And the Marlin Camp-9 while we’re at it.
A few reasons.
- There are very few inexpensive but nice 9mm carbines. There’s the Beretta CX4, and then my choices are pricey (9mm upper), average (Kel-Tec Sub2k) or charitably low-end (Hi-Point).
- Caracal’s coming out with one, so is Tavor and Saiga’s got a new one too. If they’re weren’t the demand for them, they wouldn’t make ’em. Speaking of which…
- “Tactical Carbine/Shotgun” matches are popping up all over the place, allowing people shoot 3 Gun-style matches without having to deal with rifle-strength targets or have a 300+ yard range nearby.
- A 9mm Carbine makes a dandy home-defense long gun, giving you the increased control and added thump of more muzzle velocity of a long gun without the over-penetration worries of a rifle-caliber carbine.
- And it makes a dandy bug-out gun, too. Having to carry around one kind of ammo and carry one set of magazines makes a lot of sense when you’re dealing with limited space and weight. A 9mm carbine maxes out at about 100 yards, but that’s all you’ll be likely to need in anything other than a complete and total “SHTF” scenario.
Memo to Ruger: Take the PC-9, slap on the furniture from your tactical Mini-14, and you’re there. And Marlin, same goes for you.
And feel free to hire me to write your ad copy for you. Again.