Top Ruger LCP 380 Holster Choices

Ruger LCP 380

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When choosing a carry option for your LCP 380, there are a few key considerations you need to keep in mind in order to choose the right one. Firearms can be different when it comes to functionality, weight and size.

Weapon Size and Weight:

The Ruger LCP 380 has the following measurements:

  • Weight: 9.4 oz (270 g)
  • Length: 5.16 in (131 mm)
  • Barrel length: 2.75 in (70 mm)
  • Width: .82 in (21 mm)
  • Height: 3.6 in (91 mm)

From the above dimensions it is clear that the LCP 380 can be classed as a small sized handgun. Being a small handgun, most types of carriers will be suited for carrying this handgun, but as the handgun is specifically designed for concealed carry and to serve as a possible back-up weapon, a lot of pocket, IWB and ankle types will be available for this handgun.

OUR REVIEW OF 5 OPTIONS FOR THE RUGER LCP 380

Below we look at 5 options that are available on Amazon. We look at the materials, the comfort of how it is worn, how it fits the Ruger LCP 380, and how easy it is to draw your weapon from each one.

DTOM Combination POCKET/IWB for Keltec P32 P3AT, Taurus 738 TCP 380, Ruger LCP 380

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This mid-priced choice has the unique selling point of being able to convert from an in-the-waist-band holder to a pocket mode, making it extremely versatile with different items of clothing. It is made from tough Armadillo nylon on the outside with smooth nylon cloth inside that helps you achieve a smooth and fast draw. The core is also foam padded, which helps break up the outline of your pistol – ideal when using it in a pocket mode.

We loved how this fit the LCP 380 like a glove, but not so tight that draw was hampered. The outer nylon covers the trigger guard very well. We found it very easy to convert it from an IWB to a pocket type. Draw was fast and smooth because of the very smooth nylon lining. As a pocket kind, we loved how it has an extended curved portion which hooks onto the inside of your pocket – this stops it sliding out from the pocket along with your pistol when drawing – a real problem with some other pocket options.

This one was very comfortable too, even when sat in a car wearing a seatbelt. And the foam padding really does help break up the shape of the pistol. The only fault we can find is that the removal metal clip holds it a little too low on the waistband for our liking. Yes, a carrier riding low does aid concealability, but it also means that it can be difficult to get a solid grip of your pistol. However, this still remains one of our favourite Ruger LCP 380 holster options.

Fobus Standard RH Paddle KT2G Ruger LCP Kel-Tec P-3AT .380 2nd gen & .32 2nd gen

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This is an over-the-waist-band, mid-priced choice and is made from injection molding Kydex, something that Fobus is renowned for. The material used means that these options are robust, whilst also not needing any of the maintenance that leather type require, such as the need to oil, allowing it to breath, or breaking it in – something which has made it a favourite with different military and special security forces around the world (Fobus designed their range of products with this in mind). This Ruger LCP 380 holster has been designed for right handed shooters, and it attaches to a belt via the included paddle.

We loved how light this choice was, and it holds the LCP 380 very close to the body. Naturally, as an OWB, you do need to think about using a jacket or a long sweater to cover it, as well as the need to wear a belt. These Ruger LCP 380 holsters come with a tension screw so you can adjust the tension until you get the right balance between pistol retention and smooth draw. We found the tension screw to be very sensitive, with just a quarter spin making a noticeable difference.

Fit for the Ruger LCP 380 is perfect. We can’t really fault this product, except with the fact that most people buy the small LCP 380 because of its size and the ability for it to fit into pockets, or concealed almost entirely by an IWB type. As this Ruger LCP 380 holster is an OWB selection, there are constraints as to what clothing you wear, and of course, you have to wear a belt.

Outbags OB-31SC Nylon OWB Belt Gun Holster with Mag Pouch for Ruger LCP, S&W Bodyguard 380, Walther PPK / PPK-S, Beretta 3032

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This is one of our budget priced choices on our list. It is made from 600 Denier Nylon and comes in right and left hand versions. It boasts an extra magazine pouch, a fully adjustable thumb break, a steel belt clip to mount onto either a waistband or belt, and a belt loop which allows a more permanent mount to a belt. As with all Outbags types, this features a webbed spin which bends into the individual shape of your body.

As an over-the-waist-band holster, naturally this is not as concealable as others. But even for an OWB type, this is bulky. We found that that this was bulkier than most other OWBs (such as the Fobus above). The clip is tough, however, and we found it simply would not budge off a belt. Fit for the Ruger LCP 380 is perfect and at this price point, you won’t find a better choice. But this is definitely not designed for concealed carry. This would be the ideal selection if you generally don’t carry firearms every day, and need a good one whilst at the range.

Ruger LCP Pocket Holster

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This is our cheapest option on our list and is made from Nylon. The exterior has a rubberized strips which are designed to keep it in your pocket when you draw, instead of it coming out with your LCP 380. It is also lined inside to protect the finish of your pistol. This LCP 380 holster is also really good at breaking up the profile of your pistol, so it looks like you are carrying a wallet in your pocket.

For such a cheap Ruger LCP 380 holster option, we were really impressed at the workmanship. It’s very well made and the addition of rubberized strips on the exterior really does anchor it into your pocket, stopping it from coming out even when you bend or sit – a real problem with most other pocket options. Draw is smooth but takes practice, which is expected of most products, especially pocket types (you need to look at how you position your pistol). We did find it a little too snug for the Ruger LCP 380, but after a break in period, it fit perfectly.

Desantis Pocket Shot LCP 380 with Crimson Trace LG-431 Laserguard, Black

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This is our most expensive option on our list, but this is to be expected when you consider it is made of black leather and carries the Desantis name. As with all leather products, you need to allow for a break-in period, but after this, fit for the LCP 380 is perfect. The workmanship and quality is second to none, as expected for Desantis. We simply could not fault this Ruger LCP 380 pocket option for concealability. It breaks up the outline of the Ruger LCP 380 really well. Of course, it will show through most pockets, but it genuinely looks like a wallet.

The leather naturally offers traction within your pocket too, so no problems with the carrier coming out with your pistol when drawing. Naturally, draw is hampered at first with a new and overly tight leather type, but once you have allowed time to break in it, draw is smooth, although, as with all pocket products, the position of your pocket and positioning of your pistol needs consideration. But all-in-all, this is a beautiful Ruger LCP 380 holster that will last the test of time.

OUR TOP RUGER LCP 380 HOLSTER CHOICE

There are really some great options available today for the LCP 380. So which one would we choose if we were looking for a product to fit a LCP 380? Let’s recap the top options available:

The DTOM Combination POCKET/IWB  is the ultimate in versatility, as it easily converts from an IWB  to a pocket type. It’s made from Armadillo Nylon with a unique curved portion that hooks it into your to stop the container from slipping out pocket (when using in a pocket mode, of course). The Nylon lining is very smooth which makes draw very smooth. This is an extremely comfortable Ruger LCP 380, weather worn IWB or in a pocket, and the foam padding completely breaks up the outline of your pistol. A fantastic Ruger LCP 380 holster option.

The Fobus Standard is made from Kydex and is extremely robust, having been made with the world’s military services and special forces in mind. This is great fit for the Ruger LCP 380. Draw is also very smooth, once you have adjusted the tension screw to your liking. It is quite concealable, but as an OWB type, there are limitations as to what you can wear and you definitely need to wear a belt as this Ruger LCP 380 holster attaches via a paddle which needs to be attached to a belt.

The Outbags OB-31SC Nylon OWB Belt Gun is a budget priced Ruger LCP 380 holster made from 600 Denier Nylon, and provides a good fit for the Ruger. It is however very bulky and simply not good for concealment. A great Ruger LCP 380 holster for out on the range or anywhere you don’t want to hide your pistol.

The Ruger LCP Pocket is the cheapest Ruger LCP 380 holster on our list and is made from Nylon. And yet, we loved the workmanship and attention to detail, such as the rubberized strips on the exterior that really anchor it into your pocket to stop it from slipping. It also really helps to break up the profile of your pistol, making it look like you are carrying a wallet.

The Desantis Pocket Shot is the most expensive one here and you can see exactly what you are paying for; premium leather and excellent workmanship that will last many years. You do need to allow a break-in period before you can achieve a smooth draw, but if you are buying a leather type, you will expect this. It is very comfortable to wear and will break up the profile of your pistol, so it looks like you are carrying a wallet.

Which one would we buy?

When it comes to comfort, all of the above options are great to wear. However, for ease of draw, pocket options can be cumbersome, and you will need to look at where your pocket is positioned (every single time you change clothes).

On the other hand, most people buy the Ruger LCP 380 for concealed carry, so OWBs that generally have great ease of draw, are not the best option. For these reasons, our number one choice has to be the DTOM Combination POCKET/IWB Holster, with its ability to convert from IWB carry to pocket carry at will.

We loved how concealable this product was, in either IWB or pocket mode, and we loved how the ‘pocket mode’ was not just an afterthought, but the manufacturers added the unique curved portion to hook it into your pocket. The best option for both concealed carry and ease of draw.

WHAT DO YOU THINK – WHAT IS THE BEST Ruger LCP 380 HOLSTER OPTION?

What do you think of the options we covered? Do you think there are better choices for the Ruger LCP 380 holster out there that we did not list? If so, send us a message and tell us what product you think is the ultimate Ruger LCP 380 holster!

We hope you find the best option for your needs! If you have any thoughts on the topic of Ruger LCP 380 holster options, we would love to hear it. So please, share your thoughts with us in the comments section!

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