If you are looking for a holster for the Ruger LCP with E-series Viridian Laser all I can say is prepared to be frustrated. Buying the LCP wasn’t a spur of the moment decision, but buying one with the E-series Viridian laser was. As soon as I started to look for a holster I started having buyer’s remorse.
I visited site after site (along with doing numerous google searches) trying to find someone who had a holster for the Ruger LCP with E-series Viridian Laser. I wanted a kydex IWB holster but by the time I got done I would have taken a leather one. The problem was I couldn’t find any IWB from any holster maker.
Update 3/15/2017: Since the writing of this post, CrossBreed Holsters now has a holster for this pistol.
Here’s what I did:
- I sent out emails to over half a dozen kydex holster makers to start. All were busts.
- I sent an email to Ruger. They had no resource for a holster, but claimed to be working with some manufacturers.
- Crossbreed holsters said they were going to make the Microclip holster for the Ruger LCP with the E-series Viridian laser and put me on a waiting list.
- I sent an email to Viridian. I was specifically told “Any holster that is sized to fit a competitors laser will also fit this laser because the sizes are comparable.”
I decided to see if I could find another laser brand similar in size and shape to the E-series Viridian. The closest laser I could find was the Lasermax Centerfire Laser. Since I had seen my son-in-law’s Vedder LightTuck kydex IWB holster for his LCP I decided to take Viridian’s advice and order the Lasermax version that was closest in design to the laser on my LCP. A few days later my Vedder LightTuck came in the mail.
Did it fit?
Before I talk about the holster fit, here are a couple of photos:
Yes it fit. But not perfectly. Vedder says “Our fit is so precise, you will hear an audible ‘click’ every time you holster your gun, reassuring you that your gun is securely in place.” Unfortunately, you won’t get that audible click (which makes perfect sense because the holster was made specifically for the Lasermax), but the fit is acceptable. If I turned the holster upside down with a full magazine and lightly shook the holster I could get the LCP to slide out half way. If I shook the holster up and down hard it slipped out. Tightening the holster tension screw did help hold the gun tighter.
My guess is for 90% of my carry time this holster would have been fine. It’s not like I’m going to be standing on my head while I’m carrying the LCP. But, I kept thinking that what if I was running, jumping over something, or crawling on the floor. Could the LCP fall out? So I decided to keep looking for a holster for the Ruger LCP with E-series Viridian Laser. I just felt like I wanted a holster made specifically for the gun or it would always be bugging me.
I finally find two places to get a holster
After more searching, gun forum research and emails I found two holster makers who said they could help me out. The first was Multi Holsters. Multi Holsters says “ANY Style. ANY Options. Any Gun. Here’s a Multi Holsters review from Gun Magazine. I also got a response from Squidtactical.com. They are a (somewhat) local kydex holster builder not too far from me. So I’ll be going there to look at some holster options. They have three different models I’m particularly interested in – the Turbine, the S.T.A.L.K-R, and the Spartan-01 IWB Minimalist Holster. When I get my holster built I’ll post it here.
Update: Met with Dan at Squid Tactical today. He showed me plenty of options and discussed a variety of carry options. I decided to go with their Spartan-01 IWB Minimalist holster in black carbon kydex. When it’s all done I’ll post a review with photos.
Update 2: Holster is done. See it here.