He’s right on so many levels. Why was the M-1 invented? Because soldiers needed something longer-ranged and more accurate than a pistol but was easier to carry around than a rifle. Now granted, the new Ruger weighs seven pounds which is more than a lot of AR-15’s these days, but it breaks down into two easy-to-stow halves making it easier to stash away in a backpack and whatnot. Also, filled up with 124gr +P’s, it’ll dish out more hate than most (if not all) 9mm pistols, but be a lot easier to control and make a lot less noise than even the tamest of rifles.
There’s a lot of clued-in firearms trainers out there who recommend a 10/22 with a red dot and 30 round mag as a defensive firearm to people who, because of infirmities, can’t handle recoil or who have difficult time operating a handgun, and the 10/22 is a good option for them. It’s easy to use, it has a lot of firepower, and it’s easy to put the red dot on the target and pull the trigger until the target realizes the error of his/her ways or stops twitching.
Either one is an acceptable outcome.
With the new 9mm carbine, all of that is still true, except now, in exchange for a bit more noise and a bit more recoil, you’re sending 9mm rounds downrange instead of 40gr .22’s.
Win-win-win. Well, except for the bad guy. That’s a lose-lose situation for him.