The 4 Best Holsters for Ruger LCR — IWB, Ankle, Concealed Carry Reviews 2022

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The introduction of the LCR was a revolution in revolver technology. The LCR is a small, lightweight, and compact revolver designed for concealed carry. With that mind when choosing a holster you want to pick one that can effectively conceal the firearm.

You still want a holster that is easy to access and easy to draw from. A good holster will also retain the weapon, and keep it from sliding out of the holster on accident. The Ruger LCR is a modern revolver, so the holster needs a modern design.

We’ve gone ahead and found 4 of the best holsters for Ruger LCR. They’re a mix of over the waistband (OWB), inside the waistband (IWB), and ankle holsters. Take a gander!

Fobus Standard

Outside the waistband will always be the most comfortable and natural way to carry in my opinion. The Fobus standard polymer holsters offer a comfortable, and easy way to carry your Ruger LCR. The Fobus holster is made entirely from Kydex and works with a standard paddle that is held in place by your body and pants. The Fobus holster is very lightweight and uses a passive retention system so there is no immediate retention device that has to be defeated before drawing the weapon. The holster rides high to aid in concealment of the weapon and keeps close to the body.

The Ruger LCR is a lightweight, polymer frame revolver, so the Fobus polymer holster is an excellent fit for it. The holster is extremely light and is basically maintenance free. The polymer material can be cleaned via soap and water, and doesn’t require any special cleaners, or maintenance procedures. The holster is reinforced with steel, but just in the critical points. This keeps the weight and price low.

The Fobus holster is incredibly comfortable for everyday wear and works with nearly any kind of modern clothing. Very few situations would make this a difficult holster to use. The simplistic nature of the Fobus polymer holster gives it very few failure points. Fobus even backs their warranty with a no questions asked guarantee. This is one of the best holsters for Ruger LCR revolvers period.

Galco Ankle Lite

Ankle carry is a fickle way to carry. It presents a number of challenges and can only be done with certain holsters and certain firearms: the Ruger LCR or J frame revolvers fit the bill. And the Galco Ankle Lite makes it easy to carry the LCR. The holster keeps the weapon nice and snugs against the ankle, and the cuff is rather wide. This wide cuff supports the weapon and keeps it from sagging, and becoming uncomfortable.

The Ankle Lite (see full specs) uses a leather holster to protect the entire frame of the weapon, and at the same time give a light and comfortable way to support the weapon. The holster is made from center cut steer hide, so it’s tough and dependable. The area between the calf and the ankle holster is padded with sheepskin to keep it comfortable throughout the day, and more importantly this prevents chafing. The holster is outfitted with a snap that is easily defeated but keeps the weapon in place regardless of the terrain and speed of movement. If ankle-carrying is your thing, then this is one of the best Ruger LCR concealed carry holsters.

Galco Ankle Lite Review

Desantis Intruder

The Desantis Intruder is an inside the waistband holster (IWB), meaning it completely disappears between the body and your pants. This holster makes the weapon invisible and requires little more than a t-shirt to cover the weapon’s grip, which is the only exposed part of the weapon. The holster is wide, and thin, so it’s simple to conceal. One thing with IWB holsters and this is all of them, is that you’ll need to buy a pair of pants one size up from normal (or cut down on the pancakes, whichever is easier for you). If you are willing to make that change, you get a holster that will make your weapon invisible.

The Desantis Intruder (see full specs) is also a tuckable holster—tuckable meaning that it can be worn with a tucked in shirt. The only thing showing will be two small clips. These clips are black and can be tucked under a belt. The Intruder has two wide clips, which support the weapon and keep it riding high. Or the weapon can ride low because the height and cant are user-adjustable. The holster is made from a combination of Kydex and leather, in a configuration known as a hybrid.

The Kydex portion is a shell of the weapon and is molded to each individual weapon. This guarantees a sure fit and excellent retention. The back portion of the weapon is leather and made from premium steer hide. This is among the best LCR IWB holsters.

Desantis intruder iwb holster

Bianchi Remedy

The Bianchi Remedy is an all leather holster that rides outside the waistband. As great as Kydex is, I don’t think it will ever replace leather completely. The Bianchi Remedy is an older design but has been modified to be as useful as modern holsters.

This is a slide style system, meaning it has two belt loops on the front and rear of the holster, this holds the holster flat against the body, increasing concealment and reducing the weapons printing through clothes. This is one of the earliest styles of concealment holster. The holster is low profile and rides high. It rides high to hide the weapon underneath a shirt or jacket to aid in deeper concealment.

This leather holster is improved by modern stitching techniques that reinforce the holster at key points. This includes where the weapon is drawn and where it is reholstered. The rigid open top design makes it easier to draw the weapon, and safer to reholster it. The Bianchi Remedy’s all-leather design gives you a classic look but with modern improvements. The Ruger LCR is an incredibly modern wheel gun, but revolvers are a classic design. Revolvers go with leather, and the Bianchi Remedy is a well fitted, modern classic. Sometimes, the best holster for Ruger LCR’s are old-school leather ones.

Ruger’s Revolution

Ruger’s revolutionary revolver is quickly becoming one of the most popular and renowned concealed carry revolvers. A good concealed carry gun is nothing without a good holster, though. A holster (and maybe a belt) makes life so much easier when carrying concealed day in and day out, and we hope you’ve found the best holster for Ruger LCR revolvers here.

  • Owner of, Boyd Smith is a major handgun enthusiast, and although he owns Glocks, he prefers the revolving wheel type. His go-to guns are a Smith & Wesson 642 Performance Center for carry and a Ruger GP100 in the nightstand biometric safe (he has kids). He loads both revolvers with old-school 148-grain Federal Gold Medal .38 wadcutters. It’s OK if you think he’s a wimp. Email him.

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