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    Question Glock 17 Open Carry Holster Recommendations

    My hubby would like an open carry holster for his Glock 17 for Christmas and I'm hoping to get some recommendations. He would like it to be comfortable and reliable to draw from.

    Any recommendations?

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    Everyone has their preferences for different reason. Some prefer snug leather that's tight enough to provide level 2 retention, some prefer a looser leather with a thumbreak. Some prefer a well-fitting kydex holster using friction as retention, and some prefer loosely molded kydex with some sort of button release (like the blackhawk serpa holster)

    find out what style appeals to him, either functionally or aesthetically. personally, I LOVE the look of a classic leather holster, but I'm better trained in using a Blackhawk Serpa Holster, and I think a lot of folks here will agree with me when I say that it's a VERY popular and secure OC holster.

    just my 2 cents...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonton View Post
    Everyone has their preferences for different reason. Some prefer snug leather that's tight enough to provide level 2 retention, some prefer a looser leather with a thumbreak. Some prefer a well-fitting kydex holster using friction as retention, and some prefer loosely molded kydex with some sort of button release (like the blackhawk serpa holster)

    find out what style appeals to him, either functionally or aesthetically. personally, I LOVE the look of a classic leather holster, but I'm better trained in using a Blackhawk Serpa Holster, and I think a lot of folks here will agree with me when I say that it's a VERY popular and secure OC holster.

    just my 2 cents...
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    Thanks for your imput!

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    Here's my review of a Center of Mass Kydex G17 holster:

    http://forum.opencarry.org/forums/sh...-kydex-holster

    As you can see it's friction only, no thumb break or locking device.

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    The 2 that I use are a Fobus GL2 (kydex; paddle) and a Bagmaster (nylon; on-belt).

    The Fobus has (for lack of a better term) friction retention. Have to yank it sharply to get the holster to let go. A couple times in a class it didn't let go, just pulled the whole thing off my belt & I pulled it off w/ my other hand. Wouldn't want to do that in Real Life. OTOH, the paddle is comfortable for me, & goes on & off my pants easily. I leave the gun holstered & remove the holster when I get undressed, put it all on my nightstand. This is a one-sided item - can't switch carry sides - and it's specific to the gun.

    The Bagmaster has a strap w/ a thumb break, which is adjustable via velcro. It's not as tight as the kydex. This is more versatile if your husband has similarly sized guns he might want to use the same holster for. It goes on the belt, so is harder to remove but can be switched to the other side, or the back, if you want. It rides a bit lower than the Fobus, hanging from the belt instead of riding on top of it. The model I bought has a magazine pouch on the front, with a velcro strap to retain it.
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    I carry mine in a Serpa.... Excellent retention, doesn't hinder the draw at all.


    Comes with a paddle and belt attachment.

    Plus you can use it with a 19, 17L or 34, without a problem.
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    Hubbys holster

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonton View Post
    Everyone has their preferences for different reason. Some prefer snug leather that's tight enough to provide level 2 retention, some prefer a looser leather with a thumbreak. Some prefer a well-fitting kydex holster using friction as retention, and some prefer loosely molded kydex with some sort of button release (like the blackhawk serpa holster)

    find out what style appeals to him, either functionally or aesthetically. personally, I LOVE the look of a classic leather holster, but I'm better trained in using a Blackhawk Serpa Holster, and I think a lot of folks here will agree with me when I say that it's a VERY popular and secure OC holster.

    just my 2 cents...
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    I really like the blackhawk serpa holsters. Leather ones are also very nice, usually a tighter fit to the body. Just ask him what he wants/likes.

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    Serpa is my fav

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    Many training centers will not allow the Serpa holster to be used in their class, so keep that in mind when searching. There have been cases of the serpa not releasing the gun and cases of people having a ND while drawing using that holster during stressful situations (traning sessions).

    Safariland makes a few kydex holsters, the 6377 in in the same price range as the Serpa and in my opinion more reliable.
    I prefer a leather holster with a strap when OCing like the Galco Fletch, but own and use a few Safariland holsters as well.
    I still have a couple Serpas but no longer use them.

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    Safariland 6377 Utilizes what Safariland calls the ALS (automatic locking system) which is disengaged by the thumb during the draw stroke. A very fast yet snatch resistant/secure holster


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    Been looking at that myself.
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    I carried a Serpa for a while and have nothing bad to say about it. It does take some practice in order to draw from it rapidly, but it can be done. I carry my Glock in a Don Hume leather holster and absolutely love it. It is tight enough to provide excellent retention and still gives me the ability to rapidly draw my handgun should the need arise. I prefer no thumb-snap but that's just me. Check out www.usgalco.com and see what's on there. They make great products but are pretty spendy. Find one that you think he'll like and then look for it on ebay. You shouldn't have much difficulty finding one on there. Or go to ebay and type in Glock 17 and see what pops up. Again, you shouldn't have any problem finding a good holster for a decent price!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SGB View Post
    Safariland 6377 Utilizes what Safariland calls the ALS (automatic locking system) which is disengaged by the thumb during the draw stroke. A very fast yet snatch resistant/secure holster

    I've been eyeing up those as well.
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    How does that thumb catch work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SGB View Post
    Safariland 6377 Utilizes what Safariland calls the ALS (automatic locking system) which is disengaged by the thumb during the draw stroke. A very fast yet snatch resistant/secure holster

    I have one of these in the smooth surface model. The retention release thumb-=operated lever is more intuitive than is the finger-operated lever on the Serpa... and probably a safer design as well. The only down side is the side of the holster. For strict open carry and no hangups with entry and egress from your vehicle, this is a very good holster to use. I still tend to favor my Fobus Evolution belt holster for my Glock 23, however. But the Safariland 6377 series is a decent and viable choice.
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    I just saw that 5.11 has a holster for the Glock 17 similar to the Safariland holster. Kyle Lamb of Viking Tactics did a review of it and seemed to like it.

    http://www.511tactical.com/browse/Ho.../I/50023-50031

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJfNb0PVbXU
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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernBoy View Post
    I have one of these in the smooth surface model. The retention release thumb-=operated lever is more intuitive than is the finger-operated lever on the Serpa... and probably a safer design as well. The only down side is the side of the holster. For strict open carry and no hangups with entry and egress from your vehicle, this is a very good holster to use. I still tend to favor my Fobus Evolution belt holster for my Glock 23, however. But the Safariland 6377 series is a decent and viable choice.
    So the thumb release is on the belt side of the holster near the opening?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NRAMARINE View Post
    So the thumb release is on the belt side of the holster near the opening?
    Yup. Here is a link to their site and one of the holsters with the ALS. Click on the 360 view and rotate.

    http://www.safariland.com/DutyGear/p....aspx?pid=6377
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    Quote Originally Posted by XDFDE45 View Post
    Yup. Here is a link to their site and one of the holsters with the ALS. Click on the 360 view and rotate.

    http://www.safariland.com/DutyGear/p....aspx?pid=6377
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    This is a pretty decent video review showing how the ALS works.


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    Serpa or Galco with retention.

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