Why the Glock 19X and Colt Night Cobra Could be the Most Deadly (New) Guns on the Planet
Ruger has a long history of offering carbines, at one point offering a short rifle in .44 Magnum. The new Ruger Pistol Caliber Carbine (PC Carbine) outwardly resembles the venerable Ruger 10/22 rifle with a pistol magazine protruding from underneath. The carbine has a 16.125-inch fluted barrel and breaks down into two seperate pieces for ease of carrying. The barrel is threaded to boot, allowing easy installation of flash hiders, muzzle brakes, compensators, or even suppressors.
The PC Carbine comes in nine-millimeter Parabellum caliber and can take both Ruger and Glock pistol magazines—a smart move, considering Glock sells more semiautomatic pistols than Ruger does. The stock has an adjustable length of pull, for those with longer or shorter arms, and the upper receiver has a full length Picatinny rail for attaching optical sights.
Mossberg, an American company well known for affordable shotguns and rifles, introduced its new, magazine-fed shotgun at SHOT 2018 this year. The Mossberg 590M is similar to the company’s other 500-series pump-action shotguns, but is fed from an external, detachable box magazine. While other Mossberg 590s max out at a nine round tubular magazine, the 590M can accept five-, ten-, fifteen- and even twenty-round magazines.
Mossberg claims that the magazine-fed system also allows users to more quickly change ammunition types—for example, from buckshot to solid slugs—with a simple swapping of magazines. Although heavy, Mossberg says the magazines hang from the shotgun’s center of gravity, making the overall package easier to handle.
Kyle Mizokami is a defense and national security writer based in San Francisco who has appeared in the Diplomat, Foreign Policy, War is Boring and the Daily Beast. In 2009 he cofounded the defense and security blog Japan Security Watch. You can follow him on Twitter: @KyleMizokami.
This first appeared in January.