Do you use a holster with retention snap?

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    I have moved away from retention strap holsters for defensive carry, except in an ankle holster. I would still use a thumb-break model for field carry.
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    Sometimes, sometimes not.

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    No strap, strong side, on hip only in every concealed that I use.
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    Some holsters have straps and some don't. I'm an equal opportunity holster user.
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    I don't really see the need for one myself. From what I've seen of friends holsters and the couple I've owned there's no need with a good molded holster. Some people seem to think they're a good idea when carrying a 1911 in condition 1. I for one understand the mechanics that it would take to fire or accidentally discharge a 1911 and I'm pretty sure if the rest of that happens... God can make the thumb strap fall off too. So I'll just carry my without.
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    I have to have some sort of active retention in my off-duty holsters, be it a thumb strap, Serpa button, CarryLok, etc per my dept guidelines. So no choice on that issue.
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    The only time I use a retention snap is when I OC. When I carry CC I use a open holster.
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    Nope no strap

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    Always OWB, never with a strap.

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    I would probably use one if I was allowed to open carry and chose to do so. The primary reason for having one is to keep someone from slipping up and grabbing your gun really more than just keeping it from falling out. So open carry it might be advised to do so.


    But I carry OWB concealed without one or in pocket with a typical pocket holster als without one.

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    Yes for now, but my plan is to purchase either a LCP, or a Kahr 380 when out, pick the one that suits me the best, and purchase a good custom holster, both iwb and owb for the gun. I am a lefty, so I won't have as many choices as most.


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    I don't use a retention strap but i do use a retention device in my holster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AH View Post
    just out of curiosity..how many carry in a holster with a retention snap?

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    Nope. My carry holster is a level II but no strap. I use the Blackhawk SERPA.

    I personally think that the function of the top strap on a holster, with the snap and all has become complete common knowledge. So in a fight for the gun or in a gun grab from behind, it wouldn't really do much to slow anything down.

    But the SERPA is still something that most sheeple and a lot of criminals have not seen or learned so it may be a better choice.
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    Do you use a holster with retention snap?
    No--not currently, and I never would for any OWB holsters I have. In the past, I had carried a 1911 full size in a shoulder rig. The pistol holster itself was modular and could also be worn on the belt about the waste. This was the only holster I ever had (or will have) for civilian carry that had a retention strap, and it was a double snap which I usually left the inside snap unsnapped.

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    Strap on both the OWB and IWB.
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