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Ruger PC9 Carbine 9mm

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This is a well-built product, and we couldn't fault its function. But it didn't shoot as well as the Hi-Point with the ammo we selected, and it needs better sights, in our view. Ruger did not supply rings with this gun, and it needs a red dot or low-magnification scope to help the shooter place his shots more accurately.

Ruger PC9 Carbine 9mm

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We thought the Ruger wasn't as fast handling as the Hi-Point because it required the shooter to adopt a lower head position on the gun. Also, the traditional pistol grip didn't offer the same control as the 995's grip, in our view.
Even though the Ruger was heavier and had a rubber recoil pad, it seemed to recoil more. But we did notice the Ruger developed more velocity.
We found it harder to shoot the Ruger's front post and rear notch accurately.
One of the Ruger's big advantages is the availability of pre-ban 15-round magazines commonly sold with the company's pistols. That would supplement the capacity of the supplied 10-round double howstacks significantly.

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