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Old 11-28-2005, 01:11 PM   #1
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Need work on Ruger PC9 Carbine

The Ruger PC9 9mm Police Carbine is supposed to weigh 6.37 lbs, according to Ruger specs, but mine actually came in at 7 lbs. I'm positive I weighed it right. (Gun Tests magazine also had one at 7 lbs.)

Ruger didn't have a clear explanation of why it was overweight, or a fix - except for a total refund, price and all costs. They are good people.

I'd like to find a gunsmith who would know how to reduce mine to about 6.2 lbs, if possible and safe. I like the gun a lot.

Many thanks. adk
 
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Old 11-29-2005, 06:58 PM   #2
 
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Let me make sure I got this right. You're upset because it's weight is just under 3/4 lb. over the listed catalog weight? :roll: Perhaps someone could flute the barrel, and make lightening cuts in the reciever to bring the weight down. My PC9 comes in at 7 lbs. on the nose. Perhaps a PC4 would weigh closer to your desired weight.
 
Old 11-30-2005, 07:56 AM   #3
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Right. It's easy to see why 7 pounds is way too much for a 9mm carbine.

As for Ruger's published specs, the gun is 11% overweight. First time I've seen anything near this much.

Appreciate the input. adk
 
 
Old 12-01-2005, 09:35 AM   #4
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PC4 lighter than the PC9?

Thanks for the idea on the PC4 maybe being lighter. I talked to Ruger about it and they said the same barrel is used for the 9 and the 40, and the bigger hole makes the 40 lighter - so I ordered one.
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I saw on the Ruger Forum that the PC carbines are to be discontinued. Too bad, if this is true. Seems like they are great little guns for the civilian. My PC9 is very accurate with just the ghost ring, and has never malfunctioned in any way, no matter how hot or filthy.
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Thanks again.......adk
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Old 12-01-2005, 08:00 PM   #5
 
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Re: PC4 lighter than the PC9?

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Originally Posted by adk
I saw on the Ruger Forum that the PC carbines are to be discontinued. Too bad, if this is true. Seems like they are great little guns for the civilian. My PC9 is very accurate with just the ghost ring, and has never malfunctioned in any way, no matter how hot or filthy.
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Thanks again.......adk
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Bummer! Great little carbine, rugged as hell, and as accurate as anything in it's class. Almost totally devoid of recoil. They do seem to need a trigger job out of the box, but almost everything else does too.
 
Old 01-02-2006, 08:23 PM   #6
 
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Ruger PC

It would be a shame if Ruger indeed discontinues the autopistol carbines.

ADK, due respect, but I think you are worrying too much about too little.
My 9mm weighs 6.5 lbs, sans sling and magazine, or at least two spring scales here claim that is the weight.
I'd be hesitant trading to a .40 just to shed the extra weight. I realize the forty has more thow weight and frontal area, but gives away what, four rounds in the magazine?
In the nine's favor are the larger magazine capacity, and a nice velocity boost in the carbine barrel...1500 for CorBon 115s.
Also in the nine's favor is cheap ammo for easy practice.
Your gun and your choice.
Moon
 
Old 01-02-2006, 08:36 PM   #7
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The 40 came and it weighs about 7 pounds, instead of 6-3/8 like the catalog says. Unbelievable.

adk
 
Old 01-05-2006, 05:50 PM   #8
 
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I guess all you can do is have the barrel fluted. A gunsmith might be able to do a few lightening cuts on the reciever and maybe mill off the scope mounts, if you don't use them. Maybe you could do something with the stock, too. Have you had the buttplate off?
 
Old 01-13-2006, 12:00 PM   #9
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I took the 7.2-pound PC9 apart and weighed all the parts. The barrel is very thick-walled, the whole length, and a lot could come off of it. Maybe 4 or 5 ounces total.

And maybe a LITTLE can come off of the massive weight assembly they have attached to the bolt (to dampen blowback, I guess). And a little off the stock here and there.

I might get it down to 6.5 pounds. I thought maybe a gunsmith could get it down to 6, or less. He would know how much can be taken off the action and the barrel without compromising accuracy or safety.

Weight adds up fast and excess weight, just a couple ounces, is easy to detect. When you consider that just one ounce = 5 quarters, every ounce counts. Especially if you would like to mount a light and maybe a red dot or something.

I know from Ruger that they wont fix it. I keep it because I like the gun.

Thanks for the input. I appreciate it. adk
 
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