Small, But Mighty: Ruger PC Charger Pistol

Small, But Mighty: Ruger PC Charger Pistol

Ruger PC Charger Pistol 1

Going small, the Ruger PC Charger Pistol is the perfect small and nimble complement to the existing PC Carbine line.

How The PC Charger Pistol Compares To The Carbine Line:

  • Uses the same dead-blow action to mitigate recoil and shorten the bolt stroke.
  • Weighs in much less than the rest at a scant 5.2 pounds.
  • Boasts a nimble 6.5 barrel.
  • Accepts SR, Security-9 and Glock magazines, just like the PC Carbine.

The Ruger PC Carbine has made waves, to say the least. Introduced three years ago, the nifty pistol-caliber long gun—chambered 9mm and now .40 S&W—has been among the company’s most popular guns of recent times. Taking the next logical step, the gunmaker has introduced a compact and nimble variation of the gun—perhaps the perfect complement to the existing carbine.

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Based on the PC Carbine Chassis model, the Ruger PC Charger Pistol comes loaded with many of the same features, expect in a minuscule package. Best of all, it’s priced much like its long-gun cousins, relatively affordable with an MSRP of$799. On the surface, it seems a bit spendy, until you side-by-side the gun with others in its class—namely AR pistols, which by and large eclipse the $1,000 mark.

Mimicking the PC Carbine, the PC Charger Pistol uses a number of the same features, including an interchangeable magazine well. Unarguably an asset, this allows the pistol not only to accept Ruger Security-9 and SR9 magazines, but also ubiquitous Glock double-stacks. Needless to say, this makes the gun easy to feed.

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Furthermore, the PC Charger Pistol is also outfitted with Ruger’s dead-blow action, a nifty design that shortens the blow-back operated pistol’s bolt travel. A dense tungsten weight on the bolt is the secret behind the system and makes the pistol—and the carbine, for that matter—exceptionally mild in the recoil department. A fast shooter as well, given it does a number on muzzle rise, thus makes it quick shot to shot.

A few other notables on the PC Charger Pistol include a reversible mag release and charging handle, glass-filled polymer chassis, hard-coat anodized aluminum handguard with M-Lok attachment points (3, 6 and 9 o’clock), A-2 style grip, butt rail for the attachment of a brace and a factory-installed hand stop. The last feature is on the mark, given it keeps your support hand safe on the 6.5-inch barreled gun—always a concern in such a configuration. Depending on where you reside, the gun ships with either 17- or 10-round SR/Security-9 magazines.

Overall, it’s a tidy package.

PC Charger Pistol Specs
Handguard: M-Lok
Capacity: 10 rds.
Weight: 5.2 lbs.
Barrel Length: 6.5″
Overall Length: 16.5″
Stock Option: Takedown
Sights: None
Grip: A2-style
Barrel Features: Threaded; 1/2″-28
Barrel Material: Alloy Steel; Blued
Grooves: 6
Receiver: Aluminum Alloy; Type III hard-coat anodized
Twist: 1:10″ RH

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Elwood Shelton is the Digital Editor for Gun Digest. He lives in Colorado and has provided coverage on a vast spectrum of topics for GD for more than a decade. Before that, he was an award-winning sports and outdoors reporter for a number of newspapers across the Rocky Mountains. His experience has consisted of covering the spread of chronic wasting disease into the Western Slope of Colorado to the state’s ranching for wildlife programs. His passion for shooting began at a young age, fostered on pheasant hunts with his father. Since then, he has become an accomplished handloader, long-range shooter and avid hunter—particularly mule deer and any low-down, dirty varmint that comes into his crosshairs. He is a regular contributor to Gun Digest Magazine and has contributed to various books on guns and shooting, most recently Lever-Actions: A Tribute to the All-American Rifle.


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