July 16, 2021
By James Tarr
Ruger has seen huge sales with their PC Carbine, and some of those have been to USPSA/IDPA competitors. As a result, a number of companies offer upgraded parts and accessories for the gun suitable for a variety of endeavors, and just about every piece meant for the Carbine will fit on the pistol iteration of it, the PC Charger, which, if possible, seems to be even more popular than the original PC Carbine. The PC Charger has a MIL STD 1913 rail on the back of the pistol. Provided the ATF hasn’t completely reversed itself on the legality of arm braces by the time you’re reading this, a number of companies (SB Tactical, SIG, Gear Head Works) make arm braces which fit the Ruger, and provide vastly increased performance.
Red dots on pistols are all the rage, but not all “pistols” are created equal. Some “large format pistols” like ARs and the Ruger PC Charger don’t just scream for an optic but all sorts of other accessories to upgrade your shooting experience. Tandem Kross manufactures a number of accessories for the Ruger PC Carbine, and I tested some of them on the PC Charger, including an oversize bolt handle, magazine release, and muzzle brake. The muzzle brake did reduce muzzle rise at least 25%, and even with a brake a 9mm is far quieter than a rifle, so I recommend them for big 9mms like the Charger no matter what you plan to use it for. I really like the TK oversize bolt handle, although it makes the brace, when folded, stick out even further from the receiver.
The oversize magazine release might be a good idea on a full-size carbine meant for competition, but this little Charger is quite a bit shorter. I found the palm of my support hand was occasionally far enough back to touch the magazine release. With anything larger than the factory button I fear I would have been dropping mags. Let’s talk about the Ruger’s trigger and trigger pull. The trigger itself is a curved polymer model with a grooved face. Trigger pull on my sample was seven pounds, which is the heaviest trigger pull I’ve ever found on a Ruger PC Carbine/Charger. Most run between five and seven pounds. If you want to upgrade, Volquartsen makes the fabulous TG9 trigger pack for this gun, which provides a crisp 2.25-lb trigger pull and a trigger bow that feels much better under the finger. It completely changes the performance of this pistol.
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About the Author:
James Tarr is a former police officer and private investigator, and is a nationally ranked competitive shooter. He has been writing professionally for 20 years, both magazine articles and books.