COMPARISON TABLE OF RUGER SR40 HOLSTER OPTIONS
The Ruger SR-series are manufactured by Sturm, Ruger & Company, and are a line of semi-automatic pistols. This series has been marketed as a backup or concealment weapon for law enforcement as well as for civilian concealed carry. From the early 2000’s, changes in regulations and legislation have allowed citizens to carry pistols, so long as they are concealed. Ruger created this series of pistols to fit the desirable characteristics this market demanded; high magazine capacity, small size, thinness, dark stainless steel slides, lightweight construction (such as polymer frames), high visibility and / or night sights, and large manual thumb safeties and magazine releases.
The Ruger SR40 is the full-sized version in this series, chambered for the .40 S&W cartridge, and holds 15 rounds. It ships with two 15 round, flush-fit magazines and a loading tool.
KEEP THIS IN MIND
When choosing a holster for your Ruger SR40, keep in mind that all guns differ when it comes to size, weight and functionality. These are some important aspects you need to consider.
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)
You can see from the above that the Ruger SR40 would fall into the medium to large size category of guns. Therefore, it is can be difficult to conceal. Although 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 Ruger SR40 is in popular world-wide for civilians concerned with self-defense. In the civilian market, the need to conceal your weapon is usually important. As these pistols are medium to large, concealment can be tricky. You can use IWB, OWB, shoulder and ankle holsters. Pocket holsters are unlikely to conceal a weapon of this size. However, the ability to get to your pistol and fast draw is also important. Shoulder holsters involve wearing a jacket for concealed carry, but a jacket will hamper the ease of draw and draw speed. Also, in warmer seasons or climates, concealing your weapon may become uncomfortable. Ankle holsters will also hamper draw speed. The best options are OWB holsters and IWB holsters.
OUR REVIEW OF 5 Ruger SR40 HOLSTER OPTIONS
Below we look at 5 Ruger SR40 holster options that are available on Amazon. We look at the materials that the holsters are made from, the comfort of how it is worn, how it fits the Ruger SR40 and how easy it is to draw your weapon from the holster.
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 for Glock 17 / 19 / 22 / 23 / 31 / 32 / 38, Ruger 22lr / P89 / P95 / SR40, Hi-Point 45 ACP, Walther P22 / P99, Beretta PX4 Storm, and More
This Ruger SR40 holster is made from 600 denier nylon with a soft Tri-Cot inner lining. It comes with a steel belt clip for secure attachment onto belt, and as this belt can be moved, it suits left and right hand shooters. Concealment with this holster is good as it is only 1/8 inches thick, and therefore gives minimal printing.
There are concerns with this Ruger SR40 holster when it comes to durability, with some users have issues with the stitching. The main problem, however, is the steel clip. It’s very stiff, which makes it difficult to take off your belt or waistband. The clip itself can bend out of shape quite quickly. The stiff outer shell can also rub against you, so we would recommend wearing a t-shirt between the holster and your skin. Fit for the Ruger SR40 is reasonable, however this holster is designed for a number of different makes and models, so don’t expect a glove-like fit. Retention is OK and draw is reasonable.
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 OWB Belt Gun Holster with Mag Pouch is made from 600 Denier Nylon. It fits comfortably against the body due to its webbed spine, however, there are issues with the design of this holster causing users to find that a quick draw is almost impossible. Fit is OK for the Ruger SR40 and is reasonably concealable, but draw is hampered due to the Velcro strap.
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
The OutBags OB-16S Nylon Inside Waist Band Conceal Carry Gun Holster is our other cheapest holster, and is made from 600 denier nylon. It allows for a reasonable draw and concealability is good, due to it only being 1/8 inches thick. However, it is not a perfect fit for the Ruger SR40, and the outer shell can rub on skin and cause discomfort.
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 – WHAT IS THE BEST Ruger SR40 HOLSTER OPTION?
What do you think of the Ruger SR40 holster options we covered? Do you think there are better holsters for the Ruger SR40 out there that we did not list? If so, send us a message and tell us what holster you think is the ultimate Ruger SR40 holster!
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