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    OC Holsters

    I'm curious to what everyone is using on a daily basis,What others thoughts are and concerns.

    Examples: belt holster, hip holster(clip-on) thigh holster(leg-drop) shoulder holster.

    I have three different holsters and can't seem to stay with just one. At work I wear a "through the belt" 4 retention as I work with large crowds but due to concerns of mistaken CC When OC-ing I like to wear my leg drop with auto lock just to be on the safer side.

    Which to you use, why? And any thoughts or concerns f other types.

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    A lot of us, but not all, are using the Blackhawk Serpas. Edited for misspelling of Serpa.
    Last edited by Viper; 10-12-2010 at 02:05 PM.
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    Blackhawk Serpa on my belt.

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    All three of mine are also black hawk, I was more less talking about the actual type/position of the holster.

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    Well Brandon, there is only one thing I would like to say on this. No matter what type of holster you choose to wear, always remember to be aware of your surroundings anytime you are carrying your firearm.

    As we have seen in the past, if a criminal wants to get your weapon, they will. I.E. the man in Milwaukee who had a criminal sneak up on him and put a gun to his head and demand he hand over the firearm.

    Even the serpa's, although very nice in quality, have been around long enough for criminals to figure out how the retention works.

    Rule# 1 - always be aware of your surroundings.
    Rule#2 - See Rule # 1

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    I fully agree with Gleason. ALWAYS be aware of your surroundings. Look everyone you see in the eye. Make sure they know you see 'em.

    Back to the OP, I use the Serpa on the belt in the summer or using a light jacket. I add the Blackhawk thigh platform when I wear the heavier winter coat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.Gleason View Post
    Well Brandon, there is only one thing I would like to say on this. No matter what type of holster you choose to wear, always remember to be aware of your surroundings anytime you are carrying your firearm.

    As we have seen in the past, if a criminal wants to get your weapon, they will.
    Thanks you for the tip, I am always aware of my surrounding. I work for a private security firm and have hand different types of training.

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    Quick question for those of you using Serpas. Can you hit the release mechanism and safely draw the handgun using only your off hand?
    Last edited by CKM; 10-12-2010 at 05:25 PM.

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    Not me. Hell, I can barely draw.

    I fell a couple of years ago and pinched my Long Thoracic Nerve of Bell and paralyzed my right anterior serratus that holds the scapula against the trunk.

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    Exclamation Blackhawk Serpa On Right Hand Side

    I also have a Desanti holster and a Bianchi holster I occasionally wear but usually stick with the Blackhawk for retention.

    I cannot draw my firearm with my left hand from the Serpa holster. I CAN draw my firearm with my left hand from my Bianchi holster.

    Interesting question there. I had not thought about losing the loss of my right arm while the firearm was still in the holster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CKM View Post
    Quick question for those of you using Serpas. Can you hit the release mechanism and safely draw the handgun using only your off hand?
    It's not an issue specific to Serpa holsters. Any type of holster, depending upon where it is positioned on the belt, can be difficult to draw from with the opposite hand. Body type and flexibility vary among individuals also and make a difference. It is wise for each individual to find out whether they can make an opposite hand draw well in advance of finding out at "a bad time" that it cannot be done, or not easily done.

    The problems associated with opposite hand draws contributed to my past fondness for cross-draw carry. However as I stated above, with experimentation one can make the necessary adjustments and practice drills to assure that the firearm is accessible to either hand.

    To answer the original question, I primarily OC with Safariland 6320 ALS duty holsters. In my opinion the Serpa is a good holster, and the minimum I recommend for OC. I have several of them, although mostly they are used for concealed carry or at the range now. I also have a left hand model for those times I want to draw left-handed. Considering the left-handed carry represents such a small percentage of my time it didn't justify to me the expense of buying additional lefty Safariland holsters.

    The retention release button on the Serpa is a little too obvious and accessible to others for my tastes. Serpas seem relatively strong and rugged. Not sure they would hold up to a violent struggle of a gun grab, but that's why gun retention techniques have been developed.

    The strongest holster is no better than the strength of the belt it is on.

    Paddle holsters can often be pulled right out of the pants during a struggle, so I'm not big on them for OC.

    So, speaking of things such as opposite hand draws... how many revolver carriers can do left-hand only (one-handed) reloads? Or have even tried?
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    Desantis

    I just got a Desantis Mini Slide leather holster for my XDm .45 I just prefer leather over plastic and it was very hard to find something that was actually in stock.

    And straying from subject a little, .380 Auto that has been difficult to locate was in good supply at WalMart, Onalaska at midnight Friday Night (14th).
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    I just reverse my IWB rig.

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