First Look: Ruger LC Carbine

A small and lightweight long gun that uses Ruger 5.7 magazines.

posted on August 29, 2022
Ruger LC Carbine

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. is introducing the new Ruger LC Carbine, a lightweight firearms chambered in 5.7x28mm. The compact nature of the LC carbine is due in part to a bolt-over-barrel design (also called a telescoping bolt) and a magazine that fits into grip of the gun versus going in forward of the grip. The Ruger LC Carbine has a full 16.25-inch barrel that is fluted and finished with a 1/2x28 tpi thread, allowing you to mount your choice of muzzle brake, suppressor or other muzzle device. On top of the gun is a length of Picatinny rail with a pair of detachable Rapid Deploy adjustable sights. The rail also permits the mounting of your choice of optic on top of the gun. The removable hand guard is lined with M-Lok for mounting other accessories, and both the side charging handle and the magazine release are reversible for left-handed users. The LC Carbine also features a reversible side-folding stock that is adjustable for length of pull. The stock is compatible with other Picatinny rail-mounted accessory stocks, and both the stock and Rapid Deploy adjustable sights can be folded for storage.

Ruger President and CEO, Chris Killoy, took time out at the range with the new LC Carbine and says, “It’s difficult to describe how ergonomic the LC Carbine feels in your hands. 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.”

Using the same magazines and controls as the innovative Ruger-5.7 pistol, the LC Carbine is well-suited to a variety of tasks. The carbine’s felt recoil is comparable to a .22 LR, even when using typical 40 grain 5.7x28mm jacketed bullets. Like the Ruger-5.7 pistol, the LC Carbine uses Ruger's proven Secure Action fire-control mechanism that combines a protected internal hammer with a bladed-safety trigger for a short, smooth pull, clean break and positive reset. The fluted, nitride-coated alloy steel barrel is durable and lightweight and allows for the attachment of standard muzzle accessories.

The small size and light weight of the Ruger LC Carbine, combined with the performance of the 5.7x28mm carbine make this gun an excellent choice for activities such as backpacking, hunting small game or just trips to the range. MSRP for the Ruger LC Carbine is $969, and more information on this gun or other products from Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. is available at


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