Ruger LC Charger 5.7x28 pistol
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The 5.7 resurgence marches on. The latest addition to the growing number of intriguing and just plain fun guns chambered in 5.7x28mm is the new LC Charger from Ruger. It uses the same magazines as the Ruger-5.7 pistol. Here’s Ruger’s press release . . .

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. is excited to introduce the Ruger LC Charger chambered in 5.7x28mm. This large-format pistol features a 10.3” threaded barrel, ambidextrous manual safety, and a reversible magazine release. Based on the Ruger LC Carbine and utilizing the same magazines and controls as the innovative Ruger-5.7 pistol, the LC Charger combines the best of both platforms.

The LC Charger is chambered in 5.7x28mm, a low-recoiling cartridge available in an exciting array of options for target shooting, small game and personal defense. The pistol features an M-LOK aluminum free-float handguard with adjustable hand stop, multiple QD attachment points for slings, and a full-length Picatinny rail for optics.

 Ruger LC Charger 5.7x28 pistol

Like the Ruger-5.7 pistol, the LC Charger utilizes Ruger’s safe, reliable and proven Secure Action™ fire-control mechanism that combines a protected internal hammer with a bladed-safety trigger that has a short, smooth pull, clean break and positive reset. The nitride-coated alloy steel barrel is threaded ½”-28 for the attachment of standard muzzle accessories.

Made in the USA of strong and lightweight materials, the Ruger LC Charger is ideal for the range, home defense, backpacking, or small game.

For more information on the Ruger LC Charger or to learn more about the extensive line of award-winning Ruger firearms, visit, or To find accessories for the Ruger LC Charger and other Ruger firearms, visit or your local independent retailer of Ruger firearms.

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  1. $999? I’ll get one as soon as somebody offers a good IWB holster for it.

    I kid, I kid.

    This looks like a pistol I’d very much want a good friend to buy so I might get to shoot it from time to time. I wouldn’t want one myself, though.

    • I dunno with a stock and a suppressor with the right ammo something like this would be great for home defense on a lot of levels.

      • It would be fun with an arm brace. 😄
        Thanks Brandon and ATF😣

        $999 seems a little steep, but Ruger’s usually sell for less than MSRP.

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      • “…with a stock and a suppressor with the right ammo…”

        Subsonic loads are available in 5.7? Supersonic is rough on the ears, even with a can.

        With that mount on the ass end, it *screams* for a brace…

        • With enough looking or the right die set anything can be subsonic………..once. But further away from face and only having a sharp crack of the bullet breaking the sound barrier I am figuring it will be less harsh on the ears than shotguns, pistols (not silenced) and all manner of rifles and sbr until we get into suppressed 300aac while still being relatively effective for most home invasions.

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  2. would be nice if Ruger made a PC Carbine in .45 ACP or 10mm…………….

    I’m just sayin’, Ruger.

  3. Why? Except if you think you want one. That’s the best reason to own anything. I don’t get it though. Maybe it’s just me.

    • Possible kevlar penetration nonexistent recoil and high capacity at a guess but I could see potential for reduced over penetration for indoor use with whatever passes for frangible/controlled fracturing in the caliber with most of the previous possible selling points.

      • Safe,

        All good reasons. Looks like it could be fun to shoot, also.

        A bit pricey, but it will likely come down over time. More critical is the investment in ammo. The minimum count for any cartridge I stock is around 3k rounds. So, since I do not have any firearms chambered in 5.7, I have to consider the price of the gun plus at least an initial purchase of 1k rounds with a build-out to 3k. For me, a big investment.

        I’m still thinking about that Bear Creek carbine in 10mm. But debt reduction is the priority. Bad things have happened….but that is life and we each have to make every day a good day for ourselves and for others.

        • Debt reduction is really important, especially during economically volatile times like these.

          Everyone should have a basic handgun, a 22 plinker, and a defensive carbine (plus a shotgun and/or real rifle if he or she hunts).

          Beyond that, I would generally suggest focusing on getting out of debt. I have a lot more guns but bought the vast majority of them after getting out of debt.

      • Can’t argue with that we were lucky with reducing expenses (except firearms) over the pandemic and having fewer things to pay is just easier for everything. 22 revolver can be a great in addition to for a 9mm defense to practice fundamentals more than dry firing or laser cartridge can.

        • For the moment sticking with the revolver for forced slow fire to work on fundamentals so I don’t burn through the other ammo as quickly.

  4. Different strokes for different folks and all but, I just don’t get what is supposed to entice me to buy anything in 5.7×28. Not just this gun, but any. What is it supposed to do for me? Oh, I know, caliber wars are unwinnable and I’m not really trying to start one and I know that there are a lot of other “why?” chamberings out there but, this one has always confused me. It does little, if anything, that another handgun round won’t do and is essentially a super short version of a very common and wildly popular rifle round. I just don’t understand what it is for. Ok, sure, maybe it is better at defeating soft body armor than some other handgun rounds but that is way down my list of needs for a handgun cartridge. PDW? I don’t own a P90 or anything like it and am not very likely to buy one and a tax stamp to go with it so, this is either a really light, really fast, handgun round or a really small, really weak, rifle round.

    • Personally, I see two advantages:

      1: Out of a handgun, it’s REALLY fun to shoot at distance. The biggest challenge of shooting 9mm out of a pistol at a hundred yards is gauging the drop, but a 5.7 handgun is a lot more forgiving in that regard.

      2: It loses energy when passing through drywall really fast. In most applications that would be a negative, but if I lived in a massive apartment complex in a dense urban area, the kind where you have neighbors immediately on 6 sides, that would be an appealing choice. Of course I know the counter argument to that and I’m not weighing in on which one is correct, but those are my thoughts on why anyone would want this caliber

  5. No matter how many more new models come out in this caliber, 5.7×28 ammo remains eye wateringly expensive.

  6. pretty nifty
    if pistol braces ever come back
    these things
    are going to sell like hotcakes
    the 16 inch model
    carries and handles like a 10.5 ar pistol
    which is nifty enough for me
    and its the one i probably will get
    if 5.7 ammo ever dips into the 30-35 cents per round range

  7. Since when is 5.7 making some kind of resurgence? Literally no one is buying it now since they closed the stargate.

  8. They found enough people working at Ruger who thought that thing was a good idea to actually start making it??????

  9. They focus on stuff like this instead of a 3-inch LCR with low-snag NOVAK style sights that many would throw money at them to own.

  10. Still waiting for the Ruger/Marlin 357 lever carbine. Th perfect home defense rifle.

    • Would absolutely agree with that for states where you need a semi auto rifle license and/or pistol permit to purchase and touch the items respectively. A little surprised it wasn’t higher on the production priority but happy to see Marlin continue through an actual gun company.

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