Issues with accessing properties in c#

I’m trying to implement an item system, And I want to change the values of certain variables in a bunch of scripts depending on the weapon the player has equipped.

I have a class, “Weapon”, with properties of MaxDamage,AttackSpeed, and Range. (This class inherits from an Item class I made)

In another script, “PlayerCharacter”, I have a property called EquipedWeapon, of type Weapon. Right now, since I don’t have the equipment system set up yet, i just assisgned the variable EquipedWeapon references as a new Weapon(); using the default constructor.

In my attack script for the player, I’m trying to set the maxDamage in that script to the MaxDamage of the EquipedWeapon property, but I can’t seem to get it to work properly… I’m getting the Error: Object reference not set to an instance of an object. Does anyone know what’s wrong?

Heres the code:

Assigning the equippedWeapon
public class PlayerCharacter : MonoBehaviour {

	public Weapon equipedWeapon;
	
	private Weapon EquipedWeapon{
		get { return equipedWeapon; }
		set { equipedWeapon = value; }
	}
	
	// Use this for initialization
	void Start () {
		equipedWeapon = new Weapon();
	}

And heres the attack script, Trying to reference the properties of the EquipedWeapon property:

public void adjustVars() {
    		PlayerCharacter pc = (PlayerCharacter)GetComponent("PlayerCharacter");
    
    		maxDamage = pc.EquipedWeapon.MaxDamage;
    		attackSpeed = pc.EquipedWeapon.AttackSpeed;
    		range = pc.EquipedWeapon.Range;
    	}

Does this make sense? Can anyone tell me what I’m doing wrong?

-Thanks

Could it be that the GetComponent is not from the instanciated object? You should get a reference of the object on which the “PlayerCharacter” script is attached and perform the GetComponent from this object’s reference. Maybe something like :

GameObject.FindWithTag("PlayerCharacter").GetComponent("PlayerCharacter");

or something along those lines. Also, instead of putting this in the fuction, make it a private variable of your class and call this line on Start(), so that you have to find it only one time.