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Thumb Break or not?

This is a discussion on Thumb Break or not? within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I've got both types. The question you have to ask is: "Does it have enough retention for what I'm going to use it for?" Well-molded ...

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    I've got both types. The question you have to ask is: "Does it have enough retention for what I'm going to use it for?" Well-molded and tight kydex IWB probably has enough and won't need a thumb break, esp if it is going to be hidden underneath clothing most of the time. Leather OWB on the other hand might be better with a thumb break, esp when open carrying.

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    For concealed carry, it's no thumb break.

    Open carry I prefer a thumb break for extra retention.
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    No thumb break for me unless, Texas becomes open carry in the future. Then I will probably use it.

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    As a former LEO back in the cretaceous period, I prefer a thumb break holster. I consider the most likely circumstance of use vs. Murphy’s Law.
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    I carry IWB 99% of the time so no thumb break.

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    Like others have said, no thumb break on my CC holster. Only on my shoulder and duty holsters.
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    I use a thumb break on my backpacking/hunting holster

    Not on my CC holster
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Rod View Post
    No thumb break holsters for me, especially IWB. If....I say if I ever entertained the idea of a thumb break holster, it would be for OWB carry. The only holsters I've ever had that were thumb break were shoulder holsters.
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    No thumb breaks for me!
    A good quality holster will give proper retention, even if you should fall down several stairs at a rodeo (another story)...
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    I mostly OC and perfer thumbreaks on all my hosters.

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    I happen to like thumb breaks myself....but im not adverse to using one without, a long as it has good retention.

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    No snags, no breaks
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    With a good holster that is molded to the gun, there is no need for a thumb break.

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    I have just gotten a Galco OWB high-ride belt slide. I chose the holster with the thumb break because not only gave me added retention since yes, I carry at all times and never know when I may be climbing, crawling, moving...whatever. I also liked the idea of the added protection to the rear of the slide against bummps, scratches and the body shield that the thumb break provides. I do know that I will have to practice with it. Its my first holster with this type of retention. My others are a kydex paddle holster and kydex/leather IWB. I originally had thought that the thumb break could be trimmed off with just the inside portion retained as a body shield but I'm not sure retention of the leather would be enough, especially after it breaks in. I do like the way it holds my XD9sc close to my body and high enough that there is no worry of it being visible below my shirt tail.

    Just my thoughts about the issue. Any other considerations that any one has would be appreciated.
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    If your holster has good retention, I don't think you'll need the thumb break - it becomes an additional step during draw/presentation.
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