[SHOT ’17] Nordic Components Announces Modular Pistol Caliber Carbine

Nordic Components Modular Pistol Caliber Carbine

Nordic Components Modular Pistol Caliber Carbine

Nordic Components has joined the legion of manufacturers of AR-15-based pistol caliber carbines but with a neat little twist. The Nordic Pistol Caliber Carbine will feature a removable, interchangeable, modular magazine well system that will allow for the use of different makes and models of pistol magazines.

Shooters who have been paying attention to the worlds of IDPA and USPSA competition shooting will know that the pistol caliber carbine (PCC) is red hot these days. The PCC now has classifications and divisions in both shooting sport’s governing bodies.

The Nordic Components Pistol Caliber Carbine touts the ability to lock back on an empty magazine, a feature that Nordic Components says is critical to both a defensive and competition use. The Nordic Components Pistol Caliber Carbine upper, lower and handguard are machined from 7075 billet aluminum and look pretty slick to this writer. The NC-3 handguard is a freefloat design that uses the Magpul M-LOK attachment design.

Initially the Nordic Components Pistol Caliber Carbine will be offered with the most popular calibers and configurations, in this case 9mm, GLOCK magazines and S&W M&P magazines in 16 inch rifle configuration, 8.5 inch SBR configuration, and a 8.5 inch pistol version. Nordic promises additional magwells and caliber in the future.

To learn more about the NC-PCC just follow the linky.




Scott is a firearms enthusiast and gun hobbyist whose primary interest is the practical application of gun ownership. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he hosts and blogs for The Firearms Podcast, a podcast and blog about gun stuff by gun people. Scott is a 20-year veteran of the USAF and been a member of his base, state and the All Guard marksmanship teams. He can be reached via email at scott@thefirearmspodcast.com


  • Twilight sparkle

    So it’s like a mini hydra

    • randomswede

      My thoughts exactly; a pistol caliber only Hydra.

      Although MGI hasn’t really done a great job at providing that plethora of magwells that you’d expect from a product that’s been around quite a few years now.
      The system hinges on needing only one rifle for all your calibers and just have one very nice trigger, one very nice red dot, one set of good furniture.
      But right now they have three magwells in their online store, I can see how some people would lose interest at that point.
      However the barrel is still quickchange on the upper so you can go from .300 BO to 5.56 at the range.

  • Jack Morris

    nope. Great idea, but not at that price.

    • Slovko

      My thoughts exactly.

      • Jack Morris

        I would much rather see a company come up with a really sturdy and reliable mag-block and upper combo. I’ve been toying with the idea of going through the NFA process to SBR a lower, but I’m not doing the whole song and dance for a dedicated pistol lower.

        • Joe

          Glock mag block would sell, if that plus lower is less than a dedicated lower.

    • DataMatters

      What’s funny is, I had this same idea about 15 years ago (as did plenty of other guys) and did the math and yeah, it wasn’t too economical. The value is even worse now when you can find lowers for as low as $50.

      • Jack Morris

        It’s more about the economical value of my time. I don’t want to give the feds more than I have to (hence registering 1 lower for $200 that can be used with a wide variety of uppers.) Since the NFA process is so time consuming and tedious, I don’t want to do it any more times than I have to. I bought a dedicated 22lr silencer a while back and now I’m kicking myself for not just getting a 45 can, that can be used on all of my pistols.

    • Porty1119

      Yikes! $1600 is way, way too steep.

      • Sunshine_Shooter

        I saw a national-level competitor do the math on it. The cost savings between the cost of rifle rounds vs pistol rounds across 10,000 rounds a year makes the gun pay for itself. I can put the link in here if you care to look for yourself.

        • Ebby123

          I would think the solution then would be a drop-in PC conversion kit for an AR, not a PC ONLY AR.

          Just thinking out loud..

          • Sunshine_Shooter

            I didn’t say a normal person could justify it…

    • jrt 82

      Well, if you only have Glocks, then yea it’s too expensive.
      On the other hand, if you have Glocks, Xd’s, S&W and M9’s then the cost is reasonable.

  • Shankbone

    That’s pretty slick.

  • Aono

    Wake me up when they’re available in best mm.

    • Bruh

      .50 Action Express?

      • Jack Morris

        I think he meant 25acp

    • Klaus Von Schmitto

      LOL. I know what your doing there.

  • Ark

    There is no real reason to spend more than $500 on a PCC.

  • noob

    so which is better – Nordic Components Pistol Caliber Carbine or Ares/FightLite MXR?

  • Harry’s Holsters

    Now if this had a QD barrel and a 10mm option I’d be all over it. Unless you’re changing calibers I think the magwell thing is over rated.