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I'm trying to decide which type of holster to get.
How important is it to get a holster (IWB or OWB) with a positive locking device like a thumb break strap or trigger guard holding device.

I only intend to CCW as required, I am retired and not out too much compared to full-time working people.

Do I really need a positive/mechanical holding device on a holster in my situation?

Thanks for any help,

Tom
 

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I would say no, you do not need a mechanical locking device, if the gun is used only for CCW the only person who should know you have a gun is you.. so no one is going to try to take it from you. and in a gun fighting situtation the thumb break is only going to slow you down.. I say get a good open top hoolster that fits your needs...
 

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wJAKE19 said it. A Hume Open Top holster is a great option. If you want some added retention, the Hume Agent is an excellent. Both ride high and close to the body, so concealment under a garment is not problem.
 

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I guess I did not realize that holsters designed with extra mechanical retention are probably designed more for open carry instead of concealed carry.


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I don't see much need for a thumb break, or retention strap.. unless in the course of your daily activities you might find yourself upside-down, or if you have to climb a lot of fences..

I also prefer KYDEX. FIST makes a most excellent holster in Ultra-Thin KYDEX that retains and conceals nicely. You might give them a look.

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NewXD40fun said:
I guess I did not realize that holsters designed with extra mechanical retention are probably designed more for open carry instead of concealed carry.


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The Comp Tac CTAC is a kydex IWB open-top rig that 'snaps' onto the trigger guard as the weapon is inserted, providing enough retention to keep it from falling out--must be pulled, but not hard. Lots of kydex holsters do this (i.e. Galco Matrix OWB, etc). I would definitely stay away from extra retention if you're carrying concealed. There's not a single benefit to it.
 

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Yep, the CompTac and Fist are the two I've been looking at for my smaller Taurus, all based on research and pictures of various bellies with holster photos on this forum.


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I don't have any experience with the C-Tack holsters..but from reading around here they come very highly rated..

I do own two FIST #1 ultra-thin KYDEX holsters and recommend them.



Anyway you choose to go.. I hope you take a look at Gunners alley for your purchase.

Those guys have treated me very well.. and have my endorsement.

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Old School said:
wJAKE19 said it. A Hume Open Top holster is a great option. If you want some added retention, the Hume Agent is an excellent. Both ride high and close to the body, so concealment under a garment is not problem.
+1 on the Hume products. Good inexpensive holsters.
 

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I got a Blackhawk with Serpa. Quick release of retention that is a natural motion of drawing your gun. I got it for when I go camping, and its OWB. Otherwise I'm IWB, no retention. I have the C-Tac and the Tucker "The Answer." Both are very adjustable. The Tucker is more comfortable, but with the C-Tac the gun does snap in, so I'll use that one when on my motorcycle.

Got the C-tac from Gunner's Alley. Got the Tucker and the Blackhawk from Old School at Pistol Gear. Both great, but I just saw that Old School locked my thread... :wink:
 
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