MON | MARCH 16, 2020

Celerant Technology has made the decision to cancel its annual client conference and turn it into a virtual event, due to concerns over the spread of the Coronavirus, COVID-19.
Out of an abundance of caution to limit the possible spread of COVID-19, the National Archery in the Schools Program Alabama State Championship scheduled for April 2-3, 2020, at the Multiplex at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama, has been cancelled.
Due to the COVID-19 situation around the country, the National Shooting Sports Foundation has announced the postponement of its Congressional Fly- In originally scheduled for April 21-22, 2020.

BaseMap Hunting & Fishing is excited to announce their partnership with Ralph and Vicki Cianciarulo from Archer’s Choice to showcase how the most up-to-date and advanced hunting app available can benefit hunters across the nation.
Breakthrough Clean Technologies announces their new partnership with manufacturers’ representation firm Ken Jefferies & Associates.
Those wishing to be trained on monitoring athletes and spectators during CMP sponsored and sanctioned competitions should enroll in the CMP Range Officer Training Courses. The training is offered at Level I, Level II and Level III intervals.

SIG SAUER has reached an agreement to resolve a class action lawsuit alleging that P320 pistols manufactured prior to August 8, 2017, have the ability to fire when the pistol’s slide and barrel are in an unlocked condition. The SIG SAUER P320 pistol continues to meet and exceed all industry safety standards, and it is safe to carry and use in both the pre- and post-upgrade versions, when handled in accordance with the operator’s manual.
Hogue Knives adds the "Trauma" to their knife line. With a 3.4" Bohler N680 steel blade, the Trauma also features a deployable strap cutter, an oxygen valve wrench and a carbide glass breaker.
Designed to accommodate any of the Outdoor Edge 3.5-inch RazorSafe System knives, the new six-piece Skinning-Boning-Gutting combo blade set transforms any Outdoor Edge 3.5-inch RazorSafe knife into a complete field dressing and game processing solution.

Western hunting research and planning is now easier thanks to a new partnership between BaseMap and Eastman’s Hunting Journal. The BaseMap Hunt Research tool will now include Eastman’s Member’s Research Section data to provide app users with the most complete, up-to-date information.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program welcomes the public to join the reopening of the CMP North Store on Thursday, March 19, 2020. The store underwent a transformation and relocation, maintaining its place on the grounds of Camp Perry National Guard Training Facility from its original warehouse site to Building 3 – sharing a location with CMP’s front office and headquarters.
McMillan Fiberglass Stocks has announced its sponsorship of the 2020 Wild West Bass Trail. The Wild West Bass Trail provides a western states venue for competitive anglers and industry sponsors to showcase their skills and products.


The Ruger PC9 is about the same length and weight of a standard fixed stock AR carbine.

Today's feature is from our companion service, the Tactical Wire.

In the last few years I’ve become interested in the handgun/carbine compatibility concept. Carrying one type ammo that will work with your handgun or carbine isn’t a new idea. It’s been around since “cowboy” days – the .44-.40. My version of this is the .38/.357 combo using S&W revolvers and a Marlin lever action. But semi-autos can take it one step further adding the capability of both using the same ammunition and magazines. To investigate this feature I’ve recently acquired a Ruger PC Carbine in 9mm. This is an extremely versatile weapon, and worth investigating for several reasons.

The PC carbine isn’t a new concept for Ruger. In the mid 90’s they introduced the Police Carbine in 9mm and .40 cal., aiming for the law enforcement market. It was basically a beefed-up version of the 10-22 .22 rifles, and used the same mags as Ruger’s P-Series semi-auto handguns. Several departments issued them for patrol use with great reviews, but at the same time departments began shifting to the AR 15 platform for patrol use. Ruger stopped producing the PC’s in 2007, due to lack of demand.

In 2017 Ruger reintroduced the PC carbines, again in 9mm and .40 cal., but with several changes. For one thing, while the new PC uses Ruger mags it comes from the factory with an adapter for Glock mags. It’s a take-down carbine – push a button, twist and separate the PC into a small, two-piece compact package. The charging handle, mounted to the bolt assembly, and the mag release can be swapped from side to side. The polymer stock has removable spacers to adjust length of pull, and there’s the option of an aluminum handguard with M-Lok slots for accessories. The original PC was known for having a “bad” trigger. The new PC has a nice, smooth and crisp trigger. Mine breaks at 5 1/2 lbs., putting it about the same as all my other triggers.

The PC, especially with the vented aluminum handguard, reminds me of the Russian PPSh sub guns. It looks similar, and is close to the same weight and length - about 33 inches long and 6 pounds. However, Ruger’s new PC is all modern.

The PC’s receiver is 7075-T6 aluminum billet, and its “dead blow” action shortens up the chrome moly bolt’s travel, reduces recoil and muzzle rise. The barrels are cold hammer-forged chrome-moly steel, with fluting to reduce weight. There’s an adjustable rear aperture sight, with an adjustable front sight that’s protected by blades. As mentioned above, the trigger – 10/22 components - is great. The adapter for Glock mags is included, plus the Allen wrenches for the swapping, reducing length of pull and moving the charging handle and mag release from side to side. There are models with adjustable AR style stocks and grips, or the option of a traditional style stock. “State Compliant” versions of the PC Carbine come with 10 round mags and non-threaded barrels. Every model is built to withstand hard use.

So, how does it shoot? After covering the specs I’m out space. Tune in next week when I’ll file a range report, plus a few modifications I’ve done to the PC Carbine to equip it for self-defense work.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, which is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary. He is the author of The Book of Two Guns, AR-15 Skills and Drills, has a regular column in American Handgunner and makes some cool knives and custom revolvers. Visit Shootrite’s Facebook page for other details.

Event Calendar

MARCH 20-22
Superstition Mountain Mystery 3-Gun Match

Rio Salado Sportsman Club

Mesa AZ

One Man Shoot Announces 9th Annual Sporting Clays Fundraiser For Prostate Cancer Research and Awareness

Riverside Sporting Clays, 52400 Hwy. 16 Denham Springs, LA 70706

The One Man Shoot is a family friendly sporting clays competition for four person teams that raises funds for Dr. Oliver Sartor’s Prostate Cancer Research Fund at Tulane Cancer Center. for more details and a full event schedule. For additional information, please contact: Amy Kellogg,  or call 504.717.1328; 225.753.8722

APRIL 17-19
NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits

Music City Center - 201 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203 -

Eastern CMP Games & CMP HP Rifle Matches – Camp Butner, Butner, NC

Marksmanship 101 Class CMP

For more information on the Marksmanship 101 Classes, including links to registration, visit the CMP website at

MAY 12-14
2020 National R3 Symposium

Provide a venue for partners focused on the growth of hunting, angling, target shooting, boating, and other outdoor recreation, to gather, learn, discuss and contribute to national efforts to recruit, retain and reactivate participants. 

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (

MAY 15
2020 HSCF Sporting Clays Tournament
8:30 am - 2:30 pm 
Greater Houston Sports Club
6700 McHard Rd, Houston, TX 77053

MAY 16-17
Ridgway Rifle Club – Ridgway, PA

CMP Marksmanship 101 Class

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MAY 29
Camp Atterbury – Edinburgh, IN

CMP Markmanship 101 Class

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