This is a discussion on What is YOUR preference for "Retention Level" of your EDC holster(s) within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; friction when i am alone or out with the GF but when niece is around thumb break...
Thumb break/snap/strap plus friction
Mechanical lock/constraint plus friction
friction when i am alone or out with the GF but when niece is around thumb break
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In the past Ive had some hammer straps that have impeded the draw,today I carry in a form fitting leather holster that only allows for a normal forward draw,anybody trying to grab it from behind is gonna taste elbow
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IWB = friction, OWB = thumb break
No straps or gizmos for me, open or hidden. I just hate 'em. But that's me.
Friction for me, and very little is how I like it.
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Milt Sparks VM2 with marvelous passive retention.
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For IWB, which I do most of the time, I like friction. My belt is tight enough to keep the gun and holster in place, but loose enough to let the gun out if need be.
For OWB, which I do rarely, thumb break or velcro strap.
I use Level three for anything outside my pants with a 511 belt.I've had this belt going on 3 years still stiff as he** !
I generally carry OWB with a thumb break as I got used to it. However if I am carrying IWB I am not using a thumb break. Just force of habit as my first holster had a thumb break. I am getting used to carrying without the thumb break more and more. For Open carry I would at least use a thumb break.
Passive friction. That's how I build mine too. I want it to hold the gun in the holster upside down, but still be something you can draw with a sharp pull. I do use a SERPA when I'm fishing though. I don't want to donate a G19 to a trout stream or rhododendron thicket.
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Depends on the gun. If its deep concealed with almost no chance of printing i'll go friction only. If there is any chance of printing at all, i'll go with either a thumb break or mechanical retention (depending on the gun). I'll only OC at work, and thats always a level III holster
i Carry a Bersa 380 as my edc and carry iwb so as of now it's friction retension unless i'm carrying owb then i prefer a tb holster
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Would someone explain to me what the difference is between Mechanical lock/constraint plus friction
and Passive/Friction retention
is maybe even with the type of holsters that each represents. Thanks