Travel Gun

#1
So in the wake of COVID 19 and also an upcoming PCS I have I have developed a “requirement” for a travel gun to augment my EDC gun. This is not a truck gun in the typical sense of a long gun in a rifle caliber but more of a small weapon that is compatible with what I already have.

Requirements

  1. Reliable
  2. Small enough to be fired from inside vehicle with all windows rolled up
  3. Effectively engage threats from 0-35 yds
  4. Feed from 9mm Glock mags
  5. Small enough to stow next to driver seat
  6. Suppressor ready
  7. Optics ready
  8. Able to mount a sufficient duty grade weapon light
  9. Not overly expensive
Possible Solution

After going back and forth with some different platforms both physically and conceptually (AR9, MPX, G17 w/ Flux brace) and talking with some friends who have both similar and different points of view on weapons and their employment I have come to the conclusion that the weapon that will meet most if not all of my requirements is the Ruger PC9 Charger. From my research and LIMITED hands on experience with the full sized Ruger PC Carbine I feel the Charger fills requirements 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8. The Charger also likely fills requirements 1 and 4 but those won’t be verified until I can find only locally and convince the shop to let me try sticking it into my truck without buying it first and also put a significant amount of ammo through it (800-1.5k rds).

Ruger PC Charger Pistol Specs
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel: 6.5 inches (Threaded ½ x 28)
  • Overall Length: 16.5 inches
  • Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Height: 5.6 inches
  • Grip: AR15 compadable
  • Sights: Picatinny Rail
  • Action: Semi-Automatic
  • Capacity: 15/17/33 Ruger and Glock Magazine depending on magwell
  • MSRP: $799
Configuration

So now the fun part, kitting out the gun. So starting off with the actual weapon it will get the aluminum MCX style folding brace from SB tactical and a MOE-K pistol grip, both are my preferred set up on my MPX.

For the optic it will be an RDS I have a mix of Aimpoints, Trijicons, and Holosuns so whatever is not gainfully employed on another weapon is what will go on it.

For lights I would most likely go for a Modlite 18350 body with a OKW/PLHv2 head attached to a unity Hot Button. If the hot button doesn’t work or compromises compactness beyond what I need it will get a standard pressure pad.

I would like the capability to suppress the gun for my hearing sake but that can left off depending on where I am traveling. Would be a can with about a 4-6 inch form factor.

Conclusion

So having presented my requirements and possible solution I am looking for feedback to see if this is in fact the way to go or if a better solution exist that I either missed or ignored. Something to keep in mind is that I understand that the likely hood of me employing this weapon is SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER than me needing to employ my EDC gun which is also a low probability. This weapon is intended to be a small aggressively minded weapon to even the odds in a robbery ambush or multiple attacker situation. I also attached an image of kinda what the gun will look like minus the light setup.
 
#3
I did consider their MP17 (The M17 thing they did) but due to lack of availability and price of that product including the cost of the M17 and mags I don't think it will work for me. Also the do not yet make a brace for the P80 frame which is what all of my "Glocks" have on them. If they bring one to market I think it would be the way to go as well.
 
#6
Folded in half it’s 16”. A 16” barrel would probably push 147 HST at about 1100 to 1125 FPS. A little fast snd may cause jacket/core separation but I’ll settle for that if the penetration is good. Mine is in a fold top bag from CountyComm in my vehicle all the time. With practice I can get it out of the bag unfolded and a round chambered in 6 seconds.
 
#7
Grand Power Stibog, while I don't own one, my training partner runs one of these to great effect. Like you, I think that I want a PDW for travel as well. This is making my personal short list. They are getting hard to find though.

 
#8
Folded in half it’s 16”. A 16” barrel would probably push 147 HST at about 1100 to 1125 FPS. A little fast snd may cause jacket/core separation but I’ll settle for that if the penetration is good. Mine is in a fold top bag from CountyComm in my vehicle all the time. With practice I can get it out of the bag unfolded and a round chambered in 6 seconds.
I need to correct my velocity figures above. Those numbers are if you’re running 147+P HST. Standard pressure 147 HST would probably be about 1050 to a bit under 1100 FPS.
 
#9
Grand Power Stibog, while I don't own one, my training partner runs one of these to great effect. Like you, I think that I want a PDW for travel as well. This is making my personal short list. They are getting hard to find though.
Good option but does not meet requirement 4 and 9. It has to feed from Glock mgs because I do not want to grab a backup mag from somewhere else in my cab.