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THE RISE OF PCCS

PISTOL-CALIBER CARBINES ARE TAKING THE AR WORLD BY STORM
BACKGROUND: NATTHANIM/GETTYIMGAES

The concept of the pistol-caliber carbine, or PCC, is nothing new. In fact, early muzzleloading pistols often used the same caliber as their longer smoke pole counterparts.

The lever-action riles used on the range by cowboys often chambered the same cartridge as their six guns. Being able to share ammunition between the two i rearms simply made logistical sense, and at the time, the power factor between the pistol and long gun was negligible.

Eventually, it was the advancement of the long-gun cartridge that caused the change. With newer powders and better bullet technology, the long gun’s power and speed outgrew anything the pistol could handle. This caused a logical separation between the two. On the open range, for defense or hunting, ril e cartridges that were more powerful were desirable. Hunters could effectively take game at longer distances, and area-defense ranges were increased when facing hostiles or enemy troops. This made the pistol-caliber ril e cartridge fall out of favor for most. Today, however, it is experiencing a huge resurgence for at least two reasons.

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