Question for Open Carriers...
First I'm new to the forum. I've been a gun owner for 32 years. I've spent some time reading here and generally it seems like the members are pretty thoughtful. I registered to ask the question below.
First some background on me so you know where I'm coming from. I believe that carrying a firearm is not just a right but a responsibility in free society. I carry every time I leave the house unless I have to go somewhere where I can not carry. Generally that means work.
The discussion about the guy open carrying at the theater brought this experience back. Here is the description of the situation I witnessed.
A few weeks ago I walked into the local Auto Zone. I noticed an individual carrying openly. I'm not sure what brand but it was a kydex belt holster. There were multiple individuals in line a behind him. The nearest at arms length. I was a few people back. I looked as closely as I could and I am 99% sure that there was no retention with the holster. He was carrying just aft of his right hip. The guy behind him could have grabbed his gun before he knew what had happened. Sorry but even a ninja couldn't realize what was happening fast enough to get a hand down to stop it.
Here is the question. If you carry openly do you use a retention holster to keep someone from grabbing your gun? Something like a blackhawk or safariland level two retention perhaps?
Personally I'm a CC carry advocate. I am careful to avoid 'printing' and no one but my family and closest friends know that I carry. That said I support your right to carry openly. BUT... I'm going be bold here and state that open carry, in an open top holster, without retention, in an an environment where close proximity of strangers is unavoidable, is asking for trouble. Either in the form of a stolen gun or worse a stolen gun followed by a shooting.