Ruger this week expanded its 5.7mm offerings by introducing a lightweight carbine to complement the already popular 57 series pistols

The new Ruger LC Carbine in 5.7x28mm is compact, with a threaded 16.25-inch nitride-treated steel barrel and a side-folding adjustable stock keeping it short. Weight, at 5.9 pounds out of the box, is kept low via an aluminum alloy hard-coat anodized receiver and synthetic furniture. Logically, it uses the same 20+1 capacity steel magazines and ergonomic controls as the Ruger 57 pistol. The company says that using typical 40-grain 5.7 loads, "this high-performing carbine’s felt recoil is comparable to a .22 LR."

The new Ruger LC Carbine in 5.7x28mm
Place the overall length with the adjustable stock deployed at 28.70 - 30.60 inches depending on the length of pull selected. (Photos: Ruger)
The new Ruger LC Carbine in 5.7x28mm
The Ruger LC Carbine uses the same surface controls and magazines as its 57 series pistol.
The new Ruger LC Carbine in 5.7x28mm
The reversible folding stock, with adjustable length of pull, is compatible with both AR-pattern and Picatinny rail-mounted aftermarket accessory stocks. Speaking of Picatinny, note the full-length top rail and adjustable flip-up sights


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"I can’t describe how ergonomic the LC Carbine feels in your hands," said Ruger President and CEO Chris Killoy. "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."

The suggested retail of the new Ruger LC Carbine is $979. This puts it slightly less than the gun's immediate 5.7 competitors in the "backpack gun" neighborhood, the Diamondback DBX and CMMG MK57.

For a look at how this fun little carbine shoots, check out the below early reviews from 22Plinkster, Nic Lenze with "Guns" magazine, and KJ Jarnagin with Gun Talk Media. 


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