Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. has introduced the Ruger LC (Lightweight, Compact) Carbine chambered in 5.7x28mm. Using a bolt-over-barrel design and feeding through the grip, the Ruger LC Carbine has a 16.25-inch barrel, features a reversible side-folding stock adjustable for length of pull, and is compatible with Picatinny rail-mounted accessory stocks. The stock and Rapid Deploy adjustable sights can be folded for storage.
Utilizing the same magazines and controls as the Ruger-5.7 pistol, the LC Carbine has felt recoil comparable to a 22 LR when using typical 40-grain 5.7x28mm jacketed bullets. Like the Ruger-5.7 pistol, the LC Carbine utilizes Ruger’s Secure Action fire-control mechanism that combines a protected internal hammer with a bladed-safety trigger. The fluted, nitride-coated alloy-steel barrel allows for the attachment of standard muzzle accessories.
The standard model features a threaded barrel, reversible, side-folding, adjustable stock and 20-round magazine. Weight is less than 6 pounds. The barrel is threaded 1⁄2-28 tpi and comes with a thread protector.
Features an ambidextrous manual safety, reversible charging handle, ergonomic bolt release, and extended magazine release latch. The CNC-milled handguard is Type III hard-coat anodized aluminum with M-LOK accessory attachment slots and multiple QD sling sockets. Ruger’s Rapid Deploy folding sights are adjustable for windage and elevation, and the full-length Picatinny rail allows for optics mounting.
Safety features include a 1911-style ambidextrous manual safety; an integrated trigger safety; lightweight firing pin; neutrally balanced sear with significant engagement and strong spring tension; and hammer catch to help prevent the hammer from contacting the firing pin unless the trigger is pulled.
The Ruger LC Carbine also includes one Ruger-5.7 steel pistol magazine, ambidextrous magazine button, M-LOK QD sling socket, and hex wrenches for disassembly.
Three models are available, all priced at $979 MSRP. The 19300 is the standard model that comes with a 20-round magazine and folding stock with adjustable LOP. The 19301 is a state-compliant model with a 10-round magazine and fixed stock. The 19302 is a capacity-compliant model with a 10-round magazine but the folding stock of the 19300.