The Ruger SP101 is a great revolver that comes in a variety of options. They’re perfect for self defense for a variety of reasons, and they are very suitable for concealed carry. The grips on these revolvers have highly serrated sides, so you drawing ability won’t be hindered by design in the least. Our review covers four different styles of holsters for your Ruger SP101, and we’ll let you know which we think is the best option at the end.
The biggest difficulty with finding the right holster online for the Ruger SP101 is purchasing the correct size. The Ruger SP101 has models ranging from 2.25” to 4”, holding anywhere from 5 to 8 rounds in the chamber. It’s important to point this out because simply searching for “Ruger SP101 holster” won’t work, and you’ll need to be more specific. Our review below covers all the barrel sizes available, so don’t think we’ve left you out! Since we are talking about a revolver here, we didn’t include any options that leave room for lasers or tactical flashlights.
No matter your budget, we’ve found a Ruger SP101 holster that should fit all your needs without sacrificing quality and durability.
Materials – The OutBags Nylon OWB Belt Gun Holster is and all black holster constructed of 600D Nylon and is intended to hold 4” revolvers. There is stitching for reinforcement around the exterior edge, and the inside of the holster is lined with a soft fabric. Along the top edge of the holster is a set of six elastic bands for holding additional rounds. The single belt clip is made of steel, and there is a single nylon belt loop on the opposite side. A nylon retention strap is at the top of the holster, and secures with a snap closure. The OutBags Nylon OWB Belt Gun Holster can be purchased for left handed or right handed gunowners.
Performance – The OutBags Nylon OWB Belt Gun Holster is a good buy for anyone on a tight budget. There are a handful of pros and cons to this option, but it’s definitely a worthy purchase. For one, this holster is intended for the 4” SP101 revolvers, so don’t buy it if you own the compact models. While it’s nice to have the elastic bands for additional ammo, they’re fairly exposed – so it’s not discrete, and it’s possible you could lose that ammo during wear. The actual holster itself is very sound and will do as much as any nylon holster can do to protect your handgun. Like we said, it’s a great option for somebody on a budget.
What we say – The OutBags Nylon OWN Belt Gun Holster costs just under $20 online, making it the cheapest option within this review. If you own any other 4” revolvers, you can use this holster for multiple weapons.
- Lowest cost
- Retention strap with snap closure
- Additional round storage
- Steel belt clip
- Additional round loops very exposed
- Doesn’t fit standard SP101 2-3” models
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Materials – The Relentless Tactical Ultimate Suede Leather IWB Holster is an all black holster made of suede and genuine leather. The main compartment of the holster has suede on both the inside and outside, giving it a good gripping texture for holding down your revolver and securing to the inside of the wearer’s waistband. There is a single metal belt clip, which sit on its own genuine leather platform. There is stitching for reinforcement both around the leather clip platform and around the exterior edge of the holster. The Relentless Tactical Ultimate Suede Leather IWB Holster is made in the U.S.A. and comes with a lifetime warranty.
Performance – The Relentless Tactical Ultimate Suede Leather IWB Holster is a pretty “no nonsense” holster, and it surprisingly has very high reviews online – and a lot of them! Despite being quite standard, it makes a great IWB holster for compact revolvers and other .38 special type guns. If you own the 2.25” or 3” SP101, then this is the holster for you. We like the suede material both inside and outside of the holster because it’s a great material for keeping a grip inside your waistband while also enhancing a smooth draw. We’ll say that the metal clip isn’t anything fantastic, but it holds up just fine. You won’t be sacrificing any comfort with this purchase.
What we say – The Relentless Tactical Ultimate Suede Leather IWB Holster costs between $25 and $30 online, so it’s still a great bargain. This is a great option for anyone who requires basic self defense with a concealed carry.
- Good price
- Suede material provides good friction
- Reinforced metal clip
- Fits 2.25”-3” models
- Metal clip itself isn’t great quality
Materials – The Bianchi Gun Leather 105 Minimalist holster is a very discrete outside the waistband holster that comes in either black or tan. The premium full grain leather is molded to the shape of your revolver, and the inside of the holster is lined with suede. There are slots on either side of the holster for attaching to a belt, and there is reinforced stitching around both of them. There is also reinforced stitching across both the top and bottom openings of the holster. The Bianchi Gun Leather 105 Minimalist holster sits tightly against the hip, and it can be purchased for left handed or right handed gun owners.
Performance – The Bianchi Gun Leather 105 Minimalist holster is definitely step above the other options, as far as quality goes. The leather itself is actually a higher grade than most other leather holsters you’ll find on the market, especially for this price point. The molding in this holster keeps your Ruger SP101 very secure. The bottom end of it is open, so you can easily fit either your 2.25” or 3” model with ease. It is possible to fit the 4” barrel model in this one, but you might be starting to push it on function. The belt slots on either side are very durable, so don’t expect them to wear out any time soon. Despite the high quality molding, there’s no retention strap or anything really protecting the exposed barrel.
What we say – This Ruger SP101 holster costs a little under $55 online. This is a good price for higher quality leather, and you’ll get many years of use out of it.
- Very discrete look and fit
- Full grain leather with suede inside
- Reinforced belt slots
- No additional retention
- Exposed barrel for some
Materials – The Galco Gunleather Speed Paddle Holster is an outside the waistband holster which was designed specifically for the 2.25” Ruger SP101. It can be purchased in either black or tan and for left handed or right handed gunowners. The entire barrel and trigger guard of your Ruger is completely concealed in this holster, and it’s molded to the shape of the gun. The premium saddle leather holster is reinforced with stitching below the trigger guard, and there’s also a single retention screw. A wide paddle attached your Ruger to your hip, and you can detached the holster from it without actually removing the paddle.
Performance – The Galco Gunleather Speed Paddle Holster is another high quality holster that improved upon materials used and durability. This option has the highest level of retention out of all of the products in this review. We really like that there is a holster out there with a paddle attachment option for such a compact revolver. Most brands resort to a single metal clip, and that’s usually where many brand use cheap and flimsy materials. This is also one of the most discrete and low profile options for an outside the waistband holster. Our only complaint is that it’s the most expensive option within this review.
What we say – The Galco Gunleather Speed Paddle Holster costs around $65 online. It’s constructed of very high quality materials, but that’s a steeper cost for such a small holster.
- Molded and durable leather
- Paddle belt clip
- Retention screw
- Most expensive option
Our Favorite Ruger SP101 Holster
Our top pick for the best Ruger SP101 holster goes to the Bianchi Gun Leather 105 Minimalist. It’s made of full grain leather, which is a much more durable material than suede or other leathers defined as simply “genuine”. Plus, there actually is suede inside the lining of this option, so your Ruger SP101 will draw easily. Although it’s not practical for the 4” SP101, it can fit two of the more popular models: the 2.25” and 3”. This holster will sit high and tight against the body, which is a really functional place for a compact revolver. You shouldn’t have to worry about your holster banging up against someone or something by accident. Every area of the holster is reinforced with stitching, so you won’t see signs of wear and tear, if at all, for many years to come. We highly suggest anyone with a Ruger SP101 look into the Bianchi Gun Leather 105 Minimalist holster.