FIRST LOOK: Ruger PC Charger Pistol

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The new Ruger PC Charger pistol is a cut down version of the company’s PC Carbine. (T. Logan Metesh/)

With all the spread of the coronavirus shutting down all kinds of public events and leaving gun shop racks and shelves bare, Ruger decided to release a little positivity into the world. Originally planned to be announced in early April, the gunmaker released its brand new Ruger PC Charger a few weeks early.

The PC Charger’s chassis system accepts standard AR pistol grips and the aluminum handguard has Magpul M-LOK-compatible slots at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions for easy mounting of rails and accessories. The 6 o’clock position features a factory-installed handstop for secure support-hand placement.

Like its big brother, the new PC Charger has a takedown barrel and handguard that is extremely quick and easy to remove. It also has a rail at the rear of the receiver for attaching a brace.

Like its big brother, the new PC Charger has a takedown barrel and handguard that is extremely quick and easy to remove. It also has a rail at the rear of the receiver for attaching a brace. (T. Logan Metesh/)

It also features a Picatinny rail on the back of the receiver for attaching a folding pistol brace, which, when combined with the easy take-down of the barrel, makes for an incredibly compact package perfect for use as a truck gun, a home-defense firearm, or even a survival gun, as the broken down gun would easily fit in a backpack.

These models also maintain several hallmark features of the original PC Carbine, including an interchangeable magwell system that allows the pistol to accept Ruger Security-9 and SR9 magazines, as well as Glock double-stack magazines; a reversible magazine release and charging handle to accommodate right- or left-handed use; a simple takedown mechanism to allow for quick separation of the barrel/forend assembly from the action; a threaded barrel, and more.

The author attached a Crimson Trace CMR-204 laser light combo to one of the M-Lok accessory slots in the handguard and topped the pistol with a CTS-1400 red dot, also from CT.

The author attached a Crimson Trace CMR-204 laser light combo to one of the M-Lok accessory slots in the handguard and topped the pistol with a CTS-1400 red dot, also from CT. (T. Logan Metesh/)

Because of the aforementioned craziness, I’ve not yet had a chance to shoot this gun or even add all of the accessories to it for proper testing—but it’s off to a good start. For example, I’ve put a Crimson Trace CMR-204 on to provide a light and green laser and a Crimson Trace CTS-1400 red-dot optic.

To round out the package, I’ll be adding a SIG Sauer folding PCB kit, which is currently on its way.

Once I’ve got that on hand, it’ll be off to the range, so stay tuned!

A studio shot of the new Ruger PC Charger with no accessories attached, other than the factory-included handstop.

A studio shot of the new Ruger PC Charger with no accessories attached, other than the factory-included handstop. (Ruger/)

Ruger PC Charger QUICK SPECS:

  • <b>Handguard:</b> M-LOK Attachment Slots
  • <b>Capacity:</b> 17 (but will accept higher capacity 9mm Glock mags)
  • <b>Weight:</b> 5.2 lb.
  • <b>Barrel Length:</b> 6.50″
  • <b>Overall Length: </b>16.50″
  • <b>Stock:</b> None (includes rail for brace attachment)
  • <b>Sights:</b> None (includes top rail for optics)
  • <b>Barrel Feature:</b> Threaded
  • <b>Thread Pattern:</b> 1/2″-28
  • <b>Barrel Material:</b> Alloy Steel
  • <b>Barrel Finish:</b> Blued
  • <b>Grooves:</b> 6
  • <b>Receiver Material:</b> Aluminum Alloy
  • <b>Receiver Finish: </b>Type III Hard-Coat Anodized
  • <b>Twist:</b> 1:10″ RH
  • <b>MSRP:</b> $799



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