What is a Pistol Carbine?
A Pistol Carbine is a Conversion Kit Assembly that a standard production pistol fits into. The idea behind a pistol carbine was to have a frame assembly or conversion kit that a standard pistol would fit into to enable better accuracy and control while shooting fast and on the move at short to medium distances mainly for build up areas.
Orginally the first production Pistol Carbine Conversion Kit was designed by CAA Tactical in Israel for the Bul Cherokee & Glock 17 pistols.
Now many manufacturers make them for just about all common pistols that are manufactured thoughout the world today.
How it all started:
The Rotorua Pistol Club was at the forefront in getting Pistol Carbine approved to shoot in NZ. Back in 2011 the then President of RPC approched both PNZ and the Police to see if both parties were where amenable to approving the new sport of shooting Pistol Carbine. PNZ endorsed the discipline and it was subsequently approved by Police. It was slow to catch on with some clubs, but with PNZ having it as a Division in Steel Challenge it started to gain some momentum. Then Rotorua Pistol Club run an IPSC type pistol carbine match (just with a slightly different scoring system, to speed the match up) called "King of Carbine", this was a huge success with shooters, now all you get is shooters screaming for more matches.
So, where to from here?
Rotorua Pistol Club will continue to run the "King of Carbine" Match annually, in March of each year. We also have Pistol Carbine matches on the calander on a monthly basis, all IPSC type matches and with Steel Challenge also on the calander every month, where Pistol Carbine is a Division within, you can see Rotorua is well into shooting Pistol Carbines. Another plus for the Sport of Pistol Carbine is that Juniors can take part, they find it reasonably easy to control and shoot accuratly. All juniors that shoot Pistol carbine have to shoot under the same rules and conditions of that when they shoot a pistol, set down by Pistol NZ.