How important is adjustable retention?

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  • has to have adjustable retention.

    2 28.57%
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Thread: How important is adjustable retention?

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    How important is adjustable retention?

    Looking into making kydex holsters with a screw(s) for adjustable retention. Right now all my holsters have been fixed retention (riveted and only adjustable if you have a heat source). How important is adjustable retention to you for kydex holsters?
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    I set and forget, YMMV
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    Having the tension adjustable makes it easier to use, but is not a deal breaker for me. I have both and some times on the fixed I wish they had been adjustable.
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    I've never adjusted mine - and never had a problem. But I "Ain't quite as quick and agile" as I once was so mild retention and gravity are sufficient for the job.

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    If you are making your own holster, I would assume you would make it to the tension that you wanted.

    However, if you are buying a production made holster where thousands of people will use the same model, I would think having an adjustable retention is the smart way to go.

    So I ask, is your poll question for the former type of holster, or the latter?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wolf_fire View Post
    If you are making your own holster, I would assume you would make it to the tension that you wanted.

    However, if you are buying a production made holster where thousands of people will use the same model, I would think having an adjustable retention is the smart way to go.

    So I ask, is your poll question for the former type of holster, or the latter?
    Both. Since I have the capabilities to adjust tension on fixed holster, I haven't had the need to make an adjustment screw. I have been thinking about incorporating them though...and wanted to see what everyone else prefers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firefighterchen View Post
    Both. Since I have the capabilities to adjust tension on fixed holster, I haven't had the need to make an adjustment screw. I have been thinking about incorporating them though...and wanted to see what everyone else prefers.

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    Once I set my tension to where I wanted it, I never have touched it since. So, I would stand by what I said earlier. If you are making the holster, make it to the tension you want and I wouldn't bother with an adjustment tension screw. The only point of that screw is to have many people who buy the same product adjust it easily. If you aren't making holsters for anyone but yourself, why bother.
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  9. I've found the holsters I use change "grip" with the temps. If I'm outside quite a bit, the Kydex stiffens and makes the pull through more difficult. On the other hand, summer heat has the opposite effect so I need to adjust at least a couple of times per year.

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