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Here’s A Guide For Ruger LCP, LC380, and LC9s So You Can Find The Perfect Ruger Holster

When it comes to classic, American made centerfire pistols, Ruger leads the way. Ruger pistols range from compact to full size models. They are widely distributed throughout both gun stores and sporting goods retail establishments. For many gun owners, Ruger may have been the first handgun they ever fired.

There are some states that have strict limitations on what gun a person may own and if he can carry it concealed. Ruger was one of the first companies to pick up on this and developed specific models to meet state requirements like Maryland and Massachusetts. Both of those states only allow a pistol to hold 10 rounds. In this article, we’re going to detail out what’s presently in the Ruger centerfire pistol catalog and how it may change how you choose your Ruger holster.

Ruger LCP

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    Base Model: 3701
  • Caliber: 380 Auto (9x17mm)
  • Capacity: 6+1
  • Barrel Length: 2.75"
  • Overall Length: 5.16"
  • Width: 0.82"
  • Firing Mechanism: DAO
  • MSRP: $259.00

The Ruger LCP is not approved for California or Massachusetts.

Model 3713 has a built in Crimson Trace Laserguard for sighting in on targets easier. It weighs only 9.6 oz. The suggested retail is $429. It is not certified for sale in California or Massachusetts. It uses fixed, non-adjustable sights and a checkered frame on the pistol grip for retention in the palm of your hand.

Model 3730 is almost identical in features to the Ruger LCP Model 3701. It features a brushed, stainless steel upper receiver and retails for about $30 more.

Ruger LC380

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    Base Model: 3219
  • Caliber: 380 Auto (9x17mm)
  • Capacity: 7+1
  • Barrel Length: 3.12"
  • Overall Length: 6.00"
  • Width: 0.90"
  • Firing Mechanism: DAO
  • MSRP: $479.00

The Ruger LC380 is not approved by either California or Massachusetts.

The Ruger LC380 has an almost identical frame as the LC9s and fires the same ammunition as the Ruger LCP. The big difference between the Ruger LC380 and the LC9s is the LC380 is Double Action Only (DAO). It differs from the LCP by being slightly bigger and having adjustable sights. The LC380 also holds one more round in its standard magazine.

If you want an integrated laser sight, the LC380 Model 3230 has you covered. It features a Crimson Trace Laserguard perfect for putting rounds on target with little time to aim.

Ruger LC9s

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    >Base Model: 3236
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger (9x19mm)
  • Capacity: 7+1
  • Barrel Length: 3.12"
  • Overall Length: 6.00"
  • Width: 0.90"
  • Firing Mechanism: Striker Fire
  • MSRP: $479.00

The Ruger LCPs is not approved for California but IS approved and certified by Massachusetts.

Ruger LC9s features a striker fire firing mechanism which makes for a smooth trigger pull and short reset. The LC9s is compatible with all the tools and accessories the Ruger LCP uses, so it's a perfect complement for cross compatibility of accessories like laser sights, magazines, and Ruger LC9 holsters.

A big change between the Ruger LC9 models and the Ruger LC9s is the LC9s' dovetailed adjustable 3-dot sight system. Unlike the LCP which does not allow adjustment, the LC9s allows more customizability by the gun owner.

The standard Ruger LC9s model 3235 features a 7 round magazine capacity and it's chambered in 9mm Luger. The LC9s model 3248 is considered the professional model and it has an integrated safety and no manual safety. Like the LCP series, the LC9s series is not approved by California. However, Massachusetts has certified and approved the Ruger LC9s so it is an option for Massachusetts gun owners. The LC9s chambers a larger round making it a slight bit wider than the LCP. It's overall length of 6", though, is still within an ideal range for concealed carry purposes. The base model of the LC9s has a suggested retail price of $479.

Because of its slightly larger frame, the Ruger LC9s supports a range of laser sight accessories. At present, the only LC9s model offering integrated laser sights is the Talo Distributor exclusive model 3251.

Ideal Ruger Holster Options

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Because of the extremely small width of the Ruger LCP, LC380 and LC9s, they can ideally be carried concealed with a high retention inside the waistband concealed carry holster. These types of Ruger holsters work extremely well to ensure such a light pistol doesn't fall out and get left behind. This is often considered a great concealed carry pistol when a person wants to minimize any chance of printing or showing.

For high retention inside the waistband concealed carry holsters, make sure you order a polymer shell that is form fitted to either your LCP, LC380, or LC9s. And don’t forget -- if you got a model of Ruger with an integrated laser sight, make sure to specify that to the holster manufacturer before purchasing.

If something like an OWB holster is more your style check out the Alien Gear Holsters product line.

James England

About The Author

James England (@sir_jim_england) is the contributing editor for Alien Gear Holsters. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and private defense contracting in Afghanistan.