A Tale Of Two PC Carbines (Part 1)

For as long as I can remember I have liked the idea of carbines chambered in pistol calibers. It worked pretty well in the American West when folks frequently carried a long gun and hand gun that used the same cartridge. It simplifies logistics (one round for two weapons) when you have to travel light. The recoil and muzzle blast from a Pistol Caliber (PC) carbine within the home is significantly less than from a similar weapon chambered in a rifle cartridge. They are also cheap to shoot and practice with. Around here 9mm is about half the price per round of even the cheapest rifle ammo.

I like this idea so much I have two lever action carbines chambered in .38/.357 to match the majority of my revolvers. I also have a nice Winchester Trapper in .44 Special/.44 Magnum as well to go with my Smith & Wesson model 69. What I have not had (until recently) is a long gun to partner with my 9mm semi-automatics.

My requirements list wasn’t particularly long. I wanted it to be reliable, reasonably light weight, able to take Glock magazines and mount an optic.

Ruger PC Carbine

The Ruger PC Carbine seemed to fit the bill perfectly. It also had the added bonus of being a take down. When I first handled the Ruger I was shocked at the weight and thickness of the receiver. It looks so much like a 10/22 and had been compared so often to the 10/22 that I had it in my mind that it would feel like just like a 10/22 and weigh about the same. After resetting my expectations and handling one a few more times I shot to the top of my wish list. I whined for one for long enough that Wonderful Wife bought me one for Christmas.

The CZ Scorpion Evo 3 did not meet one of my core requirements (it doesn’t use Glock magazines) but it was still on my wish list.


First, I think it is drop dead sexy, especially in FDE.

Scorpion Evo 3 (Drop Dead Sexy)

Second, I would grab one at every gun show I went to and shoulder it. It just felt right in my hands and when I shouldered it. While it is only a few ounces light than the Ruger it feels significantly lighter. This is probably because of how slim it is overall.

When the Demonrats now in charge of the House proposed their new Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) I went ahead and bought the Scorpion. Partially, I did this out of protest. Partially, I did this because although the White House and Senate should prevent any bills passed by the House from making into law you never know in what will happen in Washington. The other reason I did this is because I have been wanting one for a long time and it was time to take it off the wish list.

So…now that I have the two PC Carbines that were on my wish list, what else is there to do besides do a side by side comparison?

I should be able to post an initial overview next week after that the posts will be a little slower in coming to give me more time with these rifles.

Take care and God bless.


Three Inch .357 Magnum Ruger LCRx

Ruger has gone and done it again. They seem to be really good at waiting until I purchase something that is close to what I want and then releasing the exact thing I was wanting. On the flip side, maybe I am just not patient enough…

Three Inch Ruger LCRx in .357 Magnum

In this case I just purchased a short barreled LCRx in .357 Magnum after deciding that Ruger wouldn’t release a three inch version. Well, yesterday I received an email that they did indeed release a three inch .357 Magnum LCRx…Doh!

I probably won’t run out and drop the cash on this model immediately, since I just bought the snubbie version, but one may make it into the safe at some point in time. Now that Ruger has taken the plunge on a three inch .357 Magnum LCRx it is very possible that a 9mm or .327 Magnum version could follow at some point. Both of which would also be very high on my “I want” list!

Take care and God bless!

The Police Have No Duty To Protect You

A judge in Florida, ruling on a case brought by Parkland school students, reaffirmed several previous legal precedents in ruling that the police had no responsibility to protect students. Again, this is nothing new. It falls in line with previous rulings by various courts including the Supreme Court of the United States.

In each case they have found that it is not the officer’s duty to protect any individual.

Most police officers do see this as their own personal duty and would do whatever they can (within the departmental restrictions) to “civilians.”

So, what does that mean or matter?

What this boils down to is simple; you are responsible for your own safety and protection. The state, the police, the school administrators, your boss…none of them are responsible for your safety. You are. If this is true in relatively good times what will happen during an economic collapse, a pandemic, a natural disaster or “civil unrest?”

Be trained, be equipped and be prepared to defend yourself and those you love…

Take care and God bless.

Range Report: P365 Five Hundred Round Update

This will be a fairly short update because there is very little to report. The little SIG P365 ran through another 200 rounds (199 actually) without only one hiccup and that was an ammunition issue. One round failed to fire. There was a good indentation on the primer and the other firearms I had with me failed to fire that round either so I am chalking that up to a defective round. I should have brought it hope and opened it up but I didn’t think about it.

That’s 500 rounds of mixed ammunition, including Hornady, Speer, CCI, Magtech, Fiocchi, my own reloads, and S&B, and both FMJ and HP with no firearm related failures or malfunctions. It went through the entire testing without being cleaned or oiled.

There were no changes to accuracy or point of impact during the testing.

One note, it does appear that there is a little striker drag happening. I don’t know what this will mean for long term reliability and I will continue to watch it. I will also check my Glock 43 and see if I see any indications of this with rounds fired from it.

At this point the little SIG will get a good cleaning, a touch of oil and then after a function test will start to work its way into my carry rotation.

I really can’t say enough good things about this little pistol. It shoots well. It has proven itself reliable so far and it offers a significant improvement in capacity over similar sized pistols including the Glock 43 that I have carried for several years now. I really like it a lot.

Take care and God bless.

The Best .38 Special Ammunition For Self Defense

Smith & Wesson Model 36

I don’t think I have shared this before but if I did I apologize but it is very good information to have on hand if you carry a .38 Special for self-defense either has a primary or a backup.

Greg Ellifritz posted this article on this topic in September (Link)and I think it is good enough and valuable enough that I wanted to make sure I had passed it on.

In summary, here are the top rounds recomended and a link to some test results:

Speer Gold Dot 135 grain Hollowpoint (13.1″ penetration and expansion to .56 in bare gelatin)
Winchester Ranger 130 grain Bonded Hollowpoint (12.75″ penetration and expansion to .56 in bare gelatin)
Corbon DPX 110 grain copper Hollowpoint (13″ penetration and expansion to .52 in bare gelatin)

He also suggested considering the old standby 148 grain full wadcutter. Personally, I am very tempted to go with this round. The recoil is extremely mild and follow up shots are very quick. The accuracy has been awesome as well, shooting to point of aim consistently which you don’t always get from the other rounds recommended.

For the moment, I keep a small supply of them on hand for practice rounds and as a backup to pure self-defense rounds when traveling to parts of the US more restrictive gun laws. This is one of my favorite bullets to reload as well.

Anyway, if you carry a .38 Special take a look at it and maybe (like I have) bookmark it for future reference.

Take care and God bless

Post Election Calm – Nevermind

Well, I guess I am actually 0 for 2 now. Because of the tone of most of the leftist speeches I watched on election night and the fact that there were few reports of violence I thought that maybe we had turned a corner and the threat of violence in this nation was reduced.

I was, quite obviously wrong.

Fox network personality Tucker Carlson had protesters show up at his home and according to reports they banged on windows and doors while chanting “We want you to know, we know where you sleep at night,” and “Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!”

And protests are planned in Portland tonight…

Take care and God Bless.

Change Of Plans: No Hammer This Weekend

I purchased the Smith & Wesson Model 69 (The Hammer) the other day to be by sidearm when hunting and engaging in other outdoor activities where I might encounter a serious threat from the wildlife. Unfortunately, life, the universe and poor planning on my part have put me in a position where The Hammer will stay home for my fist hunt of the season.

With my current workload (personal, business and spiritual) I did not have enough time to order the ammo I want to use. Few local gun stores carry .44 Magnum and almost none carry .44 Special. I could get a decent .44 Magnum load but no shot shells locally. So it would have to be an Internet purchase and there is no time left for that. Even worse I haven’t found a good carry holster for this monster locally so that will have to be an internet purchase as well and, again, no time.

Instead of The Hammer, my Smith & Wesson 340 will get the call. I already have shot shells in .38 caliber on hand and .357 Magnum is a bit more common down here so I was able to grab a box of 158 grain soft-points that ought to suffice against all but the biggest and most determined critters. I also carry this revolver regularly and have several holsters that work quite well already.

This weekend’s hunting carry

We are heading out after deer and the area we will be hunting does not have anywhere near the feral hog population that we have down here in Texas. We will not be near any alligator infested waterways either. On the other hand, there is a slightly higher likelihood of encountering black bears in the area and we will be bow hunting so I won’t have a long gun with me. All in all, I have no doubt that the .357 Magnum should be just fine. It is significantly lighter and easier to conceal for travel through populated areas. I was just hoping to be able to bring The Hammer along.

Take care and God bless.