RUGER SR40 HOLSTER COMPARISON TABLE
To show you some of the great holster options available for the Ruger SR40, we have listed 10 holsters in the table below. To see more about any of the holsters, click on the image and it will take you to that holster’s product page on Amazon.com.
When looking for a holster for your Ruger SR40, you need to keep in mind how you plan to carry and use the weapon. Do you want to carry concealed? Are you going to have to carry the weapon for lonf periods of time? Is it likely that you might need to draw your weapon very quickly in a self-defence situation? How you plan to use your weapon will determine largely what holster you pick for your SR40. So let’s start by looking at the SR40 as a pistol.
Weapon Size and Weight
The Ruger SR40 has the following measurements:
Length: 7.55 in (191.8 mm)
Barrel Length: 4.14 in (105.2 mm)
Width: 1.27 in (32.3 mm)
Height: 5.52 in (140.2 mm)
Weight: 27.25 oz (773 g)
Looking at the dimensions of the SR40, we can see that the Ruger SR40 would fall into the medium size category of guns. So perhaps not ideal for concealed carry, although also not impossible to carry it concealed if you wanted to. Even though it and can be used in conjunction with a whole host of Ruger SR40 holster options, pocket holsters generally need to be avoided as it would be difficult to conceal this pistol.
The REVIEW OF 5 Ruger SR40 HOLSTER PICKS
We do a deep dive review of 5 of the holster options below.
Barsony Gun OWB Belt Holster
This Ruger SR40 holster, made from Cordura nylon with a waterproof closed-cell foam padding and nylon lining, comes in left and right hand versions, and is an over the waistband holster. It comes with a belt clip which allows you to clip this onto a belt (belts can be 1.5 inches to 1.75 inches wide). The makers claim that this is the strongest belt clip in the industry, which does give a very steady holster.
The real advantage of this holster is that you can wear it anywhere; strongside, crossdraw or small of the back. It also features an adjustable thumb break and an added magazine pouch.
There are some issues with this Ruger SR40 holster, as we had to keep adjusting the Velcro to keep the pistol snug. In general, the holster is a little too big for Ruger SR40. It’s also a little difficult to remove the pistol using one hand. This will slow down draw. The clip, although very sturdy, does not support the holster fully, so it can wobble on the belt, and the holster can even changes position on the belt if you are running.
Concealability is OK, and the magazine pouch is a nice touch, but we would have preferred it to be removable to make the holster less bulky.
OutBags OB-16SC Nylon OWB Belt Gun Holster with Mag Pouch
This Ruger SR40 holster is made from 600 Denier Nylon and comes in left hand and right hand draw versions. It has a fully adjustable thumb break, steel belt clip, belt loop and a standard magazine pouch. The thumb break helps keep your pistol secure whilst also adding to a smooth and fast draw. The steel belt clip is removable for mounting onto a belt of waist band. The belt loop can give a more secure and permanent mount to the belt. It fits the Ruger SR40 well.
This Ruger SR40 holster was designed to fit snug against the body, and boasts a webbed spine that helps the holster to shape itself to an individual user. Some users, however, have noted that the Velcro causes them problems when moving the holster. Also, the metal clip steel belt clip is not very sturdy, and one user claimed the clip ripped the stitches from the holster when he was attempting to clip it onto the belt.
Another issue is that the holster seems to cover the top inch of the pistol, where you have the front of the grip. This means that the gun cannot be griped until it has been removed from the holster. Therefore, this holster seems ideal for firearm retention or when you at a range, but would not be ideal for quick draw situations, such as in self-defense.
Fobus Black paddle Right Hand RH Gun Holster
This is a right handed, paddle-style Ruger SR40 holster made from mold-injected of polymer with a rubberized paddle. It’s very lightweight, weighing merely 2 ounces, and boasts a steel reinforced rivet attachment and a protective sight channel. The USP of this holster is that it was designed for anyone who wants to accommodate a handgun that utilises rail or trigger guard mounted accessories, such as lights or lasers.
Retention is very good, due to the muzzle stud and safety strap that circles the trigger guard. At the same time, draw is fast due to the open withdrawal slot at the rear of the holster and the design of the safety strap.
This holster fits the Ruger SR40 nicely, although may be a little too tight at first. Draw and reholster your pistol a number of times over the first few days to loosen the holster up. Cant is not adjustable, so those who prefer an ‘FBI cant’ will be disappointed, and drawing from the back instead of the top takes some getting used to. Still, considering there are so few holsters for the Ruger SR40 when you use it with accessories, this is a great option.
Barsony Gun Concealment Inside The Waistband Holster for Full Size 9mm .40 .45
A keenly priced Ruger SR40 holster made from Cordura nylon that boasts a suede-like exterior, which helps anchor the holster to inside of pants. There is also 4 layers of nylon, yet the material is no thicker than conventional suede holsters. The extra layers act as an internal moisture barrier so no perspiration gets to the gun. As with the OWB version above, the real draw with these holsters is the ability to position the holster small of the back, crossdraw or strongside. The belt is very sturdy (apparently the strongest clip on the market) and clips onto belts securely.
There are major concerns about retention with this Ruger SR40 holster. Some users have said that it feels like it will spill out its contents unless you concentrate on keeping the holster vertical – not practical. The suede-like material does make for a comfortable holster, though, and it is more concealable than the OWB version. Draw is fast due to the reinforcement of the front sight. This is budget priced holster, so naturally workmanship is not of the highest quality, and stitching can come undone over time.
OutBags OB-16S Nylon Inside Waist Band Conceal Carry Gun Holster
Another Nylon based holster, this holster has a soft Tri-Cot inner lining, which is great to prevent any scratches on your gun (sometimes the metal/hard parts inside a holster can scratch a weapon when you holster it).
It is a versatile holster in the sense that is available for both left handed and right handed folks. It also has a steel belt clip so that you can securely attach the holster to your belt if you wanted to. If you do want to carry your SR40 concealed, this holster is not the worst choice. Due to its slim design, it does not leave much of a print.
There are concerns over the durability of this holster though. Some folks who have used this holster have complained about the quality of the stitching of the holster. Another area of issue is the steel clip, which seems to be very stiff. That makes it very hard to take it off your waistband or belt. The clip can apparently also bend out of shape easily…which is not ideal.
If you need to carry concealed and you need to carry your weapon for a long period of time, this holster might be a problem for you. The stiff outer shell can rub against your body, which can become very uncomfortable. Unless of course you wear something between you and the holster.
Overall your Ruger SR40 should fit reasonably well into this holster. But you need to remember that his holster is designed to be able to fit a wide variety of pistols, so it will not be glove-like fit for your Ruger SR40.
Overall, this is not the best holster option if you plan to carry your SR40 for a long period of time, or want a really well made holster that will last you a long time. Rather, this holster is probably better suited to being used to carry your weapon to the range.
OUR TOP Ruger SR40 HOLSTER CHOICE
The Barsony Gun OWB Belt Holster is made from Cordura nylon. It is rather bulky and difficult to conceal, due to the non-removable magazine pouch. However, it is comfortable to wear. It’s also not a great fit for the Ruger SR40, and the Velcro strap needs adjusting to keep the pistol snug. Draw is slow as you cannot draw with one hand.
The OutBags OB-16SC Nylon holster is one of the more affordable holsters on our list. It is a not frills holster, which is better suited of just using it to carry your weapon to the range or the occasional outing. The webbed spine does allow it to be worn comfortably, but it is probably not the best holster option if you plan on carrying concealed. Also, if you need to be able to draw your weapon really quickly, you should perhaps consider some of the other holster options on this list.
The Fobus Black paddle Right Hand RH Gun Holster is made from mold-injected polymer, and is lightweight and comfortable to wear. It fits the Ruger SR40 snugly, although a little too tight at first. Draw is good, although drawing from back will take some practice. It’s also reasonably concealable, although bear in mind, this is designed for those using accessories, such as sights, which makes the whole kit more bulky in general.
The Barsony Gun Concealment Inside The Waistband Holster is our joint cheapest holster on the list, and is made from Cordura nylon, and is very comfortable and concealable due to the thin suede-like material. Draw is fast, but there are real concerns with actual retention, and it is too big for the Ruger SR40
Another Nylon holster from Outbags on our list, the OutBags OB-16S Nylon is also an affordable holster. Quality of the holster is not the best, which can be expected from a holster in this price range. If you want a cheap holster that you can use and abuse without feeling bad, this is a good holster choice. However if you want a holster that is comfortable and will last a long time, I would recommend looking at one of the other holsters.
So which Ruger SR40 holster would we choose?
We found it difficult to choose an outright winner here, and it shows that there is not much choice when it comes to holsters for the Ruger SR40. Top place goes to the Fobus Black paddle Right Hand RH Gun Holster.
Although not very concealable, it allows you to use your Ruger SR40 with accessories, and is a great fit. In this instance, with it being nearly double the price of all the other holsters, you really do get what you pay for.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE Ruger SR40 HOLSTER OPTIONs?
If you want to find a great holster for your SR40, there are a lot of options out there. What holsters have you used for your Ruger SR40 before, and what did you think of it? Have you tried any of the holsters we mentioned above? If you have, please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!