone would set off all sorts of hysteria

        • Fred C. on January 5, 2018 at 3:53 am

          As far as ca legal, it is, you can’t put a ar7 style flash suppressor on it. You could get away with a muzzle brake.

        • Alan on March 7, 2018 at 5:21 pm

          Not true. It is Calif legal as it requires two features of their so called assault gun to be designated as such.
          Mine’s on its way right now. Bass Pro and many dealers.

      • Commander Dr. Bob Matthews on January 29, 2018 at 10:46 pm

        Turners sporting is selling them with or without threaded barrels in Ca. Their legal team has authorized this. You may wish to confer with them respectively though . Enjoy your shooting gentlemen and ladies. Long live our great Republic. With honor, Commander Dr. “Bob”

        • Alan on March 7, 2018 at 5:33 pm

          $539.00 Turners

      • Alan on March 7, 2018 at 5:31 pm

        The Ruger PC Carbine is legal in Calif. Mine is on its way. Found best best price on Bobs
        Bass Pro $547.00
        Rifles require two Calif “assault gun” features to be declared as such.
        So, threaded barrel is only one feature. The do come threaded and unthreaded.

  2. Arnaldo Rodriguez on January 2, 2018 at 9:55 am

    I went to the Ruger web site and watched the video and read the Spec’s. Looks like a fun rifle to shoot, plink and home defense. $649.00 comes off a little on the high side. $450.00 – $475.00 would be more like it.

    • Alan on March 7, 2018 at 5:22 pm

      Bass Pro, $549.00
      BOB’s Guns, $479.00.

  3. Kirby Mouser on January 2, 2018 at 10:04 am

    What will this do that my Kel Tec Sub 2000 won’t do and at a better price? That question aside PC Carbines are a hoot to shoot. Available inexpensive ammo is one key. The Kel Tec will not function with the aluminum cased rounds but eats the steel case rounds like candy. What will this one digest? Inquiring minds want to know.

  4. Arnaldo Rodriguez on January 2, 2018 at 10:04 am

    I went to Ruger’s web site and watched the video and read the spec’s. Looked like a fun rifle to shoot for plinking and home defense. I really don’t see much more. 9mm at $649.00 comes off a little on the high side. $449.00 would be like it.

    • BoB on January 2, 2018 at 8:12 pm

      The High Point sells from between $252 to $300. And is equally clunky.

  5. D C Harwood on January 2, 2018 at 10:56 am

    I’ll be keeping my Marlin Camp 9 (lovely wood stock 🙂 that uses mags from the S&W 59/59x/59xx series – of which I have two (5926 and 5946). It requires a screwdriver for the takedown, but that’s certainly not a problem.

    • Matthew Miller on January 26, 2018 at 2:58 pm

      Ruger has a winner with the new carbine. I sure hope the R&D dept extends the concept to the 45 caliber as well. The carbine would benift from a pistol grip and adjustable stock. A Primary Arms 2.5x acog would make a great addition for the fast handing rifle without putting you in the poor house. Well done Ruger keep up the good work and thinking out off the box.

  6. John Hyland on January 2, 2018 at 11:04 am

    I agree with the pricey and clunky comments and would add that the nearly 7lb. weight seems rather heavy for a “compact carbine” and not sure how it will handle Glock mags. 9mm carbines are nothing new and were widely used in WWII and later. How about my great little M-1 carbine with a better cartridge which I would never swap for the new Ruger model even though I like Ruger products.

  7. jsl55 on January 2, 2018 at 11:12 am

    I think it will do well in the communist states like CA. No evil features should make it legal and widely available. The takedown ability like on the 10/22 is a good feature, as are the reversible bolt handle & mag release. The Glock mag adapter adds a lot of appeal because of not needing to buy another $100 worth of mags. I think at a street price of around $550 it will do well. I’ll get one at that price while I prepare my escape from behind the communist curtain.

    • M.j. on January 2, 2018 at 7:36 pm

      Doubt it’ll be legal in California, it has one of those evil threaded barrels on it

      • Bruno on January 23, 2018 at 12:38 pm

        Threaded barrel is not a prohibited feature in California. It is California legal.

  8. William Dacons,Jr. on January 2, 2018 at 11:24 am

    I like Ruger products(I own a couple), but for that price, I’d rather have the M1 carbine.

  9. Ron Clyde on January 2, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Sounds interesting. Maybe in a 45acp?

  10. JD Stokes on January 2, 2018 at 11:43 am

    I don’t see what this (New 9mm carbine ) will do that my Kel-Tec Sub 2000 won’t do. And the Kel-Tec folds in half and doesn’t cost as much. For that price I’d rather buy the CCU for my Glock Model 20 (10mm).

  11. Jeffrey Coon on January 2, 2018 at 11:46 am

    I love the idea of a new 9mm carbine on the market however I have to agree that the price is a bit steep. I would have to say that the mid-to-high 400 dollar range would make more sense

  12. Gunrunner on January 2, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Price seems high for what you are getting.I also agree that the sub200 is a better bargain.

  13. irvin h gaubert jr on January 2, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    what is the final price only 9 rounds ? email me thanks

  14. tom rust on January 3, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    I would not pay 600 plus for it. Not for a 9mm. worthless round in my opinion. If it was 45 cal with a plain wood stock I might be interested, but still would not pay the asking price.

  15. Fred C. on January 5, 2018 at 4:04 am

    I would like to see the price at no more than $400.00 with a case like the 10-20 takedown to come with it at no extra charge.

  16. tommygun-61 on January 7, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    I have mine ordered, price is $425.00 from my LGS. I just picked up my Security-9 on 1-6-18 and it ran 250 rounds flawlessly. I’m looking forward to the carbine and will most likely run my Glock mags with it. Sould be lots of fun with the 33 round mags. I have a dozen different Rugers and everyone of them have been 100% reliable. I think Ruger hit a homerun with this one.

  17. Chicago Mike on January 14, 2018 at 11:07 am

    When these first came out years ago, (in 9mm and .40) I never bought one. A police officer in the suburbs used one in 9mm to dispatch a bad guy in a Walmart parking lot who kidnapped a woman’s baby. He started counting down, saying he was going to kill the baby. One shot to the head from a distance that I do not remember saved the day. After Ruger discontinued those rifles, I saw one used in .40 cal at a gun store and bought it with 3 12-round mags. I absolutely love this little rifle! Accurate, low-recoil, reliable. It made me wish that I had bought one of each when they first came out. I don’t know why Ruger insists on the takedown feature, not only for this gun but also for the Challenger 22 pistol. I find it ridiculous for the pistol, and cannot understand why it is needed on a short carbine. My daughter and I will be getting one of these regardless, just wish it didn’t have the takedown.

  18. Troy on January 20, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    It makes me laugh when someone says that a gun costs to much by about the same amount as they will spend on ammo the first time they take it out. Make one less trip to range and have a gun you can shoot forever.

    Also, why not a takedown. I like the feature primarily for ease of cleaning, but also a good safety feature. Have you heard of an accidental shooting from a disassembled gun?

    Now, as for all the comments on no significant gain with the longer barreled rifle vs handgun. To me there is a great gain. Not in velocity, but in ability for me to hit the target shooting a rifle as opposed to a handgun. I am sure that applies to a great number of people. Most will shoot a rifle more accurately. Just as a longer barrel on a handgun with greater distance between sights aids in more accurate shooting, not that it is any more accurate.

    Fun factor. Great platform for inexperienced shooters in training. One can work way up to handgun. While safety measures need to be well adhered to regardless, I feel more comfortable with new shooters starting on rifle.

    Low recoil rifle. Perhaps cheapest centerfire to shoot.

    Did I say fun?

    Be safe. Be smart. Think.

  19. Fred C. on January 24, 2018 at 4:43 am

    What date can I buy mine here in Stockton , ca.Fred C.

  20. dgiles on March 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    If it’s legal in CA now, just wait. It has a threaded barrel (horrors!) and accepts a magazine (yikes)! The standard G17 magazine holds more than ten rounds. I’m sure the powers that be in Califas will be trying their best to ban this one.

    Why the good people of California keep electing these people to make their laws is a mystery. It has become a rogue state, ignoring the Constitution whenever they feel like it.

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