This is a discussion on OC and retention holsters within the Open Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I am a holster-holic. I open carry at work and find myself more comfortable with a retention type holster. I use a pancake style thumb ...
I am a holster-holic. I open carry at work and find myself more comfortable with a retention type holster. I use a pancake style thumb break with all my work guns due to 25 + years with the T/B system...I'm used to it. Due to my addiction, I have several types of holster for each weapon. Although I train with each one, under stress I fumble simply because each one rides differently, releases differently, or is in a different position entirely.
An instructor once set up a training scenario to trigger a 'startle reflex' as he called it. It showed, when startled, I reach for a weapon at 3:00 with my thumb poised to hit a thumb break like the uniformed law enforcement officer I was for so many years. So, for me, a holster riding in the same approximate location as my duty holster that released relatively the same way was my best solution. The more radically different the holster position or release method, the longer my response/draw time.
It can be expensive to try holsters looking for the right fit. The Safariland has a push down thumb release that can be awkward to hit while obtaining a proper firing grip during the draw even for someone used to a T/B. The Carry-Lok is a more natural position to hit, but I have short, fat fingers and have had trouble pushing the lever far enough on weapons with thicker trigger guards. (Glock, for example) I have a similar releasing holster for a S&W Bodyguard from Bianchi, the Lightning that I like. The Serpa release seems to be a natural hit with a proper firing grip and is more adjustable for position and cant. The paddle version gets more uncomfortable the farther from 3:00 (or 9:00 for the lefties) that you get. Try each one if you can in your normal carry positions.
I have a Blackhawk CQC Serpa for my G26 and love it
When I'm hanging around the house and carry a gun, its
in the Blackhawk.
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Serpa teaches the trigger finger bad habits, many Instructors and Schools do not allow them. The holster version with"out" serpa is good to go and a great holster.
Safariland holster(s) with "thumb" push down and roll forward is good to go. I do not like the holster with the new "hood", can get in the way.
What is your basis for this statement?...many Instructors and Schools do not allow them...
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