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    Paddle holster ok?

    The more I've been on this site the more I have been thinking about open carrying more. I open carry to the range and once to the gas station. I've got a Safariland ALS holster that currently has the paddle attachment on it. Is this an OK setup or do I need to attach the belt loops?

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    Nothing at all wrong with the paddle. It has advantages in comfort and ease of removal. Wear whatever holster works best for retention and comfort and carry on!
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    I have used both types of holsters paddle and belt loop.After using a paddle type.I wont go back to the belt loop.

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    It boils down to personal preference, I like gun belt worn outside the belt loops myself. Just as easy to take off, and it allows me to wear it outside my coat.
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    I only use the paddle attachment on my Serpa (different holster, but similar concept). It's a bear to get off myself, so I have no worries about someone yanking it out of my pants. I have to un-gear when I get to work every day, so if I were to use the belt attachment, I'd do as WalkingWolf suggests and use an external gun belt.

    That said, do what makes you comfortable.
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    Thanks for the responses! I do prefer the paddle so I will stick with that, just wanted to make sure there were no retention issues.

    Scott

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    Quote Originally Posted by skeith5 View Post
    Thanks for the responses! I do prefer the paddle so I will stick with that, just wanted to make sure there were no retention issues.

    Scott
    If you're concerned about it, test it. Preferably using a dummy gun or Airsoft pistol (don't need anyone getting shot accidentally!), have someone try to grab your gun and yank it off. If you don't have a dummy, just wear the empty holster and yank around on it in different directions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4angrybadgers View Post
    If you're concerned about it, test it.........
    ....don't have a dummy, just wear the empty holster and yank around on it in different directions.
    I do this with every holster I wear. Verify that it is empty and have my Sweet Baboo try to remove it makes me feel better about the (rare) gun grab.
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    Good suggestions! I carry an M&P, I believe there is a replica airsoft gun made. If so, maybe I will use that and put gun grabs into my training.

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    Re: Paddle holster ok?

    I have a paddle/belt holster buy safari. It's got 3 screws that hold either the belt clip attachment, or a paddle holster attaxhment. Paddle is excellent, and is my prefer method going to and from work. Keep me from undoing the belt when I get there to disarm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSG Laigaie View Post
    I do this with every holster I wear. Verify that it is empty and have my Sweet Baboo try to remove it makes me feel better about the (rare) gun grab.
    What's so rare about a gun grab? According to the mentality of the CC only crowd it happens all the time. I use a Blackhawk CQC, with my 5.10 belt, it is a major struggle with those clips to get the holster off without removing my belt.
    Last edited by golddigger14s; 11-06-2012 at 07:05 PM.
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