Contrary to rumor, the carbine has never been obsolete, and the newer Ruger pistol caliber carbine is ensuring that it rises back to full popularity. With a thoughtfulness of design that is certain to appeal to many shooters, this carbine should be on your must-have list.
What is a Carbine
The shortest definition of a carbine is that it’s a short rifle, though there’s a bit more to it than that. Originally, they were shortened muskets which allowed them to be easily transported in a saddle scabbard. The standard barrel length was 20 to 22 inches, which continues to this day.
The most famous carbine is the Winchester ’73, which was chambered in a .44-40, so a man could get a complimentary pistol and only have to carry one type of cartridges with him. This gave birth to the pistol caliber carbine.
Interestingly, the only difference between a short barrel rifle and a carbine is the barrel length. A short barrel rifle has a barrel length of 16 inches or less, while the carbines today are made between 16 and 24 inches.
Why Choose Ruger’s Pistol Caliber Carbine
Ruger has really done it with their pistol caliber carbine, particularly by making it compatible with the standard Glock magazine. Its normal capacity is 10+1, but for those that want to hit the range and not spend all their time swapping out magazines, there is now a solution.
The rifles use a standard 9mm Luger caliber cartridge, so it’s now easier to find rounds for your carbine. In keeping with the shorter barrel, this rifle is less than 7 pounds, making it not only easier to carry but if you do use it in a saddle scabbard, it’ll keep the weight down.
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