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The number one concept to keep in mind in keeping your handgun in your control when walking around on this earth is weapon retention. Perhaps the fundamental bedrock of this is your holster.

You need to be finely tuned to the reality that having a worn, ineffective, or unused holster could turn into a very bad situation for you in a New York minute.

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The problem with worn holsters

An unpleasant fact is that a holster will not last forever. Consider it the Murphy's Law of those who carry a handgun. Leathers, treated so they may be, will wear out and stretch over time. Even durable synthetic materials such as nylon and plastic, which can last in landfills for centuries, can and most likely will, swell, split, and separate after enough use in the real world.

This can leave you with a holster that can dance around on your belt, guns that can fall out, or even accidental discharges in which the holster catches the trigger.

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In a recent case in New York, a handcuffed subject snatched the Glock of an escorting officer right out of his holster and shot a second officer in the foot with it. In an investigation into the incident, blame was placed on the holster.

It was somewhat worn," [Police Commissioner Raymond] Kelly said of the holster. "If you look at the top of the holster where you push your thumb to open it, that's where he exerted pressure. There is a rip there."

Junk holsters

Fundamentally, your handgun needs to be secured inside the holster and the holster needs to be secured to your body. Generic one-size-fits-some holsters without any retention level often do not hold the handgun properly, which can lead to the gun wandering inside the fabric. This can lead to a weapon falling out on accident, like when standing and catching on the arm of a chair. Worse, this can led to a gun being stripped away easier in a scuffle with an opponent.

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Many inexpensive clip-on kydex or paddle holsters can be literally ripped off the body by even a modest sized opponent using a little leverage as a number of entertaining videos on the interwebs can show.

Besides the above issue, there is the aspect that a wiggling gun is harder to get a good solid grip on in a hurry--like when you need it. Do you really have the luxury of giving up an extra second or two in potential gunfight fishing for your handgun?

Holster, what holster?

The worst mother-loving holster out there is the one that isn't used. Carrying a loose handgun, 'gangster style' stuck in a waistband or pocket with no holster securing it, is just dangerous. The mark of a professional over a dangerous amateur gun enthusiast in today's world is this method of carry. It can lead to lost guns, accidental discharges, and just a lot of bad press that the gun community doesn't need. In a very well publicized case, a Florida man's night at the bowling alley was ruined when he caught a round in the leg.

Besides the gunshot wound, he had to face the fact that the round came from his own gun, unsecured in his pocket. Talk about insult to injury. Overall, though, he was lucky that the round only hit himself. The last thing you ever want to be is in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Especially over something as simple as a good holster.
 

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I notice you don't mention pocket carry with a "clip" attached to the pistol. This has been my primary carry method at work for the past year. The pluses are it always stays put, adds almost no weight to the pistol and is very concealed. The negatives that I can see are that you lose the use of that pocket and drawing the pistol is slow.
 

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Carrying a pistol with just a gun mounted clip is almost as dumb as "mexican carry". The trigger is unprotected so all it takes is a finger, stick, or playful child to bump against and cause a catastrophic discharge. If you insist on this method, at least buy a minamalist holster (trigger guard holster) to keep the trigger covered. You can tie a short piece of paracord to the front eyelet and fasten to a belt loop so that when the gun is drawn it breaks away. You cant expect a pocket or waistline to protect the trigger. ..
 

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@Redbird223 I think the particular pistol being carried has to be considered with this type of carry. I carry a P3AT this way. As you may know, it has a long, fairly heavy double action only trigger pull. I feel it's a very safe way to carry this particular handgun. It would be difficult to have an unintentional discharge with this pistol while it's in your hand. Would be harder yet while in the pocket. I also use 2 different holsters with this firearm depending on the circumstances. The clip doesn't affect the use of these holsters which is nice.
 

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@Valkryder its true the keltecs have a long stiff trigger. But you cant predict what is going to snag the trigger. Who knows, you could be climbing up on something or hopping off something. Or even falling and it catches something. A minamalist holster that just covers the trigger guard is cheap and effective. Look them up on you tube. Also to the guy that says he carries without a round chambere, again you dont know how your life threatening attack is going to look like. You may have to hold him off you with one hand and draw and shoot with the other. Your not guaranteed a perfect scenario. Seconds count! A minamalist holster can serve other roles also. You can snap them on and put the gun under the car seat or in a console. Plus you can operate the slide loading and unloading while keeping the trigger covered. I guess im a safety sally, I just think a protected trigger is the only way to carry.
 

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That's why I conceal carry using shoulder holsters under button downed shirts. X shaped web holds 2 spare mags to balance it out. They're made of nylon so I throw them in the wash at the end of the day. In 13 years of concealed carry - everywhere, they've never printed. Discretion is under rated.
 
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