COMPARING 10 Ruger LCR HOLSTER PICKS
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When buying a Ruger LCR holster, there are always a few things you need to keep in mind to be able to find the right holster for your needs. Obviously, how you plan to carry and use your Ruger LCR will determine what holster you choose. So before we look at 5 holsters options for your LCR, let’s first see what type of gun the LCR is and how it might be used/carried.
Weapon Size and Weight:
The Ruger LCR has the following measurements:
Weight: 13.5–17.1 oz (380–480 g)
Length: 6.5 in (170 mm)
Barrel length: 1.875 in (47.6 mm)
Width: 1.28 in (33 mm)
Height: 4.5 in (110 mm)
From the above dimensions, you can see that the Ruger LCR is as a medium sized handgun. As such most holster types should be possible for this handgun.As it is not too big, the LCR will be popular for people wanting to carry concealed. If you want to go the concealed carry route pocket holsters and IWB holster will be good choices. You could probably even go for an ankle holster if you wanted to.
OVERVIEW FOR 5 Ruger LCR HOLSTER PICKS
In the section below we do a detailed review of 5 holster options for the Ruger LCR. We want to determine how well made the holsters are, are they suited for concealed carry and do they offer good value for money.
Fobus Standard Holster
Fobus is known for making holsters from lightweight modern high-density plastic materials. And this holster is another fine piece of holster engineering from Fobus.
It is a really light-weight holster that comes in at 2 ounces! And even better, if you want a low maintenance holster that does not really need upkeep, this holster is a great option for you. As it is made from hard plastics, you do not need to break it in or oil it like you would with leather holsters. And to clean it, you simply wipe it off with a wet cloth.
Even though it is made from plastic materials, this is a serious holster that can be used in the harshest conditions. It was developed in Israel specifically for military and law-enforcement use.
This holster is known to ride high, and with its rubberized paddle, this is a great holster if you want to carry concealed for long periods of time. The paddle helps to distribute the weight of your Ruger LCR, which makes for a comfortable carry.
As this holster is molded for the Ruger LCR, the fit and retention should be excellent. As usual with Fobus holsters, this holster has a retention screw that you can use to adjust the retention of the holster. It is advised that you adjust the retention to your liking when you get the holster for the first time, to make sure that when you draw your weapon the retention is not too stiff (often the holsters comes from the Fobus factory with the screw being very tight, so you will need to adjust it to your liking).
While this holster is designed to be comfortable, some folks have mentioned that there are 2 hard plastic studs in the holster that can dig into your side. There are also springs on the metal reinforcing clip on the back of the paddle, which can be uncomfortable when bending over.
DESANTIS N38 The Nemesis Pocket Holster
As we mentioned above the Ruger LCR is a popular handgun for concealed carry, so it makes sense that some folks will want to have a pocket holster for the LCR. DeSantis makes this pocket holster that is made from a viscous Nylon, which makes it very sticky (the manufacturer compares it to being sticky like fly paper). This stickiness is of course to make sure that the holster does not move around in your pocket. The inside of the holster is made from a slick pack cloth for a low friction draw. The holster is padded to ensure a low gun print.
Due to the shape of this holster, it is ambidextrous. So you do not need to buy a holster that is specifically right-handed or left-handed.
Cardini Leather USA IWB Holster
We love a well made leather holster and this holster from Cardini Leather USA is just such a holster! This Ruger LCR holster option is made from cowhide leather that comes with a steel clip (the picture above does not show the clip as it is on the other side of the holster. Click on the image to go to the holster’s product page to see more pictures that show the clip).
The inside of the holster has a suede lining to protect your weapon from scratches when you reholster, and is shaped to help keep its form to make reholstering quick and smooth. However it is not as hard as the Fobus holster, so if you are wearing a belt the holster will still collapse once you draw your handgun.
If you are looking for a leather holster that will specifically fit your Ruger LCR, but that is also very affordable, you will struggle to find a better Ruger LCR holster option than this one. It is designed to be carried comfortably as a IWB holster. The only downside is that it is a right-hand option only, so if you are left-handed you are unfortunately out of luck!
Barsony Gun Concealment OWB Belt Holster
We cannot have a list of Ruger LCR holster options without an affordable Cordura Nylon option on the list! This holster from Barsony is an OWB holster that comes with a clip so that you can wear the holster on your belt and clip it to your pants to ensure maximum sturdiness when you are carrying. As you may notice in the picture, the holster has a leather strip underneath the clip in order to keep the Nylon away from your body and clothes. This will help that the holster does not chafe and damage your clothes.
The problem with this holster appears to be the retention strap and thumb-break. Firstly, it does not seem to fit exactly over the hammer of the LCR but rather over the top of the handle. If you have to run rough with this holster there is no telling how soon your weapon might come undone from the holster! Secondly, the thumb-break unsnaps toward the body instead of away from it, which makes reholstering with one hand much more difficult. Of course the flip side of this is that it makes drawing your weapon a lot quicker as you can keep your hand on your weapon while disengaging the button release with your thumb. The positive about the retention strap is that you can adjust it to your needs.
This holster is available in both right-hand and left-hand configurations. As this is a OWB specific holster, it is not the best Ruger LCR holster option if you are looking for something that you can carry concealed.
DeSantis Intruder Holster
If you want to carry concealed comfortably, then this is the best Ruger LCR holster option for your needs! This IWB holster from DeSantis is made from leather and Kydex. You can adjust the height and cant of the holster for maximum comfort according to your preferences.
The clips are a bit tight, making taking the holster off not as easy and quick as some other holsters. However this means that you can be sure the holster stays securely in place! The paddle helps keep the holster steady and allows for extended carry in comfort. Some users who have commented on this holster mentioned that they would have the holster on for hours and hardly notice it is there. It is a lot more expensive than the other Ruger LCR holster options we have discussed, but you get a quality holster for that price and it will last you a long time if you look after it properly.
Which Ruger LCR HOLSTER Would We Pick?
Ok, so we have looked at 5 different holsters that are great options for the your Ruger LCR. Which holster would we pick if we had to spend our hard earned money to buy a new holster? Well, let’s summarize each of the holsters to see how they compare to each other.
The Fobus Standard holster is a serious holster made from modern materials, and was designed for use by military and law-enforcement. It is very durable, fits the Ruger LCR very well and is comfortable to wear for long periods thanks to the paddle it comes with. You will need to adjust the retention screw when you get the holster from the factory, to make sure the retention is to your liking. If you want a well made holster that is comfortable and low maintenance, then this is a great option!
The DeSantis pocket holster is a simple little holster made from a viscous Nylon to make sure it stays put in your pocket. If you want to carry your LCR in your pocket, then this is the Ruger LCR holster options that will fit your needs.
The Cardini Leather holster is an affordable leather holster specifically designed to fit the Ruger LCR and to be worn IWB. Quality is decent and comes with double stitching, so if you look after it well it should serve you a long time! Ideal Ruger LCR holster option if you are looking for a IWB leather holster that fits the LCR specifically.
The Barsony Nylon OWB holster is an affordable holster ideal for carry to the gun range, but not for concealed carry. We have some concerns over the retention strap and whether it will keep your weapon securely in place when you might be running rough. For our money, we think there are better Ruger LCR holster options available.
The DeSantis IWB holster is the ideal Ruger LCR holster option if you need to carry concealed. It is comfortable enough to wear for extended periods and is of quality construction. A bit more expensive than the other holster, but you get what you pay for.
So which Ruger LCR holster would we choose?
If we had to buy a holster for a Ruger LCR revolver today, we would likely go with the DeSantis Intruder holster. Yes it is much more expensive than the other options, but it is well made and very comfortable to wear. It is designed to be extremely concealable and for that reason we have chosen it. It is the ideal holster for all day concealed carry.
WHAT DO YOU THINK – WHICH HOLSTER IS THE BEST Ruger LCR HOLSTER OPTION?
Have you used any of the Ruger LCR holster options that we have listed above? Do you have any opinions on which holster might be the best holster option for a Ruger LCR? If you have any thoughts or comments, do share them with us by commenting in the comments section below. We would love to hear from you!