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Ruger PC Charger Pistol

Ruger PC Charger Pistol Review

One of the runaway hits for Ruger has been its 9mm rifle. Building on that success is the new Ruger PC Charger Pistol chambered in 9mm.

Based on the company’s PC Carbine, the new PC Charger Pistol has a wealth of features that will make it a great candidate as an SBR or the addition of an arm brace.

Here’s a quick look at the new pistol.

Quick Note

I’m a fan of the original Ruger PC Carbine. It proved to be an excellent shooter and had the feeling of being a quality build.

While the PC Charger Pistol is likely to be more of a niche gun, I fully expect it to be an excellent shooter.

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Palmetto State Armory PS9 Dagger: $300 Glock Killer [UPDATED]

At the 2020 SHOT Show, Palmetto State Armory announced a new 9mm pistol called the PS9 Dagger.

With its combination of features and price, the new gun stands to make quite a splash in the industry.

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Chiappa CBR-9 Black Rhino Pistol: New Personal Defense Handgun

Chiappa CBR-9 Pistol

On the heels of its PDW announcement earlier in the year, Chiappa Firearms has another new gun based on the same design. Called the CBR-9 Black Rhino pistol, the new handgun will officially roll out at the 2020 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.

The new pistol uses a steel “upper” receiver that holds all of the mechanical components save the ejector and magazine. Those parts are housed in the polymer lower receiver that also forms the pistol grip.

Chiappa uses a blowback system in the Black Rhino. According to the company, the system is “improved and efficient” with a bolt that is about 50% of the weight of competing products.

Chambered in 9mm, the gun uses proprietary 18-round magazines. The company stated the magazine design is a patented design that prevents the deformation of the feed lips for improved reliability. In other words, don’t expect to slip a 33-round Glock magazine into place.

Good news, however. The company suggests larger magazine capacities may be available at a later date. This would seem to be an obvious play on its part.

One of the most interesting aspects of this new pistol is the collapsible arm brace. Similar to the shoulder stock on the PDW, the arm brace can make this gun extremely compact for transport and provide the additional bracing for someone to shoot the gun more accurately with one hand.

Low profile fiber optic sights are standard, while a top Picatinny rail allows for the addition of a red dot or some other optic. There are also side rails for lights and additional gear.

A few years back, Chiappa introduced the AK-9. That was an AK-style pistol that fed from Beretta 92 magazines. The CBR-9 pistol looks far more refined.

The original personal defense weapon that the Chiappa CBR-9 pistol is based on was unveiled at the 2019 IWA Outdoor Classics trade show in Nuremberg, Germany. To my eye, the CBR-9 Black Rhino pistol bears a passing resemblance to the HK MP7 PDW. I’m not suggesting the one is a copy or clone of the other – just that they have a resemblance. Here’s hoping the Chiappa is more affordable than the HK.

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SCCY DVG1 – New Striker-Fired 9mm Pistol

SCCY DVG1

Florida-based SCCY appears ready to launch a new striker-fired pistol called the DVG1. (Scroll down for updates including the crazy price on the red dot version.)

Print advertising for the new SCCY DVG1 handgun appeared in magazines this week though the company does not have any mention of it on its website. Nevertheless, the ad does include a significant amount of information about the new pistols.

The start with, the guns appear to be thinner versions of the existing 9mm CPX-1 and -2 handguns. The lengths and heights are identical – 6.01″ and 5.06″ respectively – but the width has been narrowed from 1.40″ to a svelt 1.0″.

A thinner body has not impacted its capacity. Magazines hold 10 rounds of 9mm ammunition each. This puts up to 11 rounds in the shooter’s hand before a reload is needed. Unloaded, the guns weigh 15.5 ounces.

SCCY DVG1 9mm

The really big change for the company is that this gun is a striker-fired pistol. Prior guns from SCCY have been hammer-fired.

Moving to a striker system, SCCY was able to drop the factory trigger pull to about 5.5 pounds. This is substantially less than the company’s other offerings that have a long, moderately heavy pull.

No suggested price is listed for the SCCY DVG1, but I suspect that will be forthcoming shortly.

Specifications

 

SCCY DVG1

caliber

9mm

capacity

10+1

action

striker-fired

barrel length

3.1"

overall length

6.01"

height

5.06"

weight

15.5 oz

grip

polymer

finish

matte black

MSRP

$289, $389 for red dot version

I would not be surprised to see a number of follow-on handguns such as a DVG2 that incorporates a manual thumb safety. Likewise, a .380 ACP version of the gun may also be in the works. We’ll just have to wait and see.

I’ve previously handled, shot and reviewed a number of SCCY pistols including a prototype of the CPX-3. With a single exception, all of the guns shot well and were completely reliable. The sole exception was a CPX-2 pistol that was fixed and returned to me within a week.

SCCY DVG1 review

I look forward to seeing the DVG-1 at the upcoming SHOT Show and getting it on the range for some shooting.

Update

SCCY officially announced the DVG-1 today, and the company added a twist: a second model with a Crimson Trace red dot. This model is designated the DVG-1RD and will come with the CT optic factory mounted.

SCCY DVG-1RD

The optic used is the Crimson Trace CTS-1500. While the CTS-1500 is not listed on the Crimson Trace website, it is the same pistol red dot that is used on the existing SCCY red dot pistols. The closest product on the CT website is the CTS-1400 that uses a 3.25 MOA dot and has an MSRP of $299.

Crimson Trace backs the CTS-1500 optic with a 3-year warranty. It uses a 3.5 MOA dot. The DVG-1RD will only cost $100 more than the standard model. For a factory-mounted, brand name red dot that seems to be a very good deal.

A couple of additional pieces of information about the new guns.

Unlike prior SCCY pistols, the DVG-1 and DVG-1RD will have flat triggers. This style of trigger is enjoyed by many people, but it is a personal preference thing. I don’t know of any data that supports one style of trigger being better than another for accuracy or speed.

Additionally, the company clarified that it will use the Quadlock barrel in this gun. The Quadlock was first used on the company’s .380 ACP pistols.

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Smith & Wesson M&P 9EZ Shield

Smith & Wesson M&P 9EZ

Building on the success of the M&P 380EZ, Smith & Wesson is introduced the new M&P9 EZ today.

The new gun blends the easy-racking slide of the original pistol with the more powerful 9mm cartridge. This means that people with reduced hand strength are no longer handicapped by the comparatively low powered .380 ACP.

Features of the new M&P 9EZ include:

  • a slide that is easy to manipulate
  • a slide with tapered rear slide serrations
  • magazines with a loading tab for easier insertion of rounds
  • reversible magazine release
  • a one-piece trigger design

In the above video, Julie Golob gives you an introduction to the pistol.

Standard ModelCrimson Trace Model
caliber9mm9mm
capacity8+18+1
actioninternal hammer firedinternal hammer fired
barrel length3.675"3.675"
overall length6.8"6.8"
weightapproximately 23.2 ozapproximately 23.8 oz
sights3 white dot3 white dot and Crimson Trace Red Laserguard
grippolymerpolymer
finishmatte blackmatte black
MSRP$479$479

Guns will be available with and without a thumb safety. All of the pistols will have a grip safety.

Easy to Load Smith Wesson MP 9EZ

Smith & Wesson is also offering a version of the gun with a Crimson Trace Laserguard that uses a red aiming laser. Lasers can be very useful for people when a traditional sight picture is unavailable. For example, if you are knocked to the ground or are using cover that precludes the alignment of gun and eye.

At this time, Smith & Wesson lists all versions of the M&P 9EZ at the same price: $479. It would seem that there is no additional charge for getting the pistol with the Crimson Trace Laserguard.

I found Palmetto State Armory is currently offering the 9mm EZ pistols for $399 here.