Firearms News May 2024 — Ruger's .45 ACP LC Carbine – Firearms News

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On the cover: A Compact .45 ACP Carbine from Ruger! By David M. Fortier, Executive Editor 

A couple years back, Ruger shook things up when they introduced their LC Carbine chambered in 5.7x28mm. Frankly, FNH’s small-bore PDW cartridge had been stagnant until Ruger suddenly introduced a handgun and then their LC Carbine chambered for it. Much more modern in appearance compared to their more traditional PC carbine, the LC Carbine turned a lot of heads. Now, Ruger is back shaking things up again with a new model of LC Carbine. Once again, they are chambering it for a cartridge which is a bit of a surprise. While the first LC Carbine was chambered for the high velocity small-bore 5.7x28mm PDW cartridge, Ruger’s latest offering is a big-bore .45 ACP. Introduced back in 1905, the .45 Automatic Colt Pistol cartridge is a straight-wall rimless design developed to satisfy the needs of the U.S. Cavalry. Like the old black powder rimmed .45 Colt revolver cartridge before it, the .45 ACP was specifically developed with terminal performance in mind. While original development work was conducted with a 200-grain bullet at 900 fps, the US military adopted a 230-grain FMJ load at 830 fps. This load became famous and served American Expeditionary Force doughboys well “over there” during World War I, and millions of “Joes” that followed them through countless wars and actions around the globe until finally officially replaced in the 1980s.

[Continue reading “A Compact .45 ACP Carbine from Ruger!” in the May 2024 Issue]

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  • The Beretta M 38/42 Submachine Gun: By Leroy Thompson
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