Modifying a holster

Modifying a holster

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    Modifying a holster

    Hey guys, i have been lurking around the forum for a while just trying to learn as much as i can. This forum is awesome. I recently started to carry OWB with a Desantis thumb break scabbard. I really like the holster and initially liked having the thumb break. However, after using it for a few weeks, im beginning to think i could do away with the thumb break. Is it possible for me to properly remove the thumb break? I figured it would require cutting the leather but i wanted to see what people thought of this idea or had any tips on removing it.


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    Depends on weather or not the holster was built around the idea of having a thumb break.

    Does it adequately grip the weapon when it is holstered without the thumbreak being snapped?
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    yes, it has a tension screw. I put it tight enough where if the holster is upside down, the gun wont come out unless you tug on it.

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    Rather than simply give you a yes or no answer, let me ask a question or two:

    What activities are you doing when carrying in this holster?

    Are you around other people?

    Are you carrying exposed or with a cover garment?

    The thumb strap serves two purposes: firearm retention and snatch prevention. Carrying OWB, exposed, I would be more concerned with preventing a snatch than my firearm falling out.

    If the snatch possibility is negligible, then cut it off. Otherwise, leave it on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Majorlk View Post
    Rather than simply give you a yes or no answer, let me ask a question or two:

    What activities are you doing when carrying in this holster?

    Are you around other people?

    Are you carrying exposed or with a cover garment?

    The thumb strap serves two purposes: firearm retention and snatch prevention. Carrying OWB, exposed, I would be more concerned with preventing a snatch than my firearm falling out.

    If the snatch possibility is negligible, then cut it off. Otherwise, leave it on.
    I mainly carry when running errands or whenever i leave the house. I cover the weapon with a t-shirt since Texas does not have open carry. I will probably take it to a leather shop and get them to chop it off properly. I want to say a sharp knife or scissors could do the trick, but i dont want it to look bad.

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    Or you could sent it back to the mfg and ask them to modify it. They'll probably do a better job and it won't void your warranty.

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    It doesn't seem like a big project, but I would trust it to someone who knows there way around leather.
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    If you have liked the holster so far, why not leave it as is and just order a holster woithout a thumb break?
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    Is there stitching around any part of the thumb break that you intend to cut off? If there is cutting through it will cause the rest of the stitcing to loosen.

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    Now you've learned what most of us know...a thumb break is made by a leathermaker who doesn't know how to build in retetention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Husker View Post
    Now you've learned what most of us know...a thumb break is made by a leathermaker who doesn't know how to build in retetention.

    I laugh only because its so true. Thumb breaks are old technology and should only be used by people who open carry and are in high risk constantly. Like LEO's fighting a BG.

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    Yes, it is practical to remove the thumb break. I did it to a Mitch Rosen holster that I bought off EBay.
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    Well i like the holster and just spent alot of money on the gun, etc. I will get another holster in the future, but for right now i figured i can wait. There is no stitching near the thumb break. There is a retention screw and that is the only reason i would consider cutting the thumb break off. Ill give it a shot and hopefully it works.

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