COMPARISON TABLE OF RUGER SR9c HOLSTER OPTIONS
Designed as a ‘back up’ weapon or for concealed carry, the Ruger SR series are made by Sturm, Ruger & Company (we also covered the Ruger P95, Ruger LC9 and the Ruger SP101), and are a range of semi-automatic pistols. It is a favourite for law enforcement agencies, as well as for civilians who wish to carry a pistol for concealed carry. The SR9c was introduced in January 2010.
The Ruger SR9c was created to meet the demand for a small, more compact version of the full SR9. It has the same adjustable rear sights, grip width, trigger, and manual safety of the full version, but is smaller in length and height. Also, the Ruger SR9c has a dual recoil spring assembly, instead of the full size SR9’s recoil spring assembly. The Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence awarded the Ruger SR9c as the ‘Handgun of the Year’ in 2010.
The Ruger SR9c usually comes with 2 magazines; a compact 10 round standard magazine with a flat bottom floor plate, and full size 17 round magazine, which features a grip adaptor. This can change the relatively short grip on the SR9c into a full sized grip. In some states and countries however, where legal restrictions are in place where the number of rounds are limited, 2 of the compact 10 round magazines are supplied with 2 extended floor plate. There are also serrations or grooves on the front sides of the SR9c slide. This is to aid operation and make it easier to press-check the slide.
KEEP THIS IN MIND
The functionality, weight and size differs from one gun to the next. Keep the following in mind when purchasing a Ruger SR9c holster:
Weapon Size and Weight:
The Ruger SR9c has the following measurements:
Length: 6.85 in (174.0 mm)
Barrel Length: 3.50 in (88.9 mm)
Width:1.27 in (32.3 mm)
Height: 4.61 in (117.1 mm)
Weight: 23.4 oz (660 g)
From the above dimensions, you can see that the SR9c can be classed as a small to medium size pistol. Therefore, it is much easier to conceal, and can be used in conjunction with a whole host of Ruger SR9c holsters, from pocket holsters, ankle holsters, shoulder holsters, over the waistband (OWB) holsters, and inside the waistband (IWB) holsters.
The Ruger SR9c is manufactured for law enforcement agencies and civilians concerned with self-defence. In the civilian market, the need to conceal your weapon is usually important. As these pistols are quite small, concealment is easier. 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, IWB holsters and pocket holsters.
OUR REVIEW OF 5 RUGER SR9C HOLSTER OPTIONS
Below we look at 5 Ruger SR9c 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 SR9c, and how easy it is to draw your weapon from the holster.
Here are our top 5 Ruger SR9c Holster options:
Fobus HK1 Paddle Holster H&K USP 9mm & 40 Compact or Full Sized
This Ruger SR9c holster is made from injection molding and space age plastics, and is a right handed, OWB paddle holster. Retention of the SR9c is good, and there is just enough friction to hold your gun without it moving around. It rides high on the waistband, and is therefore very easy to conceal. A good design feature is that, as the paddle sitd deep inside the pants and has an indentation to hold the paddle to your belt, it will not pull out when drawing your gun. Some concerns are that it can be difficult to draw your SR9c from this holster; users have mentioned they need both hands to release the gun, not ideal in emergencies. Other users have also found that, although at first it may see like the perfect fit for the SR9c, this holster can leave scratches on the muzzle, and therefore maybe just a little too small for the Ruger SR9c. Concerns have been raised about the quality too, as this Ruger SR9c holster is molded as two pieces which are then tacked together in only a few spots, leaving gaps in the seam (mainly along the bottom of the barrel and trigger housing, as well as along the slide on the top.
DESANTIS N38 The Nemesis Pocket Holster
The outside of this pocket Ruger SR9c holster is made from a black, viscous, nylon cloth which is like fly paper. It will not budge from your pocket, The inside lining is made from a slick cloth that gives next to no friction, making it ideal for quick draw. The core also has foam to break up the outline of the gun, aiding concealment. Although this Ruger SR9c holster functions well, and fits the SR9c well, many users say the foam at the core is not strong enough to conceal the gun’s outline and shape. Some users have even said it actually emphasises the shape of the gun. An ideal holster for storage, or if you wear a long jacket most times that cover your trouser pockets. But not so good for concealment when not wearing a jacket.
Outbags OB-30SC Nylon OWB Belt Gun Holster with Mag Pouch
This outside of the waistband Ruger SR9c holster is made from 600 denier nylon, and boasts a fully adjustable thumb break which keeps the weapon secure as well as eliminating delay when drawing your weapon. It also has a webbed spine, which ensures that this holster will bend into a customised fit for each user. It comes with a handy magazine pouch, and also has a removable steel belt clip which allows the Ruger SR9c holster to be mounted to a waistband or belt. Lastly, a belt loop is provided for a more permanent and secure mount to a belt. It is a good fit for the Ruger SR9c, and the velcro retention straps can be adjusted for length and angle for a personal fit. You can also position the strap over the grip or the hammer / striker, as well as move the thumb snap from the side to the top.
There are some concerns regarding craftsmanship, with some users mentioning that there were loose threads on the piece that holds the belt clip on. The belt clip itself causes concerns as it is not very functional, with some users having to thread it on by taking their belt off. Also, the metal clip seems to dig into your skin, causing pain. This can all be avoided by using the belt loop instead of the clip. Furthermore, the thumb snap can start to feel loose after repeated use, so there are issues regarding the longevity of this Ruger SR9c holster.
Ruger SR9 Compact Pro Carry HD leather Conceal Carry Gun Holster
This Ruger SR9c holster is an IWB holster made from heavy duty, grade A leather which boasts great craftsmanship with double stitches at stress points. This holster is designed for the Ruger SR9c, so, in terms of fit, is perfect. As with all leather holsters, there is a ‘break in’ period required, so the gun may feel tight at first, but the manufacturers give you suggested methods to help break your holster in quickly and easily. Only real concern is that it can be a little on the bulky side, and some users found it difficult to conceal. It also does not disperse the weight of the firearm, so if you plan on wearing this Ruger SR9c holster for 6 hours plus, you may find it rubs on the upper thigh.
Ruger SR9C IWB Hybrid Holster with Adjustable Retention and Comfort Curve
Another IWB holster made specifically for the Ruger SR9c, this holster is made from a hybrid of high density leather and Kydex, a thermoplastic material. As you would expect from a holster designed specifically for a make and model of gun, this is a perfect fit, and with it’s ‘comfort curve’ features, ensures that the holster is also a perfect fit for your body too. The Kydex is at the back of the Ruger SR9c holster, and it curves against the user’s body, creating a very individual, snug fit, that means this holster is very comfortable to wear, and conceals your gun better, as it brings the grip closer to your body. The sweat guard cut allows the user to have full shooting grip when the gun is holstered. This allows for very fast draw. Other features are that users can adjust the retention, so you can get the right amount of grip the holster has on the gun. This means no issues with gun falling out unexpectedly, or being so tight that a user finds it difficult to draw smoothly. Many users have praised the craftsmanship, with the durable Kevlar stitching, beveled edges, and the ability to adjust carry height and cant. There appears to be little evidence to criticise this Ruger SR9c holster.
OUR TOP RUGER SR9C HOLSTER CHOICE
There are really some great Ruger SR9c holster options available today. So which Ruger SR9c holster would we choose if we were looking for a holster to fit a Ruger SR9c? Lets recap the top options available:
The Fobus paddle holster is made from injection molding and plastics, and is comfortable to wear. There are issues regarding fit, as it seems to fit the SR9c well initially, but can cause scratches on the muzzle. Also, some users find it difficult to draw the gun from this holster, as the retention appears to be too tight.
The Desantis Nemesis pocket holster is made from a nylon cloth which, on the outside, is ‘sticky’ and makes sure the gun stays in your pocket, and on the inside, is silky, meaning the gun can be drawn quickly and smoothly. It is also a good fit for the SR9c, but there are serious issues with concealing your weapon using this holster.
The Outbags nylon OWB holster is made from 600 denier nylon and is very comfortable to wear with the webbed spine, which gives a customised fit. Drawing the weapon is smooth and fast and, with the adjustable velcro straps, is a perfect fit for the Ruger SR9c. Only worries seem to be the craftsmanship and the belt clip.
The Compact Pro Carry holster is made from heavy-duty leather and is the perfect fit for the Ruger SR9c, which is to be expected as it is designed for this gun. Drawing your weapon is smooth, after the initial ‘break-in’ period required for all leather holsters. Comfort is also high, with the only concern being that, as it does not distribute the weight of the gun, wearing this holster for an extended period of time may cause discomfort.
The Ruger SR9C IWB hybrid holster is made from high density leather and Kydex. Comfort is unsurpassed, with the customised fit that Kydex affords. As to be expected from a holster designed for the Ruger SR9c, fit is perfect, and drawing the weapon is also perfect, as a user can adjust the retention to suit them.
So which Ruger SR9C holster option would we choose?
In this case, you get what you pay for, and at almost twice the price for our second-placed holster, the Ruger SR9C IWB hybrid holster wins! It cannot be beaten in terms of comfort, fit, draw and craftsmanship. You cannot get a better Ruger SR9c holster, and this holster will last you a very long time.
The Compact Pro Carry holster is our second-placed holster at almost half the price of the Ruger SR9C IWB hybrid holster, and is a good alternative if you don’t want to fork out for our first-placed holster, but do keep in mind, if you plan on wearing a holster for long periods, the Compact Pro Carry holster may cause discomfort.
WHAT DO YOU THINK – WHAT IS THE BEST RUGER SR9C HOLSTER OPTION?
What do you think of the Ruger SR9c holster options we covered? Do you think there are better holsters for the Ruger SR9c out there that we did not list? If so, send us a message and tell us what holster you think is the ultimate Ruger SR9c holster!
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