This is a discussion on Retention strap - or no? within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; No problem....
Depends on the weapon
I use a thumbreak with all holsters for my BHP. I like that piece of leather between the hammer and firing pin while carrying. I don't use it primarily as a retention device.
I don't use one with my with my revolvers (except for the one duty holster with retention features left over from my security days) or Glock.
On January 2m 2005, I was walking across a parking lot in an underground garage in Charleston, WV. I was wearing a Glock 26 in an open top Mad Dog Gun Glove IWB rig.
A car came around the curve too fast, struck me, and threw me on the hood, breaking the windshield.
I flew off the hood and the glock popped right out of the holster, did somersalts across the parking lot and came to rest against a wall. A cop ended up finding it and giving it to my dad, who was with me.
I ended up going to the ER with an empty holster, which concerned the dr to no end.
If I had been wearing a strapped down gun, would it have flown out? I don't know. I do know I don't like a loaded 9mm pistol, especially mine, flying across the road.
I can get around on a cane right now. However, I have two different compression fractures in my spine. Not much fun.
I can't carry without pain. Been talking to Gary Brommeland about holster options, and he suggests I get a Kel Tec 32 or 380 and carry it in a pocket holster for the time being, or get an Alessi shoulder holster and carry a J frame.
I'm currently gun shopping for the KT. I have a vintage Chief's special, and might get it out as well.
Hopefully, after some rehab, I'll be able to get back to carrying a full-size sidearm.
On the other hand, I've lost a heck of a lot of weight!
Lawrence - I wish you the speediest of recoveries - I hate pain but also - I'd be well upset if my carry potential was compromized too.
Dependent on funds .. a Rohrbaugh R9 would fit the bill nicely - small - and - 9mm too. Smoothest of smooth 7 lb D/A.
Chris - P95
NRA Certified Instructor & NRA Life Member.
"To own a gun and assume that you are armed
is like owning a piano and assuming that you are a musician!."
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