Magnum Mikie said:
I'm just curious how many guys have a thumb strap to secure their piece in the holster.
I believe the correct term is "death strap". I have a strap on my cheapo range holster (uncle mike's sidekick), but I wouldn't use one with a carry holster. IWB holsters tend to not have them as they are typically concealed (no real need for retention other than just tightness), but OWB holsters should have a retention mechanism besides just tension on the firearm, in case someone tries to grab it from you. In this case, I think the BlackHawk SERPA retention mechanism is far superior to a "death strap".
As per the firearm falling out, my IWB CompTac C.T.A.C. holds a fully loaded firearm upside down and only releases with vigorous shaking (I guess it might fall out if I were upside down being bounced up and down, but that seems unlikely). As per the SERPA, the firearm WILL NOT fall out accidentally and the mechanism is hard to maneuver from any position other than that used by the wearer.
Hope this helps. Please excuse my dogging on the "death strap", some people like them, I'm just not one of them.