Review: Chronographing 12 cartridges in the Non-Restricted 18″ Ruger PCC

    This chronograph test should be of interest for those who already own, or are looking to get, a Ruger PC Carbine in 9×19 mm with the “hunting legal” 18.62″ barrel.  Or the “non-restricted version“, as the term is in some places (Canada for instance).

    The chrono results can of course also be compared to your own results, if you own another model of the Ruger PCC, with a longer or shorter barrel.

    TFB has readers all over the World, and as firearms and hunting legislation differ from country to country and area to area you have to check what is legal where you live.

    To my knowledge, the Ruger PCC with the 18″ hunting barrel has been sold to Canada and some of the Nordic countries (Sweden in particular).

    For more information check Cabela’s in Canada as a reference, that charge 840 CAD for it, or Al Flaherty’s.

    The Ruger part number is Model 19103, which is the Canadian non-restricted equivalent for Ruger Model 19100. The Model 19103 is not available on the main Ruger PC Carbine website.


    Below you can see 12 different 9×19 mm cartridges that were fired through a Prochrono digital.

    Rifle: Ruger PCC – 9×19 mm with 18,62″ (47,3 cm) barrel

    Temperature: +23C or 73.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Air pressure: 1024 hPa.

    5 shots per type of ammunition is behind the result.

    The make and model of the chronograph was ProChrono Digital.

    Ammunition Bullet Weight (grain) AV (m/s) ES (m/s) SD (m/s)
    9/39B* 109 430 14 6
    Hornady Critical Defense 115 390 4 1
    Hornady Critical Duty 135 320 6 2
    Hornady XTP 124 396 10 3
    Speer Gold Dot 124 410 23 9
    Hornady XTP 147 335 7 3
    Magtech 9H +P+ 115 450 3 0
    S&B FMJ 124 376 4 1
    PMC Bronze 115 375 10 4
    PMC Bronze 124 353 11 3
    Fiocchi 123 385 24 9
    Fiocchi 158 273 19 7

    If you like to convert m/s to fps please use this link:


    AV = AVerage velocity

    ES = Extreme Spread

    SD = Standard Deviation

    m/s = meters per second

    *The 9/39B is the Swedish Military Ammunition, which is still pretty common in Sweden as it was handed out for free to shooting clubs. It is not commercially available. The bullet weight for the 39B is probably a bit optimistic, as many seem to have measured it around 106-107 grains, and not 109 as stated here.

    Thanks to K.R. for the chronograph data.

    Below: Different versions of hunting legal 4 and 5 round magazines for use in Sweden (and possibly other places).

    Pictures from Ruger and DAE.

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    Eric B

    Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics and sound suppressors. TCCC Certified medic.