Nordic Components NCPCC | SHOT 2017

I had the pleasure of being introduced to the Nordic Components peeps at Range Day by “Lefty” (of Talking Lead). They had a pretty interesting innovation–their NCPCC (Nordic Components Pistol Caliber Carbine) which is modular lower receiver.

How it works, if you are not familiar with their setup, is by changing out the magwell. Basically the entire magwell all the way to the chamber is interchangable, allowing you the use of more than one style of magazine. Right now, they offer the ability to swap between Glock or M&P magazines (9mm), with additional calibers and supported magazines coming soon. You don’t need any special tools to swap out the magwells–they are held in place via the forward pin (think of the pin on a standard AR platformed rifle).

Glock version disassembled, next to assembled PCC

Glock version disassembled, next to assembled PCC

The lowers are constructed of 7075 Billet with the bolt catch and fire controls all being Mil-Spec. The upper is also 7075 Billet, and features a stainless steel bolt, with a 1:10 twist barrel threaded 1/2-28 with their custom flash hider.

Who would have known these were PCC? Not this guy...

Who would have known these were PCC? Not this guy…

They currently have three models, a 16″, an 8.5″ SBR, and, yes, an 8.5″ Pistol version. At first I was like, huh, why would you get a pistol caliber and then convert your PCC to a pistol form factor …?!? But then my SHOT fogged brain (already) got it. It is still a longer barrel AND you can swap to different magazine types depending on what you already run. Clever.

The base price for the full weapon is $1599, and the additional magwells appear to run $150.

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  • JumpIf NotZero

    That’s cool on the lower, but the UPPER continues to be the biggest problem with AR based PCC. It’s entirely wrong for blowback.

    I have yet to shoot something I considered 1/2 as nice as an MP5 suppressed.

    • Keiichi

      Personally, I’m of a mind that the AR platform overall is not really suited to being adapted as a PCC.

      I’d much rather lose the extra 3-4 inches of receiver that don’t need to be there anymore, and feed the magazine through the grip. Less weight, smaller form factor overall, and IMO better ergonomics.

      • Edeco

        Yup, ‘less someone can do coffin mags.

      • Blake

        I agree. I love the AR platform, it was by far the most ergonomic of any rifle out up until very recently. But with new PCCs coming out that have similar controls but a PC specific setup, why in the hell would you buy an AR for that purpose?

        • Keiichi


          For cartridges too long to fit in a grip mag, the AR platform is the cat’s pajamas… and those bolt action AR-style chassis (chassises?) can be really nice.

          • Blake

            Straight up. And since pistol calibers don’t need a giant-ass buffer system behind the bolt it just seems stupid to be stuck with that tube. The Sig MPX and the new Scorpion are perfect alternatives.

    • You can turn it into a piston, like the SIG MPX.

      But the higher end 9mm AR-15s shoot pretty well. I have a JP that I use for USPSA that shoot really well.