I picked this up in early February for USPSA/Steel Challenge competition. I’ve never tried PCCO class, so this looked like a good option.
I did some research before purchasing and the gun had good reviews online. However, I did find various complaints about stovepiping and premature wear on the extractor.
Another complaint involved the buffer pad in the receiver. The Ruger factory buffer pad is just a piece of hard plastic, which really doesn’t provide much buffering capability. I found a photo online showing wear on the pad due to some battering from the bolt.
So, I did a Googly search for “Ruger PC9 Upgrades” and MCARBO popped right up. I am familiar with the company so they were my first click. To my surprise, they had a large selection of upgrade parts and good videos describing the products.
This is what I purchased:
- Exact Edge Extractor
- Recoil Reduction Bundle: Includes buffer pad, extra power recoil spring, stainless steel spring retainer.
- Extended charging handle and mag release button
- A2 tool steel pin kit (for bolt head and extractor)
In particular, I was very impressed with the MCARBO extractor. You can visually see the quality difference. The Ruger factory extractor looks cheaply stamped, while the MCARBO is a precision wire EDM part.
The PC9 design is very simple, so installation was quick and didn’t require any special tools. I decided to purchase a variety of ammo for the first test. After several range sessions, I have 400+ rounds through the gun with zero malfunctions. I used five different brands of target ammo (115 and 124 grain), plus some Sig Elite Performance V-Crown 124 grain hollow points. The PC9 eats everything and runs flawlessly with the MCARBO parts. No issues or concerns to report. I plan to put a few hundred more rounds down range before cleaning and inspection. I will post a follow-up if anything looks unusual.
By the way, the PC9 is a fun little shooter!!! No regrets!