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Thread: trying to find a holster for OCW

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    I'm moving to Virginia in August and getting ready for OCW.

    I figured out exactly what I wanted: a strongside FBI-cant belt holster with level 2 retention for my H&K USP Compact .357 that allows me to carry it cocked-&-locked.

    As far as I can tell it doesn't exist. All of the level 2 holsters have thumbstraps that only fit hammer-down. If anyone knows where I can find this, that would be great.

    Otherwise, one question: is level 2 retention really necessary? I just assumed it was, but perhaps I should ask the folks here with more OCW experience.

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    Personally I think level 1 is enough for civilians. We don't intentionally seek out criminals like police do and need that protection less than they do. I really haven't used a level 2 or 3 holster myself but after watching NY police officers draw from their level 3 I am not tempted to. I just think those holsters seem to slow your draw to much and border on overcomplicated for the user. I almost think one could do an Israeli draw from a level 1 faster than some level 3 holster but don't quote me on that.

    I typically use thumbstrap pancake holsters for my OC weapons. You might look to some of the custom makers for a holster of you liking.

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    Can someone explain the difference of the levels?

    Igo back and forth between a leather pancake holster with thumb strap and my BlackhawkCQC SERPA Active Retention Holster (which I feel is faster, but not always as comfortable). I guess both are level 1?

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    http://www.donhume.com/Products/Prod...fm?ProductID=9

    This ought to suit your needs. Level II, with un-obtrusive thumb-strap.



    Honestly, Level I is sufficient for us. I use a Blackhawk SERPA primarily when I OC. It is very fast and positive. Open-Carrying with a holster meant for concealment is generally less comfortable than a true duty rig.

    Cheers!

    molonlabetn

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    I've tried the Bianchi, Carry-Lock. I found them to be very nice and easy to use. No noticable difference in draw times once I had practiced with it for a few minutes.

    Cheers,

    Jason

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    cs9c1: My understanding is that "level x" means the holster has x independent retention systems. So yeah, those should both be level 1. Someone please correct me if this is wrong.

    The CQC SERPA looks like a good solution for me. Thanks for the help!

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