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Ruger LC Carbine Ruger LC Carbine and pistol
Ruger LC Carbine Ruger LC Carbine and pistol
  • Same ammo as Ruger 5.7 pistol
  • Same magazine as Ruger 5.7 pistol
  • Accurate
  • Only one magazine included
  • Expensive ammo
Editor’s Note:

“The Ruger LC Carbine is an accurate, lightweight, and compact rifle chambered in 5.7x28mm. It ran reliably through our admittedly limited test and did so with the low recoil associated with the round.” – Sean Curtis

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Product Description

The Ruger LC Carbine is a compact, reliable and powerful semi-auto rifle. It’s unique system accepts Ruger 5.7 magazines, allowing for a perfect partnership in shared mag use between this carbine and the Ruger 5.7 pistol. The LC Carbine weighs under 6 lbs and maintains the same controls as its pistol counterpart. The bolt-over-barrel design gives the shooter a well-balanced and stable platform. The folding stock features adjustable length-of-pull and has a reversible folding design, making it intuitive for lefties and right-handed shooters. The charging handle is also reversible. A 16.25″ barrel is threaded for a muzzle device and comes with a thread protector from Ruger.

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Ruger LC Carbine Specs

Barrel Length
Magazine Capacity
10rd / 20rd
Magazine Included
Magazine Type
Overall Length
Non-Threaded / Threaded
Stock Material

Ruger LC Carbine Features

20+1 standard capacity
Ruger adjustable Rapid Deploy sights
1/2"-28 threaded barrel
Ambidextrous manual safety
Reversible charging handle
M-LOK accessory rails with QD sling sockets

By The Numbers - Ruger LC Carbine

We had no trouble hitting 4-inch targets at 10-25 yards
Though our test wasn't super extensive, the gun loaded, fed, and ran well.
The platform is fairly new, so there aren't many LC Carbine specific accessories. The threaded muzzle and M-LOK and Picatinny rails provide ample room for attachments.
The ergos of the LC Carbine are good; that said, it might be tough for smaller hands to navigate.

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final verdict

“The LC Carbine is a cool new offering that expands the number of long guns capable of firing this somewhat unique round. Ruger stuck to the playbook and made the gun light and concealable. Our limited test showed it to be reliable and very accurate. The LC Carbine has also got some great potential for evolving to suit various shooter needs — I, for one, am excited to see how it grows.” – Sean Curtis

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