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I have never used a thumb break, but I can see where some would need one. I'm not real active and never had a problem, but when I was younger, and rode a horse or did things that bounced you around, I would have used one. Pro is it would keep the gun from accidentally falling out, and con it would take longer to get it into action.
 

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I have always used thumb breaks. I like the comfort of knowing my pistol has a thumb break and has a reduced chance of falling out... which it has... in public...
 

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I like a holster that fits tight-no thumbbreak-no fumbling when it hits the fan. Break was required on duty holster for .45 later M66-left them both unsnapped-appeared to be closed but no delay.
 

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I am not active enough to worry about a thumb break. All they do is slow you down. Now LEO'S, Cowboy's or people who are real active I can see the purpose for them.
 

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I carry my P89 in a fobus paddle holster. The pistol fit's tightly & I have no concern's about it falling out.[^]
 

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Most of my holsters have thumb breaks. I just feel better about it, and it is not difficult or slow at all to unholster the gun. My IWB holsters do not have any thumb breaks, but I don't feel it is any advantage on a IWB holster.
 

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With my job on a beef ranch, I wear a western rig. It's got the little leather loop that fits over the hammer, so getting on or off a horse isn't bad at all. It stays where I put it.
 

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When I first carried, my holster at the time was a Bianchi - Special Agent 59 Paddle Holster w/Thumb-Break. It is an okay holster in the middle of a wintery blizard or something like that, but it just made me paranoid to wear due to how far it sticks out and at times would expose the bottom of the holster.

My two holster's now, are a Kramer and that company stands behind the construction of their holster's and don't require a thumb break unless requested by Military/LEO. I am very happy with both of my Kramer holsters, both well worth the price(both holster's are made of Horsehide, supposed to be stronger vs. Cowhide).
 

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I always used a thumb break when I was a LEO. It helped prevent getting it taken away from you and helped to keep it holstered in a physical confrontation. If you are going to use one, be sure to practice with it enough that it becomes second nature to unsnap. Now I'm happy with an open holster with a good enough fit to keep it in place.
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I haven't used a thumb break in at least 25 years. If the holster fits the gun correctly then I don't see any need for a thumb break.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I'll be carrying while I am hunting, so the thumb break sounds like the way to go... As I don't want to loose my baby in the woods of the Ozarks...:)
 

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quote:Originally posted by RNettles

Thanks for the replies. I'll be carrying while I am hunting, so the thumb break sounds like the way to go... As I don't want to loose my baby in the woods of the Ozarks...:)
I never even thought to ask, which pistol are you going to be carrying?
 

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Nice, what brands of holsters are looking at?
 

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All my holsters for DA revolvers and semi-autos have a thumb break. When you train and practice drawing a lot, the thumb break doesn't slow you down at all. A thumb break provides an extra level of safety plus it keeps the gun where it is supposed to be. If you ever have a gun dump on the pavement and get boogered up, you will wish you had one.
 
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