Building on the success of its 5.7 Pistol, Ruger announced the launch of its LC Carbine in 2022, which includes several unique features and is, of course, chambered in the fast, flat-shooting 5.7x28 mm FN cartridge. The new carbine is built to be lightweight, compact and capable, making it a perfect companion for a 5.7 mm-chambered handgun.
"I can’t describe how ergonomic the LC Carbine feels in your hands," said Chris Killoy, Ruger president and CEO. "You have to experience it on the range to really appreciate how it balances and moves. The controls are intuitive and conveniently located, and the lack of felt recoil makes it hard to put down."
Despite measuring in at an overall length of only 28.7", the Ruger LC Carbine is built with a 16.25" barrel, complete with a 1:9" rifling twist. The barrel is topped off with a 1/2-28 TPI threaded muzzle, making it easy to attach suppressors and muzzle devices, and it's surrounded by an aluminum handguard loaded with M-Lok attachment slots, QD sling sockets and ventilation cuts.
The gun's compact nature is due to the fact that Ruger engineers built the carbine using a bolt-over-barrel design. Additionally, the gun feeds from Ruger's 5.7 steel magazine, which is housed in the grip, thereby saving on additional length, since there's no separate magazine well. Finally, to ease storage and transport, the LC Carbine is equipped with a side-folding stock that's adjustable for length of pull.
Built with Ruger's Secure Action fire-control mechanism, the LC Carbine uses a protected internal hammer, as well as a trigger-blade safety. Other controls include an elongated thumb safety and a single-sided bolt catch, as well as a single-sided magazine-release lever located in the traditional position just to the rear of the trigger guard.
Each LC Carbine ships with a set of Ruger's Rapid Deploy folding sights adjustable for windage and elevation, and a full-length Picatinny rail running along the top of the gun makes it easy to mount optics. The guns ships with a single Ruger 5.7 magazine, and the suggested retail price is $979. For more information, visit ruger.com.