What is YOUR preference for "Retention Level" of your EDC holster(s)

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  • Passive/Friction retention

    106 84.13%
  • Thumb break/snap/strap plus friction

    13 10.32%
  • Mechanical lock/constraint plus friction

    6 4.76%
  • Other

    1 0.79%
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    What is YOUR preference for "Retention Level" of your EDC holster(s)

    What is YOUR preference for "Retention Level" of your EDC holster(s) and why?

    Choices are:

    1. Passive/Friction only....NO buttons, snaps, straps, mechanical locks etc.

    2. Thumb break/snap/strap...in addition to friction

    3. Mechanical lock/constraint...in addition to friction

    4. Other



    MY EDC holsters are ALL passive/friction only...NO button, snaps, straps, mechanical locks, etc. My feelings are the less I have to deal with while presenting my weapon, the smoother and more economical my draw stroke will be. I don't do a lot of running, standing on my head, gymnastics, etc to worry about the need of a strap...I just plain don't like thumb breaks or snaps...and I definitely do not like any type of trigger lock/mechanical device i.e. Serpa holsters...JMO

    How say the rest of the community? Just curious...
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    I recently struggled with this for a new holster to carry my 1911 in and I ended up with the Bianchi CarryLok and really like it. I have positive experiences with holsters from reputable makers that are form fitted, and never had an issue - however this time I wanted something a little more, that didn't involve much retraining for draw, this was it.

    That said, I also have an XD-S that I carry in a Side Guard Holsters leather holster, molded to fit the gun perfectly, no other retention.

    I voted 'mechanical retention' to be different, but also honest.

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    I only use a thumb break if I am carrying either my Ruger Speed Six of S&W 65 in the woods, fishing etc.... the rest of the time I just rely on passive friction
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    I carry a Glock 30 in a Bianchi "Professional" holster. No retention (requires a good belt).

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    Using a SideGuard Tuck Clip IWB with excellent passive retention.

    As a CCW type person, I never open carry and thus never found a need for more retention. I do however own a couple Level IIs, but never really use them.
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    For CC, I prefer passive retention. If I'm OC'ing, I want a thumb break.

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    For IWB, it is friction with my crossbreed, but my range holster is a blackhawk serpa, so that is a level 2.
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    I started this one not long ago, should give you an idea as well:
    1911 - OWB - Thumb Break or No Thumb Break?

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    Passive friction for me.
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    Passive/friction for me.
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    My EDC are all leather holsters with friction retention only.

    That said, I do own a Safariland ALS 6378 that I have used on occasion when I wanted that extra security.

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    Yep. Passive friction. No problems carrying concealed so far & I can no longer run fast & long & even at a slow run it remains in where it should be but it still draws fast & easy. If I did my long distance cross country running through woods, etc. as I did a few years ago I'd certainly consider something with mechanical retention.
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    Why let something get in the way of you and your gun? Just like I don't like safeties, I don't like straps
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    I don't have a choice, my department requires some form of retention besides friction for off duty carry. So thumb break and Serpa are on my off duty holsters
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    We need a glossary. What's "edc"? "Extended daily carry"?

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