If you OC, then a retention course is a MUST. Otherwise, you are asking for serious trouble in a life threatening situation.
I believe that you should have gun retention training whether you do OC or CC and that training should include retaining the gun in the holster, as well as out of the holster.
Personally, I wouldn’t carry anything that has a thumb strap or “built in” retention without some sort of lever like the SERPA holster.
Tom, I cannot agree more! Too many people don’t have the skills to retain their weapon. Unfortunately the handgun has become “the diet pill of self defense”. A lot of people don’t see the need to get gun retention training simply because they don't train realistically and they believe that things will happen flawlessly in a fight.In MY opinion anyone who can not fight to retain their firearm...Should not carry it. – DCJS Instructor
I do realize there are some cases where someone is physically not able to execute unarmed combatives or even train in them and their best chance is to use the handgun. However, that is an exception to the rule and not the norm. People who are fully capable of taking unarmed combatives training SHOULD be doing so. If not, you might not be alive long enough in the fight to POSSIBLY have the opportunity to draw your gun if that’s the thing to do.
We have entire classes on gun retention. We will be doing a video here in the near future on gun retention. If you want a small sample, check this youtube video out
YouTube - CQC 3 Gun retention
Now, one thing that I want to add about this video is the you could strike the attacker in the face before drawing. This scenario was setup because people move laterally and someone grabbing your gun when moving laterally at close distances is VERY possible.
As always, train hard, train often, and most of all train realistically.
Brian K. LaMaster
Your mind is the weapon. Your body is simply the delivery system for the tool you choose to implement into the fight.
Marksmanship is a hopeful skill, FIGHTING skills are a must!
Gun fighting is not a martial art. Your martial art should include “gun fighting”!