The Top 10 Ruger GP100 Holster Options For Your Ruger GP100

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Fobus RUGP Evolution Holster for Ruger GP100 All Models, Right Hand Paddle


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Material: Pastic
DeSantis Thumb Break Scabbard Holster fits 3-Inch Colt Python, Right Hand, Black, 001BA33Z0


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Style: OWB
Material: Leather
IWB Revolver Holster by Houston - ECO LEATHER Concealed Carry Soft | Suede Interior for Maximum Protection | FITS: Revolvers K, L, M & N Frames | Taurus Judge | 5 & 6 Shots | 2.5' to 3' Barrel (Right)


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Style: IWB
Material: Leather
Bianchi 5 Black Widow Hip Holster - Ruger Gp100 2-4-Inch (Tan, Right Hand)


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Style: OWB
Material: Leather
BIANCHI, 111 Cyclone Holster, Plain Tan, Size 04, Right Hand


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Style: OWB
Material: Leather
BIANCHI 7000 Black Sporting Holster Fits S&W K Frame 4 (Right Hand, Size 4)


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Style: OWB
Material: Polyknit
OUTBAGS USA NSC09 (Right) Nylon OWB Outside Pants Carry Holster w/ Ammo Loops. Family Owned & Operated. Made in USA


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Style: OWB
Material: Nylon
Nylon Belt or Clip on Gun Holster Fits Ruger GP100 (6 Shot) with 6' Barrel


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Galco Dual Action Outdoorsman Holster for S&W L FR 686 6-Inch (Tan, Right-Hand)


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Style: OWB
Material: Leather
HOLSTERMART USA CEBECI ARMS Brown Leather Open Top Right Hand Belt Holster for Ruger GP100 Revolver, 6' Barrel


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Style: OWB
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Ruger GP100 Overview

Before I dig into the Ruger GP100 holster available, let’s first understand the weapon system we are working with.

For 35 years, the Ruger GP100 revolver has been a player in the .357 Magnum market. In that time, it has developed a reputation as a leader in durability, dependability and accuracy. For these reasons, it is one of the most popular .357 Magnum revolvers on the market.

Does that make it right for you? Maybe it does; maybe it does not. There are several options available with the most notable being the three barrel lengths: 3 inches, 4 inches, and 6 inches. There are no set rules here, but generally the shorter barreled revolvers can be used for self defense while the longer barreled variations can be used for hunting or hiking. For obvious reasons, the 3 inch GP100 revolvers are easier to carry concealed than their 6 inch cousins.

Top Ruger GP 100 Holster Options

As one of the most popular revolvers on the market, there are plenty of holster options. Figuring out which Ruger GP100 holsters will work for you is a personal decision. The first step in that is determining which features are most important for you. The list of holsters below is divided into barrel lengths, and includes the best holsters available for the Ruger GP100. No one wants to add more holsters to the holster graveyard, and these are all excellent quality.

Below I list Ruger GP100 holsters at each barrel size.

All Sizes

Fobus

Fobus RUGP Evolution Holster for Ruger GP100 All Models, Right Hand Paddle

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Because this Fobus holster locks onto the firearm’s body, any barrel length Ruger GP100 fits. People either love or hate Fobus holsters because it can take some practice to master the distinct drawing motion. The only way to find out which camp you are in is to try it out.

While this holster goes onto the belt quickly, the clip shape makes it difficult to remove from the belt. That is a good thing when someone else is trying to get it off, but it is not a desirable feature when you are the one trying to take it off.

Another drawback to this holster is that it tends to scratch up firearms. While the listing shows that it has an adjustable retention screw, lots of people do not show any difference in retention when the screw is adjusted to the loosest setting or the tightest setting.

It is comfortable to wear for short periods of time, but may not be comfortable enough for you to wear all day. Because it is worn outside the waistband, it is not ideal for concealed carry. However, if you wear loose clothes, you could try carrying the shorter barrel GP100s concealed.

Fobus at a Glance

-Style: Outside the waistband

-Level of Retention: Retention screw

-Pros: Good belt retention, easy to put on, durable

-Cons: Marks up firearm, difficult to take off belt, uncomfortable for long periods of time

-Conceal Compatible: Not really

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3 Inch Barrels

DeSantis

DeSantis Thumb Break Scabbard Holster fits 3-Inch Colt Python, Right Hand, Black, 001BA33Z0

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DeSantis can be counted on for quality materials and good workmanship. This holster is no exception. However, the listing and what people received differed a little bit — the listing shows contrasting stitching, three belt slots, and a tension device.

The stitching on the product received matches the leather, there were two belt slots instead of three and there was no detectable tension device. Even with these differences, everyone was more than satisfied with the holster. It rides at a comfortable angle and allows for an easy draw. When drawn quickly, the thumb break retention does scuff the revolver. Besides that, there is no wear on the finish.

Available in black or tan leather, this Ruger GP100 holster will complement anything in your wardrobe — if that is a concern. Before being conditioned, it can squeak a little bit on your belt, but that is a temporary issue. As a high-riding outside the waistband holster, it can be concealed when worn with the right clothes. Overall, it is an excellent value leather holster.

DeSantis at a Glance

-Style: Outside the waistband

-Level of Retention: Thumb break

-Pros: Good workmanship, quality materials, rides at a good angle

-Cons: Scuffs when drawn quickly, listing and product differ

-Conceal Compatible: With loose clothes

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Houston

IWB Revolver Holster by Houston - ECO LEATHER Concealed Carry Soft | Suede Interior for Maximum Protection | FITS: Revolvers K, L, M & N Frames | Taurus Judge | 5 & 6 Shots | 2.5' to 3' Barrel (Right)

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If you are looking for a comfortable inside the waistband holster that will fit more than only one revolver, this holster might work for you. Plenty of padding makes this holster comfortable enough to wear all day while also reducing printing.

Because the inside is suede, it will not scuff or scratch. For some, this holster was too loose. Personal preference comes into play there, however. Since it is not molded for one particular firearm model, that is to be expected. With no retention method, the draw is very fast and easy.

The metal belt clip is shaped to keep this holster on your belt as you draw. If you are comfortable with the lack of firearm retention and are looking for a holster that will fit more than one firearm, this Houston holster might fit your needs. However, if you are looking for a genuine leather holster that is molded perfectly to your firearm, this is not the holster for you.

Houston at a Glance

-Style: Inside the waistband

-Level of Retention: None

-Pros: Fits a variety of revolvers, comfortable, padding reduces print, good belt retention

-Cons: Could be too loose, barrel end is open

-Conceal Compatible: Yes

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Bianchi Black Widow

Bianchi 5 Black Widow Hip Holster - Ruger Gp100 2-4-Inch (Tan, Right Hand)

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The Bianchi Black Widow is a minimal holster worn outside the waistband. The Black widow was designed with concealed carry in mind. It rides very high on the belt and has as slim a profile as possible, so it can be worn concealed with the right choice of clothes.

One tradeoff to the minimalist design is that this holster does not cover the trigger guard. To some, that can be a safety issue. I’ll leave that decision up to you. It works best with wide belts and does tend to flap around on thinner ones.

When worn with the proper belt, it is canted comfortably for an easy draw. The thumb break retention takes a little practice, but is intuitive and easy to master. For the more fashionable among us, it is available in black or tan to look good with any wardrobe. This little holster is made from quality leather and exhibits exceptional craftsmanship.

Bianchi Black Widow at a Glance

-Style: Outside the waistband

-Level of Retention: Thumb break

-Pros: High quality, rides high for concealment, minimal for less bulk, available in black or tan

-Cons: Flaps around on thinner belts, does not cover trigger guard

-Conceal Compatible: With the right clothes

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4 Inch Barrels

Bianchi Cyclone

BIANCHI, 111 Cyclone Holster, Plain Tan, Size 04, Right Hand

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The biggest problems for this Ruger GP100 Holster 4 inch holster are that it comes in a variety of brown shades and takes some conditioning for the thumb break to snap. The picture in the listing shows a rich, mahogany color, but the holster that ultimately arrives is anywhere from a light orange tan to a few shades lighter than dark brown.

Whichever color arrives, the dye is evenly and well applied. Beyond the color, the lines look good, and this holster garners compliments. For those more concerned with how it functions as a holster, the Cyclone is a solid choice. It is high quality and you have the option to wear on your strong side or as a cross draw.

As a leather holster, it does take time to condition so that it is uniquely fitted to your revolver. In particular, the thumb-break strap is very difficult to snap when it arrives because it conditions to be exactly right for your GP100 with a 4 inch barrel. This is an excellent quality holster to wear outside the waistband, and would be very challenging to conceal.

Bianchi Cyclone at a Glance

-Style: Outside the waistband

-Level of Retention: Thumb break

-Pros: High quality, stylish design, carry cross draw or strong side, suede lining

-Cons: Conditioning required for the thumb break, “tan” is a variety of colors

-Conceal Compatible: Not Really

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Bianchi 7000

BIANCHI 7000 Black Sporting Holster Fits S&W K Frame 4 (Right Hand, Size 4)

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The exterior of this Bianchi 7000 features a poly-mix material while the innards are custom molded. It fits the Ruger GP100 four inch barrel really well without modification. Because people like different levels of snugness, the thumb-break retention strap is adjustable.

However, adjusting that thumb-break strap is not the easiest thing to do. This holster is well-crafted, but runs into trouble when it comes to threading it onto a belt. First, it can really only be used for thinner belts because it is almost impossible to thread onto thicker belts. Then, depending on where you wear your belt, this holster tends to fight with the belt loops on the pants.

Once this Ruger GP100 holster 4 inch is on your belt, however, it is very comfortable, sturdy and reliable. The inner lining is smooth and helps make every draw an easy one. Because it is an outside the waistband holster, it can only be concealed with creative clothing choices.

Bianchi 7000 at a Glance

-Style: Outside the waistband

-Level of Retention: Thumb break

-Pros: Adjustable retention strap, secure fit for GP100, good quality materials & craftsmanship

-Cons: Some incompatibility with belt loops, difficult to thread onto thick belts

-Conceal Compatible: Not really

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OutBags

OUTBAGS USA NSC09 (Right) Nylon OWB Outside Pants Carry Holster w/ Ammo Loops. Family Owned & Operated. Made in USA

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The Outbags holster offers a lot of features for an affordable price. As an ambidextrous holster, it offers a little more versatility than other options. The thumb break strap is also adjustable with velcro. However, some users found this strap was too long even at the shortest setting.

How tight you want your firearm to ride is your business, so it may well work for you. All this versatility comes at the price of assembly upon arrival. It does include six elastic loops to hold extra rounds securely. The inside is lined with a soft red material, which makes for an easy draw.

Belt retention is good, as it includes loops for the belt as well as a metal clip. The holster itself is well made with good stitching. As an outside the waistband holster, this one is best suited to wear where open carry is permitted. If you are comfortable assembling this holster when it comes, it is an excellent quality holster.

Outbags at a Glance

-Style: Outside the waistband

-Level of Retention: Thumb break

-Pros: Ambidextrous, adjustable thumb break strap, good belt retention, extra ammo loops, made in U.S.

-Cons: Adjustable strap is too long, assembly upon arrival

-Conceal Compatible: Not really

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6 Inch Barrels

Shaver

Nylon Belt or Clip on Gun Holster Fits Ruger GP100 (6 Shot) with 6' Barrel

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If you are searching for an outside the waistband Ruger GP100 holster 6 inch that can be easily modified for aftermarket sights, the Shaver holster is an excellent choice. While it can be modified to accommodate aftermarket sights, it can also be worn as-is. It is designed to be ambidextrous and includes a belt loop on each side.

There is a metal clip that can be moved from one side to the other, depending on the occasion. Figuring out how to move that metal clip can be a little tricky, however. Once the clip is on, this holster has excellent belt retention.

Unless you are taking it off your belt, it is not coming off. The firearm retention is a different story — the thumb break is so loose that it feels like the 6 inch GP100 will fall out even with the thumb break strapped into place. The tradeoff here is that it is that much easier to draw. Constructed from nylon inside and cordura outside, this holster is well-made and durable.

Shaver at a Glance

-Style: Outside the waistband

-Level of Retention: Thumb break

-Pros: Ambidextrous, moveable metal clip, easily modifiable, good belt retention

-Cons: Rear sight can catch, loose thumb break strap

-Conceal Compatible: Not really

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Galco

Galco Dual Action Outdoorsman Holster for S&W L FR 686 6-Inch (Tan, Right-Hand)

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With the exception of the tension screw, this Galco holster is such fine quality that it will probably outlast the owner. The tension screw tends to fall out unless something like thread lock is applied. Luckily, Galco’s fantastic customer service will help fix the issue and will send a replacement tension screw.

The only other drawbacks is that it is only available in tan, and that it takes the leather time to condition. Once the leather is conditioned for your specific revolver, there is no better quality Ruger GP100 holster 6 inch. It is easy to draw quickly, and the thumb break retention even includes an extra large tab to make it easier to disengage.

Designed to evenly distribute the revolver’s weight, this holster is very comfortable. The saddle leather and stitching exhibit Galco’s dependably quality craftsmanship. An outside the waistband holster for a six inch barreled firearm is not suitable for concealed carry unless you wear a heavy coat, or are very creative with your fashion.

Galco at a Glance

-Style: Outside the waistband

-Level of Retention: Thumb break, tension screw

-Pros: Excellent quality materials and craftsmanship, good customer service, comfortable

-Cons: Tension screw falls out, only comes in tan, leather conditioning takes time

-Conceal Compatible: Not really

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Cebici Arms

HOLSTERMART USA CEBECI ARMS Brown Leather Open Top Right Hand Belt Holster for Ruger GP100 Revolver, 6' Barrel

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If you are looking to have the fastest possible draw, this Cebici Arms Ruger GP100 holster may be the right pick for you. It does not have any retention, which means that there are no snaps to unsnap to have your revolver ready to go.

The highly molded leather ensures a good fit. It is fully lined on the inside, so there is no need to worry about scratches. The biggest problem with this holster is that it only works for belts up to 1.5 inches — any belt larger than that is too big to fit through the slots.

The six inch barrel this holster was designed for makes it difficult to carry concealed. Of course, with enough determination, it would be possible. If your belts are smaller than that and you want no retention methods, the good quality on this definitely makes it one to consider.

Cebeci Arms at a Glance

-Style: Outside the waistband

-Level of Retention: None

-Pros: No scratching, fast draw, good fit

-Cons: Only fits belts 1.5 inches and smaller

-Conceal Compatible: Not really

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Wrapping Up

Hopefully one of the Ruger GP100 holsters I listed suites your specific needs. What makes choosing a Ruger GP100 holster a little more tricky is the fact that you need to be aware of what barrel length your Ruger GP100 is before buying a holster for it. For that reason, the Fobus holster is a great option if you want a GP100 holster that can accommodate any barrel length.