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    Holster for Sig 229

    I'm new to this OC concept and have yet to do it.

    I sometimes CC a Sig 229 in an OWB Ted Blocker holster with a thumb break. From what I've read on here, that holster is probably not sufficient to OC from a retention standpoint. True? I know it is a judgment call, but I'm interested in opinions. The thumb break doesn't release too easily, but I suppose a determined gun grabber would be able to do it.

    Second topic -- if my current holster isn't sufficient, what are some recommendations for a retention holster for a Sig 229?
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    Any level 2 or 3 Safariland will do just fine. I use and suggest the 6280 model. Safariland retention holsters are 100% good, all of them. Pick one you like, and you'll be fine.

    Any second now people will be coming by to suggest Blackhawk Serpa holsters. I suggest against these generally for the reasons of Tex Grebner and his 1911 (look it up on youtube) though you're safer with a DA pull, but you still have the issues of inferior reliability if any obstructions get into the mechanism, and an obvious release button, and rapid holster wear on your guns finish.
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    Thanks for the info Michigander. Do you use that holster with a 229?

    Also, I see on their website, a distinction between a 229 and 229R. I had no idea there were two variants, nor how to tell which variant I have.
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    I have one for my 220, and one for my G20. Here is the 220.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhfc View Post
    ... I see on their website, a distinction between a 229 and 229R. I had no idea there were two variants, nor how to tell which variant I have.
    Their website isn't very good at showing the difference, you are right. The 229R has the larger accessory rail. I appears it might have the different grips and slide profile, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michigander View Post
    Any level 2 or 3 Safariland will do just fine. I use and suggest the 6280 model. Safariland retention holsters are 100% good, all of them. Pick one you like, and you'll be fine.

    Any second now people will be coming by to suggest Blackhawk Serpa holsters. I suggest against these generally for the reasons of Tex Grebner and his 1911 (look it up on youtube) though you're safer with a DA pull, but you still have the issues of inferior reliability if any obstructions get into the mechanism, and an obvious release button, and rapid holster wear on your guns finish.
    I carry a 229 in a Blackhawk Serpa, have been for 3+ years now. Haven't had the issues that some have had. No wear at all from the holster. and the cant angle I have the holster at once I hit the release button and draw my finger falls on the slide, not the trigger. This is more from training with that holster than anything. Plus, I have a Crimson Trace laser grip, and the Blackhawk is molded for that.

    Whatever holster you decide to get, PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!!!!! I as a Navy firearms instructor CANNOT STRESS THAT ENOUGH! Muscle memory can only be built through training.

    As I said, I haven't had issues with Blackhawk, and Safariland, Uncle Mike and others all make great holsters. My advice is try them out in the store. If money isn't an issue, get a few different holsters and practice with them.
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    I don't see why your thumbbreak holster wouldn't serve as an adequate OC holster. Your primary weapon retention system is your situational awareness.

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    Re: Holster for Sig 229

    A thumb break holster is perfectly fine. No matter what holster you choose to wear, you still have to pay attention to your surroundings. I like Serpas, but they are not the only way to go.

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    Thanks for the input.

    I've been using the same holster for years and am comfy with it, so that's a plus.

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