The Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC) fills the gap in any gun library. They have the handling characteristics of a rifle, but use the same cartridges as many popular pistols. In many cases, it makes sense to use CCP. For example, in situations where recoil and barrel blasting may be problematic for novice shooters or home defense scenarios, PCC and its (usually) affordable ammunition become attractive when lower cost training tools are preferred. Compared with other semi-automatic rifles, PCC is also a better host for suppressors, so it may be advantageous to use pistol bullets if the shooter wants to suppress the noise to the greatest extent.
Aero Precision EPC-9
The Aero Precision EPC-9 is a new striker-fired semi-automatic handgun manufactured by Aero Precision. It features a polymer frame and has a unique disassembly procedure in which the user manually removes the operating slide assembly (i.e., slide, barrel assembly, etc.) of the weapon from the frame itself without using any tools or trigger manipulation.
The Aero Precision EPC-9 uses proprietary magazines made by Mecgar exclusively for Aero Precision pistols and rival Shield Arms Extreme Duty extended base pad magazines/extensions to accommodate .40 S&W/.357 Sig ammunition without looking noticeably elongated.
The Aero Precision EPC-9 comes with standard Picatinny rails on both sides of its receiver as well as steel sights ( dot and post ) that can be easily replaced with aftermarket sights if the user so chooses to do so.
The Aero Precision EPC-9’s trigger pull is quite long for a striker-fired semi-automatic handgun and is slightly heavy, but it has no stacking or take up when you’re shooting rapidly, which most shooters value in a combat/defensive pistol over shorter smooth trigger pulls.
The Aero Precision EPC-9’s barrel assembly is locked into the frame via an underlug that cannot be removed without tools or disassembly of its slide and barrel group. In fact, this system is so strong that it requires much more force than necessary to remove the barrel assembly from the EPC-9’s frame, and it prevents barrel removal via an inadvertent drop onto a hard surface.
This Aero Precision handgun (like many other pistols) also comes with an integrated last-round hold-open device that works flawlessly. I recommend this Aero Precision pistol for those looking for a new striker-fired defensive/combat pistol as well as those who like the disassembly procedure of the Glock G19 because it is very similar to that system.
In terms of appearance, Aero Precision went all out here: every single external part visible when you’re holding it has been custom CNC machined by Aero Precision except for its Mecgar magazines and front/rear sights. Aero Precision didn’t leave any room for improvement in terms of looks.
Aero Precision prides itself on passing on the cost savings to customers, which is why they do not sell complete rifles. They sell the upper and lower receiver sets and all the individual parts that make them. The reason for this strategy is simple: once the gun is completed and ready to be sold, it needs to pay 11% of the federal government special tax and 10% of the pistol tax. This has nothing to do with any sales tax and must be paid by the manufacturer. By selling the complete AR15 upper sets and the complete AR15 lower sets instead of the complete AR15, manufacturers can avoid Uncle Sam’s 11% price increase. This is an ingenious business model that sets Aero Precision apart from its competitors.