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If you're not already familiar with the Ruger Pistol Caliber Carbine, you should be — go read our review from Issue 25 to see why. In short, it's a versatile and highly-portable takedown carbine that's chambered in 9mm and accepts a variety of pistol magazines (including the ubiquitous Glock mags). Its little brother, the 10/22 Takedown, is a gun that's already wildly popular in the survivalist community and backed by a huge array of aftermarket parts. So, it's no surprise that parts availability for the PC Carbine is growing fast.
At the NRA Annual Meeting last week, we spotted something that caught our interest: the Midwest Industries PC Carbine upgrade package. This three-piece kit includes an aluminum handguard with M-LOK slots, an extended charging handle, and an aluminum buttpad spacer with QD sockets. These items are now available for pre-order at an MSRP of $199 and are expected to start shipping on April 25th. They're also available individually — see below.
The Midwest Industries handguard (MI-CRPC9, $159 MSRP) is 12 inches long, constructed from 6061 hard-anodized aluminum, and weighs 10.9 ounces. It features an 8-sided design with 5 M-LOK slots on each side, and includes a 5-slot polymer M-LOK rail for your small optic of choice. There are also three built-in anti-rotation quick-disconnect (QD) sockets for attaching a sling to the bottom or sides of the handguard.
The charging handle (MI-PC9BH, $17.50 MSRP) is constructed from mag-phosphate-coated 4140 steel. It's longer than the factory handle, knurled for improved grip, and installs onto the factory bolt. Finally, the buttpad spacer (MI-PC9QDSP, $32.50 MSRP) is a 3.2-ounce machined aluminum piece that replaces the factory plastic buttpad spacer. It includes another trio of QD sling swivel sockets. With the handguard and spacer, you'll be able to easily install a QD sling along the bottom of the rifle or on either side.
Check out the video below, taken by RECOILtv at the NRA Annual Meeting:
Interestingly, Ruger also recently began offering several PC Carbine models with their own free-float handguard ($729 MSRP):
However, it's worth noting that the Ruger handguard lacks the 45-degree M-LOK slots (useful for flashlight mounting) and QD sockets found on the Midwest Industries handguard. It's always good to have options, so we're looking forward to seeing how Midwest Industries and other companies continue to expand the PC Carbine aftermarket.