Ruger’s Got New Pistols! LCR II ‘Lite Rack’ in .22LR & Ruger-57 in 5.7x28mm

The Ruger-57 has an alloy steel slide with lightening cuts and standard American-style controls. (Photo: Ruger)

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Ruger is launching two new pistols that are guaranteed to be crowd-pleasers, the Ruger LCP II “Lite Rack” in .22 Long Rifle and the Ruger-57 in 5.7x28mm. Both sport modern features and good pricing thanks to Ruger’s proven manufacturing methods.

The LCP II in .22LR is a light and compact kit gun that’s great for training and just having fun with in the greater outdoors while the Ruger-57 is a fun gun that also stands to be a solid pistol for personal protection.

The LCP II is Ruger’s updated micro-compact single-stack pistol for everyday carry and backup. Chambered for .22 Long Rifle the rimfire version may not be as suited for self-defense compared to centerfire LCPs, but it is very easy to shoot and light enough to take anywhere for anything.

The Ruger-57 is a bigger departure for the company. Chambered for 5.7x28mm, this pistol is chasing the limited FN Five-Seven market that only hosts a handful of competitors.

The LCP II .22 is a pocketable rimfire pistol for everyday plinking. (Photo: Ruger)

And while the LCP II .22 is tiny, at just 11 ounces unloaded with a 2.75-inch barrel and an overall size of 5.2 inches long, 4 inches tall and .8 inches wide, the Ruger-57 is a full-size handgun weighing in at just under 25 ounces unloaded with a 5-inch barrel and an overall size of 8.6 inches long, 5.6 inches tall and 1.2 inches wide.

Both have good capacities for what they are. The LCP II .22 still manages to offer a 10+1-round capacity even with its short grip while the Ruger-57 has a standard magazine capacity of 20 rounds, with 10-round mags available for restricted markets.

And both have good prices. Ruger set the suggested retail price for the LCP II .22 at $349 and the Ruger-57 at $799. Real-world and online pricing will be lower, although possibly not by as much as you typically see with Ruger products. Both of these guns will be very popular.

Ruger is using its glass-filled polymer for the grip frames of both pistols with steel slides, barrels and internal components. The LCP II .22 has a blue oxide finish on the slide with a satin stainless finish on the barrel. The Ruger-57 has a nitride barrel and a black oxide slide.

Both guns have manual thumb safeties and while the LCP II .22 uses a single left-side thumb safety for right-handed shooting, the Ruger-57 has enlarged ambidextrous thumb safeties on its frame. They also both use passive trigger safeties and the LCP II .22 also employs a magazine disconnect.

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The Ruger-57 has interchangeable sights with a fiber-optic front sight and fully-adjustable rear sight. It also has a full-length accessory rail for lights and laser sights. The LCP II .22 has fixed serrated sights milled into the slide.

Some of the features unique to the LCP II .22 include a tilting barrel blowback operation, and slide and recoil spring contours designed to make it easy to rack even for kids and novice shooters. It comes with one magazine and a magazine loading tool. It’s also compatible with standard LCP II accessories other than magazines.

The Ruger-57 comes with two magazines, two 20-rounders or two 10-rounders depending on the model. “The Ruger-57 is destined to become one of America’s favorite handguns,” said Ruger President and CEO Chris Killoy. “This pistol is soft-shooting, accurate, powerful and just plain fun to shoot.”

One thing’s for sure, and it’s that going into 2020, a lot of shooters are going to want to pick up one new Ruger or another eventually. And if it’s a Ruger-57, could there be a Ruger-57 carbine in the works, too?

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About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. Like Thomas Paine, he’s a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

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  • ES January 21, 2020, 3:06 pm

    i’m purchasing when they become available in gun stores.

  • Tim January 6, 2020, 2:00 pm

    Wish the 5.7 was available Concealed Carry size/version. I’d be a buyer

  • troop emonds January 3, 2020, 11:01 am

    How does the Kel tec P-17 compare to the new Ruger LCP 2? Both in accuracy and handiness? I have one of the Kel Tec PMR-30 handguns and cannot believe its accuracy, its light weight, and great sights. It is now my favorite carry gun. wish it came in .22 lr as well as the .22 Mag. The looks and cost of the new Kel Tec 33 shot .22 lr with its long tail receiver just does not appeal to me.

    Looks like Ruger spent a lot of time digesting the Kel Tec guns to fabricate their new offerings!

  • Don January 3, 2020, 10:05 am

    Ruger is going to sell a ton of both models. The 5.7mm will sell more in a year than FN sold in 10 years. If a carbine comes this will be a marketing win for Ruger.

  • Chuck conrad January 3, 2020, 9:50 am

    Ruger blew it again by not having it in the hotter 22TCM cartridge rather than the 5.7.
    For the same real world price of the Ruger 57, I can get a 1911 with both 22TCM and 9in barrels and it would be $100 less expensive.

    • Don January 3, 2020, 1:45 pm

      Other sites report the .22 TCM hasn’t worked well. The 5.7mm is better established in the market place.

    • Jeff January 3, 2020, 2:46 pm

      If you truly think Ruger “blew it again” with these two new pistols then you obviously don’t know anything about the firearms market and how to make a profit in that market… Most people have never even heard of the 22 TCM which , at this point, is just another wildcat round that nobody uses or really cares about so it makes absolutely ZERO sense for Ruger to invest a ton of money making a new pistol to fire it. Step into reality and stop pissing on new firearm designs that are already in high demand the second they are announced.

  • mauser6863 January 3, 2020, 9:44 am

    Wow, way to go Ruger, first off, many companies are very complacent and many don’t seem to grasp that new products drive consumer demand and create revenue. Both FNH and Beretta don’t seem to understand the market like Ruger does,

    The Ruger 57 addresses probably everything “wrong” with the FN 57. The new pistol has a “Glock Style” trigger and a safety (take it or leave it) in the correct position. Obviously, the biggest problem with the FN offering has always been the high price of the gun and ammo and the lack of availability of the perfectly civilian legal to own, buy and shoot, SS190 round. BATFE’s “Gentleman’s Agreement” with FN not withstanding. I’ve always wanted a FN 57, but not at the Gucci price. If Ruger offers an optics ready version, I’m buying one, for sure.

    If this gun takes off, expect ammo prices to drop, as demand for it, increases, maybe down to 5.56 prices, maybe.

    The LCP II is a great gun in 380, but some folks can’t handle the recoil and need/want something lighter. The “Gold Standard” has always been the Beretta 21A in either 22LR or 25ACP. The #80 version of the LCP actually weighs less than the Beretta. Like the Ruger 57, the LCP II 22 LR uses a “Glock Style” Trigger. The price is way less than the 1980’s designed Beretta offering and Beretta retains the advantage of the Tip-Up Barrel, but loses out on weight, price and controls.

    Ruger has two winners on their hands and I congratulate them on their foresight. FN and Beretta need to stop focusing so much on high volume, low profit Police and Military contracts and do a better job servicing the larger civilian market in the U.S. The FN 57 was first offered 20 years ago, in 2000 and the Beretta 21A in 1985 and both designs are showing their age and are too expensive for what they offer.

    • Sam February 28, 2020, 6:05 pm

      Can’t handle the recoil of the .380?

  • Alan Robinson January 3, 2020, 9:16 am

    WOW!!! So are the “cuts” to ATTRACT or to deter “lightning”??

    • Max Slowik January 4, 2020, 7:43 pm

      Thank you!

  • Joseph Tuso January 3, 2020, 8:55 am

    The LCP2 in 22lr makes a nice training platform and a good move but I would like to see the LCP2 in .32 ACP. It would probably pick up a round and reduce the recoil. The Kel Tec P32 is too small. Of course Kel Tec could make the P3AT in 32. I know several people that can not handle the recoil of the mini 380’s.

  • Will Drider January 1, 2020, 11:04 pm

    Rugers jump into the 5.7 handgun means they see untapped market share they feel they can capture. With a balance of Quality and Price. The Q is how much cheaper will make folks bite when there’s still lingering performance/ballistics issues. Ammo cost for a plinker may be high but if your using it in a self protection role $20 for 50 rounds isn’t outrageous.

    I also think more guns/caliber users may push Demand for ammo Mfrs to expand cartridge technologies including total Copper projectile improvements to get penetration back to “restricted ammo” performance.

    Compared to the FN, there’s no poly shell over the Slide, better safety lever position, slightly longer AOL and barrel and pre drilled for an optics plate! I really do like buying first run production gun and being a Beta Tester but if you wait; demand may drive full MSRP (or MSRP+) and/or supply delays. Ruger is muck larger than Keltec but we know what can happen.

    P.S. If Sales go well, wouldn’t you think Ruger would put out a 5.7 carbine? Tag up on some of that PS 90 market share?

    • Ejharbet January 3, 2020, 8:29 am

      Ammo cost bugs me! Everything else I love.capacity,flatshooting!
      But the cost per range/target round needs to come down from $.40 to $.25 at least. Then they’ll sell the heck out of it.

    • Michael January 3, 2020, 10:48 am

      5.7 x 28 is more to the $30.00 for 50 range. I would love to know where you’re getting them for $20.00 ?

      • Bart Mercer January 7, 2020, 8:25 am

        I have purchased over 2k rounds through PSA back when they ran 10 boxes @ 18.99 with free freight.
        Love love love those SC boys!!

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