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9 Best Ruger Concealed Carry Firearms

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9 Best Ruger Concealed Carry Firearms

With so many options for carry guns on the market, it can be tough to determine which is best to suit your needs. If you’re interested in learning more about Ruger concealed carry firearms, you’ve come to the right place.

This article is all about the best Ruger handguns for concealment. Because there are so many, we’ve narrowed it down to the top nine Ruger concealed carry firearms on the market today. If you are looking to make your first handgun purchase, this article has some great tips on buying your first handgun and can help you learn about what you need to look for in a firearm.

Now on to the fun stuff.

Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc., better known as simply “Ruger,” is an American brand founded in 1949. Based out of Southport, Connecticut, Ruger offers nearly 800 variations of their over 40 product lines.

Ruger products are considered practical, well-made, reliable firearms. They are generally pretty affordable, making them a great choice for first-time buyers or anyone looking to grow their arsenal.

Read on to see our recommendations for Ruger’s best firearms for everyday carry.

Ruger Max-9

First on our list is the Ruger Max-9. Easily one of the best Ruger 9mm for concealed carry, this micro-sized semi-automatic pistol is comfortable enough to conceal with an inside the waistband holster or pocket holster without sacrificing important features.

Chambered in 9mm, the Ruger Max-9 is striker-fired and features a short, smooth trigger pull, clean break, and positive reset. It’s constructed with a through-hardened alloy steel slide; a one-piece, precision-machined fire control chassis; and a high-performance, glass-filled nylon grip frame.

The Ruger Max-9 weighs only 18.4 ounces unloaded and comes standard with a 10 or 12 round magazine. You can get it with or without Thumb Safety and in multiple models.

For more information on the Ruger Max-9, visit Ruger’s website here. If you already own this popular pistol, check out our selection of ultra-concealable holsters for the Ruger Max-9 here.

Ruger LCP

Next up is the Ruger LCP. This compact, lightweight pistol is perfect for concealed carry. The Ruger LCP was designed to be a backup firearm for law enforcement and makes a great weapon for personal protection.

The Ruger LCP features fixed front and rear sights and a grip extension floorplate that can easily be added to the pistol for additional comfort.

The smallest gun on our list, the Ruger LCP weighs only 9.6 ounces unloaded and measures only 5.16 inches long, 3.60 inches tall, and 0.82 inches wide. It is chambered in .380 Auto and comes standard with a 6 round magazine.

For more information on the Ruger LCP, visit Ruger’s website here. If you already own this popular pistol, check out our selection of ultra-concealable holsters for the Ruger LCP here.

Ruger LC9

The Ruger LC9 is another great concealed carry option. This double-action-only compact pistol features a loaded chamber indicator, a 3-dot sight system, and an adjustable rear sight.

While this model is no longer being manufactured by Ruger, it remains a popular gun for concealed carry and can still be found at many local gun stores.

Chambered in 9x19mm, the Ruger LC9 weighs only 17.1 ounces unloaded and comes standard with a 7 round magazine. This pistol is only 0.91 inches wide, making it easy to conceal. This model also comes in a wide variety of colors to choose from as a bonus.

For more information on the Ruger LC9, visit Ruger’s website here. If you already own this popular pistol, check out our selection of ultra-concealable holsters for the Ruger LC9 here.

Ruger LC380

Next is the Ruger LC380. This compact, double-action pistol features a loaded chamber indicator, finger grip extension, and a checkered grip frame. It is chambered in .380 Auto and comes equipped with an adjustable 3-dot sight system.

Weighing only 17.2 ounces unloaded, this compact Ruger pistol is an excellent option for concealed carry. It comes standard with a 7 round magazine and includes a magazine extension floorplate for those who need a bit more grip space.

For more information on the Ruger LC380, visit Ruger’s website here. If you already own this popular pistol, check out our selection of ultra-concealable holsters for the Ruger LC380 here.

Ruger LCP II

Another one of the best Ruger .380s for concealed carry is the Ruger LCP II. This centerfire pistol has low recoil for comfortable training and has an impressive capacity for its small size.

This firearm is lightweight and compact, weighing only 11.2 ounces unloaded, and is chambered .380. It comes with a 10+1 round magazine and features refined slide serrations, pronounced cocking ears, and a lighter recoil spring.

For more information on the Ruger LC9s Pro, visit Ruger’s website here. If you already own this popular pistol, check out our selection of ultra-concealable holsters for the Ruger LCP II here.

Ruger LCP Max

The Ruger LCP Max is another .380 option that’s great for concealed carry. It has up to double the magazine capacity of a standard Ruger LCP and is known for being a compact, yet effective personal defense pistol.

The Ruger LCP Max weighs 10.6 ounces unloaded. It comes standard with a 10+1 round magazine and features a Tritium front sight, a reversible magazine release, and a patented barrel cam.

For more information on the Ruger LCP Max, visit Ruger’s website here. If you already own this popular pistol, check out our selection of ultra-concealable holsters for the Ruger American Pistol Compact here.

Ruger American Pistol Compact

Another great Ruger concealed carry 9mm is the Ruger American Pistol Compact. This compact pistol is similar to its larger full-size model and comes equipped with a recoil-reducing barrel cam, an ambidextrous slide stop, and a Picatinny rail.

The Ruger American Compact Pistol weighs 29.02 ounces unloaded. It has one of the largest magazine capacities on our list, coming standard with a 17 round magazine, though it is also available in a California-compliant option that fits a 10 round magazine.

For more information on the Ruger American Pistol Compact, visit Ruger’s website here. If you already own this popular pistol, check out our selection of ultra-concealable holsters for the Ruger American Pistol Compact here.

Ruger LCRx

If you’re more interested in a concealed carry revolver, the Ruger LCRx is an excellent choice. This compact, double/single-action revolver comes chambered in 22 LR, 9mm, or .38 SPL caliber, depending on your preference.

Weighing only 13.05 ounces unloaded, this revolver is easily concealed. It features a stainless steel cylinder and uses a patented friction-reducing cam. The external hammer is included on the Ruger LCRx for single-action use.

For more information on the Ruger LCRx, visit Ruger’s website here. If you already own this popular handgun, check out our selection of ultra-concealable holsters for the Ruger LCRx here.

Ruger SR9c

Finally, we have the Ruger SR9c. This stainless steel compact version of the SR9 features an ambidextrous safety and a loaded chamber indicator.

Chambered in 9mm, this Ruger pistol weighs only 23.4 ounces unloaded. It comes standard with a large, 17 round magazine though a California compliant 10 round magazine is also available. The Ruger SR9c is still compact and concealable despite its large capacity, making it a great carry gun.

For more information on the Ruger SR9c, visit Ruger’s website here. If you already own this popular pistol, check out our selection of ultra-concealable holsters for the Ruger SR9c here.

Conclusion

Choosing the right concealed carry gun can be a daunting task. Luckily, great research can help you make an informed decision. We hope this article has given you a better idea of which Ruger concealed carry handguns might be best for you.

If you’re more visual or would just like to see our selections compared side by side, scroll down to see a handy comparison chart.

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Mikayla Blair

After launching her career as an award-winning journalist in the American Southwest, Mikayla Blair joined the Vedder Holsters team as a content writer in 2021. She writes about all things guns, holsters, and concealed carry, and is especially passionate about women's self-defense.

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