Does anyone here prefer a thumbreak for CCW? I've had a few spills with open top holsters. I'm back to using thumbsnaps or other methods of retention.
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I always like the thumbreak. I just bought a Don Hume Agent 711 for my XD9SC. If I carry IWB, I don't care about the thumbreak, but outside the waist I just feel a little better having it. I can draw just as fast with a thumbreak as I can with an open top, so why not? At least I know if I go bouncing around on the ground or in an accident of some sort, I will still have my firearm.
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I don't like to wear a thumbreak but do sometimes because I knw that my carry piece will be safe if I have to do any running. I also had a chance to use a Carrylock made by Bianchi. I really love that holster but they don't make it for my 24/7.
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I don't however I can see where it can come in handy, so maybe I'll look into one and give it a try. That Bianchi Carrylock looks good too.
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I used to like thumb break holsters, until I found out about Blackhawk Serpa CQC holsters, then I never looked back. The drawing motion of the Serpa holster is all too natural for me, and it keeps my gun securely in place, until I draw.
Curious what holsters spilled?? (don't out any of our makers here, that'd be unnecessary)
Were they universal styles like Uncle Mikes?
Were they Custom jobs?
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Would NEVER reccommend any type of button,snap,or lever,for ANY weapon(not just firearms) that are carried for human protection.(no velcro either)
A well made,correctly fitting holster/belt combo will be as secure as us "civilians" need it to be without these gizmo's.--------
Negative on the thumb snap. I think they just get in the way of reholstering and tend to scratch the gun on the draw. I carry my 1911 OWB in a Wilson Combat open top low profile, or my XD in a Don Hume 715 IWB.
No thumb straps for me. I see them delaying my speed on drawing. Since I carry concealed, I have no fear of my weapon being snatched but if I were a LEO, It would be mandatory.
I used to use a thumb-break holster until I started practicing defensive shooting simulations. Once I started doing this I gave them up for a number of reasons.
The first is a safety issue. Almost everyone I've watched re-holster in a thumb-break holster muzzle sweeps their support hand with a loaded weapon. There is a technique that avoids this, but it's not very natural or quick.
They make doing a one-handed re-holster more difficult. This isn't a big deal unless your support hand is occupied and your attention focused on taking care of other important issues.
They're fast on the draw if you're composed and focused on drawing your weapon. If you're in a high-stress situation, fumbling with a thumb snap tends to quickly become exponentially more problematic.
A good quality holster with a friction retention feature (especially the Kydex ones) will not release your weapon unless you intentionally pull the weapon out of the holster. I use a Kydex IWB holster with a tension adjustment. I've done somersaults with mine to test its ability to securely hold the weapon and have never lost the weapon. I've ridden ATVs and motorcycles over rough terrain at a good clip as well as engaged in other vigorous physical activity without loosing my weapon.
Over several years time, I've watched a good number of individuals use thumb-break holsters in the shoots I run, and fumble with them on a fairly regular basis. It's been my experience the straps just tend to get in the way at the most inconvenient times.
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For a belt holster, never. Just one more thing you have to think about if you have to draw your weapon.
I'm no expert, but I've never seen the need for one. A well made holster, made for your particular gun, with a good gun belt and worn correctly should retain you gun just fine. I have purposely worn my Glock 23 in my K&D holster while rough housing with the son and the dog and have never had a problem.
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