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    Retention

    Would someone please give me a brief explanation of the different levels of holster retention?

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    Quote Originally Posted by carracer View Post
    Would someone please give me a brief explanation of the different levels of holster retention?

    Thank you.
    From: http://www.theppsc.org/Staff_Views/C...iderations.htm

    Levels of retention

    The retention level of the holster refers to the number of retention devices you have to release or move the gun past in order to draw the pistol from the holster:

    An example of a level l holster would be a simple thumb-break device that must be unclipped in order to draw the weapon.

    A Level ll holster example is one where a thumb-break is released then the pistol must be moved (rocked forward or rearwards) in the holster to clear some form of internal locking device before it can be drawn.

    A Level lll holster is one where three separate retaining devices, both internal and external must be undone or bypassed.

    Much more information at the linked page.

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    Examples...
    My Bianchi belt slide holster pictured below has only the thumsnap as a retention device. Thus it's considered a Level 1 holster.

    My Uncle Mikes Pro 3 is considered, at least by their marketing team, to be Level 3 as it has the thumb snap, tensioning screws and an internal hook which grabs the trigger guard.

    Common IWB hosters with no straps or snaps are considered Level 0 or No retention. An example would be this common Bianchi holster- http://www.outdoorpros.com/Prod/Bian...FcLr7QodO2vdsw
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    Crossdraw is retention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ixtow View Post
    Crossdraw is retention.
    What the heck are you talking about?????
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