CCW Retention?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by allaroundhunter, Nov 9, 2011.

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Retention Preference

Poll closed Dec 24, 2011.
  1. IWB-Active Retention (i.e. thumb break)

    6 vote(s)
    4.3%
  2. IWB-Passive Retention

    86 vote(s)
    61.4%
  3. OWB-Active Retention (i.e. thumb break/trigger guard lock)

    36 vote(s)
    25.7%
  4. OWB-Passive Retention

    39 vote(s)
    27.9%
  5. What holster?

    3 vote(s)
    2.1%
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  1. allaroundhunter

    allaroundhunter Member

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    I thought this as well until someone tried to get a Glock 19 out of my Blackhawk serpa holster. For a farm holster, I can't ask for much better. But it does hold the gun a little too far out for concealment.
     
  2. jeepnik

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    I've never liked IWB, just not comfortable for me. I usually carry OWB, crossdraw.

    Actully, I tend to carry crossdraw even when open carrying (let's not start that discussion, I do it when in the field). Pretty much everything is leather with either a thumg snap or strap. I've done it so long, I just naturally reach for my off side hip when I want to draw a handgun.
     
  3. Formula94

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    Could someone explain to me the difference between passive retention and a holster that is well-fit/made and just holds the weapon securely? I thought that was pretty much the definition of passive retention: all that is keeping the gun in is the fit of the holster.
     
  4. JTQ

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    You are correct, that is what passive retention is. At least I'm hoping that is what the OP is referring to.
     
  5. allaroundhunter

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    Yes, this is (in my mind) passive retention. There are no significant retention systems, other than possibly a tightening screw or something like that to keep the weapon snug and in place. I consider a holster with a device that must be manually manipulated in order to draw the weapon an active retention holster.
     
  6. Bobson

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    Just out of curiosity:

    What are some actual Active Retention IWB holsters? I don't recall ever seeing a single model like that, but the idea is super appealing to me.
     
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    It varies depending on clothing, where I'm going and gun. S&W model 15 and 1911, thumb break. P-11, derringer and 380, passive. S&W model 60 and P-11, pocket.
     
  8. allaroundhunter

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    Here ya go: http://www.midwayusa.com/product/938907/blackhawk-inside-the-waistband-holster-with-retention-strap-right-hand-medium-frame-semi-automatic-3-to-4-barrel-ultra-thin-4-layer-laminate-black

    Made by Blackhawk, looks to be about the right size to fit that Glock 23 that you are contemplating ;)
     
  9. Old John

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    OSW with a high ride pancake Holster. And, no retention straps or locks.
    The belt and holster are tight enough, IMO.
     
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    It depends what I am carrying. Ruger LCP in front or rear pocket holster or Glock 19C IWB passive retention.
     
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