How many would use a duty-type security holster when OCing?
Let me start off by saying that this thread is not intended to discuss anyone's opinions for or against open carry, and I hope that we can stay on topic.
I was reading a story on one of the local gun forums about an open carrier in a Minneapolis gas station who was surrounded by LEOs, disarmed at gunpoint, and eventually issued a trespass notice by the gas station manager. It seems that one of these stories pops up every so often around here, and it's another debate for another day.
What concerned me is the location of the gas station (right near the 'hood), the fact that it's generally very busy (with the customers forced to wait in groups for the next available cashier), and that the open carrier had a Glock 17 in what was presumably a concealment holster.
I've been to an open carry gun rights gathering, and have also seen a few people OCing; it's always in an open-top or thumb break concealment holster. What strikes me is how easy it would be for a BG to sneak up behind one of those people and disarm them....especially someplace like a busy gas station, where you're forced to stand very close to other customers, who may be of questionable character. The average armed civilian probably doesn't have weapon retention training.....I would venture to say most don't.
When I brought up my concerns on the other forum, I was suprised at the response; a few guys said it's a non-issue, a few others said they had such superior SA that they'd be able to fight any potential gun grabber off with a knife (or their BUG), one guy said he'd never use that type of holster because it'd make him look like a cop, and one woman actually became irritated with me (she told me that carrying in a level 2 or 3 holster would make her vulnerable to an attack, since she wouldn't be able to draw in time, it was her right to carry her gun any way she wanted, and I would get myself killed if I attempted it myself). Reading those replies left me asking myself Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
If I decided to get serious about OC, I'd look into weapon retention training, and I wouldn't do it without at least a level 2 holster (the Blackhawk SERPA level 3 duty holster looks like it'd fit the bill nicely). I can't understand why someone who carries a gun in preparation for something that likely will never happen, would give so little thought to (or actually scoff at) the possibility of becoming a target of violence due to carrying openly in a crowded public place.
I realize that a security holster is going to require a few extra steps to unholster your weapon, but I really think it's a non-issue, because we should be training with any new holster or gear before we use it.